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'Lifesaving' register of defibrillators launched in SA

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
Triple-0 operators will be able to direct callers to defibrillators at businesses and other publicly-accessible areas.

Biologists reveal how bacterial cells thrive in oxygen-poor environments

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
Columbia University biologists have revealed a mechanism by which bacterial cells in crowded, oxygen-deprived environments access oxygen for energy production, ensuring survival of the cell. The finding could explain how some bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), are able to thrive in oxygen-poor environments like biofilms and resist antibiotics.

Researchers propose theory for high incidence of post-stroke delirium and spatial neglect

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
Stroke researchers at Kessler Foundation have proposed a theory for the high incidence of delirium and spatial neglect after right-brain stroke. Their findings are detailed in "Disruption of the ascending arousal system and cortical attention network in post-stroke delirium and spatial neglect," which was published online ahead of print on September 27, 2017 by Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Drug could be repurposed to help end transplant rejection

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
A diabetes drug currently undergoing development could be repurposed to help end transplant rejection, without the side-effects of current immunosuppressive drugs, according to new research by Queen Mary University of London.

Researchers focus on use of protective shielding against stray radiation during CT scans

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
Radiation exposure during diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography (CT) contributes to a small, but potentially preventable percentage of cancers, yet a new study reports that 40% of hospitals surveyed do not routinely utilize CT shielding.

UNC Lineberger professor receives The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society grant for immunotherapy research

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Barbara Savoldo, MD, PhD, was awarded a $600,000, three-year grant from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support research into an immunotherapy treatment being developed with a "safety switch" to safeguard against potential side effects of the treatment.

Why your vaginal microbiome is important

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
The vagina is host to a dynamic ecosystem of microorganisms that play a key role in keeping women healthy.

Scientists show how diaper phantoms can improve tumor measurements

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
Catching cancer early can make all the difference for successful treatment. A common screening practice measures tumor growth with X-ray computed tomography, which takes a series of cross-section images of the body.

Researchers compare shunts and stents to maintain blood flow in infants with heart disease

News Medical (Australia) - 22/11/2017
Infants with various forms of congenital heart disease require a stable source of blood flow to their lungs in order to survive until a more definitive operation can be performed. In a recent study, pediatric researchers compared two methods to provide that flow: a shunt to reroute blood and an implanted stent to maintain an open path for blood flow.

Newly discovered drug-like compound may revolutionize treatment of autoimmune diseases

News Medical (Australia) - 21/11/2017
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered a potent, drug-like compound that could someday revolutionize treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases by inhibiting a protein instrumental in prompting the body to start attacking its own tissue.

Researchers reduce over-prescription of antibiotics by using computer alerts to inform doctors

News Medical (Australia) - 21/11/2017
Physicians at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California reduced the odds of prescribing an antibiotic for sinusitis by 22 percent using computer alerts to inform doctors when antibiotics may not be the best course of treatment. The research was published today in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Adobo spices recalled after FDA warns of Salmonella fears

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
Two varieties of adobo spices distributed in Puerto Rico have been recalled by popular American food producer Goya after the FDA warned they may be contaminated with salmonella.

Heart failure kills more Brits than top four cancers

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
More of us are now developing the deadly condition than getting the four commonest forms of cancer, a major study from Oxford University shows.

Sugar industry blocked research linking sucrose to cancer

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
The researchers at the University of California at San Francisco say that, had this paper been published in 1968, it would have led to scrutiny and even regulation of sugar by the FDA.

Charles Manson exploited a basic psychological need

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
Lou Manza is a Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. He has spent years studying the psychology of people that follow cults.

Diabetes drug could heart transplant organ rejection

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs.

Once-conjoined twins are going home for Thanksgiving

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
Just five months after their 11-hour operation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, once-conjoined twin girls Erin and Abby Delaney are heading home to North Carolina for Thanksgiving.

Eighth child death from fallen IKEA dresser prompts recall reminder

CNN (US) - 21/11/2017
Amid reports of another child death, IKEA is reminding customers who purchased some of its dressers that they need to be fastened to the wall or they may tip and fall.

Researcher deliberately injected Americans with herpes

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2017
A researcher illegally injected people eight Americans in Illinois with a live herpes virus in an unregulated experiment for a vaccine that is now backed by billionaire Peter Thiel.

Will microdermabrasion or skin needling give you better skin?

ABC Australia - 21/11/2017
For minor superficial complaints, microdermabrasion and skin needling aren't bad options, writes Cara McDonald from St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.