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Archive for August, 2017

Cartilage degeneration algorithm predicts progression of osteoarthritis

A novel cartilage degeneration algorithm can predict the progression of osteoarthritis in individual patients, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The new algorithm could greatly facilitate clinical decision-making in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that deteriorates the articular cartilage. The most important risk factors are ageing [...]

Why a diabetes drug could help in Parkinson’s disease

A diabetes drug might help in certain types of Parkinson’s disease, reports a team of German brain researchers headed by Dr. Julia Fitzgerald at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, the University of Tübingen and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Tübingen. The neuroscientists identified a protein that plays an important role in [...]

Dark chocolate with olive oil associated with improved cardiovascular risk profile

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Dr Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa, Italy. “Fruits and vegetables exert [...]

Inherited herpesvirus study finds links to ancient humans

An international study of integrated HHV-6 has discovered that a small number of human ancestors, one from about 24,000 years ago, have been responsible for transmitting ancient strains of the virus to individuals today – affecting about a million people in the UK alone. Research led by the University of Leicester collected DNA samples from [...]

Study highlights new link between gene fusion and bladder and brain cancer

A study by the University of Warwick sheds new light on gene fusion in bladder and brain cancer. Researchers have found that a previously overlooked part of a specific gene fusion has a worsening effect on cancer cells. They have also found that preventing cell ‘signalling’ from this particular fusion may not be an effective [...]