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Archive for August 8th, 2017

Even bacteria have baggage – and understanding that is key to fighting superbugs

New research points to treatment strategies for multi-drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs. The study, publishing in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Phillip Yen and Jason Papin at the University of Virginia demonstrates how different adaptation histories of bacterial pathogens to antibiotics leads to distinct evolutionary dynamics of multi-drug resistance. In an [...]

No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism

An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy. Christian Gold from Uni Research in Bergen and his international team of co-researchers wanted to know if there is reliable evidence that music therapy produces lasting effects on core symptoms [...]

Osteoporosis medications improve bone health in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy

Both biophosphonates and denosumab improve bone mineral density (BMD) in men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer who are receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). The results from a systematic review and meta-analysis are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. One in two men with prostate cancer receives ADT at some point after diagnosis. While ADT has been [...]

Automated measure of nighttime oxygen levels could speed diagnosis of sleep apnea

Computer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could — by itself – provide an easy, relatively inexpensive and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This approach was most accurate for children with severe apnea. Because of the [...]

New antibiotic class found to be effective against gonorrhoea in the laboratory, and could help curb ‘superbug’ trend

Closthioamide, discovered in 2010, might eventually offer an alternative for current drugs that are becoming less effective against gonorrhoea. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that 700,000 people around the world die annually from drug resistant infections. It also listed drug resistant gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, as [...]