Care guidelines for cancer survivors often unclear

Researchers examined cancer guidelines from North America and Europe that have been published since 2010 to advise doctors on the best ways to care for survivors of nine malignancies: breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, melanoma, uterine, bladder, thyroid and testicle

Care guidelines for cancer survivors often unclearTreatment guidelines on care for survivors of the most common cancers often lack specifics or offer conflicting advice about when or how often to do certain tests, a review of recent recommendations finds. Researchers examined cancer guidelines from North America and Europe that have been published since 2010 to advise doctors on the best ways […]

Spider venom can be used for future stroke therapy

Researchers found that the protein blocked acid-sensing ion channels in the brain – something they say are key drivers of brain damage after stroke. The protein showed great promise as a future stroke treatment

Spider venom can be used for future stroke therapyScientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed “great promise as a future stroke treatment” but had not yet been tested in human trials. The Stroke Association said the research was at its early stages but it would “welcome any treatment that has the potential to […]

Higher heart risk seen with Abbott dissolving stent after two years, reveals study

Stents are tiny tubes used to prop open diseased arteries cleared of blockages. Patients who received Abbott Laboratories' novel dissolving vascular stent had a significantly higher rate of serious adverse heart events than those treated with the company's widely used Xience drug-coated metal stent two years after implantation

Higher heart risk seen with Abbott dissolving stent after two years, reveals studyPatients who received Abbott Laboratories’ novel dissolving vascular stent had a significantly higher rate of serious adverse heart events than those treated with the company’s widely used Xience drug-coated metal stent two years after implantation, according to data presented on Saturday. New guidelines for blood vessel size and proper implantation techniques put in place for […]

‘Sesame Street’ to bring on board its first autistic Muppet

Since its launch in 1969, long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" has tackled issues such as divorce, disability, race and death alongside its role in teaching young children to read, count and learn colours

‘Sesame Street’ to bring on board its first autistic Muppet  Long-running children’s television show “Sesame Street” is welcoming a new kid to the block – a Muppet with autism called Julia. A redhead who loves to sing and remembers the words to lots of songs, Julia will debut on the show for pre-schoolers on April 10 after a five-year outreach effort to families and […]

Coffee shops, ATMs ideal locations for defibrillators?

The electrical malfunction of the heart, leading to arrhythmia, can often be avoided if the heart receives an electrical shock from an automatic external defibrillator, or automatic external defibrillator (AED)

Coffee shops, ATMs ideal locations for defibrillators?Coffee shops and ATMs could play a major role in helping reduce deaths caused by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers say. The electrical malfunction of the heart, leading to arrhythmia, can often be avoided if the heart receives an electrical shock from an automatic external defibrillator, or AED. On Monday, researchers published a list of Toronto […]

Too much emotional intelligence increases stress

Emotional intelligence is a useful skill to have, as long as you learn to also properly cope with emotions — both others' and your own. For example, some sensitive individuals may assume responsibility for other people's sadness or anger, which ultimately stresses them out

Too much emotional intelligence increases stressRecognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings may sometimes come with an extra dose of stress. This and other research challenge the prevailing view that emotional intelligence is uniformly beneficial to its […]

School lunch can shape a healthy diet habit for your child

You must teach your child to make healthy choices. Remember to start by setting a good example at home with your own eating habits

School lunch can shape a healthy diet habit for your childWorking all morning at school burns up a lot of energy, so children need healthy lunches to refuel. Children also need lunch to provide enough energy and nutrients to keep healthy and grow as well as possible. Be sure you encourage your child to eat a nutritious lunch every day, either from the school cafeteria […]

Newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs notably cuts risk of death, claims study

The study, which analyzed data from over 300,000 type 2 diabetes patients collected from six countries, found SGLT-2 drugs slashed combined risk of hospitalization for heart failure and death from any cause by 46 percent

Newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs notably cuts risk of death, claims studyA newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs significantly cut the risk of death and hospitalization for heart failure compared with other medicines for the disease, according to data released on Sunday from a so-called real world study sponsored by AstraZeneca. The drugs, known as SGLT-2 inhibitors, work by removing blood sugar via the urine […]

Can DNA testing help determine the best medications for you?

Pharmacogenomic testing can be informative and can help caregivers and patients make safer decisions. However, promoting pharmacogenomic testing with application to only one disease state or with questionable testing practices can cause more harm than good

Can DNA testing help determine the best medications for you?The saying “if it seems too good to be true, it likely is” applies to so many things in life. As the director of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, I spend a significant amount of time discussing what pharmacogenomics testing cannot tell us. I am sure you are wondering why I would […]

People with healthiest hearts live in the forests of Bolivia

There are around 16,000 Tsimane people who hunt, fish and farm on Maniqui River in Amazon rainforest in Bolivian lowlands. Their way of life has similarities to human civilisation thousands of years ago and researchers found that they have the best indicators of cardiovascular health ever reported

People with healthiest hearts live in the forests of BoliviaThe healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries – even well into old age – a study in the Lancet showed. “It’s an incredible population” with radically different diets and ways of living, said […]