Risk Warning for Higher Salt Consumption in CKD Patients

Risk Warning for Higher Salt Consumption in CKD Patients

Urology July 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM 0 comments

HIGH salt intake could lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, according to a recent study that scrutinised the possible links between urinary sodium excretion and clinical CVD. As the leading cause of death in the USA, CVD is widely prevalent; moreRead More

Autonomous Robot Outperforms Humans in Soft Tissue Operation

Autonomous Robot Outperforms Humans in Soft Tissue Operation

Innovations July 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM 0 comments

AN AUTONOMOUS robot performed more effectively than human surgeons in operations on soft tissue in live pigs in a recent study. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) was tested against manual surgery, keyhole surgery, and robot-assisted surgery operating in a procedure called anastomosis, in which the tubular loops of theRead More

Neuroprosthetic Implants Restore Walking Ability in Post-Stroke Patients

Neuroprosthetic Implants Restore Walking Ability in Post-Stroke Patients

Innovations July 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM 0 comments

NEUROPROSTHESES may hold the potential to assist patients with post-stroke disabilities after a 64-year-old man received a surgical implant and experienced significant improvement in walking ability following a haemorrhagic stroke. Researchers at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, reported on the improved walking speed and distanceRead More

Protein Successfully Predicts Recurrence of Liver Cancer

Protein Successfully Predicts Recurrence of Liver Cancer

Hepatology June 27, 2016 at 9:59 AM 0 comments

INVESTIGATIONS of p62 have highlighted the protein as a key factor in cancer recurrence and has been associated with reduced rates of survival in liver cancer patients, according to a recent study carried out by Prof Michael Karin, Department of Pharmacology, San Diego School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA, andRead More

Restricted Calorie Intake Reduces Fat Content of Liver

Restricted Calorie Intake Reduces Fat Content of Liver

Hepatology June 27, 2016 at 9:52 AM 0 comments

GROWING rates of obesity have raised concerns regarding the resulting metabolic diseases caused by overeating, such as Type 2 diabetes and liver disease. In a recent study, researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München have joined forces with the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)Read More

Discovery Sheds Light on a ‘Sunscreen Gene’

Discovery Sheds Light on a ‘Sunscreen Gene’

Dermatology June 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM 0 comments

A SUNSCREEN gene could help repair the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, according to a new study. Researchers analysed human and fruit fly melanoma cells containing the gene to investigate how the gene aids healing following sun exposure and use of tanning beds. The UV radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG)Read More

Microbes Remained Unchanged in Spite of External Influences

Microbes Remained Unchanged in Spite of External Influences

Dermatology June 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM 0 comments

MICROBIAL communities on the skin remain unchanged even after coming into contact with bacteria, fungi, and viruses from external sources, researchers have found. It is thought that the new discovery could help to advance our understanding of the localisation of skin disorders such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The studyRead More

Prehistoric Protein Could Hold the Key to Improving Treatments for Miscarriage

Prehistoric Protein Could Hold the Key to Improving Treatments for Miscarriage

Reproductive Health June 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM 0 comments

PIONEERING research in stem cell biology has discovered that a protein evolved from a viral infection in primates 25 million years ago may enhance treatment for stressful obstetric complications by aiding the effective implantation of embryos in the womb. A team of scientists led by Prof Harry Moore, Co-director, CentreRead More

Seeing Double: Genes Increasing the Likelihood of Dizygotic Twins Discovered

Seeing Double: Genes Increasing the Likelihood of Dizygotic Twins Discovered

Reproductive Health June 13, 2016 at 11:01 AM 0 comments

A BREAKTHROUGH in the genetics of twinning has been made with the recent identification of genes that increase the prospect of dizygotic (DZ) twins, a discovery that has enabled greater insight into female fertility. DZ twins are regarded as a commonplace occurrence; at least one case of twinning is recordedRead More

T Cell Protein Provides New Leads in Understanding Immune Response

T Cell Protein Provides New Leads in Understanding Immune Response

Allergy & Immunology June 9, 2016 at 1:40 PM 0 comments

AN INNOVATIVE new study has uncovered a protein that is fundamental to controlling immune responses, which could provide much needed clarification of why immune T cells fail to eradicate some tumours and chronic infections. T cells function to identify and destroy infectious bacteria, viruses, and cells that can trigger theRead More