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May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Newborn Screening Test Developed for Rare, Deadly Neurological Disorder

May 4, 2016 — Soon after birth, a baby's blood is sampled and tested for a number of rare inherited conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. A new study describes a novel newborn screening ... read more

May 4, 2016 — A chemical byproduct, or metabolite, created as the body breaks down ketamine likely holds the secret to its rapid antidepressant action. This metabolite singularly reversed depression-like behaviors ... read more

High-Fructose Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Restrict Fetal Growth

May 4, 2016 — Research in mice and women found that consuming a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may cause defects in the placenta and restrict fetal growth, potentially increasing a baby's risk for ... read more

Use of Personal Care Products During Pregnancy Linked to Adverse Effects in Newborns

May 4, 2016 — A new study presents evidence linking personal care products used during pregnancy to adverse reproductive effects in newborns. The antimicrobial compound, triclocarban, mainly added to soaps, was ... read more

You Could Mistakenly Believe You're Allergic to This Common Antibiotic

May 4, 2016 — According to an allergist, most people who believe they're allergic to this common antibiotic may not be allergic at all. In fact, 10 years after a mild reaction to the drug, up to 90 percent of ... read more

Genetic Test Shows Risk for Serious Adverse Reaction to Toxic Goitre Treatment

May 4, 2016 — Adverse drugs reactions are a leading cause of admission to hospital. Genetic variation is believed to contribute to a majority of serious immune-mediated adverse drug reactions. Now gene variants ... read more

May 4, 2016 — An international team of researchers has developed a completely new type of drug carrier for targeted delivery to the sick organ -- the gel nano-capsules with a double ... read more

Human Heart Cells Respond Less to E-Cig Vapour Than Tobacco Smoke

May 4, 2016 — Substantial differences have been observed in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke. Researchers have investigated how the same type of cells as ... read more

Faster, Cheaper Way to Produce New Antibiotics

May 4, 2016 — A novel way of synthesizing a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the ... read more

Genetic Test Shows Patients at Risk of a Serious Adverse Reaction to Toxic Goitre Treatment

May 4, 2016 — Gene variants that predict the risk of a serious adverse reaction to drugs used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, researchers report. Adverse drugs reactions are a leading cause of admission to ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Researchers have shown how controlling cholesterol metabolism in pancreatic cancer cells reduces metastasis, pointing to a potential new treatment using drugs previously developed for ... read more

Autism and Cancer Share a Remarkable Number of Risk Genes in Common

May 3, 2016 — Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for ... read more

May 3, 2016 — When given to old rats, the drug, which is known to affect signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate, reversed many age-related changes that occur in a brain region key to learning and memory. The ... read more

Chemoradiotherapy Vs. Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

May 3, 2016 — Researchers have assessed whether chemoradiotherapy improves overall survival of patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer controlled after four months of gemcitabine-based induction ... read more

One in Four Patients With COPD Suffer from Depression

May 3, 2016 — One in four patients with COPD suffer from depressive symptoms, new research show, and if not treated, those symptoms can have a negative effect on their overall health and treatment ... read more

Imodium Abuse: Anti-Diarrhea Medication Containing Loperamide Dangerous for Self-Treatment of Opiod Addiction

May 3, 2016 — The over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication Imodium, or its key ingredient loperamide, is increasingly being abused by people attempting to self-treat their opioid addiction, with sometime fatal ... read more

Mother's Hepatitis B Supports Chronic Infection in Children, Study Finds

May 3, 2016 — Chronic hepatitis B infection could one day be cleared from a person's system with a series of shots. 'Hepatic macrophages' -- liver immune cells that eliminate foreign substances and ... read more

Dry Eyes No More: New Insight May Lead to Better Detection, Treatment of Common Autoimmune Disease

May 3, 2016 — Sjogren's syndrome affects an estimated four million people in the U.S., but diagnosis is often delayed because its symptoms are similar to other conditions. A new study describes a protein with ... read more

Group Activities Reduced Depressive Symptoms Among Older People With Dementia

May 3, 2016 — Both a high-intensity functional exercise programme and a non-exercise group activity, conducted among older care facility residents with dementia, reduced high levels of depressive symptoms. ... read more

May 3, 2016 — The nerve agent sarin causes a deadly overstimulation of the nervous system that can be stopped if treated with an antidote within minutes of poisoning. Today, a ground-breaking study describes in ... read more

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