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Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 20.01.2020
Racial disparities in drug prescriptions for dementia
Disparities in drug prescribing suggest that black and Asian people with dementia are not receiving the same quality of care as their white peers, according to a new UCL-led study in the UK. Asian people with dementia are less likely to receive anti-dementia drugs, and take them for shorter periods, according to the findings published in Clinical Epidemiology .

Pharmacology - Health - 16.01.2020
Cheap roundworm drug found to enhance the effects of chemotherapy in prostate cancer
Scientists at the University of Glasgow and Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute have tested close to 1000 existing medicines and discovered that a cheap drug commonly used to treat parasitic worm infection could be a game-changing treatment for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men and the second most common cause of cancer death for men in the UK.

Pharmacology - Health - 16.01.2020
Patients needed for irritable bowel syndrome trial
Patients needed for irritable bowel syndrome trial
Patients in GP surgeries in Bristol are being invited to take part in a large trial of low-dose amitriptyline for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) lead by researchers from the universities of Bristol, Leeds and Southampton. IBS is a common gut disorder affecting one in ten people. Abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habit affect patients' quality of life substantially and can force them to take days off work.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 16.01.2020
Probiotic drink could offer new way to combat antibiotic resistance
A probiotic drink could become a promising new weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistant bacteria, after a team of scientists at the University of Birmingham engineered and patented a key genetic element that can tackle the genetic basis of resistance. The team is now seeking funding for a clinical trial for the drink which has potential to work against many resistant bacteria commonly found in the human gut including E. coli, Salmonella and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Pharmacology - Health - 15.01.2020
Stepping up to the challenge: studying drug dosage during an Ebola outbreak
A specialist technique used to study drugs has been completed for the first time during an outbreak of Ebola virus disease. The study published today in eBiomedicine was a collaboration of researchers from Sierra Leone and the University's of Glasgow, Oxford, Cambridge and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.01.2020
Routine HIV screening in general practice boosts testing and early diagnosis
Offering HIV screening to new patients in general practice on a routine basis increases testing rates and improves detection and earlier diagnosis, according to research co-led by UCL and Queen Mary University of London HIV testing rates in general practice are low, despite testing being recommended in UK and international guidelines.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.01.2020
Reducing the risk of blood clots in artificial heart valves
Reducing the risk of blood clots in artificial heart valves
People with mechanical heart valves need blood thinners on a daily basis, because they have a higher risk of blood clots and stroke. Researchers at the ARTORG Center of the University of Bern, Switzerland, now identified the root cause of blood turbulence leading to clotting. Design optimization could greatly reduce the risk of clotting and enable these patients to live without life-long medication.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.01.2020
Access to Medicare increases cancer detection, reduces cancer mortality rate
Access to Medicare significantly impacts detection of certain cancers and life expectancy following cancer diagnosis, according to a new study from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that was recently published online in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management .

Health - Pharmacology - 10.01.2020
Collaboration improves odds of educating patients about HIV prevention pill
With recent news on social media regarding misinformation about HIV prevention pills, it's increasingly important for patients at high risk of getting the virus to be accurately informed. But who can best educate patients about HIV prevention? Social work and public health service providers-also known as psychosocial providers-are poised to educate patients about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, before linking them to primary care providers who can prescribe the medication, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Pharmacology - Health - 08.01.2020
In health care, does
In health care, does "hotspotting" make patients better?
Study shows no effect from program intended to reduce repeated hospitalizations by targeting high-cost patients. The new health care practice of "hotspotting" - in which providers identify very high-cost patients and attempt to reduce their medical spending while improving care - has virtually no impact on patient outcomes, according to a new study led by MIT economists. The finding underscores the challenge of reducing spending on "superutilizers" of health care, the roughly 5 percent of patients in the U.S. who account for half the nation's health care costs.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.01.2020
Brain tumour research could help future precision medicine
New research on brain tumours could improve patient diagnosis and treatment options as part of a precision medicine approach. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children and adults under the age of 40, with 16,000* people in the UK diagnosed with a brain tumour each year. The study led by the Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Bristol in collaboration with the Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen's University Belfast investigated the genetics of brain tumours.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.01.2020
Marathon running makes arteries younger and lowers blood pressure
Marathon running makes arteries younger and lowers blood pressure
The new year means it's time to set resolutions for 2020, and new research led by UCL and Barts Health NHS Trust suggests running a marathon for the first time could have several health benefits. The study, published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that for first-time marathon runners, training and completion of the marathon resulted in reductions in blood pressure and aortic stiffening in healthy participants that were equivalent to a four-year reduction in vascular age.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.01.2020
Hormone reduces social impairment in kids with autism
See us on twitter See us on youtube See us on linkedin See us on instagram In a Stanford study of 30 children with autism, intranasal vasopressin improved social skills more than a placebo, suggesting that the hormone may treat core features of the disorder. Social behavior improved in children with autism after they inhaled a hormone called vasopressin, a pilot study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.

Pharmacology - 06.01.2020
Therapy at home helping people with dementia
Receiving occupational therapy at home has been found to be effective for people living with dementia, according to a University of Queensland-led study. Associate Professor Sally Bennett from the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences said occupational therapy at home may improve a range of important outcomes for people with dementia and their family or care partners.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.01.2020
Finds new non-invasive technique to assess brain tumours in children and make treatment less toxic
Ground-breaking research by the University of Birmingham has discovered a new technique to assess the aggressiveness of childhood brain tumours. Funded by Children with Cancer UK , Action Medical Research and The Brain Tumour Charity , the study is the first of its kind and will allow clinicians to give more personalised treatments for childhood brain cancers, which currently account for one third of all childhood cancer deaths in the UK.

Pharmacology - Health - 02.01.2020
Inflammation predicts response to anti-depression medication
Children and teens with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows. The study suggests that C-reactive protein, a sign of systemic inflammation in the body that shows up in a readily available blood test, could be a predictive biomarker for identifying which patients with depression in the context of pediatric bipolar disorder will respond to medication.
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