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Can dyslexia be diagnosed by MRI brain scan?

from MNTpaeds - 14 Aug 13

Researchers from MIT have discovered a link between the size of a language-processing area of the brain and poor pre-reading skills in kindergartners. This finding, coupled with an MRI technique, could lead the way for an earlier dyslexia diagnosis...


First Real-Life Proof Of Principle That IVF Is Feasible And Effective For Developing Countries

from MNTfertility - 09 Jul 13

A study performed in Belgium has shown that low-cost IVF for developing and poor resource countries is feasible and effective, with delivery rates not much different from those achieved in conventional IVF programmes. This proof-of-principle study, say the investigators, suggests that infertility care may now be "universally accessible"...


'Next Generation Sequencing' For Embryo Selection In IVF Leads To First Successful Birth

from MNTfertility - 09 Jul 13

The first birth has been achieved following the analysis of embryos using a new genome sequencing technique which promises to revolutionise embryo selection for IVF. The technique, which has never before been applied in the screening of embryos, was reported at the annual meeting of ESHRE by Dr Dagan Wells of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the University of Oxford, UK...


Embryo Screening IVF Breakthrough Produces Baby Connor

from MNTfertility - 08 Jul 13

A couple in the US has had the first IVF baby to be born as a result of a new way of screening embryos that promises to increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and bring down the cost of treatment...


IVF Treatment Costing Just $250 Uses Simplified Test Tube Technology

from MNTfertility - 09 Jul 13

Researchers in Belgium have developed a low-cost IVF treatment that could make fertility treatment "universally accessible" in poor and developing countries. The study shows that the new technique gives results similar to those achieved through conventional IVF treatment used in developed countries...


Multiple Sclerosis, Other Autoimmune Diseases May Be Controlled By Hunger-Spiking Neurons

from MNTneuro - 27 Mar 13

Neurons that control hunger in the central nervous system also regulate immune cell functions, implicating eating behavior as a defense against infections and autoimmune disease development, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Autoimmune diseases have been on a steady rise in the United States...


Remote monitoring after recent hospital discharge in patients with heart failure: a systematic review and network meta-analysis.

from Heart - 18 May 13

Remote monitoring after recent hospital discharge in patients with heart failure: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Heart. 2013 May 16; Authors: Pandor A, Gomersall T, Stevens JW, Wang J, Al-Mohammad A, Bakhai A, Cleland JG, Cowie MR, Wong R Abstract CONTEXT: Readmission to hospital for heart failure is common after recent discharge. Remote monitoring (RM) strategies have the potential to deliver specialised care and management and may be on


High Heart Rate At Rest Signals Higher Risk Of Death Even In Fit Healthy People

from MNTcvs - 16 Apr 13

A high heart rate (pulse) at rest is linked to a higher risk of death even in physically fit, healthy people, suggests research published online in the journal Heart. A resting heart rate - the number of heart beats per minute - is determined by an individual's level of physical fitness, circulating hormones, and the autonomic nervous system...


Breakthrough Enables Mapping Of Elusive 3-D Structure Of Telomerase Enzyme, Key Factor In Cancer, Aging

from MNToncology - 16 Apr 13

Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and UC Berkeley have, for the first time ever, solved the puzzle of how the various components of an entire telomerase enzyme complex fit together and function in a three-dimensional structure...


Beetroot Juice Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

from MNTcvs - 16 Apr 13

A cup of beetroot juice a day can help lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to a new study. The study was conducted by researchers from Queen Mary, University of London and was published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension...


Fighting Necrotizing Enterocolitis With Probiotic-Derived Treatment In Premature Babies

from MNTgastro - 17 Feb 13

"Good" bacteria that live in our intestines have been linked with a variety of health benefits, from fighting disease to preventing obesity...


The 10 'Best Buys' to combat heart disease, diabetes and stroke in Africa.

from Heart - 18 May 13

The 10 'Best Buys' to combat heart disease, diabetes and stroke in Africa. Heart. 2013 May 16; Authors: Mayosi BM Abstract PMID: 23680892 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor antibody attenuates inflammation and decreases mortality in an experimental model of severe sepsis

from Critical Care Forum - 27 May 13

IntroductionSevere sepsis is associated with an unacceptably high rate of mortality. Recent studies revealed elevated levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent angiogenic and vascular permeability factor, in patients with sepsis. There was also an association between VEGF levels and sepsis severity. Here we investigate the effects of an anti-VEGF antibody (Bevacizumab, Bev) in an experimental model of sepsis. Methods: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), murine ce


Hemodiafiltration Prolongs Dialysis Patients' Lives

from MNThaem - 17 Feb 13

A technique that removes additional toxins during dialysis may prolong kidney failure patients' lives, according to a clinical trial appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). In light of these results, the technique may become standard for dialysis patients...


Fukushima Residents Have Slightly Higher Cancer Risk

from MNToncology - 01 Mar 13

There is a lightly higher risk of developing some types of cancers for people living near the site of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, says a group of international experts who carried out an analysis. They added that the predicted risks for developing cancer for the general population living inside and outside Japan are relatively low...


Very Early Embryonic Development Could Be The Origin Of Congenital Heart Defects

from MNTpaeds - 18 Dec 12

The origins of congenital heart defects could be traced right back to the first stages of embryonic development - according to University of East Anglia (UEA) research. Findings published in the journal PLOS ONE show that the beginnings of important parts of the heart can be traced to very early stages of embryo development. The research has been funded by the British Heart Foundation...


Air Pollution Tied To Low Birth Weight

from MNTpaeds - 06 Feb 13

A large study spanning four continents finds that babies carried by mothers exposed to air pollution caused by tiny particles in fumes from traffic, heating systems, and coal-fired power stations, are more likely to be of low birth weight. A report on the work, led jointly by Tracey J...


A Clinical Guide On Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

from MNTobsgyn - 18 Feb 13

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced the publication of a clinical guide by the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) in its journal Maturitas on lichen sclerosus with summary recommendations...


Exercise is smart for your heart - and makes you smarter

from Eurekalert - 29 Oct 12

(Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada) In a new study, previously sedentary adults were put through four months of high-intensity interval training. At the end, their cognitive functions - the ability to think, recall and make quick decisions - had improved significantly.


Father's Death Affects Early Adolescents' Futures In Developing World, Says MU Anthropologist

from MNTpsych - 22 Dec 12

A father's death can have long-term effects on a child's later success in life and can be particularly harmful if the father passes away during a child's late childhood or early adolescence, according to new research by a University of Missouri anthropologist...


Multiple Births Affected By Congenital Anomalies Have Doubled Since The 1980s

from MNTpaeds - 07 Feb 13

The number of congenital anomalies, or birth defects arising from multiple births has almost doubled since the 1980s, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology...


Alcohol Problems A Greater Risk For College Women Who Act Impulsively When Distressed

from MNTpsych - 10 Nov 12

An increasing number of women entering young adulthood engage in heavy drinking behavior, placing them at risk of developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs) as well as other negative consequences such as sexual assault and physical injuries. Prior research has shown that college students drink more than their non-college peers...


Parents Find Talking To Their Teens About Being Overweight Scarier Than Any Ghost Story

from MNTpaeds - 03 Nov 12

New study highlights how parents can help their children achieve a healthier lifestyle According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 28% of adolescents are overweight. This means that about 1 in every 5 parents is thinking about how to discuss this with their child...


Hypertension and anti-hypertensive drugs in pregnancy and perinatal outcomes (Journal Club article for discussion April 2013 re: E12-0402).

from Am J Obstet Gynecol - 19 Feb 13

Hypertension and anti-hypertensive drugs in pregnancy and perinatal outcomes (Journal Club article for discussion April 2013 re: E12-0402). Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb 14; Authors: Macones GA PMID: 23416695 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


The Lives Of Many Mothers And Children Saved In India

from MNTpaeds - 06 Nov 12

Infant mortality has fallen by half, and the number of women who died from complications during pregnancy and childbirth by three-quarters. This is the result of a four-year health care project in one of India's poorest districts. "We're overjoyed that mortality could be reduced with relatively simple means like mobile health care centres...


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