Tuesday, 5 Jul 2022

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Lipo-protein apheresis and PCSK9-inhibitors

Research suggests a specific treatment for Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolaemic (HoFH) pateints; a combination therapy with PCSK9-inhibitors (PCSK9-I) and lipoprotein-apheresis (LA) may have synergistic effects on circulating lipid and lipoprotein levels. The relationship with the treatment regimen mentioned above can be investigated further with larger datasets. This review details the role of lipoprotein apheresis in the […]

Brain scans predict stimulant drug relapse

Predicting who will remain drug-free and who will relapse following treatment for drug addiction has been impossible – so far. Now, Stanford psychologists think they’ve found a possible clue. For stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines, at least, activity in the brain’s reward-processing circuits could be the key. The study, published Dec. 28 in JAMA Network […]

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are one of the best-described diseases in medical history. There are a huge number of suggestions as to why you get them and how you can get rid of them, but even today, there is no consensus about the best treatment. Throughout our history, diseases have haunted humanity. Many were most likely the same […]

Human blood cells can be directly reprogrammed into neural stem cells

Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the stem cell institute HI-STEM in Heidelberg have succeeded for the first time in directly reprogramming human blood cells into a previously unknown type of neural stem cell. These induced stem cells are similar to those that occur during the early embryonic development of the central […]

ASH develops practice guidelines for venous thromboembolism

(HealthDay)—The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has developed new guidelines for the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE); the clinical practice guidelines were recently published in Blood Advances. The guidelines address prophylaxis for hospitalized and nonhospitalized medical patients, diagnosis of VTE, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, treatment of pediatric VTE, VTE in the context of pregnancy, and the optimal […]

Interpreting emotions: A matter of confidence

We are constantly exposed to the facial expressions of the people around us, expressions that reflect their emotions. But do we interpret them correctly? And do we trust our own judgment? This trust is essential for avoiding misunderstandings or even potentially dangerous situations. That is the reason why researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) […]

Christmas can be isolating for young carers – they need time to be children

Most children look forward to the Christmas holidays as a time for fun and families. But for some young carers – children who provide care for someone in their family who is ill or disabled – the Christmas holidays are a mixed blessing. Dani (names have been changed to protect anonymity) is one such young […]

Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce brown adipose tissue

ETH Zurich scientists have shown that statins, one of the most commonly prescribed classes of pharmaceuticals, reduce beneficial brown adipose tissue. But this is no reason to demonise these drugs, the researchers insist. A certain proportion of the adult population has not only white adipose (or fatty) tissue, but also the brown kind. This brown […]

Pembrolizumab promising for metastatic head, neck SCC

(HealthDay)—For patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, pembrolizumab has a favorable safety profile and is associated with prolongation of overall survival, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in The Lancet. Ezra E.W. Cohen, M.D., from the University of California in San Diego, and colleagues conducted a randomized open-label […]

Scientists discover new brain changes in early Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have discovered new changes occurring in the human brain in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers used a multiomic approach to determine RNA, protein, and phosphorylation levels and carried out further neurobioinformatic analyses on them. The findings, drawing on data from a Finnish biobank of brain […]

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