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Nonsurgical treatment options effective for sinus issues

October 16, 2019

Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects a small but significant proportion of the population, significantly decreases quality of life and is often resistant to treatment.
In severe cases it can lead to the growth of polyps in the nasal cavity, blocking nasal breathing and smell.
It’s in these cases that many patients are referred …

Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of birth defects

There has been longstanding concern that bariatric surgery may increase the risk of major birth defects, concern that has appeared to be bourne out in the scientific literature.
A new study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University, Sweden may go some way towards casting these previous findings into …

New blood test detects brain tumors with 87% accuracy

For those diagnosed with brain cancer the statistics are grim, with less than a third surviving five years with the condition.
Part of this poor outlook is due to the nonspecific symptoms of this type of cancer, such as headaches and memory loss. This is further compounded by the lack of …

Melanoma treatment: researchers unlock new clues

October 09, 2019

Despite the promise of new targeted treatments such as BRAF and MEK inhibitors, advanced melanoma patients often have different responses due to genetic variability. Now researchers say they have identified a way to better predict these responses. In their study published in EBioMedicine, researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center’s Donald A. …

Ranitidine products recalled

The TGA is advising consumers and health professionals that several ranitidine-containing products have been removed from the Australian market due to contamination with an impurity called N‑nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Ranitidine tablets and oral liquids are now in short supply as a number of commonly-used brands have been recalled from pharmacies, hospitals, wholesalers, …

Magic weight loss number found for T2 diabetes remission?

Most treatments for type 2 diabetes involve a combination of medication and dietary changes, with the aim of managing the condition.
Remission is not generally thought to be likely, other than in cases of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, or those willing to commit to extreme low-calorie diets and …

Unlocking the secrets of gallstones

For such a common condition, very little is known about the formation or composition of gallstones. While they’re made up of microscopic crystals of cholesterol and calcium, how they come to be bound together into stones was a mystery, one that researchers at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have just shed some …

New study links vitamin C therapy to better survival rates after sepsis

October 02, 2019

A common outcome of all types of infection, sepsis can be debilitating and even deadly.
New research into using vitamin C therapy may lead to a drastic reduction in mortality rates, better outcomes for survivors and help ease the burden the condition places on hospitals.
In a study led by Virginia Commonwealth …

Measles outbreak strikes Perth, five infected

Measles has been all but eradicated in Western Australia for the last 20 years. In the past week, an ‘unprecedented’ outbreak has seen five people infected in the Rockingham area of Perth.
The outbreak is believed to have been started by a man visiting from New Zealand, where there have been …

Home grown cannabis to be legal in the ACT. Now what?

The Australian Capital Territory took the next step towards regulation of the illicit drug market yesterday with new legislation passing through parliament.
The legislation, which won’t come into effect until January 31, 2020, allows cultivation and possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use for anyone over 18 years.
However, the …

Migraine sufferers needlessly enduring agonising pain

September 25, 2019

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Roughly 15 per cent of the population suffer from migraines, but as well as being one of the most common neurological conditions it’s also one of the most underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed.
These are the results of a new study published in SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine, conducted by researchers at …

An increasing number of countries are banning e-cigarettes – here’s why

The White House recently announced plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes – except for tobacco-flavoured products – because of a rise in the number of middle and high school students using these products.
A few days later, India’s cabinet approved an emergency order banning the production, import and sale of e-cigarettes.
To date, …