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

Rapid bedside genetic testing can prevent antibiotic-related hearing loss in new-borns treated for sepsis

Milan, Italy: More than a million neonatal deaths worldwide each year are estimated to be due to sepsis [1]. In the UK there are approximately 90,000 admissions to neonatal intensive care units per year. Nearly all these patients receive antibiotic … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Risk of dementia is increased in 50-year-olds with blood pressure below the current threshold for hypertension

New findings from the long-running Whitehall II study of over 10,000 civil servants has found 50-year-olds who had blood pressure that was higher than normal but still below the threshold commonly used when deciding to treat the condition, were at … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Ban e-cigarette flavourings and misleading adverts to protect youth, says international respiratory group

In a statement published in the European Respiratory Journal, a coalition of respiratory doctors and scientists from six continents have warned of the dangers posed to children and adolescents by electronic cigarettes. They say there is mounting evidence that e-cigarettes … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Man against machine: artificial intelligence is better than dermatologists at diagnosing skin cancer

Researchers have shown for the first time that a form of artificial intelligence or machine learning known as a deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) is better than experienced dermatologists at detecting skin cancer. In a study published in the … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Women who eat fast food and little or no fruit take longer to become pregnant

Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year, according to a study published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Shorter courses of prostate cancer radiotherapy are safe and effective, and they could save patients’ time and reduce hospital waiting lists

Barcelona, Spain: Radiotherapy given in high doses over a shorter period of time is safe and effective for prostate cancer patients, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference. The treatment, called ultrahypofractionated radiotherapy, involves hospital treatment every other … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer