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Simple Drug Formula Regenerates Brain Cells

February 12, 2019

Researchers have taken a step forward in the quest for a pill that can recover brain function lost through strokes, brain injuries, and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in State College converted glial cells into functioning neurons by using a combination of just four …

Patients with Bone Infections May Benefit as Much from Oral Antibiotics as IVs, OVIVA Study Finds

As an Infectious Disease physician, I see many patients with osteomyelitis, or infection of the bone. It’s a common infection especially in patients with diabetes, poor circulation, and following joint replacement.
It’s not often I am struck by what appears to be a game-changing study. The OVIVA study should be practice …

Food Allergies Are All Too Common in Australia, but There Are Ways to Help Avoid Them

It is estimated, based upon this research, that approximately 1 in 10 infants experience a food allergy. We also know that there has been between two to threefold increase in the presentations to emergency departments in Australia because of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) to foods and medications over the past …

One in Six Australian Women in Their 30s Have Had an Abortion – and We’re Starting to Understand Why

Abortion is a common experience for Australian women. Around one in six have had an abortion by their mid-30s, according our new research published today in the Australia New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Narratives about abortion often stigmatise women who have had one or seek access to one. But our …

Bad News for Sinus Sufferers

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a misery-generating condition – literally.
According to a large study just published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, having chronic rhinosinusitis significantly increases your risk of depression and anxiety. And if you also have nasal polyps the risk is higher still.
The Korean study was admittedly observational …

E-cigs Work Better than Nicotine Replacement Therapy

February 06, 2019

It’s a controversial topic here in Australia.
But a new UK study, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, gives strong support the role of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation therapy.
The randomised controlled trial of almost 900 adult smokers wanting to quit found the one-year abstinence rate was 18% …

Doctors and Nurses Falling Victim to Laws Supposed to Protect Them, Medical Experts Say

Laws aimed at addressing a spike in health professional suicides are causing fear and confusion and could actually be having the opposite effect, Queensland medical experts are warning.
Under nationally adopted laws introduced in 2010, health practitioners are required to report on each other if they believe a clinician has an …

Big Drinkers Can Alter DNA, Fuel Addiction

Heavy drinking can alter DNA in ways that increase the desire for alcohol, new research suggests.
The findings may help explain why alcohol addiction is so powerful and hard to resist, say scientists.
The US team looked at two genes that play a role in the control of drinking behaviour.
One is PER2, …

Once a Last Resort, this Pain Therapy Is Getting a New Life Amid the Opioid Crisis

Spurred by the opioid crisis, a once marginalized therapy that relies on electrical stimulation to treat chronic pain is undergoing a renaissance as device makers race to upgrade their products for a wider population of patients.
The companies believe the therapy, known as neuromodulation, can reduce reliance on opioid painkillers, which …

Guide to Allergy Testing

February 05, 2019

Allergy: What is it?
Allergic disorders result from an inappropriate, usually IgE-mediated, immune response upon exposure to either environmental or food allergens. Common manifestations of allergy include rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma, eczema, acute urticaria and anaphylaxis.
Disorders, such as chronic urticaria, hereditary angioedema and T-cell contact dermatitis (metal allergy), while clinically similar in some …

We Asked Five Experts: Is it Safe to Run While Pregnant?

January 30, 2019

Pregnancy can be a magical time, but also a stressful one. With so many things you can and can’t do, it can get confusing. Guidelines recommend women without complicated pregnancies should be maintaining fitness. But how?
Many women love the alone time pounding the pavement for a nice run out in …

Preventing Alzheimer Disease

At first read, the study results seemed disappointing. Yet another promising premise fails to deliver when it comes to actual proof.
But the researchers aren’t ready to give up on this hypothesis just yet.
In fact, commentators on the study say the results offer ‘great hope’ and represent ‘a major leap forward.’
The …