Algae is Potential New Weapon in Fight Against Arthritis

Arthritis can affect all joints in the body, but most often affects the knee joint, hip joint and fingers. The disease has been considered incurable until now. Current treatment methods, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers, mainly address the symptoms. Often, the only remaining option is an operation to replace the affected joint with an [...]

By |2017-09-28T15:53:43+01:00September 28th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Studies Reveal How Shingles Vaccine Should be Used in Arthritis Patients

New research indicates that the live varicella-zoster vaccine – which is given to protect against shingles – elicits robust immune responses in patients when administered several weeks prior to the start of treatment with the arthritis drug, tofacitinib. The Arthritis & Rheumatology findings are encouraging because patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of [...]

By |2017-09-28T15:52:35+01:00September 28th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Largest Ever Genetic Study Marks Likely Osteoporosis Treatment Target

Scientists are homing in on a potential treatment for osteoporosis, after performing the largest ever genetic study of the common age-related bone-thinning disease. Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and McGill University in Canada led the study, identifying 153 new gene variants associated with the loss of bone mineral density, which often result in [...]

By |2017-09-28T15:51:07+01:00September 28th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Steroids Not Effective for Chest Infections in Non-Asthmatic Adults

Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection (or ‘chest infections’) in adults who don't have asthma or other chronic lung disease, as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms, according to a new study published in the journal, JAMA. In the study, carried out by researchers [...]

By |2017-09-26T14:43:09+01:00September 26th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

Respiratory Tract Infections in Children Linked to Worse Lung Function

Respiratory tract infections in young children are linked to an increased risk of asthma and worse lung function in later life, according to new research. An international study of 154,492 European children found that those who had had upper respiratory infections, such as colds, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis and otitis, by the age of five [...]

By |2017-09-26T14:42:07+01:00September 26th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

Therapy Proves Effective in Subgroup of COPD Patients

An antibody treatment reduces the rate of flare-ups by nearly 20 per cent in patients with a subgroup of treatment-resistant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the results of two large international trials presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Milan, Italy, and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine. [...]

By |2017-09-26T14:40:02+01:00September 26th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

Scientists Uncover a Deadly ‘Addiction’ in Oesophageal Cancer

Scientists have discovered a new way of attacking oesophageal cancer cells that could make use of an existing drug in a new approach to treatment. Their study discovered a genetic weakness or ‘Achilles’ heel’ in oesophageal cancer cells that makes them particularly sensitive to a drug called ibrutinib which is already used to treat blood [...]

By |2017-09-25T09:43:33+01:00September 25th, 2017|Oncology|0 Comments

Blood Test Predicts Prostate Tumour Resistance

When bacteria develop antibiotic resistance, treatment with these medications becomes ineffective. Similarly, tumor cells can also change in such a way that renders them resistant to particular medications. This makes it vitally important for cancer patients and their doctors to determine as early as possible whether a specific therapy is working or not. A new [...]

By |2017-09-25T09:42:19+01:00September 25th, 2017|Oncology|0 Comments

App Uses Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognoses – with a five-year survival rate of nine per cent – in part because there are no telltale symptoms or non-invasive screening tools to catch a tumor before it spreads. Now, University of Washington researchers have developed an app that could allow people to easily screen for [...]

By |2017-09-25T09:41:00+01:00September 25th, 2017|Oncology|0 Comments

Supplement is Effective for Treating Degenerative Eye Disease

A supplement that combines antioxidants with zinc and copper is a relatively inexpensive and effective means of halting the progression of a certain type of degenerative eye disease, concluded research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Given the costs and side-effects of the current range of drugs used to treat the ‘wet’ form [...]

By |2017-09-22T09:51:49+01:00September 22nd, 2017|Ophthalmology|0 Comments