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Cancer blood test moves step closer

Cancer blood test moves step closer

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British team of researchers has developed what might be a simple blood test for cancer, scientists from the University of Bradford say. Continue reading

Pre-diabetes label ‘worthless’

Pre-diabetes label ‘worthless’

unable to retrieve full-text contentLabelling people as having pre-diabetes is “unhelpful and unnecessary”, UK and US researchers write in the British Medical Journal. Continue reading

Drinking alcohol provides no heart health benefit, new study shows

Drinking alcohol provides no heart health benefit, new study shows

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health Continue reading

UK facing ‘major’ sperm shortage

UK facing ‘major’ sperm shortage

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe UK is facing a major sperm shortage that may be tempting fertility clinics to accept poorer quality sperm, the British Fertility Society warns. Continue reading

Patients ‘facing longer GP waits’

Patients ‘facing longer GP waits’

unable to retrieve full-text contentLonger waits to see a GP in the UK are “becoming the norm”, the British Medical Association is warning. Continue reading

Sjögren’s Syndrome significantly increases risk of heart attack

Sjögren’s Syndrome significantly increases risk of heart attack

A new study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2014) showed a significantly increased risk of heart attack in patients with Sjögren’s syndrome (SjS), particularly in the first year following diagnosis. There was also a trend towards an increased risk for stroke. Continue reading

Ability to identify source of pain varies across body

Ability to identify source of pain varies across body

“Where does it hurt?” is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called “spatial acuity,” varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips. Using lasers to cause pain to 26 healthy volunteers without any touch, the researchers produced the first systematic map of how acuity for pain is distributed across the body. Continue reading

Standard approaches to menopause symptoms discount non-Western experiences

Standard approaches to menopause symptoms discount non-Western experiences

Dr Mwenza T. Blell of the University of Bristol interviewed 257 British Pakistani women aged 39-61 living in West Yorkshire and found that the standard checklist approach to studying menopause symptoms, which ignores women’s understanding of their own experience, leaves researchers and clinicians with gaps in their knowledge of the ‘true’ symptoms of menopause. Many previous studies into the menopause have relied on standardised checklists, such as the Blatt-Kupperman index and the Menopause Symptom Checklist, that were derived from the clinical experiences of women living in New York and Chicago in the mid-twentieth century and so focus on a distinctly Western bio-medical model of menopause. Continue reading

Child sight loss ‘on the increase’

Child sight loss ‘on the increase’

unable to retrieve full-text contentIncreasing numbers of British children are being registered as blind or partially sighted as more very premature babies survive, say campaigners. Continue reading

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

The Spanish start-up Aglaris Cell is close to launching onto the market the world’s first bioreactor that cultures cell in a fully automated way, without using toxic additives. The device has attracted interest from the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant, Merk. David Horna, a 33-year-old from Madrid and one of the co-founders of Aglaris Cell, whose offices are located in the Madrid Scientific Park (PCM), is in London this week to meet with investors to secure a second round of funding Continue reading