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For the 25 percent of type-2 diabetes patients who suffer from numbness and extreme nerve pain in their feet, a new dermatological treatment being tested by Northwestern Medicine scientists could potentially help prevent and maybe even reverse the neuropathy. In a study just published in Molecular Pain, Northwestern Medicine researchers showed that depleting a chemical…

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Levels of a certain type of the Alzheimer’s disease-related tau protein are higher in patients aged 18 years and under, suffering early onset psychosis (EOP). The study by Dr Mathias Lundberg and Dr Neil Cleland, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and colleagues is presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy…

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A draft law approved by the government declares that Germany will soon require all clients of prostitutes to use condoms. The new rule, which will enter in force in July 2017 if it secures parliamentary backing, is part of a package of measures aimed at offering greater protection to sex workers. ‘In Germany, prostitution was…

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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to roll out an awareness campaign for Sensodyne, its toothpaste brand for sensitive teeth. The campaign – ‘Wake up to tooth sensitivity’ – will involve engagement with consumers, retail initiatives and efforts to increase digital awareness, the Indian unit of the UK headquartered company. Advertisement In India, 35% of individuals aged 15-60…

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Triple negative breast cancer is so called because it lacks molecular characteristics that are associated with response to modern targeted treatments. Christos Hatzis of Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA and colleagues have described a new subtype of triple negative breast cancer that may be more amenable to treatment than other cases of this difficult-to-treat…

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A new app has been designed for astronauts in space. The app tracks the dietary intake of astronauts and offers greater insight for physicians and researchers on the Earth. The International Space Station Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT) iPad app, recently delivered to the space station, gives astronauts real-time feedback about their dietary habits. ‘The…

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Measles is one of the world’s most contagious viral infection of the respiratory system. A Princeton University-led research has suggested that measles can spread more quickly in schools than previously thought. The researchers report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the only sure method of controlling measles among schoolchildren is…

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A study has identified a protein that is responsible for regulating blood vessel growth by mediating the efficient removal of cholesterol from the cells. The study was held at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Unregulated development of blood vessels can feed the growth of tumors. The work, led by Yury Miller,…

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A set of 30 inherited recessive genes that play a role in intellectual disability have been identified. The new findings, published in the online journal Molecular Psychiatry, could be applied to DNA screenings in determining the possibility of a couple producing a child with intellectual disability. ‘Thirty novel candidate genes that possess a strong potential…

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A new study presented by Poland’s Dr Maciej Ostrowski at ESC Congress 2014 has found that the treating hypertensive older adults with antihypertensive therapy reduces the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events, strokes and mortality. Dr Ostrowski said: “Over the past few decades, a number of randomised trials and meta‑analyses have supported the benefits of antihypertensive…

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