Psoriasis Onset Linked to Alcohol Consumption

Psoriasis Onset Linked to Alcohol Consumption

Dermatology January 9, 2017 at 9:07 AM 0 comments

ALCOHOL consumption has continuously been linked to a number of dermatological conditions. Although still not proven, studies have now provided significant evidence to support a link between alcohol and the onset of psoriasis, in addition to its exacerbation of established disease. An autoimmune disease affecting the epidermal layer of theRead More

Long-Term Eczema May be Triggered by Immune System Over-reaction

Long-Term Eczema May be Triggered by Immune System Over-reaction

Dermatology January 9, 2017 at 9:05 AM 0 comments

MATHEMATICAL MODELLING has been used to study how atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, progresses. A team of researchers from Imperial College London, London, UK, synthesised data from approximately 500 experimental and clinical studies and carried out research with mice in order to develop a general mathematicalRead More

New Cavity Treatment Allows Tooth to Repair Itself

Uncategorized January 6, 2017 at 12:30 PM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS from the Dental Institute at King’s College London, London, UK, have reported a way to stimulate stem cell renewal as a new tooth repair method for large cavities which could reduce the need for fillings or cements. The new approach is designed to ensure teeth produce enough dentine, theRead More

New Antibiotic Developed for Gonorrhoea Treatment

Reproductive Health January 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS at the University of York, UK have identified carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) as an antimicrobial substance that can be developed for the treatment of the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea. Prof James Moir, Department of Biology, University of York, UK, and colleagues have demonstrated that Trypto-CO-RM, a tryptophan-containing manganese(I) carbonyl,Read More

Musical Anhedonia Linked to Reward Responses

Neurology January 5, 2017 at 3:50 PM 0 comments

SPECIFIC musical anhedonia, or an inability to experience pleasure from music, has been associated with a reduction in the activity of an area of the brain involved in pleasure and reward responses in a recent study. The team of researchers at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and the MontrealRead More

Importance of Dietary Fibre for Gut Microbes

Importance of Dietary Fibre for Gut Microbes

Gastroenterology January 3, 2017 at 9:42 AM 0 comments

NEW research has emphasised the importance of dietary fibre in protecting the gut from infection, a component recommended as an integral constituent of a healthy diet by nutritionists for a long time. This study sought to uncover the underlying mechanism behind this recommendation. Researchers carried out a study on miceRead More

Diet Found to Influence Gene Expression

Diet Found to Influence Gene Expression

Gastroenterology January 3, 2017 at 9:40 AM 0 comments

GENE expression is affected by gut microbiota changes induced by diet, new research has revealed. It is currently known that while the DNA composition of genes is relatively fixed, changes in the environment are able to trigger a gene response, altering their expression via the utilisation of chemical tags locatedRead More

Awardees of Global Health Research Fund Will Tackle Disease and Infection Around the World

Uncategorized December 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM 0 comments

THE FIRST PHASE of awards for the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) has been announced with a focus on funding projects that will tackle non-communicable diseases and infections affecting people in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Led by the Medical Research Council (MRC), these awards are designedRead More

Depression in Cancer Patients Leads to Worse Treatment Outcomes

Oncology December 19, 2016 at 10:38 AM 0 comments

DEPRESSION can lead to a poorer prognosis in cancer patients as a result of the decreased amounts of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in their blood. This is according to the findings of research presented at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore showing that patient tolerance to chemotherapy was severelyRead More

New Autoimmune Mutation Found in Enteritis Pathogenesis

New Autoimmune Mutation Found in Enteritis Pathogenesis

Gastroenterology December 19, 2016 at 9:20 AM 0 comments

NOVEL immunotherapy has successfully ameliorated the symptoms of autoimmune enteritis following the discovery of a genetic mutation within an immune system protein. Discovered in an adult patient, this genetic immunodeficiency and its consequent findings pose a number of interesting future research directions. Although there are >300 genetically determined immunodeficiencies currentlyRead More