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Australia unprepared to move future Alzheimer’s treatment into rapid clinical use

November 12, 2019

Clinical trials are underway for therapies to delay or prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but Australia’s healthcare system does not have the capacity to move these treatments into clinical use.
This is the assessment of RAND Australia, which made similar findings in its studies of the healthcare systems of eight …

Could the eyes predict cardiovascular risk?

Accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk is vital given that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death globally.
Current factors considered include age, sex, smoking history, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, but new research indicates that a more accurate indicator may be changes to the blood vessels in …

Australian women turning to cannabis to treat endometriosis symptoms

Due to the side effects of endometriosis treatments, and the risk of dependency for available pain relief, many Australian women are turning to self management strategies including breathing techniques, yoga, dietary changes, heat – and cannabis.
This is the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at NICM Health Research …

First medical “suckable” could measure glucose in newborns

November 06, 2019

In one of the stranger new developments of the wearable medical technology boom, researchers from University of California, San Diego and University of Alcalá in Spain have created a dummy to measure glucose concentrations in an infant’s saliva.
The dummy can measure the biomarker in real time, and transmit it wirelessly …

Some skin cancers originate in hair follicles, says new study

Although rare, melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and is generally incurable in later stages, due to melanoma tumours eventually comprising of distinctive subpopulations of cell types. A new study investigating the origins of melanoma may have determined the reason for this chameleon-like behaviour.
First in genetically engineered mice, …

Measles infection devastates immune systems

Just as many countries are seeing new, widespread outbreaks of measles, researchers have now discovered why people who have been infected with measles are more susceptible to other infectious diseases. It’s worse than anyone imagined.
Some children remain immunosuppressed for up to five years after measles infection despite healthy white blood …

Could more coffee bring a healthier microbiome?

October 29, 2019

The more that’s learned about the gut microbiome, the more is understood about the profound impact it has on overall health.
And in welcome news for coffee addicts everywhere, a new study has linked coffee consumption to a healthier microbiome.
The study is the first to take gut microbiome samples directly from …

Cancer care: are personalised exercise prescriptions the future?

Despite the wealth of research detailing the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, few medical professionals are recommending exercise and less than half of survivors are physically active regularly.
Prof Kathryn Schmitz from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey has recently authored a paper on the need to raise awareness …

New device may lift burden of care for type 1 diabetes

Currently, management of type 1 diabetes involves a lifetime of monitoring insulin levels and administering insulin with an injection or pump, an inexact and troublesome process for diabetics and their carers.
The safety and ease of care may soon be significantly improved given the results of a recently completed trial of …

Simple conversations can reduce opioid prescriptions after hysterectomy

October 23, 2019

The recent controversy on prescription opioids has highlighted overprescription as one of the key drivers of addiction. Could the solution be as simple as asking patients how much they need?
This is what Michigan Medicine Researchers set out to test by designing a shared decision-making tool for patients undergoing hysterectomy for …

Timing counts for blood pressure medication

There are currently no guidelines on when blood pressure medication should be taken, and physicians commonly recommend taking them in the morning. According to a recent trial, this advice may be dead wrong.
The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial studied the health outcomes of nearly 20,000 people who had been diagnosed with hypertension …

First-time evidence suggests new mechanism linking obesity and asthma

Obesity is associated with a heightened risk of asthma, but the mechanism causing this link has yet to be determined, with most previous research pointing to the direct pressure of increased weight on the lungs.
A new study, recently published in the European Respiratory Journal, has given the first indication that …