UK study tests whether rejected livers can be made viable for transplantation

A ground-breaking study is underway at the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to establish if livers that have been rejected for transplantation can be made viable by using a liver perfusion machine

UK study tests whether rejected livers can be made viable for transplantationScientists are hopeful that machine perfusion could be a major breakthrough that would save more lives and reduce liver transplant waiting lists by increasing the number of available viable organs for transplantation. The study is using a normothermic liver perfusion machine on rejected donor livers to then maintain them at body temperature and supply the […]

Dog lover, loses all his limbs due to his pet licking him

Greg Manteufel, from West Bend, Wisconsin, USA began developing flu-like symptoms last month. The 48-year-old went to the emergency room where he was told he had a blood infection from a bacterial pathogen called capnocytophaga canimorsus. It is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats but can lead to infection in humans who are immunocompromised

Dog lover, loses all his limbs due to his pet licking himA Wisconsin man had to have all his limbs amputated after he contracted a severe infection, likely from a lick from his pet dog Ellie. Last month, Greg Manteufel, from West Bend, started experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. However, when bruising appeared on his arms and legs, the 48-year-old was rushed to […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]

Women with PCOS might be likely to have children with autism

The chances of having a child with autism are higher among women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to new research from Cambridge University, England. PCOS creates a hormonal imbalance in the female body by producing excess levels of the male hormone testosterone

Women with PCOS might be likely to have children with autismThe study titled ‘Polycystic ovary syndrome and autism: A test of the prenatal sex steroid theory’ was published in the journal Translational Psychiatry on August 01. In a 2015 study, the research team found children with autism had elevated levels of ‘sex steroid’ hormones before they were born. One possible theory the researchers considered was […]

Treatment options for urinary stone disease

Dr Sumit Mehta, a Consultant Urologist, and Andrologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares how to deal with the stone disease

Treatment options for urinary stone diseaseThese days, a common disease that is harassing the old and young alike, the young working population frequently getting diagnosed with urinary stones, resulting in loss of working days, productivity and increased morbidity. Urinary stones are small, hard deposits of uric acid that form in kidneys, and are painful when passed in the urinary tract. […]

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. The clinical trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells […]

Blood sugar spikes hit diabetic highs even in healthy people, reveals study

A new study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University in California, reveals that common foods can cause blood sugar spikes in otherwise healthy people. Paying closer attention to these spikes could prevent diabetes and some of its complications

Blood sugar spikes hit diabetic highs even in healthy people, reveals studyAbnormal blood sugar levels are a hallmark of this metabolic disease. To measure these levels, physicians use two main methods: they either take fasting blood sugar samples, which informs them of the level of sugar in the blood at that specific point; or they measure levels of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C). The glycated haemoglobin test is […]

Giving up alcohol for a month can help combat blood pressure, improve health

Moderate drinkers can see significant health benefits imposing a booze ban upon themselves for a month.  Menopausal ladies reported symptoms became more manageable without wine

Giving up alcohol for a month can help combat blood pressure, improve healthWhile the benefits of heavy drinkers giving up booze are well known, researchers say even those who drink within the United Kingdom Government’s recommended 14 units a week can see notable changes in key areas of their health such as blood pressure, liver health and cancer risk. Menopausal women in the trial also reported symptoms […]

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety

Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts. These negative thoughts can more easily expose people to different types of psychological disorders, such as depression or anxiety

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxietyPeople who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night are more likely to suffer depression or anxiety, a new study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at Binghamton University of New York State and published in the recent edition of journal ScienceDirect, compared the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate […]

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free life

A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle chabnges have been be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free lifeDiabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in the world. India is among the top three countries with about 64.5 million people affected by diabetes till last year. Moreover, it has been predicted that diabetes will be the 7th largest killer in the world by 2030. A large proportion of diabetes cases are […]
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