New clues found to help protect heart from damage after heart attack

Studying mice, scientists have shown that boosting the activity of specific immune cells in the heart after a heart attack can protect against developing heart failure, an invariably fatal condition. Patients with heart failure tire easily and become breathless from everyday activities because the heart muscle has lost the ability to pump enough blood to the body. The study, by […]

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Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting in a special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older […]

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Researchers identify targeted therapy that can help children with deadly nerve cancer

Mount Sinai researchers have identified a targeted therapy for adolescent patients with neuroblastoma, a deadly pediatric nerve cancer, who would otherwise have no treatment options, according to a study published in October in Cancer Cell. Neuroblastoma is one of the most common and aggressive pediatric nervous system tumors and generally has a poor prognosis, particularly when it advances in older […]

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Rice bran may help curb malnutrition, diarrhea for infants

Malnutrition is prevalent on a global scale and has numerous negative consequences for children during the first five years of life. For some children, it can mean struggling with health issues for life or a higher risk of death among those under five years of age. A new study led by Colorado State University found that adding a rice bran […]

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Immunotherapy drug could help women with aggressive breast cancer

Immunotherapy drug could halt the return of the ‘most aggressive form of breast cancer’ and ‘save thousands of lives’ Women with triple negative breast cancer were given the drug Keytruda  Keytruda was taken alongside chemo to shrink tumours before surgery More than 60% of the patients showed no sign of cancer after the operation An immunotherapy drug could prevent a […]

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Doctors are not using tools to help youths quit smoking

At a time when the rapid growth in electronic cigarette “vaping” among young people threatens to reverse decades of progress in reducing tobacco use, a large study published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds that medical professionals are largely failing to use existing tools to help young people quit smoking. Medicaid data from more than 80,000 adolescents and young adults diagnosed […]

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Bacteria injections help the immune system fight cancer

Cancers evade destruction by convincing some immune cells to suppress others. But a surprising interlocutor can persuade the suppressors to defect, and the destroyers to redouble. A review published in Frontiers in Oncology explains how bacteria can rally immune cells to attack tumors, via ancient lines of chemical communication with our immune system. Decoding these molecular signals is key to […]

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How to sleep: Seven ways to promote good sleep – have you tried this?

Sleep statistics paint a gloomy picture. According to research carried out by the Royal Society for Public health, Britons are under-sleeping by an hour every night, which equates to a whole night’s sleep over the course of the week. While a lack of sleep may seem relatively harmless, the cost of ongoing sleepless nights has been linked to cardiovascular complications. […]

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Researchers develop novel heart pump to help people with heart failure

Dr. David Adlam, associate professor and interventional cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Piyal Samara-Ratna, Mechanical Engineer in the Space Research Centre, have joined forces to combine medical and space research to develop a pump to help people with heart failure. The new left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is an artificial heart pump used as an interim support […]

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