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Noninvasive brain control: New light-sensitive protein enables simpler, more powerful optogenetics

Noninvasive brain control: New light-sensitive protein enables simpler, more powerful optogenetics

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source to be implanted in the brain, where it can reach the cells to be controlled. Continue reading

Phase III trial shows improved survival with TAS-102 in metastatic colorectal cancer refractory to standard therapies

Phase III trial shows improved survival with TAS-102 in metastatic colorectal cancer refractory to standard therapies

The new combination agent TAS-102 is able to improve overall survival compared to placebo in patients whose metastatic colorectal cancer is refractory to standard therapies, researchers said at the ESMO 16th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in Barcelona. “Around 50% of patients with colorectal cancer develop metastases but eventually many of them do not respond to standard therapies,” said Takayuki Yoshino of the National Cancer Centre Hospital East in Chiba, Japan, lead author of the phase III RECOURSE trial. Continue reading

Proof-of-concept for host-directed tuberculosis therapy established by researchers

Proof-of-concept for host-directed tuberculosis therapy established by researchers

In a new study published in Nature , scientists describe a new type of tuberculosis (TB) treatment that involves manipulating the body’s response to TB bacteria rather than targeting the bacteria themselves, a concept called host-directed therapy. TB remains a major cause of disability and death worldwide as an estimated 8.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.3 million people died from the disease in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Although TB is curable, adherence to therapy is difficult as treatment requires taking antibiotic drugs for at least six months and sometimes up to two years. Continue reading

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

There’s good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia–difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from St. Michael’s Hospital has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Continue reading

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

Link unlikely between insomnia symptoms, high blood pressure, study concludes

There’s good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia–difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from St. Michael’s Hospital has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Continue reading

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. Evidence now indicates that DBS can decrease the number and severity of non motor symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as well, according to a review published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease . Continue reading

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. Evidence now indicates that DBS can decrease the number and severity of non motor symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as well, according to a review published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease Continue reading

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease as well as motor symptoms

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading

National Health Service: committed to failure?

National Health Service: committed to failure?

A project has failed. Continue reading

Concerns over fat burning drug DNP

Concerns over fat burning drug DNP

unable to retrieve full-text contentThere’s been a rise in patient enquiries about the slimming pill DNP, according to new research by the National Poisons Information Service. Continue reading