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Home blood pressure monitoring for hypertension best combined with intensive support

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
People who monitor their own blood pressure at home are most likely to see a benefit if they combine it with individually tailored intensive support, according to a new systematic literature review and meta-analysis.

Screening for cervical abnormalities in women offered HPV vaccination

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing detects a higher number of precancerous cervical lesions than cytology-based Pap smears in a female population including a proportion offered HPV vaccination, according to a new study.

What web browsers and proteins have in common

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
The discovery of a previously overlooked site on protein molecules may solve a mystery about how proteins are able to carry out specialized functions in living cells.

Groundbreaking investigative effort identifies gonorrhea vaccine candidates

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Researchers have identified a pair of proteins that show promise as the basis for a gonorrhea vaccine.

Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients, study suggests

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Sleep deprivation - typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings - rapidly reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of depression patients, according the first meta-analysis on the subject in nearly 30 years.

Brain powered: Increased physical activity among breast cancer survivors boosts cognition

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
It is estimated that up to 75 percent of breast cancer survivors experience problems with cognitive difficulties following treatments, perhaps lasting years. Currently, few science-based options are available to help. Researchers report in a pilot study of 87 female breast cancer survivors an increase in physical activity more than doubled the women's post-treatment mental processing speed.

'Snake lady' teen covered in scales due to skin condition

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Floraine Nalugon, 17, from the Philippines, suffers from the rare skin condition lamellar ichthyosis – which affects just one in every 600,000 people – and hopes she can get treatment.

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.

GOSH owed £30m for treating overseas patients

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
GOSH said most of the debt is owed by foreign governments – rather than individuals. The London hospital is taking legal action against one government or embassy for £1.5m.

Como a Grande Indústria Viciou o Brasil em Junk Food

New York Times - 19/09/2017
À medida que o crescimento diminui nos países ricos, as empresas de alimentos ocidentais se expandem acintosamente nos países em desenvolvimento, contribuindo para obesidade e problemas de saúde.

Halifax schoolgirl sent home dies next day from meningitis

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Penny Lockett, from Halifax, was in intensive care as doctors battled to keep her alive, but they were unable to stop the onslaught of Men W. Her mother, Kym, has spoken for the first time.

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.

Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2½ months

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans.

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.

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable

New York Times - 19/09/2017
A new survey of employers shows moderate price hikes in health benefits in spite of turmoil in the individual insurance market.

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.