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Healthy hearts need two proteins working together

April 17, 2019

Two proteins that bind to stress hormones work together to maintain a healthy heart in mice, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health and their collaborators. These proteins, stress hormone receptors known as the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), act in concert to help support heart …

Alzheimer’s: Synthetic protein blocks toxic beta-amyloid

Alzheimer’s is a relentless disease in which toxic clusters of beta-amyloid protein collect in brain cells. Now, scientists have designed a synthetic peptide, or small protein, that can block beta-amyloid in its early and most harmful stages.
The synthetic peptide, which has only 23 amino acids, folds into structures called alpha …

What would an endometriosis blood test mean for patients?

Experts in Australia say the creation of an endometriosis blood test — an avenue currently being explored by private researchers overseas — might not be a simple solution to the condition’s often lengthy diagnosis process.
The common condition affects roughly 10 per cent of those who menstruate, causing significant pain, bowel …

Diagnosing Measles

Key Points

The Department of Health requires suspected cases of measles to be notified immediately without waiting for laboratory confirmation
Measles is an urgent, highly contagious, notifiable disease. Secondary infections occur in 75-90% of susceptible household contacts
Transmission of the measles virus is by respiratory droplets and direct contact with respiratory secretions
Serological testing …

Offer Q fever vaccine to all rural Australians

Anyone living in country Australia should consider being vaccinated against Q fever, according to researchers.
The recommendation was made on the basis of their study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia which showed that living in a rural area for more than three months was associated with an increased risk …

Mindfulness yoga best for Parkinson Disease

April 10, 2019

Patients with Parkinson Disease can now be prescribed a mind-body therapy that has a strong evidence-base of effectiveness.
According to a randomised clinical trial published in JAMA Neurology, a program of mindfulness yoga will not only improve motor dysfunction and mobility at least as well as a program of standard stretching …

A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit.
The germ, a fungus called …

Cleanliness may cultivate drug resistance

Good hygiene is key to infection control but it may be contributing to growing drug resistance, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria compared the microbial diversity of highly sanitized environments, including an intensive care unit, to public and private buildings with …

Breast implants linked to cancer to still be available after Australian regulator stops short of ban

Textured breast implants linked to a rare cancer will continue to be available to Australian women having surgery, despite a crackdown on similar products by regulators in France and Canada.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration asked an expert panel for advice on whether to follow the lead of these countries and on …

Don’t kiss your kids? Questioning the recent advice about CMV in pregnancy

These days, guilt seems intrinsic to parenthood. And as many mothers will know, health professionals seem ever ready to stoke up guilt with their advice. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Have your vaccines. Take your folate tablets. Eat a nutritious diet, but avoid soft cheese, cured meat, food that’s been long …

Some ADHD medicines may increase psychosis more than others, ‘real-world’ data show

April 03, 2019

Adolescents and young adults being treated for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be at a higher risk of having a psychotic event if they are provided amphetamine medicines, such as Adderall and Vyvanse, instead of medications based on the compound methylphenidate, such as Ritalin or Concerta, according to a study published …

Fish slime: An answer to antibiotic resistance?

As antibiotic resistance continues to make headlines, researchers are ramping up their search for ways to turn the tide. A recent study focuses on fish slime.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance is “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.”
Each year in …