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Archive for August 24th, 2017

Scientists discover common diabetes drug reduces sight-threatening rise in brain pressure

Research led by the University of Birmingham, UK, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows that a GLP-1 agonist drug, currently used to treat patients with Type II diabetes could be repurposed to treat raised brain pressure. Raised brain pressure is common in emergency situations such as traumatic brain injury, hydrocephalus and stroke, and is also [...]

People who hear voices can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

People who hear voices that other people can’t hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to research led by Durham University and University College London (UCL). The study, published in the academic journal Brain, found that voice-hearers could detect disguised speech-like sounds more quickly and easily than people who had [...]

Study shows improved survival among premature babies, risk of developmental delay remains high

Survival of preterm babies has increased worldwide. Recent studies have focused on outcomes of extremely preterm children (born at 22-26 weeks’ gestation), but outcomes of children born very and moderately preterm (between 27 and 34 weeks’ gestation) have rarely been reported. It is therefore a challenge for doctors to identify children most at risk of [...]

Many young cancer patients do not receive adequate fertility information and support

All cancer patients of reproductive age should be provided with fertility information and referrals for fertility preservation. A new Psycho-Oncology analysis of the published literature indicates that many cancer patients are not receiving such support, however. In the analysis of 23 relevant studies, investigators found that many clinicians are broadly informed about the risk to [...]

Smokers in clinical studies who say they’ve quit often haven’t

A new US study published by the scientific journal Addiction has found that a high proportion of smokers enrolled in stop-smoking programs during a hospital stay report having quit when in fact they have not. The findings mean that in these kinds of study it is vital to check claims of having quit using an objective measure. [...]