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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:21:40 EDT
New eye test detects earliest signs of glaucoma
Researchers have developed a simple, inexpensive diagnostic tool DARC (Detection of Apoptosing Retinal Cells). In clinical trials it allowed for the first time visualization of individual nerve cell death in patients with glaucoma. Early detection means doctors can start treatments before sight loss begins. Ongoing trials are investigating the potential of the test for other neurodegenerative conditions.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:07:13 EDT
New fiber optic probe brings endoscopic diagnosis of cancer closer to the clinic
In an important step toward endoscopic diagnosis of cancer, researchers have developed a handheld fiber optic probe that can be used to perform multiple nonlinear imaging techniques without the need for tissue staining.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:07:05 EDT
Landmark clinical trial to help Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis sufferers
A drug combination that could help thousands of children with arthritis has been discovered by a team of researchers. Children and adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) are likely to develop uveitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the middle layer of the eye. The drug combination discovery will help preventing them from serious complications, including blindness.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:49 EDT
Virtual humans help aspiring doctors learn empathy
Delivering bad news in a caring way -- and coping with a patient's reaction -- is a key skill for doctors. Intuitive technology is helping medical students learn the best approaches.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:46 EDT
Fecal microbiota transplant is safe and effective for patients with ulcerative colitis
A single transplant of microbes contained in the stool of a healthy donor is a safe and effective way to increase diversity of good bacteria in the guts of patients with ulcerative colitis, according to new research. The findings suggest that fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) might be an effective treatment for the disease, which causes inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:43 EDT
Preventing, treating sport-related concussions: New consensus
An international consensus on recognizing and treating concussion in sport has been revealed by researchers. This consensus statement updates the assessment tools in light of the new evidence.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:40 EDT
Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother's smoking in pregnancy
Scientists have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 percent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviors.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:36 EDT
Exercise and vitamin D better together for heart health
Researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a 'synergistic' link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:26 EDT
Overcoming cancer treatment resistance
A collaborative team of researchers has proven the theory that, while resistance to targeted treatment in cancer is truly a moving target, there are opportunities to overcome the resistance that develops.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:14 EDT
Mother's family history could pose risk for preterm birth
The results of the study show that the medical history of a pregnant woman's mother and aunts should also be taken into account when considering the risk of pregnancy complications such as premature birth.
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