Medical Reading

Unstable Proteins Can Cause Premature Ageing

November 22, 2017

The normal ageing process has long been linked to problems with cell respiration, the process through which the cells extract energy from nutrients. Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have now shown how certain proteins that are synthesised in the cellular mitochondria - popularly known as the cells' power plants - become unstable and disintegrate, which in turn can impair cell respiration and cause premature ageing. Every time we inhale, the blood transports th...

Voluntary System Works For Swine Flu Vaccination

November 21, 2017

Social interaction between neighbours, work colleagues and other communities and social groups makes voluntary vaccination programs for epidemics such as Swine Flu, SARS or Bird Flu a surprisingly effective method of disease control. New research published today, Thursday 11 February, in New Journal of Physics (co-owned by the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society), shows that contact with others can positively influence individuals to choose voluntary vaccination when considering th...

Men who smoke heavily may impair sperm, fertility

November 20, 2017

Men who smoke cigarettes may experience a significant decline in their capacity to father a child, research by a reproductive medicine specialist from the University at Buffalo has shown. Sperm from nearly two-thirds of the chronic smokers in the study failed a special test that measures the ability of sperm to fertilize an egg. On average, those men showed a 75 percent decline in fertilizing capacity when compared to nonsmokers. Lead researcher Loni Burkman, Ph.D., presented the results today ...

Emergency Physician Judgment On Chest Pain Patients Syncs With Their Outcomes

November 19, 2017

Emergency physicians should trust their judgment when evaluating patients who report with chest pain symptoms, said a group of researchers led by Abhinav Chandra, M.D., at Duke University Medical Center. Their research suggests that emergency physicians should counsel with other physicians against discharge when they feel strongly about a patient for whom there is no compelling data, other than our evaluation and judgment, Chandra said. "There is evidence for emergency room physicians to trust...

New Survey Shows Urgent Need For Better Access To Post-hospital Physiotherapy For Stroke Patients, UK

November 18, 2017

A fifth of stroke survivors questioned in England for a recent survey didn't receive any post-hospital physiotherapy on the NHS, meaning they either had to pay for private treatment or go without any. The results also showed that almost three quarters of physiotherapists surveyed in the UK believe they aren't able to deliver the best outcomes for stroke patients. The survey conducted by The Stroke Association and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy asked 1160 physiotherapists and stroke sur...