Children with Nystagmus Unable to Recognise Faces

Researchers in Southampton have discovered children who suffer from eye movement disorder nystagmus – known as ‘wobbly eye’ – struggle to recognise faces, but not other objects. It is hoped the novel finding, which was made following a study led by Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Jay Self, and his team at Southampton Children’s Hospital, will lead [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:04:04+01:00December 22nd, 2016|Ophthalmology|0 Comments

Innovative Invention to Inspire New Night-Vision Specs

Australian National University (ANU) scientists have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses. Professor Dragomir Neshev, from ANU, said that the new night-vision glasses could replace the cumbersome and bulky night-vision binoculars currently in use. [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:02:34+01:00December 22nd, 2016|Ophthalmology|0 Comments

Protein that Promotes ‘Cell-Suicide’ can Revolutionise Eye Cancer

New research from the University of Liverpool has identified the role of a specific protein in the human body that can help prevent the survival and spread of eye cancer, by initiating cancer ‘cell-suicide’. The new findings may help revolutionise the approach to metastatic uveal melanoma (UM) – a cancer that arises from the pigment [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:01:21+01:00December 22nd, 2016|Ophthalmology|0 Comments

Controversial Vaginal Mesh and Graft Found to be ‘No More Effective’

Two controversial methods of surgical repair of prolapse in women have been found to be no more effective than the existing standard repair technique, up to two years after surgery. Widespread concerns about the use of mesh and graft in prolapse surgery have been raised in public, with some patients reporting serious complications. Consequently, the [...]

By |2016-12-21T13:06:30+01:00December 21st, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

Role of Uterine Microbiota in IVF Success Discovered

Endometrial microbiota (bacteria in the uterine cavity) play an important role in determining whether women are able to get pregnant via in vitro fertilisation (IVF), according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ‘The uterine cavity has been considered sterile,’ explained lead investigator Carlos Simón, MD, PhD, of Igenomix [...]

By |2016-12-21T12:54:11+01:00December 21st, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

How Thrush ‘Hides’ from Immune System Revealed

Experts from the University of Aberdeen have discovered how the fungus which causes thrush tries to hide from our body’s defences. Candida albicans can be deadly when it takes advantage of the weakened immune systems of cancer or transplant patients, and is also a common cause of thrush. The fungus lives in most of us [...]

By |2016-12-21T12:46:09+01:00December 21st, 2016|Gynaecology|0 Comments

The Martin White Case: Is it Time to Close in on a Transparent Culture?

In what is seemingly the first prosecution of this nature in Northern Ireland, Martin White has been issued a suspended sentence for allocating 67-year-old Ethna Walsh the incorrect medicine in his role as a pharmacist – leading to her prompt, unexpected death. Following Mrs Walsh’s arrival at the Station Road-based Clear Pharmacy in 2014, Mr [...]

By |2016-12-21T11:28:05+01:00December 20th, 2016|Conference News|0 Comments

Test Used to Diagnose Asthma Called into Question

A new study urges caution in the use of the mannitol challenge test for asthma in non-clinical settings. The test is considered widely-applicable to detect asthma, but its accuracy outside of patients referred for specialised respiratory has not been thoroughly explored before. The mannitol challenge test is a cost-effective and easily applied test to detect [...]

By |2016-12-20T10:53:59+01:00December 20th, 2016|Respiratory|0 Comments

Method for Turning off Asthma Attacks Discovered

Working with human immune cells in the laboratory, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a critical cellular ‘off’ switch for the inflammatory immune response that contributes to lung-constricting asthma attacks. The switch, they say, is composed of regulatory proteins that control an immune signaling pathway in cells. ‘Asthma patients are constantly firing through this [...]

By |2016-12-20T10:52:38+01:00December 20th, 2016|Respiratory|0 Comments

New Link Between Never-Smoking Women and COPD

A new study published by University of Toronto researchers suggests that women who have never smoked are susceptible to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and that African American women are particularly vulnerable. Seven per cent of never-smoking older African American women and 5.2 per cent of white older women have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), [...]

By |2016-12-20T10:52:03+01:00December 20th, 2016|Respiratory|0 Comments