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Value of pre-implantation genetic testing questioned

November 27, 2019

If you’re going through IVF, you may be offered a test to look at your embryos’ chromosomes.
Pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (chromosome abnormalities), known as PGT-A, is an “add on” used to help choose embryos with the right number of chromosomes. It’s promoted by IVF clinics as a way to …

Understanding urticaria and angioedema

Urticarial lesions are usually intensely pruritic welts that can be generalised or localised. They normally last less than 24 hours in the one place, being migratory, and leave no residual marks on the skin. Angioedema lesions may be uncomfortable or sometimes painful and occur in the deeper dermis or mucosa …

The secret powers of soup

November 20, 2019

In one of the more unusual studies seen in the medical journals of late, UK researchers have determined that some home cooked, family recipe broths actually have antimalarial properties.
The study, published in the Archives of Diseases of Childhood, involved the testing of 56 samples of broths which had been made …

Hear this: Healthful diet tied to lower risk of hearing loss

November 19, 2019

It’s just natural that as people age, their hearing gets worse, right?
Not according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who have recently published their prospective study of eating habits and hearing threshold decline in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Gathering data on on pure-tone hearing thresholds from participants across 19 sites …

‘Bad cholesterol’ is only as unhealthy as its composition

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the kind of cholesterol found in fast food, processed meats and desserts, has come to be known as ‘bad’ cholesterol due to it’s association with heart attacks and coronary disease.
Despite this, 75% of heart attacks occur in patients whose cholesterol levels don’t indicate they’re at high risk, …

New research on countering superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is by no means a new problem, but the latest CDC report into the phenomenon does outline some novel approaches to treating bacterial infection.
The advice for slowing infections generally and resistance in particular will be familiar: vaccination, strict hygiene for medical facilities and personnel, and using antibiotics only …

Preventing allergy

We all know that the previous avoidance strategy to prevent young children developing food allergies has been turned on its head.
But out there in the real world, many new parents remain very nervous about feeding their six-month-old cooked egg or letting them taste peanut butter.
As much as we would like …

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media.
Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they look on Instagram?
We asked five …

Just Checking people with an intellectual disability

November 13, 2019

It is well-documented that people with an intellectual disability are less likely than the general population to participate in the currently available cancer screening programs.
This of course means they are needlessly at increased risk of dying from cervical, bowel or breast cancer.
To address this disparity, Family Planning NSW has developed …

Vaping-related lung disease: what you need to know

More than 2,000 people in the United States have developed serious lung damage in a poisoning outbreak associated with the use of vaping devices this year. At least 39 people have died from the condition.
Most of those affected are young men. Their symptoms, which developed over a few days to …

Eating stodge makes you sluggish

Complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness would have most doctors reaching for their referral pad to send the patient to the nearest sleep lab. However Australian research suggests another, more readily modifiable lifestyle factor might be to blame.
According to a large-scale epidemiological study, researchers from Flinders University determined a high intake …

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 …