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Bowel cancer wonder drug searches out and kills tumours without the side effects

Daily Mail (UK) - 22/11/2011
A two-in-one drug that seeks out and destroys tumours while being kind to the rest of the body has been developed by researchers.

AUDIO: Lansley defends hospital video loop

BBC Health News - 22/11/2011
Why does Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's face peer out from every hospital television screen?

Clicking jaw? You just need to wash your mouth out

Daily Mail (UK) - 22/11/2011
A quarter of people will suffer from a painful, clicking jaw at some point — called temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Jeremy Quarrington had a new procedure to treat it.

Boiling breast tumours kills them in 10 minutes: Doctors develop treatment using targeted electrical current

Daily Mail (UK) - 22/11/2011
The treatment, known as Preferential Radio-Frequency Ablation, is carried out under local anaesthetic. The woman can then go home or back to work shortly afterwards.

Why eating too quickly is a fast track to an early grave

Daily Mail (UK) - 22/11/2011
Here, experts explain how upping — or lowering — the tempo of everyday activities - such as drinking and walking - could have an impact on your health...

Obesity. Bloating. Bowel problems. Headaches. It's blamed for everything these days - so should you stop eating bread?

Daily Mail (UK) - 22/11/2011
Many people are now convinced they suffer from wheat intolerance or an allergy to gluten (the protein found in wheat).

Synthetic RNA lessens severity of fatal disease

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Researchers have found that targeting a synthetic molecule to a specific gene could help the severity of the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) -- the leading genetic cause of infantile death in the world.

Improved method of electrical stimulation could help treat damaged nerves

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
A plastic surgery research team and an engineering team have described a new method of nerve stimulation that reduces electrical threshold by 40 percent, compared with traditional functional electrical stimulation therapy.

Chew gum, lose weight? Hormone that helps people feel 'full' after eating can be delivered into bloodstream orally

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, that a critical hormone that helps people feel \full\ after eating can be delivered into the bloodstream orally.

Future prostate cancer treatments might be guided by math

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Scientists have designed a first draft of a mathematical model that someday could guide treatment decisions for advanced prostate cancer, in part by helping doctors predict how individual patients will respond to therapy based on the biology of their tumors. These decisions would apply to treatment of cancer that has already spread beyond the prostate gland or that has recurred after initial treatments, such as surgery or radiation.

New culprit found in Lou Gehrig's disease

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Following a breakthrough identifying a common converging point for all forms of Lou Gehrig's disease, a new finding from the same scientists shines more light on the broken recycling pathway of the brain and spinal cord cells, which leads to the paralysis of ALS. The new study reveals a second faulty gene in the same pathway, offering a clear target for drug therapy.

New medical, research tool possible by probing cell mechanics

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Researchers are making progress in developing a system that measures the mechanical properties of living cells, a technology that could be used to diagnose human disease and better understand biological processes.

People with early Alzheimer's disease may be more likely to have lower BMI

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Studies have shown that people who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease decades later than people at normal weight, yet researchers have also found that people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI). A current study examines this relationship between Alzheimer's disease and BMI.

Body mass index associated with short-term mortality rates following surgery

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Body Mass Index appears to be associated with 30-day mortality risk following surgical procedures, and patients with a BMI of less than 23.1 appear to be at highest risk of death, according to a new study.

Study examines racial disparities in surgical outcomes among patients with diverticulitis

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Among older Medicare beneficiaries who underwent surgical treatment for diverticulitis, black race was associated with increased risk of urgent/emergency surgery, high risk of in-hospital mortality and higher total hospital charges, according to a new study.

Treatment of acne using oral antibiotics associated with reporting symptoms of sore throat

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Taking oral antibiotics for treatment of acne appears to be associated with reporting symptoms of pharyngitis, according to a new study.

Importance of treatment process and outcomes varies among patients with psoriasis

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Among patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, treatment options that are most compatible with their personal and professional life appear to be most important, and treatment location appears more important than probability and magnitude of treatment outcome, according to a new study.

Mortality rates for pharynx and mouth cancers have decreased, with greater declines among patients with more education

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Death rates have declined among US patients with cancer of the mouth and pharynx from 1993 to 2007, with the greatest decreases seen among men and women with at least 12 years of education, according to a new study.

Laser removal may be advantageous for treating precancerous skin lesions

Science Daily (US) - 22/11/2011
Carbon dioxide laser ablation may have a role as an alternative treatment for a common precancerous skin lesion known as lentigo maligna when surgery or radiation therapy is not feasible, according to a new study.

You DON'T have to be fat and over 40 to develop diabetes...and I'm proof

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/11/2011
Stephanie Spires exercised every day, is a slender size ten and eats well, but earlier this year she discovered she had type-2 diabetes.