Novel method may prevent hearing loss in kids by 50%

Sep 14, 2017 0

Researchers have developed a new magnetic delivery method that may prevent by 50 per cent the hearing loss caused as a result of treatment by a widely used chemotherapy drug. Cisplatin is commonly used to treat childhood cancers but can lead to permanent or severe high-frequency hearing loss in nine out of 10 children following treatment.  Steroids can reduce cisplatin-induced hearing loss but they may also reduce the effectiveness of cisplatin’s ability to kill cancer cells. ...

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 Folic acid in pregnancy may cut kids’ autism risk

Sep 11, 2017 0

Mothers who take the recommended amounts of folic acid during pregnancy might reduce the risk of their children developing pesticide-related autism, researchers say. The findings showed that if the mother was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated. ...

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Stroke survivors are at double risk of getting cancer

Sep 8, 2017 0

A study has recently warned that stroke survivors are almost doubly at risk of developing cancer. The findings indicated that nearly 45 percent of cancer diagnoses occurred within the first six months after a stroke diagnosis. “Post-mortem studies have suggested that cancer can develop after a stroke, but the magnitude of this association has not been described,” said lead author Dr Jacobo Rogado from Hospital de La Princesa in Madrid, Spain. ...

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First cancer ‘living drug’ gets go-ahead

Aug 31, 2017 0

The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer.  The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer.  Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward. The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy. ...

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Four cups of coffee a day may add years to your life

Aug 29, 2017 0

According to a recent study, drinking four cups of coffee a day could possibly add years to your life. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants, which was presented today at ESC Congress, suggested that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Adela Navarro from Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. ...

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  Older adults should consume an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and boosts memory

Aug 28, 2017 0

Elder people should eat an avocado a day as it significantly helps boosts the memory and also strengthen the eyes. According to the new study, 40 healthy adults aged 50 and over, who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months, experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and improved cognitive function. Lutein is a pigment commonly found in fruits and vegetables that accumulates in the blood, eye and brain and may act as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. ...

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 Kidney disease cure to undergo first human trial in Australia

Aug 24, 2017 0

A drug that successfully prevented kidney disease in diabetic mice is set to undergo its first human trial in Australia. More than 140 Australians suffering from Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes will participate in the study to be run by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Xinhua news agency reported. A drug developed by researchers at Monash University that blocks a pathway through which NOX enzymes cause damage to the kidneys will be tested in the trial, which will begin in September. ...

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