New Call for Ending Routine Blood Tests

The practice of ordering routine blood tests (‘routine bloods’) for patients attending hospital regardless of clinical need is wasteful and potentially damaging, experts have argued in The BMJ. Alastair Faulkner from Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and colleagues have said that the practice ‘may be acting as a psychological comfort blanket for clinicians, masking over-reliance on investigations [...]

By |2017-04-28T14:52:00+01:00April 28th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Antidepressant May Enhance Drug Delivery to the Brain

New research from the National Institutes of Health found that pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting the blood-brain barrier in rats. The blood-brain barrier serves as a natural, protective boundary, preventing most drugs from entering the brain. The research, performed [...]

By |2017-04-28T14:41:11+01:00April 28th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

First Photoactive Drug for Pain Treatments

A team of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona has participated in the design of the first light-activated drug, the JF-NP-26, for the treatment of pain, according to a research with animal models published in the journal, eLife. The new study is conducted by the teams led by Professor Francisco Ciruela, from [...]

By |2017-04-28T14:21:20+01:00April 28th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

New Audit Calls for Greater Consistency in Hospital Care for the Dying

The Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) has welcomed a new audit into care of the dying, but warns that significant improvements still need to be made to support dying patients and those close to them. APM President, Professor Rob George, said that a core job of any hospital is to care for the dying, yet [...]

By |2017-04-28T12:25:41+01:00April 28th, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

Public Attitudes Towards Palliative Care in Neurological Illness Revealed

Public attitudes in UK and USA reveal support both for life-sustaining interventions and for measures to enable peaceful death in progressive neurological illness such as dementia, according to a survey carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The study found that one-in-six people believes that measures must be taken to sustain life at [...]

By |2017-04-28T12:07:53+01:00April 28th, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

New Programme Changing Future Framework of End-of-Life Services

A range of experts from palliative care, engineering, design, social sciences and public health are coming together to take a radical look at end-of-life care, in line with the launch of Marie Curie’s Design to Care Programme. The five-year £3.5 million Marie Curie Design to Care Programme aims to build the future foundations for pioneering [...]

By |2017-04-28T11:38:10+01:00April 28th, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

New Treatment Hope for Kidney Disease Patients

Scientists have identified a key molecule linked to kidney disease in people with diabetes. Blocking the protein prevents kidney damage associated with diabetes in rats and mice, the study also found. The findings shed light on the causes of this common diabetes complication and could lead to new therapies, researchers say. Diabetes results in high [...]

By |2017-04-27T14:40:42+01:00April 27th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Childhood Obesity Linked to Quadrupled Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Children with obesity face four times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to children with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, according to a study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers from King’s College London looked at electronic health records from one of the largest primary care [...]

By |2017-04-27T14:33:34+01:00April 27th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

New Method for Identifying Diabetic Patients at High Risk of Kidney Failure

Researchers from Joslin Diabetes Centre have developed a prognostic tool that accurately predicts the risk of end stage renal disease (ESRD) in patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This new test could help doctors assess disease risk in their patients and guide researchers to develop more effective therapies to prevent or treat [...]

By |2017-04-27T14:20:35+01:00April 27th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Nanoparticles can Travel into Blood to Cause Heart Disease

Inhaled nanoparticles – like those released from vehicle exhausts – can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream, potentially raising the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research part-funded by the British Heart Foundation. The findings, published in the journal, ACS Nano, build on previous studies that have found [...]

By |2017-04-26T14:33:08+01:00April 26th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments