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Secrets in small blood vessels could reveal the risks of heart disease and diabetes

Researchers at the University of Southampton together with colleagues at King’s College London have embarked on a unique study that will shed new light on the risk of heart disease and diabetes in later life.

More white blood cells in cardiac patients with depression

Cardiac patients suffering from depression are at greater risk for new cardiac events or cardiac death than patients without depression. It is still unclear which underlying mechanisms play a role in this adverse relationship. Researchers...

Light-activated reversal of anesthesia

In a new study, a light-sensitive moiety has been added to propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, allowing its narcotic effect to be controlled by light. The compound also offers a possible route to the treatment of certain eye diseases.

Human stem cells cure common form of deafness

A cure for deafness is a step closer after University of Sheffield scientists used human embryonic stem cells to treat a common form of...

World Medtech Forum Lucerne

A visit to the World Medtech Forum Lucerne, September 25 to 27, 2012 is an introduction to the full range of exciting innovations in medical technology.

Scientists in quest to unravel health secrets of the DNA twist

People suffering from genetic conditions such as cancer and premature aging could benefit from new research that seeks to explain how...

DNA encyclopedia scraps the junk

An international team of researchers reveal that much of what has been called ‘junk DNA’ in the human genome is actually a massive...

New ‘traffic light’ test could save lives with earlier diagnosis of liver disease

A new ‘traffic light’ test devised by Dr Nick Sheron and colleagues at University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital could be used in primary care to diagnose liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in high risk populations more...

New insights into placebo effect

Mathematical models developed by scientists at the University of Bristol are providing new insights into why the placebo effect exists and when it should occur.

Flu is transmitted before symptoms appear, study suggests

Research at Imperial College London examining influenza transmission in ferrets suggests that the virus can be passed on before the appearance of symptoms. If the finding applies to humans, it means that people pass on flu to others before...

Scientists identify mechanisms in kidney disease that trigger heart attacks and strokes

Up to 15% of the population in the UK are affected by kidney disease. While a small number of individuals will develop kidney failure, a far greater number will develop circulatory diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. New research...

30 minutes of daily exercise does the trick

Researchers have shown that 30 minutes of daily training provide an equally effective loss of weight and body mass as 60 minutes. Their...

Suffering from skin conditions could be ended by psychological interventions

Psychological interventions such as habit reversal, relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy have for the first time been shown to help...

New gene offers hope for preventive medicine against fractures

An international study has identified a special gene that regulates bone density and bone strength. The gene can be used as a risk marker for fractures and opens up opportunities for preventive medicine against fractures.

Simple test to predict if pregnant women will give birth prematurely

Babies born early run a greater risk of serious complications. The researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy have now developed a method to predict if pregnant women with preterm contractions will give birth within seven days. The method...

Diabetes in high risk individuals

EKF Diagnostics welcomes the recent release of a public health guidance document to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in high risk individuals.

Scientists decode TREX which could see new treatments for cancer realised

Decoded process could hold the key to future treatments for a wide range of chronic health problems including Motor Neuron Disease, myotonic dystrophy and a wide range of cancers, University of Sheffield scientists have revealed.

Arthritis awareness in cats and dogs

Pets are living longer thanks to improvements in nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine but they are still prone to arthritis as they get older and the disease is one of the most common causes of joint problems in animals. A free...

Researchers identify which sensory nerve cells contribute to chronic nerve pain

New research has identified the subtypes of sensory nerve cells that are likely to contribute to long-term nerve pain from partial nerve injury. It is hoped this will aid in development of more effective pain killers.

Alzheimer's drug fails to reduce significant agitation

A drug prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease does not ease clinically significant agitation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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