Death rates from stroke are declining overall in Europe, but are levelling off or increasing in some countries

New research, published in the European Heart Journal [1], has shown deaths from conditions that affect the blood supply to the brain, such as stroke, are declining overall in Europe but that in some countries the decline is levelling off … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Largest study yet shows type of underwear is linked to men’s semen quality; boxer shorts are best

Men who wear boxer shorts have higher sperm concentrations than men who wear tighter fitting underwear, according to new research published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. The researchers also found that boxer shorts-wearing … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 11:00 pm
Posted in Fertility

Treatments for cancer and sickle cell disease deplete germ cells in young boys

Scientists have discovered that some treatments for cancer and sickle cell disease can destroy the germ cells that go on to develop into sperm in the testes of young boys. In some pre-pubescent boys, the treatment for sickle cell disease … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Researchers map ‘family trees’ of acute myeloid leukaemia for the first time in patients treated with enasidenib

Paris, France: For the first time, a team of international researchers have mapped the family trees of cancer cells in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) to understand how this blood cancer responds to a new drug, enasidenib. The work also explains … Continue reading

Published Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Sleep disorder linked with changes to brain structure typical of dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with changes to the structure of the brain that are also seen in the early stages of dementia, according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. OSA, where the walls of the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Fatigue is a common but underestimated symptom of endometriosis

Fatigue is a common but underestimated symptom of endometriosis, according to findings from an international study of over 1100 women, published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. The study found that the prevalence of … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

New technique provides accurate dating of ancient skeletons

Milan, Italy: Interest in the origins of human populations and their migration routes has increased greatly in recent years. A critical aspect of tracing migration events is dating them. However, the radiocarbon techniques*, that are commonly used to date and … Continue reading

Published Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Genomic testing for the causes of stillbirth, fœtal congenital abnormalities and neonatal death can provide hard-to-get answers and should be considered for routine use

Milan, Italy: Pregnancy loss and the death of a new-born baby are devastating events, and as of today around 25% of these perinatal deaths are unexplained despite autopsy. Discovering the cause of such a loss is of great importance for … Continue reading

Published Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Individual access to genomic disease risk factors has a beneficial impact on lifestyles

Milan, Italy: Giving personal genomic information to individuals can have a major, long-term effect on their lifestyle, researchers have found. The Finnish GeneRISK study, providing information on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on their genome and traditional risk … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Genetics

Whole Genome Sequencing helps diagnosis and reduces healthcare costs for neonates in intensive care

Milan, Italy: Children who are born severely ill or who develop serious illness in the first few weeks of life are often difficult to diagnose, with considerable implications for their short and longer-term care. Whole genome sequencing* carried out quickly … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics
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