Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Medical News Today: A single test could detect almost any virus

In the future, one test could detect any virus in a human or animal. Enhanced virome sequencing has already been proven to indicate 52% more viruses than standard testing.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Medical News Today: Aspirin may double survival for cancer patients

Patients with gastrointestinal cancers who took aspirin after diagnosis were more than twice as likely to survive as those who did not take the drug, a new study finds.

Sleep clinics offer hope to parents of children with intellectual disabilities

Sleep clinics aimed at parents of children with challenging behaviour can improve the chances of a peaceful night, a team of specialists has concluded.

Medical News Today: Study finds drug improves survival for patients with non-small cell lung cancer

A new phase 3 trial finds that overall survival is longer for patient with non-small cell lung cancer treated with the drug nivolumab compared with chemotherapy drug docetaxel.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Medical News Today: Study identifies possible treatment for preeclampsia

Researchers have uncovered a possible treatment for preeclampsia, identifying a strategy that could increase the duration of a pregnancy by 8-15 days.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Medical News Today: Study links hearing impairment to increased risk of death

New research finds that the risk of death is increased as a result of hearing impairment in the over-70s, for those with mild as well as more severe hearing loss.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Medical News Today: Study highlights which fruits and vegetables can aid weight loss

A survey of more than 130,000 Americans has shown that consuming fruits and vegetables does lead to weight loss, and highlights the ones that are best for this purpose.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Medical News Today: Sleep apnea 'could be misdiagnosed as depression'

Around 73% of people with sleep apnea were found to have depressive symptoms in a new study, suggesting the sleep condition could be misdiagnosed as depression.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Medical News Today: Existing arthritis drug bodes well for Alzheimer's

Research into tau acetylation has led researchers to believe that salsalate - a drug used to treat arthritis - may help prevent and reverse some of the effects of Alzheimer's.

Task Force recommends behavioral interventions and medication to help smokers quit

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends counseling and pharmaceutical interventions to help adults and pregnant women quit smoking.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Medical News Today: New study finds brain disease in 95% of deceased NFL players

Researchers have identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 95% of brains tested belonging to ex-NFL players, indicating a link between football and long-term brain disease.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Medical News Today: Silicone vaginal ring may help protect underprivileged women against HIV, herpes

Scientists hope a new silicone vaginal ring design will enable effective delivery of drugs against human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted diseases.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Medical News Today: Beetroot juice benefits patients with heart failure

A new study that takes the experience of elite athletes who have a diet high in nitrates shows there are benefits for people with heart failure, too.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Medical News Today: Long naps and daytime sleepiness could increase risk of diabetes

A new meta-analysis suggests that napping for longer than an hour and excessive daytime sleepiness could be linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Medical News Today: How an evening coffee can disrupt our body clock

A new study finds that consuming caffeine in the evening delays the body clock by 40 minutes, with implications for jet lag and sleep disorders.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Medical News Today: Leukemia virus in cattle may raise risk for human breast cancer

A new study suggests bovine leukemia virus presents higher odds for human breast cancer than obesity, alcohol consumption or postmenopausal hormones.

Yoga may improve symptoms of arthritis

A new study suggests yoga may lead to improvements in physical and mental wellbeing for individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Toxins in herbal medicines "can harm our health"

People who take unregulated complementary medicines are at a higher risk of being contaminated by heavy metals, a medical scientist has warned.

Medical News Today: Mediterranean diet with olive oil linked to reduced risk of breast cancer

A study in Spain cautiously suggests that a Mediterranean diet with olive oil may help prevent breast cancer, compared with a low-fat diet.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Medical News Today: Could longer school lunch periods encourage healthy eating?

Giving students more time to eat their lunch, new research suggests, may allow them to eat more of their meal and encourage healthier food choices.

Pharmacists have a real role in advising on use of complementary medicines, Australia

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the peak organisation representing pharmacists across all sectors of the profession, has issued a position statement recognising that complementary...

Friday, 11 September 2015

Medical News Today: Blood test could replace biopsy for cancer diagnosis

A new blood test proves almost 70% accurate in diagnosing cancer by identifying cancer-related gene mutations. Researchers say it could soon replace biopsy for some patients.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Medical News Today: WHO: child mortality under 6 million for first time

A WHO joint report says while global rates of under-5 deaths have plunged to under 50% of their 1990 levels, big challenges remain, especially in the period at or around birth.

Medical News Today: Men with a high BMI at lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A high BMI in men and the type of fat men develop could be reducing their risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research from Sweden.

Medical News Today: Novel biodegradable implant 'captures' spreading cancer cells

A tiny biodegradable implant successfully halted cancer progression in mice by 'trapping' circulating cancer cells, preventing them from starting tumors in other parts of the body.

Medical News Today: Naturally occurring compounds could block protein behind age-related muscle loss

Naturally occurring compounds found in apple peel and green tomatoes could be harnessed to prevent age-related muscle wasting, according to the findings of a new study.

Medical News Today: Scientists attack malaria in blood cells by altering parasite genes

Drug resistance is a major contributor to the worldwide malaria problem. Now, a new study suggests a new way to attack resistant parasites in the blood by disrupting key genes.

Medical News Today: Arthritis may increase risk of falling into poverty

A new study from Australia covering more than 4,000 adults suggests that developing arthritis may increase the risk of falling into poverty - especially for women.

Medical News Today: Outcomes for extremely preterm infants improved over last 20 years

A study reveals a number of improvements to the health outcomes of extremely preterm infants, such as an increase in survival without complications for those born at 25-28 weeks.

Medical News Today: Prevalence of diabetes in the US plateaus but remains high, study finds

Almost half the US adult population has diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new study. However, the study also reveals that diabetes prevalence in the country has leveled off.

Medical News Today: Is cheese good for you?

When it comes to cheese, you will either hear that it is good for you, or that it can harm your health. So which is true? MNT examines the case for and against cheese.

Medical News Today: E-cigarettes 'a gateway to conventional smoking' for teens, young adults

A new study adds to increasing evidence that electronic cigarettes act as a 'gateway' to traditional cigarette use for adolescents and young adults.

Medical News Today: Thousands of lives at risk from snake bites as doctors warn antivenom is running dry

The last batch of effective snake bite antivenom known as Fav-Afrique is due to run out in 2016 and a replacement is unlikely until at least 2018, warn MSF.

Medical News Today: Smoking cessation drug 'does not raise risk of heart disease, depression'

Contrary to previous reports, a new study suggests the widely used smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) is not associated with heart disease, depression or self-harm.

Medical News Today: Drug that prevents chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting wins FDA approval

Regulators have approved Varubi (rolapitant) to prevent delayed phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, a side effect that can disrupt patients' lives and their therapy.

Medical News Today: Scientists map 1,000 molecular tools common to cells across tree of life

In mapping the instructions for making 1,000 protein complexes common to most animals, scientists offer a powerful tool for studying causes of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's.

Medical News Today: Deadly melanoma discovery supports immunotherapy treatment for cancer

Research into desmoplastic melanoma by an international team of scientists based at UCSF points toward immunotherapy as an effective approach to treating cancer.

Medical News Today: New test developed to measure healthy aging

A new molecular test to calculate biological age could help clinicians to identify the people most at risk of age-related diseases.

Medical News Today: Researchers uncover biomarker that may help predict stomach cancer survival

A new study from China identifies an important biomarker in stomach cancer lesions that gives patients a more reliable indicator of their survival rates.

Medical News Today: Almost a fifth of students using e-cigarettes to vape cannabis

A recent study of high school students found that nearly 1 in 5 had used electronic cigarettes to vaporized cannabis or byproducts of the drug.

Medical News Today: Work stress 'damages health as much as secondhand smoke exposure'

Job stressors such as long work hours and and high job demands may harm health as much as secondhand smoke exposure, according to the findings of a new study.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Medical News Today: Stroke brain damage could reveal key to treating addiction

New research reveals that smokers who had stroke in a specific region of the brain were considerably more likely to quit smoking that those whose strokes occurred elsewhere.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Medical News Today: Infants more likely to catch whooping cough from siblings than mothers

The AAP have found a shift in the source of transmission of pertussis from mothers to siblings and call for greater protection through booster vaccinations.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Medical News Today: Vitamin C 'as effective as exercise' for obesity vascular health

A small study on the effects of vitamin C finds the supplement is as effective as exercise against a blood vessel-constricting protein, benefiting cardiovascular health.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Medical News Today: How can aspirin help to cure cancer?

Studies have suggested aspirin and other NSAIDs may help fight cancer if used alongside other immunotherapy treatments. Now, new research adds to the evidence.

Acupuncture reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors

Findings also highlight acupuncture's ability to induce a stronger placebo effect than oral medicationsAcupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of...

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Medical News Today: Bionic suit helps paralyzed man take voluntary steps

A paralyzed man has been able to move his legs voluntarily, making thousands of steps, thanks to a robotic step-training device and noninvasive spinal stimulation.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Medical News Today: Breastfeeding brings benefits for mothers with MS

Recent research has found that breastfeeding may help mothers with multiple sclerosis to avoid relapses in the first 6 months after giving birth.

Spinal manipulation works for back pain - in some people

Depending on whom you ask or what scientific paper you read last, spinal manipulation is either a mercifully quick, effective treatment for low-back pain or a complete waste of time.

Medical News Today: Men with unaggressive prostate tumors 'unlikely to develop, die from prostate cancer'

A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds the majority of men with low-risk prostate tumors are unlikely to progress to prostate cancer.

Medical News Today: Children should be informed about alcohol dangers from age 9, say experts

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and pediatricians should inform children about the risks of alcohol use from the age of 9 years.

Medical News Today: Marijuana use surpasses cigarette use in US college students

A study investigating college student drug use has found that daily marijuana use has now surpassed daily cigarette smoking for the first time.

Medical News Today: Nearsightedness develops when kids with specific gene read a lot

Kids who carry a certain gene variant are likely to become nearsighted if they read for more than 1 hour a day, scientists suggest.

Medical News Today: Leukemia drug could be used to sabotage metabolism of cancer cells

Scientists may be able to force cancer cells to eliminate a crucial metabolic enzyme using a leukemia drug and another compound to disrupt the process of autophagy.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Medical News Today: 9 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week

What is happening in week 9 of your pregnancy? Your baby is now the size of a peanut and their heartbeat may be heard for the very first time with the use of a handheld doppler.

Medical News Today: Young women with diabetes 'have six-fold higher heart attack risk'

A new study examines data from over 7,000 women to evaluate the risk factors among younger women that are associated with cardiovascular disease.

Medical News Today: Lack of sleep could increase common cold risk

A new study has found that people who slept less than 5 hours a night were 4.5 times likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than people who slept 7 or more hours.

Medical News Today: Tahini: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Find out about the health benefits of consuming tahini including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, protecting against hormone-related cancers and maintaining bone health.