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Antidepressants Plus Blood Thinners Cause Brain Cancer Cells to Eat Themselves in Mice

June 29, 2016

Scientists have been exploring the connection between tricyclic antidepressants and brain cancer since the early 2000s. There’s some evidence that the drugs can lower one’s risk for developing aggressive glioblastomas, but when given to patients after diagnosis in a small clinical trial, the antidepressants showed no effect as a treatment.
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Missing Link Found Between Brain, Immune System

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has …

‘Deep Learning’ Reveals Unexpected Genetic Roots of Cancers, Autism and Other Disorders

In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease?
A new computational technique developed at the University of Toronto may now be able to tell us.

A Canadian research team led by professor Brendan Frey has …

Blink if your Brain Needs a Rest

Why do we spend roughly 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed – blinking far more often than is actually necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated? Scientists have pried open the answer to this mystery, finding that the human brain uses that tiny moment of shut-eye to …

What’s Behind the Heartbreaking Risk of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Researchers have known for more than a decade that the risk of heart disease and stroke increases when people take pain relievers like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Now, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm …

First Person to be Imprisoned Over Female Genital Mutilation in Australia

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri has been sent to jail for a minimum of 11 months. 

An Islamic sect community leader is the first person to be imprisoned over female genital mutilation  in Australia.
But a mother and a former nurse involved in the female genital mutilation of two sisters, aged six and seven, have …

Liposuction Surgery Offers Hope for Cancer Survivors with Lymphoedema

People would do double takes when they saw Sharne Willoughby. It was one reason she found excuses to stay home.
The primary school teacher had been diagnosed with cervical cancer when the youngest of her six children was two years old. She beat the disease, but said what afflicted her afterwards was worse.
Ms Willoughby …

Researchers Create Key Diagnostic Measures for Gastrointestinal Disorders

June 22, 2016

With no laboratory test available to diagnose functional gastrointestinal disorders, proper diagnostic criteria are critical for clinicians to make an accurate determination of what ails their patients.
Several University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers played a key role in crafting diagnostic criteria and patient questionnaires for the Rome Foundation, …

Just One Minute of Intense Exercise Produces Health Benefits

Researchers at McMaster University have found that a single minute of very intense exercise produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training.
The findings put to rest the common excuse for not getting in shape: there is not enough time.
“This is a very time-efficient workout strategy,” says Martin Gibala, a …

4 Ways Dogs Might Be Able to Sniff Out Disease

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? With 40 times as many receptors in their noses as humans have, dogs are being trained to detect a myriad of diseases. We’re not anywhere close to drafting canines as medical assistants, but they are showing promise in some arenas. …

This New Device Claims to ‘Switch Off’ Period Pain

It’s estimated that nine out of 10 women suffer from period pain each month, and an unfortunate 10 percent of those will get it so bad, they could be incapacitated for up to three days.
Other than using contraceptives to skip their period altogether (just like astronauts do), menstruating women have …

GPs Now Able to Prescribe Duodart

GPs are now able to prescribe the dutasteride–tamsulosin combination (Duodart) for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia.
As of June 1, the PBS will no longer require a urologist to initiate the medication, meaning GPs could prescribe the medication only by private script.
The combination was PBS listed in 2011, but a recent Drug Utilisation …