Medical News Today: What can autopsies teach us about heart disease?
Are we overlooking an important source of clinical information by not using autopsy more in medical research? Several studies suggest the answer is 'yes.' (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas
Funding is harder to find in general, and the current approach favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Research Academic and Scientific Journals Conflicts of Interest Source Type: news

European Metacam ® indication expanded to guinea pigs
European Metacam ® indication expanded to guinea pigs (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - June 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Mobile technology solutions to monitoring medicines
An EU- and industry-funded project has developed a mobile app enabling patients and healthcare professionals to more easily report suspected adverse drug reactions. It has also analysed social media to assess drug safety. Both initiatives have shown potential for strengthening the monitoring of medicines. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

NHPS package rates too low: IMA
Niti Aayog and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are “most likely” to help conduct this study over the next few months as the scheme is rolled out. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Home Office looks at allowing cannabis oil for boy with epilepsy
Prescriptions consideration comes after Billy Caldwell, 12, has ‘life-threatening’ seizuresThe Home Office has said it will “carefully consider” allowing a 12-year-old boy to be prescribed cannabis oil after he was admitted to hospital with “life-threatening” seizures following the confiscation of his supply.Billy Caldwell had his anti-epileptic medicineconfiscated at Heathrow airport on Monday. If the decision is made to permit him to have the treatment, it would be the first time that cannabis oil containing THC was legally prescribed in the UK since it was made illegal in 1971.Continu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

Home Office looks at allowing cannabis oil prescription for epileptic boy
Decision comes after Billy Caldwell, 12, was hospitalised due to ‘life-threatening’ seizuresThe Home Office has said it will “carefully consider” allowing a 12-year-old boy to be prescribed cannabis oil after he was admitted to hospital with “life-threatening” seizures following the confiscation of his supply.Billy Caldwell had his anti-epileptic medicineconfiscated at Heathrow airport on Monday. If the decision is made to permit him to have the treatment, it would be the first time that cannabis oil containing THC was legally prescribed in the UK since it was made illegal in 1971.Contin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

'This is my boy's medicine': a mother's plea for UK to legalise cannabis oil
Charlotte Caldwell says she and her epileptic son Billy are effectively in exile due to ‘horrendous’ drugs policyThe mother of a 12-year-old boy who is being denied the cannabis oil he needs to prevent scores of epileptic seizures every day has criticised the government for effectively forcing them to leave the UK.“No mother should be made to flee the country to keep their child alive,” said Charlotte Caldwell who, with her son Billy, has spent about four of the past 12 years abroad because cannabis oil is illegal in the UK.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

Sex-change mice research could help humans, say scientists
Removal of enhancer 13 DNA strands caused males to grow ovaries and female genitalia, helping research on human sexual development disordersScientists have turned male mice into females by snipping out strands of their DNA in work that could shed light on sexual development disorders which arise in humans.The male mice grew ovaries and female genitalia instead of the more conventional male anatomy after researchers removed small chunks of DNA from the animals ’ genetic code.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Genetics Science Biology Gender Medical research Source Type: news

Gene therapy restores paw function in rats with spinal cord injury
MRC-funded researchers at King’s College have shown that rats with spinal cord injuries can re-learn skilled front paw movements after being treated with a gene therapy. The therapy regenerated damaged tissue and could be switched on and off using a common antibiotic. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Clean energy from building façades
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Arming Europe to fight iodine deficiency
An EU-funded project has established a data-collection and evaluation infrastructure to monitor iodine deficiency across Europe. The project's database and EU-wide monitoring system will feed into national efforts to ensure Europeans get enough iodine to stay healthy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pioneering food packaging
EU-funded researchers are pilot testing a pioneering, nano-based packaging material that releases antimicrobial oils to slow food spoilage and prevent foodborne illnesses. This could bolster Europe's efforts to tackle food waste and food safety. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Paws and play: gene treatment helps rats with spinal cord injury regain their nerve
Hopes for injured humans and larger animals as groundbreaking gene therapy helps mend damaged nerves on the spine of rodents by dissolving scar tissueRats with spinal cord injuries have regained the use of their paws after being given a groundbreaking gene therapy that helps to mend damaged nerves in the spine.The new therapy works by dissolving the dense scar tissue that forms a thick barrier between severed nerves when the spinal column is broken.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Neuroscience Genetics Biology Medical research Source Type: news

Women with heart disease are dismissed, and it's killing them | Nikki Stamp
It ’s time to challenge centuries of bad science, social norms and a lack of women in medicine and researchHysteria was an ancient term used to describe uncontrollable emotions, resulting in the admission of many women to asylums for symptoms such as a “tendency to cause trouble”. The source of the alleged insanity was said to come from the uterus, thus the treatment in some cases was a hysterectomy. While no longer a recognised medical condition, it has a legacy in modern medicine.As is often the case, I was in a multi-disciplinary meeting of heart doctors as the only woman. It ’s a situation that ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nikki Stamp Tags: Heart attack Heart disease Medical research Gender Health Doctors Women Science Source Type: news

Developing liquid biopsy tests to diagnose cancer
Liquid biopsies can help to diagnose cancer in its early stages, and assist clinicians in monitoring the impact of treatment at any point. An EU- and industry-funded project has validated a series of tests for cancer cells to help develop more effective methods of diagnosis and more personalised treatments for lung and breast cancer - two of the most frequent malignancies in Europe. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Printing up the perfect plate of food
Picture a mouth-watering meal. Are you thinking of assorted mounds of mystery mash? Probably not - and if you rely on pureed food, that is an issue. EU-funded researchers have turned to 3D printing to find a way to prepare appealing food for people who cannot chew, in a bid to help preserve their nutritional status and quality of life. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Battery factory to cut Europe's reliance on imports
A loan guaranteed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is enabling Swedish company Northvolt to build a battery demonstration plant. The plant will help to reduce Europe's dependence on oil and imported batteries. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Translating Medical Research - Preventing Sudden Heart Death
Title: Translating Medical Research - Preventing Sudden Heart DeathCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 12/18/1999 10:05:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:09 PM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 13, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Protecting unborn babies from Zika
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is helping France-based biotech company Valneva develop a Zika vaccine that is safe during pregnancy. This could protect unborn babies from birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Advanced technologies for agribusiness innovation
An EU-funded business accelerator has led to the successful launch of 10 European businesses in the agrifood sector. These now provide key technology products and services - fostering innovation and competitiveness. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A meditative approach to active and healthy ageing
EU-funded research is exploring how meditation training and other preventive programmes can help Europe's ageing society stay mentally active and physically healthy for longer. The findings can help shape a variety of programmes and policies. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Dementia risk to 50-year-olds with raised blood pressure – study
Possible reason for link could be damage from silent or mini-strokes, researchers sayFifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of gettingdementia in later life, a new study has suggested.Study participants had a greater risk even if they did not have other heart-related problems, the research published in the European Heart Journal said.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Medical research Dementia High blood pressure Health Society UK news Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya Trials for Vaccines Enter Final Stages
[East African] Researchers at the Kericho-based Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project Clinical Research Centre are finalising human trials of Ebola vaccines in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trials begin of a saliva test for prostate cancer
Simple DNA test might help to identify those men at greatest risk of developing the diseaseDoctors have begun a trial of a simple saliva test that aims to spot the top 10% of men who are most at risk of developingprostate cancer.One in eight men develop prostrate cancer at some point in their lives.The test draws on more than 150 DNA markers to identify the 10% of men who have nearly a threefold greater risk of the disease than the general population, and the 1% of men with a sixfold greater risk.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Cancer research Science Prostate cancer Genetics Medical research Men Source Type: news

Bio-based, biodegradable packaging for convenience foods
An EU and industry funded project has developed game-changing food packaging material that is rapidly biodegradable. The material is a means to replace the plastic packing used for ready meals and reduce pollution. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pooling resources to make better diagnoses of rare diseases
By pooling patient data and applying state-of-the art genetic methods, EU-funded research is improving the diagnosis of rare diseases that affect the lives of tens of millions of EU citizens. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

From prosthetics to recycling, 3D printing makes its mark
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank has helped Dutch 3D printing company Ultimaker strengthen its R&D and release new products. This will add to Ultimaker printers' already wide range of uses which includes making prosthetics and recycling plastic. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018
Dr Richard Henderson, Molecular Biologist and Biophysicist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology was made a Companion of Honour in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to electron microscopy of biological molecules. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Kyoto strides ahead in regenerative medicine race
Policymakers strive to build a ‘Silicon Valley’ of medical research (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - June 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Australian guideline developers join forces to advance Living Evidence
This news item was orginally posted on Cochrane Australia website.A new report published heralds an exciting development for evidence-based health care in Australia, with the promise of near real-time incorporation of research into evidence-based guideline recommendations now a step closer to reality. TheLiving Evidence for Australian Health Care report details the outcomes of forum hosted byCochrane Australia last month  which brought together leading experts in evidence synthesis and guideline development across several of Australia’s most pressing chronic diseases to explore ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

NIH announces 2018-2019 Medical Research Scholars Program class
Accepted scholars begin their fellowship in July/August 2018. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - June 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Fertile research on the causes of pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that can develop in pregnant women. A number of factors are known to increase the risk, but the actual causes of this hypertensive disorder remain unclear. Researchers in Kazakhstan were involved in an EU-funded project that discovered an exciting lead: the baby’s genes also appear to play a role. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Increased production of revolutionary touch sensor film
A EUR 12-million loan backed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is helping Finnish firm Canatu to further develop its materials for flexible and foldable touch sensor display screens used in consumer electronics and motor vehicles. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

High-tech farms for a sustainable future
An EU-funded project is striving to help farms become more resource-efficient, productive and environmentally-friendly by facilitating their use of modern technology. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance could be countered by anti-bacterial viruses
Research found some patients had lower E coli levels after being given cocktail of ‘phages’Viruses that invade bacteria but leave human cells alone could help scientists find ways around the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers have said. A study has showed that a cocktail of bacteriophages, or “phages”, resulted in no side effects when given to individuals with gastrointestinal problems and did not appear to greatly disrupt the diversity of microbes in the gut – the so-calledgut microbiota. But they did reduce levels of one marker of inflammation and certain problematic speci...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Antibiotics Medical research Science Society Biology UK news Health Source Type: news

Science Saturday: The collective wisdom of biobanks
Since ancient times physicians have analyzed patient specimens to diagnose illness. Now, our samples can do far more than diagnose. They can help researchers find treatments for the unmet needs of patients. ?A biobank is a collection of biological samples from a large number of patients,? explains?Stephen Thibodeau, Ph.D., co-director of the?Biorepositories Program in the [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - June 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Gates Foundation introduces non-profit biotech
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation introduced its nonprofit biotech spinoff — the Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (MRI) — focusing on diseases that disproportionately affect the poor. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - June 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A faster way to spot the tell-tale signs of cancer-causing drugs
An EU- and industry-funded project has identified potential biomarkers that could indicate how likely a drug is to cause cancer at an earlier stage of testing than is currently possible, which could save drug companies time and money - and lead to safer drugs reaching patients faster. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Breakthrough paves way for better plastics recycling
EU-funded researchers are working on an industrial-grade pilot plant to demonstrate a new way to break down common plastics for recycling. This pioneering process using microwave technology could contribute to Europe's efforts to curb plastic waste. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Kidney cancers caught stealing genes from other cell types to spread
A study has identified how kidney cancers may develop the ability to spread around the body by hijacking genes from other cell types and‘stealing’ their functions. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bill And Melinda Gates Start A Nonprofit Biotech In Boston
The Bill& Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, which is holding an event today to show off its plans, will aim to develop new medicines and vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea, which together account for 2.6 million deaths a year globally, many of them in children. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Mapping climate change impacts on tropical diseases
An atlas developed by an EU-funded project maps the risk in eastern Africa of three tropical diseases. Now used in teaching and research, it could one day support models that better predict how environmental changes might impact public health. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Wave and tidal-power design and analysis tools make a splash
EU-funded researchers have developed new tools for designing and analysing the economic reliability and environmental performance of wave and tidal-energy power farms. These are currently being implemented and validated in real-life situations, while the DTOCEAN consortium has secured further EU funding. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Rapid rise in anti-HIV PrEP pills linked to drop in condom use
PrEP availability may play a part in men ’s complacency about the chances of becoming infected, study suggestsA rapid rise in the takeup of pills to prevent HIV infection in some parts of Australia has been accompanied by a steep drop in the numbers of men using condoms during sex with other men whether or not they are on the protective drugs, a major study has shown.Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has been hailed as a game-changer in the Aids epidemic, but the Australian experience suggests the availability of once-a-day pills that reliably prevent transmission of the virus may play a part in complacency about th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Aids and HIV Society Health Australia news World news Medical research Science Source Type: news

Apple opens EHR data to iOS app developers
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) this week opened up its Health Records application to developers, allowing digital health companies to use electronic health record data to power applications on Apple’s iOS devices. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant originally opened the Health Records application for general use in March, allowing users of certain cooperating healthcare systems direct access to their electronic health records. With the new Health Records API release, developers will now be able to use that electronic health data – with an individual’s consent – to create applications that aid in di...
Source: Mass Device - June 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Electronic Medical Records mHealth (Mobile Health) Software / IT Apple Source Type: news

A watershed in fighting cancer – but a miracle cure is a long way off | Charles Swanton
The latest advance in immunotherapy offers great hope, but there is much to learn before it can be translated into treatmentThese are exciting times to be a cancer researcher. The news this week that awoman ’s advanced breast cancer has apparently been eradicated by a therapy derived from her own immune system is a development many of us have waited a long time to hear. It ’spersonalised medicine, taken to the absolute limit, and a huge testimony to decades of hard work by a team of US researchers. And it ’s the sort of advance that genuinely deserves to be called a breakthrough.But those of us who treat ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Charles Swanton Tags: Cancer research Breast cancer Medical research NHS Science Health Society UK news World news Source Type: news

Work stress raises risk of premature death in vulnerable men - study
Men with diabetes or heart disease under ‘job strain’ have 68% higher risk of early deathA major study into the impact of work stress on health has revealed dramatic differences in the rates of premature death between different groups of men, and between men and women, depending on existing medical conditions.Doctors found that men with diabetes, heart disease, or who had previously suffered a stroke, were 68% more likely to die over the course of the study if they had demanding jobs with little control over their workload.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Health Science Diabetes Mental health Heart disease Medical research Men's health & wellbeing Work-life balance careers Source Type: news

Tailoring cancer treatment to genetic profile extends lives, study finds
A long-term ‘precision medicine’ study found improved outcomes when doctors engage in genetic sequencing of patients’ tumorsCancer patients with diseases that are difficult to treat may live longer if doctors engage in genetic sequencing and then match treatment to their illness, a long-term “precision medicine” study has found.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Glenza in Chicago Tags: Cancer research Medical research Science Health Source Type: news

Fever pitch: improving the management of febrile patients
EU-funded researchers are seeking to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with fever through the identification of new biomarkers that can differentiate between bacterial and viral infection. Once found, the biomarkers will be evaluated across different European healthcare models. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news