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Researchers Discover How Immune Cells Resist Radiation Treatment

November 26, 2015

Researchers at The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered a key mechanism by which radiation treatment (radiotherapy) fails to completely destroy tumors. And, in the journal Nature Immunology, they offer a novel solution to promote successful radiotherapy for the millions of cancer …

No Cable Spaghetti in the Brain

Our brain is a mysterious machine. Billions of nerve cells are connected such that they store information as efficiently as books are stored in a well-organized library. To this date, many details remain unclear, for instance the set of rules that governs the connections between nerve cells and the organization …

Taming Hot Flashes Without Hormones: What Works, What Doesn’t

November 19, 2015

Some three-quarters of North American women have menopausal hot flashes, but many cannot use hormones for medical reasons or choose not to. Numerous products and techniques are promoted for hot flashes, but do they work, and are they safe? To answer these questions, a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) panel …

Boiling Peanuts May Stop Allergic Reaction, Flinders University Researcher Finds

November 12, 2015

Boiling peanuts for up to 12 hours could desensitise children to allergic reactions, according to findings made by Flinders University researcher Dr Billy Tao. Dr Tao told 891 ABC Adelaide’s Drive program that he was inspired by similar research conducted in the 1990s by researcher Kirsten Bayer.
“She noticed that children …

Scientists Breach Brain Barrier to Treat Sick Patient

For the first time, doctors have breached the human brain’s protective layer to deliver cancer-fighting drugs.
The Canadian team used tiny gas-filled bubbles, injected into the bloodstream of a patient, to punch temporary holes in the blood-brain barrier. A beam of focused ultrasound waves applied to the skull made the bubbles …

Stronger Flu Shot to Be Rolled Out in 2016 to Arrest Increasing Spread of Virus

A new influenza vaccine that protects against four different strains of the virus will be released next year, after a record number of reported cases this year.
This year’s flu shot protected Australians from three different strains, but the Federal Government has expanded its effectiveness to include the Brisbane and Phuket …

Mindfulness Meditation Linked to False Memory Recall

November 04, 2015

Published in the journal Psychological Science, the study suggests individuals who engage in mindfulness meditation may have less accurate memories than those who do not take part in the practice.
“This is especially interesting given that previous research has primarily focused on the beneficial aspects of mindfulness training and mindfulness-based interventions,” …

Queensland Coroner Calls for Safer Batteries after Inquest into Death of Four-Year-Old

Manufacturers of button-sized lithium batteries must make them safe if swallowed, a Queensland coroner has recommended following an inquest into the death of four-year-old Sunshine Coast girl Summer Steer.
Summer became the first child to die in Australia from swallowing a lithium, or “button”, battery when she passed away on June …

Cancer Substantially Affects Cognition

An international group of researchers has found cancer substantially affects memory, in the largest longitudinal cohort study assessing the impacts of the disease and its treatments on cognitive function.
Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in the United States, the study—which is also the first of its kind for colorectal cancer—found patients …