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2010-09-21 11:44:48

Global action needed to address 'most significant health crisis of the 21st century' A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. The World Alzheimer Report 2010 "“ issued on World Alzheimer's Day by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) "“ provides the most current and comprehensive global picture of the...

2010-09-15 17:19:19

Experts from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Transplantation at King's College London, based at Guy's Hospital, have revealed exciting new scientific developments for people with an organ transplant, intended to help prevent rejection of the new organ and extend its life. Although organ transplantation has been taking place for over 50 years, there are a number of significant challenges, such as a shortage of donor organs, maintaining the quality of an organ in transit, and the...

2010-08-25 01:51:14

First randomized controlled trial demonstrates patients do not benefit from routine balloon pumping during high-risk angioplasty Patients with coronary artery disease undergoing angioplasty do not benefit from having their circulation artificially supported with a balloon pump as a preventative measure during angioplasty, according to the first randomised trial studying the practice and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The trial was carried out across...

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2010-08-11 11:47:15

Doctors may eventually be using a 15-minute brain scan to cheaply and accurately test for autism. British scientists said on Tuesday that their test proved to be over 90 percent accurate in adults, and there was no reason why it should not work equally well in children. The test could be a benefit for patients and their doctors by reducing reliance on time-consuming and emotionally trying assessments based on interviews and behavioral observation. Autism is a complex brain disorder that is...

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2010-05-29 08:55:00

British researchers said Friday that prescribing heroin to addicts who cannot kick the habit helps them stay off street drugs. Doctors have had little success in treating the 10 percent or more of heroin users who do not respond to methadone, which is a standard medication to fight the addiction. Users often spiral downward into crime and disease spread by dirty needles and unhealthy living. Heroin clinics can at least help addicts get off the street. "What we are dealing with here is a...

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2010-02-08 06:25:00

Discovery has important implications for the understanding of cancer and age associated diseases Scientists announced Sunday they have identified for the first time definitive variants associated with biological aging in humans. The team analyzed more than 500,000 genetic variations across the entire human genome to identify the variants which are located near a gene called TERC. The study in Nature Genetics published Feb 7 by researchers from the University of Leicester and King's College...

2010-01-06 11:39:37

New UK research, published today in PLoS ONE, has not reproduced previous findings that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be linked to a recently discovered virus. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and King's College London, say this means that anti-retroviral drugs may not be an effective treatment for people with the illness. An estimated three in 1000 people have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), experiencing severe physical and...

2009-12-07 20:27:20

Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London has found that negative experiences in childhood may alter not only mental health but also physical health, into middle age and beyond. 1,000 individuals have been followed from birth to age 32 as part of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study in New Zealand. This latest research from the study suggests that sustained health risks stem from childhood abuse, neglect, social isolation or economic hardship....

2009-12-03 15:57:01

Leading mental health researchers are warning that some of the most important health consequences of climate change will be on mental health, yet this issue is unlikely to be given much attention at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen next week. Dr Lisa Page and Dr Louise Howard from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London reviewed a range of recent research by scientists into the potential mental health impacts of climate change. In an article published in...

2009-11-17 13:36:43

A study by researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London has found that depression is as much of a risk factor for mortality as smoking. Utilising a unique link between a survey of over 60,000 people and a comprehensive mortality database, the researchers found that over the four years following the survey, the mortality risk was increased to a similar extent in people who were depressed as in people who were smokers. Dr Robert...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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