Mutated Gene Found to be Responsible for Eczema

Mutated Gene Found to be Responsible for Eczema

Dermatology July 10, 2017 at 10:11 AM 0 comments

MUTATIONS of CARD11 may facilitate the occurrence of eczema, a disease that affects millions of people globally, suggests a new study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). These variations inhibit the gene’s ability to produce a protein that plays a role in the skin’s ability toRead More

Antibiotics Cause Long-Lasting Effects on the Skin’s Microbiomes

Antibiotics Cause Long-Lasting Effects on the Skin’s Microbiomes

Dermatology July 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM 0 comments

RESIDENT bacterial communities of the skin, including those that compete with diseases like Staphylococcus aureus, can be greatly reduced following the application of topical antibiotics, suggests a new study performed by the Grice Lab, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. “We know antibiotics and antiseptics canRead More

Key to Preventing Listeriosis Found in Gut Microbiome

Key to Preventing Listeriosis Found in Gut Microbiome

Gastroenterology July 3, 2017 at 10:29 AM 0 comments

BACTERIA discovered in the gut could prove invaluable for preventing Listeria infection, according to a new study from researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockville Centre, New York, USA. Caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, listeriosis is a potentially fatal disease that affects ~1,600 patients in the USARead More

Protein Suppression Halts the Development of Pancreatic Cancer

Protein Suppression Halts the Development of Pancreatic Cancer

Gastroenterology July 3, 2017 at 10:27 AM 0 comments

SUPPRESSING a specific protein could be an effective way of combatting pancreatic cancer, according to a new study performed by researchers from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. This is the first study to show that the protein, GRP78, plays a vital roleRead More

Alcoholic Liver Disease Aggravated by Intestinal Fungi

Alcoholic Liver Disease Aggravated by Intestinal Fungi

Hepatology June 26, 2017 at 9:41 AM 0 comments

OVERGROWTH of intestinal fungi may exacerbate alcoholic liver disease (ALD), suggests a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, California, USA and the J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA. ALD, a term which encompasses a wide variety of liver diseases, including cirrhosis, has previously beenRead More

Stool Analysis: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Opportunities for Fatty Liver Disease

Stool Analysis: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Opportunities for Fatty Liver Disease

Hepatology June 26, 2017 at 9:39 AM 0 comments

MICROBIAL patterns within stool samples may present a new method of diagnosis for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), suggests a preliminary study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the Human Longevity, Inc., San Diego, and the J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, California, USA. Until now, aRead More

Significant Improvement in Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Found

Significant Improvement in Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Found

Urology June 26, 2017 at 9:36 AM 0 comments

SIGNIFICANT improvements to survival rates in prostate cancer patients have been found to result from the addition of abiraterone to hormone therapy at the beginning of treatment. These findings were from the STAMPEDE trial and are very promising. Indeed, the chief investigator, Prof Nicholas James, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FoundationRead More

Genetic Variants Associated with Urinary Incontinence Identified

Genetic Variants Associated with Urinary Incontinence Identified

Urology June 26, 2017 at 9:34 AM 0 comments

THE FIRST genetic risk factors for urinary incontinence have been discovered by researchers. Although urinary incontinence is a very common issue, with ~50% of adult females experiencing at least occasional leakage and half of those women affected severely enough to impact their quality of life, the genetic variants associated withRead More

New Technique for Assessing Psoriasis Severity

New Technique for Assessing Psoriasis Severity

Innovations June 20, 2017 at 9:47 AM 0 comments

A HANDHELD tissue scanner has been developed for use in the management of patients with psoriasis, potentially enabling physicians to make a more accurate analysis of the severity of the condition than current methods allow. Currently, 10­­–15 million people in the EU are believed to be affected by psoriasis, makingRead More

New Test for the Detection of Latent HIV

New Test for the Detection of Latent HIV

Innovations June 20, 2017 at 9:45 AM 0 comments

A TEST for HIV has been created that the developers have stated will have greater efficacy, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness, possibly helping researchers to find a cure for the infection. The senior author of the relevant study, Prof Phalguni Gupta, Professor and Vice Chairman, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Pitt Public Health,Read More