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Gene therapy could be novel approach to treat alcoholism, research suggests

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Researchers used gene transfer to block the expression of one of the two main enzymes that break down alcohol in the liver, leading to the accumulation in liver cells of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of ethanol.

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection falls to families

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Angela Cooper arrived home from work to discover her daughter’s temperature had spiked to 102 degrees — a sign that the teenager, who has cancer, had a potentially deadly bloodstream infection.

Study compares effect of two osteoporosis medicines on fractures

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
A new treatment for osteoporosis provides major improvements in bone density and more effective protection against fractures than the current standard treatment.

Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

BBC Health News - 19/09/2017
Medics said they had treated patients with internal bleeding around the eye and blurred vision.

VTT creates new portable device that measures inflammation levels quickly in home environment

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a portable device for measuring inflammation levels quickly in home environment.

Nadiya Hussain opens up about her panic disorder 'monster'

BBC Health News - 19/09/2017
The Bake Off winner talks candidly about how her "life revolves around not falling apart".

Medtronic launch spinal chord stimulation platform for chronic pain management following FDA approval

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Medtronic plc announced FDA approval and U.S. launch of the Intellis(TM) platform for the management of certain types of chronic intractable pain. The Intellis platform was designed to overcome limitations with current spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems, such as battery performance, and can power the EvolveSM workflow*, which standardizes guidance and balances high-dose (HD) and low-dose (LD) therapy settings.

Obese patients and smokers are refused NHS operations

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Obese patients and smokers will be referred onto a six month ‘health optimisation programme’ and taught to improve their behaviours before having surgery.

New Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer with precise measurement technology released by Mettler Toledo

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
METTLER TOLEDO has released a new Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer, which is used to determine the viscoelastic properties of a material as a function of temperature, time, and frequency while subjecting the material to an oscillating stress. The DMA/SDTA 1+ by METTLER TOLEDO covers a wide stiffness and frequency range and is thus the perfect solution where maximum accuracy is a must.

Researchers explore older adults' awareness of drug-related health risks

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
Geriatrics experts know that certain medications may have risks for older adults that outweigh their benefits, especially when safer alternatives are available.

Study finds toxic levels of mercury in women

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Dangerous levels of the neurotoxic metal are blamed on fish-rich diets, gold mining and industrial pollution, Swedish safety group Ipen has found. Exposed foetuses can suffer brain damage.

The Fatal Toll of Cheap Cigarettes

New York Times - 19/09/2017
The availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality.

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

National Aids Manual (UK) - 19/09/2017
People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related causes, according to the findings of a modelling study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study suggests that people on successful antiretroviral treatment are between

Mysterious, deadly insomnia for over 200 years

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
A family suffered from a mysterious, deadly insomnia for over 200 years.

What is the best way to quit smoking?

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
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Students swim with sharks, explore space through VR

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Imagine instead of viewing a shark-infested shipwreck or a space station in photos, technology meant you actually swam and floated right through them.