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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Increasing the age limit for Lynch syndrome genetic testing may save lives

Copenhagen, Denmark:  Raising the age limit for routine genetic testing in colorectal cancer could identify more cases of families affected by Lynch syndrome, a condition that accounts for around 5% of all colon cancers, according to new research presented at … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Genomics tracks migration from lost empires to modern cities

Copenhagen, Denmark: New genomic tools are enabling researchers to overturn long-held beliefs about the origins of populations, a researcher told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics. Dr Eran Elhaik, Assistant Professor of Animal and Plant Sciences at the … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

New genomic analysis promises benefit in female urinary incontinence

Copenhagen, Denmark: Urinary incontinence in women is common, with almost 50% of adult women experiencing leakage at least occasionally. Genetic or heritable factors are known to contribute to half of all cases, but until now studies had failed to identify the … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Obesity can cause cardiovascular ill-health, even in the young

Copenhagen, Denmark: Higher than normal body mass index (BMI) is known to lead to cardiovascular ill-health in mid-to-late life, but there has been limited investigation of its effect in young, apparently healthy, adults. Researchers have now shown that having a higher … Continue reading

Published Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Genetics

Open-access genetic screening for hereditary breast cancer is feasible and effective

Copenhagen, Denmark:  Ashkenazi Jewish women are known to have a predisposition to the inherited breast cancers BRCA1 and BRCA2, but currently genetic testing in this group is limited to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers and those who are … Continue reading

Published Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Balancing rights and responsibilities in insurers’ access to genetic test results

Copenhagen, Denmark: Genetic testing is widely used across the developed world in order to diagnose and predict disease. However, along with its usefulness comes concern about how others, such as employers and insurers, can have access to and use its results. … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Market pressures and inadequate production are hampering access to essential antibiotics, including those for treating babies and children

Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. Writing in a commentary in Clinical Microbiology and Infection [1], researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Brachytherapy rather than surgery is a good option for cancer of the penis

Vienna, Austria: Results from the largest group of men treated for cancer of the penis by a single institution have shown that treatment with brachytherapy (a type of radiotherapy) is a good option that can be used instead of surgery … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Watching movies can replace general anaesthesia for children with cancer having radiotherapy

Vienna, Austria: Children with cancer could be spared dozens of doses of general anaesthesia by projecting a video directly on to the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference. Although cancer … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Study suggests a role for radiotherapy for extending the lives of pancreatic cancer patients

Vienna, Austria: Patients with early stage pancreatic cancer could be given longer to live if they receive radiotherapy at a high enough dose, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference. Pancreatic cancer already affects around 338,000 people worldwide … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer
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