Healthcare

Genomics will change what patients expect from their provider, as well as change how physicians treat them. Before this happens, education on both sides is needed. This month we look at some of the big talking points.

Ancestry DNA Begins Genetic Health Testing

The consumer genetic testing platform AncestryDNA will now offer customers genetic testing to understand their risks for a number of health conditions. From Family History to Healthcare Previously, Ancestry has exclusively focused on helping people trace their family history and understand inheritable traits. However, possibly in a bid to keep up with many of their […]

Viagra Could Transform Bone Marrow Transplants

A combination of Viagra and Plerixafor, both clinically approved drugs, could improve the efficacy of bone marrow stem cell transplants. Haemopoietic Stem cell transplants are life-saving treatments for a range of blood cancers, including lymphoma and leukaemia. The cells can differentiate into all types of blood cells to replace the abnormal cancer cells and restore […]

A Genetic Cause for SIDS is Identified

A genetic cause has been found for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) SIDS causes 3,000 deaths a year, due to a number of causes, some environmental and some genetic. However, this is the first time a specific genetic variant has been linked to the onset of SIDS. Newborns with the genetic variant have a defect […]

Cell Death Blocker Could Aid Regenerative Medicine

A new drug molecule that can block cell death could hold the potential for a range of regenerative treatments. Apoptosis is a form of controlled cell death that is essential for normal development and body function. The BLC-2 family of proteins control the process, with some protein molecules promoting cell survival and others promoting cell […]

Translating Metastasis Research into New Models and Therapies

Understanding and tackling metastatic cancer is the single biggest opportunity to improve outcomes for the most cancer patients. But it also represents a huge opportunity to (1) improve the development of existing cancer drugs, (2) reverse declining clinical success rates in oncology, (3) drive the development of new therapies, (4) treat more aggressive cancers and […]

Psoriasis Drugs Could be Repurposed as Osteosarcoma Treatments

Psoriasis drugs could be repurposed as osteosarcoma treatments, as both diseases respond to inhibition of the same target. Osteosarcoma is a rare and difficult to cure bone cancer in children. Survival outcomes for children are poor, even with surgery and chemotherapy, as approximately 30% of patients die within five years of a diagnosis. However, increased […]

Senescent Cells may Cause Thrombosis

Cell senescence may explain why people suddenly become more prone to deep vein thrombosis once they reach the age of 45, new research has shown. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot inside of a blood vessel, which disrupts the flow of blood around the body. Thrombosis incidence is extremely low in people below […]

169 Million Patients have their Data Compromised in Hospital Cyber-Attacks

A study has identified the types of sensitive patient data that get stolen during hospital data breaches, raising serious concerns about patient privacy. The study analysed 1,461 hospital data breaches that took place in the USA between October 2009 and July 2019 and estimated that 169 million patients had their personal data compromised in this […]

Cancer Cells can Connect with Neurons to Stimulate Brain Tumour Growth

Cancer cells in the brain can form connections with neurons to receive electrical impulses that stimulate tumour growth, new research has shown. These findings could both explain the rapid growth rate of brain tumours and provide a viable drug target by ‘jamming’ the electrical signals. Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive brain tumour that spreads in […]

Working the Night Shift Could Harm Gut Health

Working night shifts could impair immune system functionality and make people more susceptible to gut based infections, new research shows. The Rhythm of the Night The body runs like clockwork. When you eat, when you sleep and when you get up is all controlled by the body’s internal circadian rhythm aka the body clock. The […]

Babies Born by Caesarean have Different Microbiomes

Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria, or microbiome, compositions to babies born vaginally, new research shows. The Microbiome is Essential to Childhood Health The gut microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria resident in our gut. Recent research has only scratched the surface on uncovering the instrumental role the microbiome plays in our […]

Bacteria Can Become Resistant Even Without Antibiotic Use

Governments around the world are trying to heavily restrict antibiotic use in the hope that this will prevent the development of resistance which renders many medical treatments useless. However, new research demonstrates that bacterial resistance can spread regardless. Darwin’s theory of evolution tells us that if the selection pressure of antibiotics is applied to a […]

Insulin Delivery Drug Could Treat Deadly Brain Cancer

An existing drug used to improve insulin delivery could also be used to treat an aggressive and deadly brain tumour, known as glioblastoma. Glioblastoma (GBM) is a fast-growing tumour that spreads in a web like fashion to infiltrate multiple areas of the brain. As it is not a compact tumour, it is extremely difficult to […]

Outbreak Proximity Sways Anti-Vaxxers

There has been a recent rise in measles outbreaks worldwide, despite it being an entirely preventable disease with an effective vaccination. Countries including the UK and Greece were recently stripped of their measles free status by the World Health Organisation for their failure to contain the outbreaks. The growing suspicion around the safety of vaccines […]