Device Helps ICU Patients by Filtering Out Noise from Medical Alarms

A team of investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre wants to improve patient outcomes in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) settings by silencing audible medical alarms in hospital rooms. Auditory medical alarms have created hazards for patient recovery, said Joseph J Schlesinger, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt. His team [...]

By |2017-06-26T12:37:03+01:00June 27th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

New Technique Boosts Quality of Brain Scans

People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors to determine the location and extent of the damage. Researchers who study the effects of strokes would love to be able to analyse these images, but the resolution is often too low for many analyses. To help scientists take advantage [...]

By |2017-06-26T12:33:25+01:00June 27th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Emergency Patients, Says New Research

The world’s largest randomised controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found that the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the study found that acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients [...]

By |2017-06-26T12:44:01+01:00June 27th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|Comments Off on Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Emergency Patients, Says New Research

New Tool Predicts Cognitive Deficits in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is commonly thought of as a movement disorder, but after years of living with the disease, approximately 25 per cent of patients also experience deficits in cognition that impair function. A newly-developed research tool may help predict a patient’s risk for developing dementia and could enable clinical trials aimed at finding treatments to [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:42:50+01:00June 26th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Gait Testing Suggested as Early Predictor of Dementia

In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task, can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis. To date, there is no definitive way for healthcare professionals to forecast the [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:40:36+01:00June 26th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Computer-Designed Antibodies Target Toxins Associated with Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have designed antibodies that target the protein deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and stop their production. The researchers used computer-based methods to develop antibodies – the star players of the body’s natural defence system – to target the deposits of misfolded proteins which are a hallmark [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:44:03+01:00June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rare Skin Disease Informs Treatment of Common Hair Disorders

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who study an inherited disorder of skin, hair follicles, nails, sweat glands, and teeth called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) have identified a mechanism that may also be disrupted in male pattern baldness. They recently published their findings in Nature Communications. About one-in-5,000 to [...]

By |2017-06-22T14:04:13+01:00June 23rd, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

New Antibiotic for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections

A new intravenous antibiotic that could benefit patients and help reduce pressure on hospitals is now available in the UK. Xydalba™ (dalbavancin hydrochloride) is an IV antibiotic approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) in adults. It is the first and only option [...]

By |2017-06-22T14:04:16+01:00June 23rd, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

New Genetic Mutations Linked to Eczema

A genetic mutation could be the cause of severe eczema, according to new research published in Nature Genetics by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Researchers believe that these new findings could influence new treatment strategies for the millions of individuals who struggle with this chronic condition. Until now, patients with rare genetic [...]

By |2017-06-22T14:04:18+01:00June 23rd, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments

Survey Uncovers What Matters Most to People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Eli Lilly and Company has announced the results of the RA Matters survey. The results showed that regardless of characteristic or country, the understanding of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), its symptoms, and how RA makes people feel, has a large impact on people’s lives. The RA Matters survey uncovered that despite major advances in the treatment [...]

By |2017-06-21T12:31:59+01:00June 21st, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments