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Blood test helps accurate, rapid diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

Blood Test Helps Accurate, Rapid Diagnosis for Pre-eclampsia

A new study published in The Lancet, has found that a simple blood test can help make the diagnosis for a common and potentially fatal pregnancy complication. The team of scientists from King’s College London found that; by measuring the concentration of placental growth factor (PlGF) in a woman’s blood; doctors were able to diagnose…

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Men With Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate enlargement; is a noncancerous increase in the size of the prostate. Symptoms may include frequent urination, trouble starting to urinate, weak stream, inability to urinate, or loss of bladder control. Complications can include urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and chronic kidney problems. The cause is unclear. Risk factors include family…

Immunehaematology

Immunotherapy Combination Shrinks Rare Neuroendocrine Cancer

A combination of two common immunotherapy drugs shrinks rare, aggressive neuroendocrine tumors, according to new research results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019, held March 29-April 3 in Atlanta. Results from the SWOG Cancer Research Network trial known as DART, short for Dual Anti-CTLA-4 and Anti-PD-1 Blockade in Rare Tumors,…

AirPods

Earpods For Cell Phones, Are There Health Risks?

A recent flurry of stories across the media have question the safety of wireless headphones or earpieces, and have focus in particular on Apple’s AirPods. One of the concerns is whether having such devices in the ear increases the risk of cancer. News stories began circulating in early March, with headlines such as Are AirPods…

Haematology

Wearable' Device Captures Cancer Cells From Blood

A prototype wearable device, tested in animal models, can continuously collect live cancer cells directly from a patient’s blood. Developed by a team of engineers and doctors at the University of Michigan; it could help doctors diagnose and treat cancer more effectively. “Nobody wants to have a biopsy. If we could get enough cancer cells from the…

cancer patient

First Cancer Patient Treated with Stem-cell Derived NK-Cells

After 10 years in remission, Derek Ruff’s cancer returned, this time as stage IV colon cancer. Despite aggressive rounds of chemotherapy, palliative radiotherapy and immunotherapy, his disease progressed. In February 2019, as part of a phase I clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health; Ruff became the first patient in the…

Radio daignosis

5 Myths About X-rays and Why We Need Them

X-rays have been used for medical examinations for  well over 100 years. Today, they are one of the most common medical imaging techniques available, and a powerful one at that. In England, the UK, the NHS carries out more than 22 million X-ray test every single year. Millions more are also used by dentists and other doctors around…

ADHD

Childhood Methylphenidate Treatment Predicts Antidepressant

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. It is characterized by difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and behavior without regards to consequences which is not appropriate for a person’s age. There are also often problems with the regulation of emotions. (ADHD); is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses among children…

Reproductive Problems In Women

Obesity Linked To Reproductive Problems In Women

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent; that it may have a negative effect on health. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height, is over 30 kg/m2; the range 25–30 kg/m2 is defined as…

Pharmacology

Gabapentin and Pregabalin Become Class C Drugs

An expert in mental health and addiction at the University of York comments on the Government’s move to make gabapentin and pregabalin a class C drug. Ian Hamilton; from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences; said: “From today (Monday, 1st of April); gabapentin and pregabalin will become class C drugs in a move that…

In vitro fertilization

Fertilization With Childhood Cancer In The United States

Fertilization or fertilization (see spelling differences), also known as generative fertilization, insemination, pollination, fecundation, syngamy, and impregnation, is the fusion of gametes to initiate the development of a new individual organism or offspring. This cycle of fertilisation and development of new individuals is called sexual reproduction. During double fertilization in angiosperms; the haploid male gamete combines with two haploid polar nuclei…

Transfusion medicine

Cancer Patient With Stem Cell Derived Natural Killer Cells

After 10 years in remission, Derek Ruff’s cancer returned; this time as stage IV colon cancer. Despite aggressive rounds of chemotherapy, palliative radiotherapy and immunotherapy; his disease progressed. In February 2019; as part of a phase I clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health; Ruff became the first patient in the…