Paramedics Encouraged to Introduce New Guidelines for Older People

Guidelines to help paramedics make the right decision for older people who have fallen are safe, cost-effective, and help reduce further 999 calls, according to new research led by a team at Swansea University Medical School. Falls are a very common problem in older people, with severe consequences. Many 999 calls are made for older [...]

By |2017-03-31T14:45:57+01:00March 31st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

FDA Approves Drug to Treat Parkinson’s Disease

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease who are currently taking levodopa / carbidopa and experiencing ‘off’ episodes. An “off” episode is a time when a patient’s medications are not working well, causing an increase in Parkinson’s symptoms, such as tremor and [...]

By |2017-03-31T14:16:43+01:00March 31st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

New Protein Culprit Identified in Alzheimer’s

In experiments with a protein called Ephexin5 that appears to be elevated in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s disease patients and mouse models of the disease, Johns Hopkins researchers say that removing it prevents animals from developing Alzheimer’s characteristic memory losses. In a report on the studies, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the [...]

By |2017-03-31T14:00:38+01:00March 31st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Renewed Concern Over Indoor Tanning Prevalence

Two original investigations on indoor tanning and sun safety by authors from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (CDC), were published online to coincide with their presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting. One article by Gery P Guy, Jr, PhD, MPH, of the CDC, and co-authors examined the prevalence [...]

By |2017-03-30T12:28:26+01:00March 30th, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

Topical Curcumin Gel Linked to Improved Healing of Burns and Scalds

What is the effect of Topical Curcumin Gel for treating burns and scalds? In a recent research paper, published in the open access journal, BioDiscovery, Dr Madalene Heng, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, stresses that use of topical curcumin gel for treating skin problems, like burns and scalds, is [...]

By |2017-03-30T12:20:12+01:00March 30th, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

FDA Approves New Eczema Drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids. ‘FDA’s approval of [...]

By |2017-03-30T12:11:09+01:00March 30th, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

Moderate Drinkers Not at Risk When Taking Widely-Used Arthritis Medicine

People taking a common rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medicine are not at increased risk of liver damage if they stick to 14 units of alcohol a week or fewer, a new study from the University of Manchester has found. Methotrexate is a drug taken, often over long periods of time, to limit or prevent joint damage [...]

By |2017-03-29T16:51:45+01:00March 29th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Pfizer Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Licensed for Use in UK

Pfizer has announced that XELJANZ®▼ (tofacitinib citrate), a new 5mg twice daily oral tablet to reduce inflammation in adults with rheumatoid arthritis, has been granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission and is now licensed in the UK. The medicine is intended for use in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in adults with moderate to severe [...]

By |2017-03-29T16:38:57+01:00March 29th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

New Tool Enhances Choice of Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, antibodies are formed that affect the inflammation in the joints. In an article recently published in the journal, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers at Uppsala University show that antibodies against the cartilage protein collagen II are associated with a good prognosis. ‘Analysing these antibodies, in combination with other relevant antibodies, could [...]

By |2017-03-29T16:30:55+01:00March 29th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Phage Therapy Effective at Tackling Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infections

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections. Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). With limited alternative therapeutic options available this [...]

By |2017-03-27T15:27:25+01:00March 27th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments