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COPD Using SPECT/CT

Quantify Lung Neutrophil Clearance In COPD

COPD is a complex and heterogeneous condition in which neutrophils play a central role. Studying neutrophil accumulation across all lung compartments is challenging due to a lack of direct ‘whole lung’ assessment techniques. The aim of this study was to validate a new non-invasive method for measuring whole lung neutrophil accumulation in patients with stable…

osteoarthritis

LDL Cholesterol May Be Linked To Risk For Osteoarthritis

Recent data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology provide evidence of a causal role of lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and higher body mass index (BMI) in osteoarthritis (OA). Knee osteoarthritis (RKOA) is associates with an increased risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and renal diseases. But self-reported OA is not, according to a study published in the December…

Renal Events

Renal Events More Likely With Renal Atheriosclerosis

Renal arteriosclerosis increases the risk for both renal composite and cardiovascular events in Japanese adults with type-2 diabetes. Diabetic nephropathy regardless of the presence of hypertension, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation. Miho Shimizu Ph.D., of the division of nephrology at Kanazawa University Hospital in Japan, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study…

Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis Surgery To Remove Thymus Gland

Surgery to remove the thymus gland in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG); a rare autoimmune disease affecting neuromuscular function, provides significant clinical benefits for as long as five years after the procedure. The study followed 68 patients for up to five years after undergoing thymectomy, the surgical removal of the thymus gland. The benefits they exhibited…

Breast Milk

Change In Complex Sugars Women Taking Probiotic

The complex sugars found in human breast milk, long believed to be fixed in their composition, may change in women who are taking probiotics; according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Hence The finding, published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics, upends what scientists thought of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The…

Blood cancer

Epigenetic Changes In Leukemia Cells: New Approach Identifies

Many new anti-cancer drugs inhibit proteins that are essential for the proliferation of cancer cells. One example is ibrutinib, an innovative therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia first approved in 2014. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, caused by uncontrolled growth of cells from the body’s immune system. It is the most common leukemia in the Western world. Most…

Health policy in Inida

Why India’s Public Health Facilities May Suffer?

The allocation for the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) in Budget 2019 is likely to increase from Rs 52,800 crore (budget estimates) in the current financial year 2018-19 to Rs 59,039 crore in the next financial year (2019-20); an increase of 11%, according to the medium term expenditure projection statement presented to the Parliament in…

Lawsuit against Oxycontin

Lawsuit Details Of Sackler Family On Oxycontin Fortune

The first nine months of 2013 started off as a banner year for the Sackler family. They are the owners of the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, the addictive opioid pain medication. Purdue Pharma paid the family $400 million from its profits during that time, claims a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general. However,…

NCD

Non-communicable Diseases In Bhutan

The increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on health facilities demands greater multi-sectoral actions for the implementation of NCD prevention activities. NCDs are a major public health problem accounting for an estimated 62 percent of the disease burden in the country. NCDs increased to 69 percent According to health officials, deaths from NCDs increased to 69 percent in 2018 from…

Research and development

Hens Offer Future Therapy Hope

Genetically modified chickens to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs; research suggests. The study, which has initially focused on producing high quality proteins for use in scientific research; found the drugs work at least as well as the same proteins produced using existing methods.…

Pancreatic Cancer

Neoadjuvant Chemo Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

For the first time, neoadjuvant chemotherapy has been shown to improve survival in patients with resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). The finding comes from a Japanese study, which used perioperative chemotherapy with neoadjuvant gemcitabine and S-1 (Taiho Pharmaceutical), as well as adjuvant S-1. The 2-year overall survival rates were 63.7% for the group who received…

Immersive virtual reality

Are You Thinking & Behaving Differently?

Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life. The study was published in Scientific Reports. “People expect VR experiences to mimic actual reality and thus induce similar forms of thought and behaviour,” said Alan…