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Haematology

Boy With Leukemia to Receive Potentially Life-Saving Treatment

Having a child or sibling with a life-threatening medical condition is beyond terrible, but how much worse would it be to know that there was a treatment that could potentially save their life that you simply couldn’t afford? Fortunately for one Malaysian family; the kindness and generosity of Internet strangers have helped them give their 11-year-old…

Reducing Health Care

Community Volunteers Shows Promise For Reducing Health Care

Incorporating community volunteers into the health care system shows promise in reducing health care usage by older adults and shifting health care from hospitals to primary care; so according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). They find that older adults who took part in the Health TAPESTRY program change the way; which they…

Family medicine

Primary care is Experiencing Physician Shortages

Imagine a health care system where every time you want your annual checkup, you must see a cardiologist to get your heart checked, an ENT to get your ears and throat checked, a GI doc to get your abdomen checked, and so on and so forth. Sounds pretty terrible and needlessly expensive, right his hypothetical…

Smoking Risk

Smoking Risk Linked To Disadvantages In Life

The more disadvantages you face, the more likely you are to smoke and have difficulty quitting according to a new USC study; in JAMA Internal Medicine that sheds light on populations that are resistant to anti-smoking efforts. In a U.S. nationally representative survey of 278,048 adults; people were asking about smoking and their experience with…

Biological Processes

New 3D Microscope Visualizes Fast Biological Processes

Researchers have combined their expertise to develop a new type of microscope. The revolutionary new light-field microscopy system makes it possible to study fast biological processes; creating up to 200 3D images per second. Initial tests have already delivered new insights into the movement of blood cells in a heart. “Many important biological processes occur…

Muricidae Molluscs

The Biosynthetic Origin Of Tyrian Purple In Muricidae Molluscs

Many marine invertebrates produce secondary metabolites that contribute to a suite of ecological roles; including paralyzing their prey and preventing predation, pathogens, surface fouling, and competitors. Beyond the ecological roles of the secondary metabolites; these chemicals also provide opportunities that aid human society in the form of novel bio-products. A large number of marine natural…

Radiotherapy

Ultrasonography Should Be Included in Hemophilia Care Strategy

Point-of-care ultrasonography enables improved diagnostic accuracy, and allows for more targeted treatment and better monitoring of therapy response in hemophilia patients with joint complications, a study suggests. The study, a review of publish articles, “Point-of-care Ultrasonography in Orthopedic Management of Hemophilia: Multiple Uses of an Effective Tool,” was published in the HSS Journal. More targeted treatment Hemarthrosis (bleeding…

General medicine

Researchers Develop Smart Pill Bottle to Keep Drugs Safe

A smart pill bottle that sends wireless alerts when it detects tampering, overdose or unsafe storage conditions is just one of many potential health applications for new sensor technology being developed by a team at KAUST. Digital technology offers opportunities to improve traditional approaches to issues threatening human health. For example; networks of tiny wearable…

Anesthesiology

Anesthesiologist Appointed to FDA Advisory Committee

An anesthesiologist with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was recently appointed chairperson for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the safety and effectiveness of drugs used in anesthesiology and surgery. Food and Drug Administration’s The…

Immune haematology

Filming How Our Immune System kill Bacteria

To kill bacteria in the blood, our immune system relies on nanomachines that can open deadly holes in their targets. UCL scientists have now filmed these nanomachines in action, discovering a key bottleneck in the process which helps to protect our own cells. The research, published in Nature Communications; provides us with a better understanding of how…

Testosterone Supplements

Testosterone Supplements Are Harmful To Human Body

When it comes to testosterone supplements, men should know a new study finds there is precious little evidence to support claims they will boost testosterone levels, sex drive, strength and overall energy. To come to this conclusion, the researchers first broke down 50 testosterone supplements into their component parts. The investigators then search through a…

HIV AIDS Epidemic

A Reflection On Living Through Africa's HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Having lived in Africa at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the terror and grief that came with it, the thought of reporting on the disease used to make me shudder. After finishing high school in Zimbabwe in the 1990s, I remember being bombarded with news about this deadly virus; but that by the…