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Skeletal deficits may contribute to excess fracture risk in older adults with diabetes

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased fracture risk despite normal or high bone mineral density. In a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, modest deficits in cortical bone--the dense outer surface of bone that forms a protective layer around the internal cavity--were demonstrated in older adults with type 2 diabetes compared with non-diabetics.

Cancer patients less likely to receive evidence-based treatments for heart attack

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
Treatment of heart attack patients depends on their history of cancer, according to research published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.

Study shows link between obesity and low sperm quality

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
The journal Andologia has published the first report of abnormal sperm parameters in obese men based on computer aided sperm analysis. The findings suggest that clinicians may need to factor in paternal obesity prior to assisted reproduction.

Trauma exposure and PTSD may increase risk of developing lupus

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
In a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in civilian women were strongly associated with increased risk of developing lupus, an autoimmune disease.

Comprehensive risk assessment can help prevent fall injuries among seniors

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
Every year, millions of senior citizens fall -; threatening their health, independence and even their lives. Fall injuries also rack up $31 billion annually in medical expenses, which is expected to rise as 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day.

Discovery reveals new role for endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
The discovery of a puddle of mouse urine seems like a strange scientific "eureka" moment. However, for one team of researchers, that's exactly what led to a new discovery.

Researchers identify role of tumor-infiltrating B-cells in melanoma progression, resistance to therapy

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
In a multi-institutional collaborative study, scientists at The Wistar Institute and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, have identified the role of tumor-infiltrating or tumor-associated B-cells ("TABs") in melanoma progression and resistance to targeted therapy.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Oxford University Press partner to publish Inflammatory Bowels Diseases journal

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Oxford University Press announced today that they have entered into a new partnership to publish the Foundation's journal Inflammatory Bowels Diseases beginning in 2018.

Study: 52-gene risk profile accurately predicts survival for patients with severe lung disease

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
An international Yale-led research team has shown that a risk profile based on 52 genes accurately predicts survival for patients with a severe lung disease. If confirmed in further studies, the finding could transform the way patients are treated for the condition, which is on the rise in older adults.

Scientists find a way to convert “bad body fat” to “good fat”

News Medical (Australia) - 20/09/2017
Researchers have found that the unhealthy fat in the body called “white fat” could be converted to a healthier fat by blocking a special protein. This could help fight the obesity epidemic they speculate. The report was published in the journal Cell Reports.

Few tips to remove a tick and prevent future bites

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public's risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome- a mysterious red meat allergy- are among the most serious.

Cholesterol-like molecules act as ‘cut-off’ switch for engine that powers cancer-killing cells

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Scientists have just discovered how the engine that powers cancer-killing cells functions. Crucially, their research also highlights how that engine is fuelled and that cholesterol-like molecules, called oxysterols, act as a "cut-off" switch making it hard for our 'Natural Killer' cells to win the war against cancer.

Experts discuss link between breast milk components, circadian variation, and infant health

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
The fat content and levels of several key nutrients and hormones in breast milk vary with the mother's circadian rhythm, which may have implications for the timing of breastfeeding and feeding of expressed milk, especially for high-risk infants.

New man-made antioxidant could help improve success rates of cell-based therapies

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Cell therapies being developed to treat a range of conditions could be improved by a chemical compound that aids their survival, research suggests.

New research identifies way to convert white fat into brown fat in mice

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
There's good fat and bad fat in our bodies. The good fat helps burn calories, while the bad fat hoards calories, contributing to weight gain and obesity. Now, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified a way to convert bad, white fat into good, brown fat, at least in mice.

Leading researchers join forces to create a “standard model” of the brain

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Leading neuroscientists are teaming up to study the brain in a way that is modelled on physics projects, where researchers look for new particles.

Scientists uncover new clues to male infertility or congenital illness

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
When it comes to male reproductive fertility, timing is everything. Now scientists are finding new details on how disruption of this timing may contribute to male infertility or congenital illness.

Analytical Science in Precision Medicine

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Pittcon is an analytical conference, so naturally my talk will be about analytical chemistry and how analytical chemistry will become increasingly important in delivering healthcare solutions, not only for rich people, but also, hopefully, for poor people across the world.

Online toolkit helps health professionals to integrate genomics into patient care

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Nurses and other health professionals looking to integrate genomics into patient care now have access to an online toolkit with more than 100 resources, part of a new website launched by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

QMUL professor receives Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London has received the Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on cancer prevention and detection.