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Monday 18th June 2018

Scientists to focus on big data and genetics to identify risk factors for dementia

Physical activity plays an important part in dementia prevention. In order to identify risk factors for this neurological disease more effectively, scientists will increasingly focus on big data and genetic research, experts reported at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Lisbon.

Mechanical thrombectomy appears to be important therapy for acute stroke in very old patients

The mechanical removal of blood clots in acute stroke is highly effective but not suitable for all patients.

Drug used to treat myelofibrosis can awaken ‘dormant’ lymphomas in the bone marrow

Most patients with myelofibrosis, a rare chronic disorder of the haematopoietic cells of the bone marrow, benefit from drugs from the JAK2 inhibitor class: symptoms are relieved, survival extended and general quality-of-life enhanced.

New stimulation method increases hope for improving disorders of consciousness

To diagnose patients with severe brain injuries reliably, their state of consciousness has to be evaluated several times with suitable tools.

Gene editing technology predicts heart disease risk

Scientists could now use gene editing and stem cell technologies to predict whether carrying a specific gene variant increases the risk of heart disease.

New 3D imaging technique could improve arthritis treatment

A team of engineers, physicians and radiologists have developed an algorithm that could change the way that the severity of arthritis is assessed and treated.

New study focuses on best, cost effective practices to bridge treatment gap for brain disorders

Up to eight out of ten patients with a brain disorder remain untreated or inadequately treated. But what is the best practice - and above all, most cost effective - healthcare interventions to bridge the treatment gap? This was the focus of the European Brain Council's study entitled The Value of Treatment which was discussed at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Lisbon.

Studies provide insight into molecular changes prior to onset of arthritis

The results of two studies presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) provide insight into molecular changes prior to the onset of arthritis which could inform future novel diagnostics and early therapeutic interventions.

Diabetes diagnosis may come with increased risk of pancreatic cancer for African-Americans, Latinos

Each year, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes mellitus, also known as type 2 diabetes. The new diagnosis comes with a long list of potential complications: high blood pressure, nerve damage, kidney disease, stroke, glaucoma and more.

Sunday 17th June 2018

Chronic use of opioids related to increased risk of fracture nonunion

Dr. Robert Zura, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of a research team reporting that not only may opioid use increase the risk of bone fractures, but opioids may also impair healing.

Study: Lenabasum has acceptable safety and tolerability in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis

The results of an open label extension of a phase II study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, 2018, demonstrate that lenabasum continues to have acceptable safety and tolerability in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis with no severe or serious adverse events.

Study highlights potential use of blood biomarkers as diagnostic tool for sleep apnea

The Dove Medical Press journal, Nature and Science of Sleep, has published a study that highlights the potential use of blood biomarkers as a diagnostic tool for obstructive sleep apnea.

Canakinumab reduces gout rate by more than half in atherosclerosis patients, study shows

The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) demonstrate that canakinumab significantly reduced the rate of gout by more than half compared to placebo, regardless of baseline serum urate level.

Researchers link red meat sensitivity spread by ticks with heart disease

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat - a sensitivity spread by tick bites - with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart.

Friday 15th June 2018

Investigating Enamel Nanostructure with Nanoindentation

In this interview, Dr S. Amini, post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface, talks to AZoM about his work involving the structural properties and mechanical responses of teeth enamel.

Accelerated brain maturation linked to stress in childhood

A new has found that stress experienced in the early stages of childhood accelerates the maturation of particular regions of the brain in early adolescence.

Researchers identify gene enhancer that affects sex determination

Researchers have identified a gene enhancer that is critical for male sex development and shown that deleting it results in male-to-female sex reversal in mice.

Vitamin D and Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Dr. Cedric Garland discusses the results of a 12-year cohort study which showed that vitamin D3 can prevent type 1 diabetes in 80 percent of cases.

Thursday 14th June 2018

Engineers create first 3D computer model to show breast duct development

Working with hundreds of time-lapse videos of mouse tissue, a team of biologists joined up with civil engineers to create what is believed to be the first 3D computer model to show precisely how the tiny tubes that funnel milk through the breasts of mammals form.

Study provides insights into genetics underlying debilitating pediatric kidney disease

New research provides insights into the genetics underlying a debilitating kidney disease in children. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, could lead to new diagnostics and, ultimately, treatments.

Early birds less likely to develop depression

Middle-to-older aged women who are naturally early to bed and early to rise are significantly less likely to develop depression, according to a new study by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

NIAID launches clinical trial of investigational RSV vaccine

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of an investigational vaccine designed to protect against respiratory syncytial virus.

Fat and carb rich foods preferred by the brain

We might all be aware of the harmful effects of junk food on health. This does not stop our brains from craving fat-rich and sugar loaded foods finds a new study. The study titled, “Supra-Additive Effects of Combining Fat and Carbohydrate on Food Reward,” was published today in the latest issue of the journal Cell Metabolism.

IQ scores on the decline due to less reading and more video-gaming

During the 20th Century, there was a steady rise in IQ scores among populations. Present trends however show a persistent decline in the same causing concerns.

Mammals becoming more nocturnal for fear of humans

Mammals have always roamed free during day light looking and foraging for food until now when they have shifted their timings to after sunset for fear of encountering humans find researchers. The study titled, “The influence of human disturbance on wildlife nocturnality” was published in the latest issue of the journal Science.

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