Study Sheds Light on Conception Time After Miscarriage

Women who get pregnant soon after a miscarriage are more likely to have a successful pregnancy than those who wait to conceive again. Contrary to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines that recommend waiting at least six months, the comprehensive review by the University of Aberdeen found that pregnancies were most successful if conceived within six [...]

By |2016-11-30T16:05:37+01:00November 30th, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

New Drug to Prevent Pre-Term Birth

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have successfully tested a drug that is showing some early promise in efforts to prevent pre-term birth. The findings, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, are a step forward in understanding the inflammatory mechanisms that lead to pre-term birth and how they can be suppressed. Researchers in the [...]

By |2016-11-30T15:56:21+01:00November 30th, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

Early Exposure to Hormone Causes Genital Defects

University of Florida (UF) researchers have identified cells targeted by a male hormone and found that an excess of that hormone at a specific time can cause genital defects in female mice. The findings appear today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study identifies a window of foetal development and a [...]

By |2016-11-30T15:49:32+01:00November 30th, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

Vaccine Against Fatal Prescription Opioid Overdose Developed

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a vaccine that blocks the pain-numbing effects of the opioid drugs oxycodone (oxy) and hydrocodone (hydro) in animal models. The vaccine also appears to decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose; a growing cause of death. ‘We saw both blunting of the drug's effects and, remarkably, [...]

By |2016-11-28T16:03:37+01:00November 28th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Electronic Prescribing May Contribute to Falls in Elderly

In a recent study of 287 individuals over 65 years who experienced a fall while hospitalised at an urban academic hospital, 62 per cent of falls occurred in patients in whom high risk medications had been administered within the 24 hours before the fall. High risk medications were often administered at higher than recommended geriatric [...]

By |2016-11-28T15:47:46+01:00November 28th, 2016|General Medicine|0 Comments

Patient Safety Under Threat from GP Pressures

The quality and safety of patient care in general practice in England is under threat from rising workload pressures, according to a major new BMA survey of more than 5,000 GPs. Key findings from the survey, which drew responses from 5,025 GPs across England, include: Eight out of 10 GPs (84 per cent) believe that [...]

By |2016-11-28T15:42:00+01:00November 28th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

NICE Recommends Extra ‘Triple Therapy’ Drug for Type-2 Diabetes

NICE has published final guidance recommending dapagliflozin for treating type-2 diabetes in ‘triple therapy’. Dapagliflozin can be added as a third drug where two drugs for type-2 diabetes are not controlling a person’s blood sugar. Professor Carole Longson, Director of the NICE centre for health technology evaluation, said, ‘Having a range of drug options makes [...]

By |2016-11-24T16:09:06+01:00November 24th, 2016|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Blood Pressure Causes Kidney Disease in Type-1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease: 30 per cent of patients with type-1 diabetes and 10 to 40 per cent of those with type-2 diabetes typically develop kidney disease at some point in their lives, according to the National Kidney Foundation. The new study, published in Diabetes Care, compared blood pressure control [...]

By |2016-11-24T16:01:10+01:00November 24th, 2016|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Maternal B12 Deficiency Increases Child’s Diabetes Risk

B12 deficiency during pregnancy may predispose children to metabolic problems, such as type-2 diabetes, according to research presented at the Society for Endocrinology’s annual conference in Brighton. These findings could lead to a review of current vitamin B12 requirements for pregnant women, whether through an improved diet or supplements. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in [...]

By |2016-11-24T15:51:40+01:00November 24th, 2016|Endocrinology|0 Comments

‘Corkscrew’ Shape of Blood Flow May Signal Lower Stroke Risk

Using specialised CT scans of a healthy heart and one with heart disease, a team of Johns Hopkins cardiologists and biomedical engineers say they’ve created computer models of the ‘shape’ of blood flow through the heart’s upper left chamber that someday may help predict stroke risk. Specifically, their computer visualisations found that blood in the [...]

By |2016-11-23T16:16:39+01:00November 23rd, 2016|Cardiology|0 Comments