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Zika Virus Associated With New Type Of Brain Disease

By Tim Sandle

Rates of Zika virus have been increasing in many countries, with infection primarily through mosquito bites. The disease is associated with several ill-health effects. To add to those previously reported, an association with a new autoimmune disorder has been reported.   Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. In most people, the […]


Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Immunisation Profile Raised

By Tim Sandle

Public Health England has updated its information for public health professionals relating to pertussis (whooping cough). This follows an increase in cases in many countries in the world. Pregnant women are typically offered a vaccination to protect against whooping cough.   Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. […]


Using Mice To Predict Zika Infection In People

By Tim Sandle

In order to assess the risks of Zika virus in people, researchers are using a mouse based animal mo to predict why some people develop symptoms and others do not (Zika is symptomatic in one in four people); over, the research attempts to understand what is happening with babies. It is hoped the insight can […]


Dementia Drug Could Help Those With Parkinson’s

By Tim Sandle

A new study, using an existing drug for dementia, has shown that it may be effective against Parkinson’s disease.   Parkinson’s disease is a type of neurodegenerative disease that affects the muscles. The disease is progressive, and it can take several years for the disease to become apparent. In the U.S. alone, up to one […]


Hundreds of Dialysis Patients Exposed to Disease

By Tim Sandle

During a routine inspection of Baystate Medical Center by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, inspectors uncovered a worrying fact. This was that 575 dialysis patients could potentially have been exposed to pathogens.   This was because, an official report indicates, the hospital “failed to adhere to standard protocol.”   Moreover, the report indicated that […]


Creating Artificial Muscles With Silicone

By Tim Sandle

Improving surgery is a long-held medical goal. One area that can improve the lives of people is with the creation of artificial muscles and researchers at different universities are exploring the most appropriate methods and materials. One such medical application is with the use of laboratory-developed ‘muscles’ to control severe incontinence. Scientists from the University […]


Connection Between Antacids And Dementia

By Tim Sandle

There have been concerns with the effect of long-term use of antacids for several years. These concerns have generally been in association with a possible link with kidney disease. Now researchers have raised a new concern, with dementia. Antacids are medications designed to control acid reflux and the resulting heartburn. They are types of Proton […]


New Treatment For Heroin Addiction

By Tim Sandle

A new study has been completed, outlining a new treatment for heroin addicts. This centers on hydromorphone, which is a licensed pain medication. The reason why a new drug is needed is because methadone and suboxone, while effective for helping many addicts step away from heroin, do not work for all people with an opioid […]


Canine Influenza Also Affects Cats

By Tim Sandle

The viral infection, known as canine influenza, has been shown to affects cats. An outbreak at a medical center in Midwestern U.S. has confirmed the inter-species transmission. Infected animals show the ‘flu like’ symptoms of a persistent cough, runny nose and fever. The confirmation that the virus, a concern for pet owners, is worrying […]


US Autism Rates Remain Unchanged

By Tim Sandle

Rates of autism in the U.S. show no change – at 1 in 68 children –according to new figures compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of 1 in 68 represents almost 15 school aged children per 1000. This rate is similar to the previous compilation of figures, undertaken in 2010. […]

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