Misophonia: how ‘sound rage’ destroys relationships and forces people to move home
Sent into apoplexy by whistling noses? Can ’t bear the sound of people eating? You could be one of the many people affected by this potentially debilitating conditionAs a teenager, I remember being moved almost to tears by the sound of a family member chewing muesli. A friend eating dumplings once forced me to flee the room. The noises one former housemate makes when chomping popcorn mean I have declined their invitations to the cinema for nearly 20 years.I am not proud of myself for reacting like this – in fact, I am pretty embarrassed – but my responses feel unavoidable. It is probable that I have misophonia. Accor...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Ellie Violet Bramley Tags: Life and style Medical research Psychology Science Source Type: news

Bombshell report: Was Covid caused by a lab leak after all?
A report by the US Office of Inspector General found the country's medical research agency did not correctly review whether the tests in Wuhan involved pathogens with pandemic potential. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ignore the ‘superpower’ boasts – UK pharma looks superchallenged
NHS crisis, withdrawal of tax credits and exit from EU blamed for fall in UK share of R&D marketBig pharma is unhappy about the prices it is being paid in the UK – a state of affairs the rest of us might instinctively regard as welcome, as it suggests the NHS is still world class when it comes to negotiating terms for branded medicines. The UK spends about 9% of its healthcare budget on such medicines; other large European countries report mid-teen percent ages.One response would be to tell the wealthy companies to count their blessings – or be quiet until NHS nurses have had a proper pay settlement and the patient...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 25, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Nils Pratley Tags: Business Pharmaceuticals industry European Union Bayer Healthcare industry Research funding Biotechnology industry Medical research Education NHS Science Source Type: news

‘Culture is hard to break’: Kenya’s medical schools face a shortage of cadavers
Medical training is in demand, but hesitancy on body donation means students have little to work with, while an illicit trade in transplant organs flourishesScalpel in hand, Carl Mwangi, a first-year medical student at the University of Nairobi, slices through the brain tissue. “To figure out where the vessels are, you have to dig in deeper,” he says, excited to be dissecting a human brain for the first time. But if he wants to do more dissections, the aspiring neurosurgeon will have to secure one of only 10 places on the anatomy programme here.Only postgraduate students and those specialising in anatomy are able to ge...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Caroline Kimeu Tags: Global health Organ donation Kenya Africa Global development Medical research Doctors Source Type: news

Older patients on medley of drugs ‘at higher risk of adverse reactions’
Older people prescribed 10 or more medicines by GPs at threefold increased risk, researchers sayOlder women are at higher risk than older men of experiencing adverse reactions to drugs prescribed by their family doctor, and older patients taking more than 10 medicines are at higher risk than those taking fewer, according to a study.Overall, one in four older people experience adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to pills prescribed by their GP, the research published in the British Journal of General Practice suggests.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Medical research GPs Older people Doctors Health Society Science Source Type: news

Lab-grown eye cells form new neural connections
Eye cells that were grown from skin-derived stem cells could be collected from 3D cultures and coaxed to form new neural connections. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - January 24, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news

Link between hydration and aging
Higher blood sodium in middle age was associated with increased mortality, chronic disease risk, and biological aging. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - January 24, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news

Changing long-term opioid prescribing behavior
Notifying clinicians that one of their patients died of an overdose reduced the amount of opioids they prescribed for up to a year afterwards. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - January 23, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news

Does Covid reinfection bring more health risks – or make you ‘super immune’?
The debate over the risks of reinfections – which are likely to continue – could determine what precautions people take, but experts disagree on the dataA recent study states that Covid-19 reinfections could pose additional risks to people ’s long-term health – as compared to only getting Covid once – however, some infectious disease experts in the US disagree that there is evidence showing repeat infections are more dangerous.The issue of the impact of repeated infections is becoming a crucial one in the United States as the Covid-19 pandemic is now tailing off amid a widespread relaxation of any social distanci...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 23, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Eric Berger Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Vaccines and immunisation US news Source Type: news

Will Covid reinfections pose increased health risks? Experts aren ’t sure
A study found that repeat infections increases the possibility of hospitalization or death, but some experts refute those findingsA recent study states that Covid-19 reinfections could pose additional risks to people ’s long-term health – as compared to only getting Covid once – however some infectious disease experts in the US disagree that there is evidence showing repeat infections are more dangerous.The issue of the impact of repeated infections is becoming a crucial one in the United States as the Covid-19 pandemic is now tailing off amid a widespread relaxation of any social distancing or restrictions, which ha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 23, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Eric Berger Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Vaccines and immunisation US news Source Type: news

MPs urge asbestos company to pay £10m to fund cancer research
All-party group including peers backs campaign by victims ’ group, saying Cape ‘knowingly put people in danger’MPs and peers have written to one of the biggest manufacturers of asbestos calling on it to make a £10m donation towards mesothelioma research “for knowingly putting people in danger”.In a letter to Altrad, parent company of Cape, the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on occupational safety and health says thatdocuments released after a long-running court battle show that Cape historically “provided misleading reassurance about the dangers of asbestos”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent Tags: Cancer House of Commons House of Lords Society Politics UK news Medical research Manufacturing sector Health Source Type: news

‘This will happen before 2030’: how the science behind Covid vaccines might help to fight cancer
The success of mRNA-based drugs in combating coronavirus is inspiring scientists to create similar vaccines for melanoma and other tumoursIn December 2022, the US biotech firm Moderna, a company that emerged from relative obscurity to become a household name during the pandemic, published theresults of a clinical trialthat sent ripples through the world of cancer research.Conducted in partnership with the pharma company MSD, it demonstrated that a messenger RNA (mRNA) cancer vaccine, used in combination with immunotherapy, could offer significant benefit to patients with advanced melanoma who had received surgery to remove...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2023 Category: Science Authors: David Cox Tags: Cancer research Medical research Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

David Allis, researcher who explored ‘on-off’ switch in genes, dies at 71
Dr. Allis's work opened new ways to treat some blood cancers and stirred wider medical research into gene-targeting drugs for other diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brian Murphy Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Engineering tissue to strengthen underdeveloped hearts
Could cells taken from a small patch of skin become heart muscle and repair a rare congenital heart defect? It's a scientific question that  Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., and collaborators hope to answer for those born with an underdeveloped left heart chamber — a rare, complex condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Discovering the first cell-based therapy to rebuild heart tissue for HLHS has been a decade-long r esearch passion for Dr. Nelson, who is the director… (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - January 21, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news

New Smell Tech Could Make VR Therapies More Powerful New Smell Tech Could Make VR Therapies More Powerful
Medical research on the benefits of smell in VR may start to move faster, thanks to breakthroughs in the entertainment industry.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - January 20, 2023 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news