New Catheter Development Allows Doctors to Look Inside Arteries

New Catheter Development Allows Doctors to Look Inside Arteries

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology October 31, 2016 at 9:58 AM 0 comments

A HIGH-TECH catheter has recently been successful in allowing cardiologists to see inside patients’ arteries for the first time during procedures to remove plaque build-up from inside arteries. This novel technique calls for only the diseased tissue to be removed and is consequently far safer and more effective than previousRead More

Reduced Severity of Heart Attacks is Associated with Preventative Medication

Reduced Severity of Heart Attacks is Associated with Preventative Medication

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology October 31, 2016 at 9:57 AM 0 comments

PREVENTATIVE heart attack medications, such as statins and aspirin, have been linked with reduced heart attack severity. A study including nearly 15,000 participants was carried out to explore this relationship. Researcher Dr Min Li, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing, China,Read More

Obese Kidney Cancer Patients Found to Live Longer

Obese Kidney Cancer Patients Found to Live Longer

Nephrology October 24, 2016 at 8:37 AM 0 comments

OBESITY is linked to greater risk for numerous cancers. Indeed, the American Cancer Society states that it can trigger changes in hormones that lead to renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer. Nevertheless, a recent study has suggested that overweight and obese patients with kidney cancer haveRead More

Diet and Exercise Improves Blood Pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease

Diet and Exercise Improves Blood Pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease

Nephrology October 24, 2016 at 8:36 AM 0 comments

ADDING more fruit and vegetables to the diet of patients with kidney disease was found to improve blood pressure and reduce medicine expenses by almost half, when compared with those treated with a baking soda solution or those who did not receive any acid-reducing treatment. Speaking about the findings, theRead More

AMPA Receptors ‘Wedged’ Closed by Epilepsy Drugs

AMPA Receptors ‘Wedged’ Closed by Epilepsy Drugs

Neurology October 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM 0 comments

EPILEPSY drugs designed to target glutamatergic AMPA receptors have been revealed to act as ‘wedges’, preventing dysregulated transmission of electrical signals within the brain. Epilepsy affects 1.8% of the adult population worldwide, yet no drug is available to effectively treat all individuals at present. As seizure disorders are extremely complicated,Read More

Paralysed Limb Movement Regained Following Stem Cell Injection

Paralysed Limb Movement Regained Following Stem Cell Injection

Neurology October 12, 2016 at 9:21 AM 0 comments

PARALYSIS may no longer be a permanent state for approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injury patients, following the successful experimental treatment of a 21-year-old man using the first stem cell-derived progenitors. Following severe cervical spinal injury in March of this year, Kristopher Boeson, Bakersfield, California, USA, lost all movement andRead More

Yoga and Acupuncture: Alternative Approaches for Chronic Pain Management

Yoga and Acupuncture: Alternative Approaches for Chronic Pain Management

Rheumatology October 10, 2016 at 10:08 AM 0 comments

COMPLEMENTARY health approaches have been employed in conjunction with standard drug-based therapeutic options to assist in chronic pain management for decades and yet until now, no substantial evidence has been published in favour of their effectiveness. For an average of 100 million sufferers in the USA alone, symptoms associated withRead More

Targeting Senescent Cells Could Prevent Osteoarthritis

Targeting Senescent Cells Could Prevent Osteoarthritis

Rheumatology October 10, 2016 at 10:08 AM 0 comments

EVIDENCE has been found that cellular senescence, whereby cells stop dividing, causes osteoarthritis (OA), and that targeting these cells may treat or even prevent the disease. This is according to the findings of a research team from the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, Mayo Clinc, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.Read More

CHD1 Depletion Sensitises Prostate Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy Drugs

CHD1 Depletion Sensitises Prostate Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy Drugs

Urology September 26, 2016 at 11:28 AM 0 comments

DEPLETING prostate cancer cell lines of a DNA-binding protein makes them hypersensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs, suggesting a possible opening for targeted prostate cancer therapy. The CHD1 gene encodes the chromo‐domain helicase DNA‐binding protein‐1 (CHD-1) and is commonly deleted in prostate cancer. Mutations of CHD1 are associated with chromosomal instability, which can leadRead More

Pelvic Floor Disorders: Female Triathletes Running to Incontinence

Pelvic Floor Disorders: Female Triathletes Running to Incontinence

Urology September 26, 2016 at 11:27 AM 0 comments

DEVOTED female triathletes have been identified as having a high rate of pelvic floor disorders. Researchers of the Chronic Pelvic Pain programme carried out an internet survey of 311 self-identified female triathletes, with urinary incontinences (37.4%) and anal incontinence (28%) being the most commonly occurring pelvic floor disorders. The leastRead More