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NIH-funded study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:58
The National Institutes of Health is funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome, a condition caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy.

Rapid, sensitive genetic test successfully detects some aggressive types of pancreatic cancer

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:51
A genetic test developed at UPMC proved highly sensitive at determining which pancreatic cysts are most likely to be associated with one of the most aggressive types of pancreatic cancer, UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists reported in Gut, the journal of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Study finds no association between BCG vaccine and childhood asthma

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:44
Childhood asthma is a serious public health challenge in Québec and throughout the world. Although the immune mechanisms implicated in the development of childhood asthma are not fully understood, some studies seem to suggest that the BCG vaccine, used in tuberculosis prevention, may have a protective effect on childhood asthma.

Older adults with depression symptoms more likely to have trouble performing daily activities

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:30
Recently, researchers investigated whether depressive symptoms might make it harder for older adults to perform their regular daily activities. The researchers also wanted to find out whether living circumstances or marital status had any impact on whether depressive symptoms affected older adults' abilities to perform daily activities.

Liquid biopsy can reveal response to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:22
In a first-of-its-kind study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that a blood sample, or liquid biopsy, can reveal which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies.

Study tests stepped care model of treatment for youth with anxiety

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:22
A stepped care model of treatment for youth with anxiety can be effectively delivered using at least 14% less therapist time than traditional treatment service, reports a study published in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Alterations in circulating tumor DNA associated with response to checkpoint inhibitors

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:09
The number of alterations detected in the DNA collected from blood samples (liquid biopsies) of cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors was associated with response to the treatment.

Estrogen acts as upstream regulator for energy metabolism and muscle cell viability, study finds

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:49
According to a research conducted at the University of Jyväskylä, estrogen acts as a regulator of muscle energy metabolism and muscle cell viability. Menopause leads to the cessation of ovarian estrogen production concurrent to the deterioration of muscle function.

Statin use linked to reduced risk of S aureus bloodstream infection

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:42
Users of statins, widely prescribed for prevention of cardiac disease, have a 27% lower risk of contracting a Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus) bloodstream infection outside of a hospital, according to a new study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Time to tackle dirty laundry to prevent bed bugs

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 01:03
According to researchers from University of Sheffield, dirty laundry can attract bed bugs and there is a rise in these parasites that bite and carry a host of diseases. Their study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“Chemical surgery” on embryos to free them of a gene causing thalassemia

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:57
A team of Chinese researchers have for the first time “mended” defective embryos using chemical surgery to free them of a faulty gene that leads to beta thalassemia. Until now this defect was found to be incorrigible caused due to a single misspelling in the DNA code. Beta thalassemia is a dreaded blood disorder wherein the child is unable to make healthy blood needing blood transfusions on a regular basis. The study was published this week in the journal Protein and Cell.

Losing sense of smell linked to dementia

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:47
Scientists have found that losing the sense of smell is an early sign that a person is at risk of development of dementia later in life. The study entitled “Olfactory Dysfunction Predicts Subsequent Dementia in Older US Adults,” was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Zinc may help stop growth of esophageal cancer

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:18
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have discovered that zinc targets and blocks a specific calcium channel in esophageal cancer cells, preventing them from proliferating.

Tattoo ink that changes color could be used to monitor health

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:56
Scientists from Harvard Medical School and MIT have designed a tattoo ink that can monitor a person’s health by changing color to indicate dehydration or an increased blood sugar level, for example.

SunVit-D3 outline the importance of Vitamin D consumption

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:37
To mark the clocks going back on the 29th October, new research by SunVit-D3, reveals that Brits are surprisingly unaware of the importance of Vitamin D and the effects it can have on us.