Database Created to Collect Cancer Mutation Information

Oncology January 31, 2017 at 2:04 PM 0 comments

RESEARCHERS in the USA have developed a freely accessible database for collecting and interpreting information on cancer genome alterations. The Clinical Interpretations of Variants in Cancer (CIViC) database is an online resource created by Prof Obi Griffith and Prof Malachi Griffith from the McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University School ofRead More

Scientists Discover Gene That Reduces Mutations in Mycobacteria

Respiratory January 31, 2017 at 10:07 AM 0 comments

A GENE has been discovered that could halt the development of drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ from strains of tuberculosis by reducing the mutation rates in mycobacteria. The gene, called NucS, was found by scientists from Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Madrid, Spain, and the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, by using a geneticRead More

Concussion Can be Assessed by Blood Protein

Concussion Can be Assessed by Blood Protein

Hematology, Oncology January 30, 2017 at 8:31 AM 0 comments

RESULTS from a new study have linked higher blood levels of tau, a brain protein, to lengthier periods of recovery from concussion for athletes, potentially serving as a marker to assess athletes’ readiness to return to competition. Whilst 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur annually in the USA, currently there areRead More

Existing Drug May Halt Spread of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Existing Drug May Halt Spread of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Hematology, Oncology January 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM 0 comments

THE SPREAD of triple-negative breast cancer may be greatly reduced by utilising an existing class of drugs that has been approved for the treatment of oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common form of breast cancer, a new study has revealed. In the USA, breast cancer is the second mostRead More

Artificial Intelligence Recognises Skin Cancers as well As Doctors

Dermatology January 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM 0 comments

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE has been trained to recognise skin cancers at a level equivalent to dermatologists, according to the findings of a new study from Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. A team of computer scientists at Stanford University developed the diagnosis algorithm to spot skin cancers using a database of 129,450Read More

Researchers Use Brain Scans to Predict Success of Anti-Depressants

Neurology January 26, 2017 at 9:25 AM 0 comments

FUNCTIONAL magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) scans and cognitive tests can predict treatment response in patients with major depression, according to the findings of a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Illinois, USA and the University of Michigan, Michigan, USA. The findings could allow clinicians to determine whetherRead More

Antibiotic Over-Dependence caused Clostridium Difficile Outbreak in the UK Hospitals

Gastroenterology January 25, 2017 at 3:52 PM 0 comments

ANTIBIOTIC-DEPENDENCE in UK hospitals has been linked as a key factor in the substantial increase in infections in UK hospitals during a Clostridium difficile outbreak a decade ago. New research has revealed that the over-prescribing of fluoroquinolone antibiotics allowed the drug resistant C. difficile to thrive and caused an epidemicRead More

NLRP2 Protein Found to Influence Fertility

NLRP2 Protein Found to Influence Fertility

Reproductive Health January 23, 2017 at 10:58 AM 0 comments

A PROTEIN, known as NLRP2, has been found to play a key role in early embryogenesis and affect maternal fertility later in life in animal models. As a similar protein exists in humans, it is hoped that this finding will eventually lead to greater comprehension of human reproductive disorders andRead More

Fathers’ Preconception Phthalate Exposure May Influence Embryonic Development

Fathers’ Preconception Phthalate Exposure May Influence Embryonic Development

Reproductive Health January 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM 0 comments

PRECONCEPTION paternal exposure to phthalates, compounds found in plastics and personal products and estimated to be detectable in almost the entire population of the USA, has been associated with a significant decrease in blastocyst quality in an early stage of embryo development, according to the findings of a new study.Read More

Hypertension May Protect Older Patients Against Dementia

Neurology January 18, 2017 at 11:46 AM 0 comments

HYPERTENSION is associated with a lower risk of dementia in people aged ≥90, according to the results of research from the University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA. These new findings challenge the idea that high blood pressure and other heart health risk factors increase the risk of dementia. “InRead More