Circadian Clock in Kidneys Plays Role in Metabolic Processes

Circadian Clock in Kidneys Plays Role in Metabolic Processes

Nephrology April 29, 2016 at 5:12 PM 0 comments

RHYTHMIC processes of bodily function, such as urine excretion, are regulated by an internal circadian clock located in the kidney organs, a new study conducted at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland shows. Human circadian rhythms, responding primarily to darkness and sunlight, and controlling physical, mental, and behavioural processes onRead More

New Mechanisms of Bladder Function Offer Target for Therapy

New Mechanisms of Bladder Function Offer Target for Therapy

Nephrology April 29, 2016 at 5:10 PM 0 comments

SENSORY nerve activity mediating the function of the bladder is influenced by both filling pressure and newly discovered ‘non-voiding transient contractions’ (TCs) according to researchers; a discovery that may offer a potential new pathway for intervention in bladder dysfunction. Through understanding the underlying processes of normally functioning bladders, therapeutic strategiesRead More

Physical Exercise Combats Depression Post Heart Attack

Physical Exercise Combats Depression Post Heart Attack

Cardiology April 25, 2016 at 9:31 AM 0 comments

UNIQUE data has shed light on the mental health of individuals who have experienced a heart attack. The analysis, which used the data collected from 1984–86, 1995–97, and 2006–08 for the Nord-Trøndelag HUNT studies, facilitated the interpretation of long-term consequences of exercise habits in relation to the aftermath of aRead More

Functional Cardiac Muscle Cells can be Successfully Regenerated

Functional Cardiac Muscle Cells can be Successfully Regenerated

Cardiology April 25, 2016 at 9:29 AM 0 comments

BIOENGINEERED human hearts are becoming a reality after a team of researchers successfully generated cardiomyocytes (cardiac muscle cells) with the help of recellularisation support systems. “Regenerating a whole heart is most certainly a long-term goal that is several years away, so we are currently working on engineering a functional myocardialRead More

First 3D Printed ‘Sneezometer’ Opens Doors to Diagnosis

First 3D Printed ‘Sneezometer’ Opens Doors to Diagnosis

Respiratory April 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM 0 comments

PIONEERING use of 3D printing technology has enabled the development of simple, non-intrusive, and cost-effective spirometry for the diagnosis of respiratory conditions. The ‘sneezometer’ provides a diagnostic solution to the high cost, inconvenience, and lack of sensitivity which are characteristic of current spirometer tests. Spirometry can be a great toolRead More

Structure of Coronavirus Defence Offers Clues to Treatment

Structure of Coronavirus Defence Offers Clues to Treatment

Respiratory April 19, 2016 at 10:19 AM 0 comments

DECIPHERING the structure of a key protein in the coronavirus HKU1, a member of a family of deadly viruses, has provided a promising avenue for developing antibodies that may translate into effective therapies, according to a team of researchers. Over the last 13 years, at least three respiratory coronaviruses haveRead More

Current Diabetes Treatments Are Not a Patch on This: The Smart Cell Patch

Current Diabetes Treatments Are Not a Patch on This: The Smart Cell Patch

Diabetes April 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM 0 comments

SMART insulin technologies, in the form of the newly developed ‘smart cell patch’ could represent a future solution for the treatment of patients with Type 1 and advanced Type 2 diabetes. Affecting >387 million people worldwide, diabetes embodies a huge and growing global disease burden. Mismanaged regulation of blood sugarRead More

Long-Term Diabetes Reversal: More Than Just a Magic Trick

Long-Term Diabetes Reversal: More Than Just a Magic Trick

Diabetes April 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM 0 comments

REVERSIBLE! A concept that may seem unimaginable to patients with diabetes, has now been demonstrated by a study from Newcastle University. In 2011, Prof Roy Taylor, Director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK, published a study which highlighted the possibility that diabetes is reversible. However, the studyRead More

Mirtazapine: A New Treatment for Functional Dyspepsia

Mirtazapine: A New Treatment for Functional Dyspepsia

Gastroenterology April 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM 0 comments

IMPROVEMENTS in many symptoms of functional dyspepsia have been observed in a pilot study of mirtazapine, an antidepressant. Functional dyspepsia is a highly prevalent gastrointestinal disorder and can present with early satiation, postprandial fullness, and epigastric pain and burning in the absence of underlying systemic or metabolic disease. The mostRead More

Aspirin: A Potential Preventative Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

Aspirin: A Potential Preventative Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

Gastroenterology April 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM 0 comments

A NOVEL use for aspirin has recently been discovered in two long-term studies. Whilst aspirin is commonly used to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease, headaches, and arthritis, the new research suggests the drug could also be beneficial for colorectal cancer (CRC). The US Preventative Services Task Force examined the Nurses’Read More