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Novel combination therapy may help provide clinically successful treatment for AD

Novel combination therapy may help provide clinically successful treatment for AD

Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenolic phytochemical produced in several plants, especially grapes skin and seeds. One epidemiological study reported a positive association between moderate red wine consumption and a low incidence of cardiovascular disease, known as the "French Paradox." [More]
Training and learning improve perception, brain activity at old age

Training and learning improve perception, brain activity at old age

As a person ages, perception declines, accompanied by augmented brain activity. Learning and training may ameliorate age-related degradation of perception, but age-related brain changes cannot be undone. Rather, brain activity is enhanced even further, but for other reasons and with different outcomes. [More]
Scientists developing cost-effective retinal scanner for early diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy

Scientists developing cost-effective retinal scanner for early diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy

A European group of scientists are working on the development of a breakthrough, compact, cost-effective retinal scanner that will play a key role in targeting the early diagnosis of retinal diseases that are worldwide leading causes of blindness. [More]
Study may help identify genetic basis of why some people's brains age better than others

Study may help identify genetic basis of why some people's brains age better than others

More than one thousand people have had their entire genetic make-up decoded as part of a long-term study to gain insight into why some people's brains age better than others. [More]
Hearing problems impact life space mobility of older adults

Hearing problems impact life space mobility of older adults

Research has found that hearing loss has wide-ranging impacts not only on older people's ability to communicate, but also on their ability to move about and participate in different hobbies and activities. This has been revealed in studies funded by the Academy of Finland whose results have been published in international scientific journals. [More]
Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays rare brain tumour growth

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays rare brain tumour growth

GIVING chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays further growth of a rare type of brain tumour, increasing the number of patients alive at five years from 44 per cent to 56 per cent. [More]

New technology can help create assistive robots ideally suited for health care sector

Robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the care sector, as revealed by a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente. On 2 June, researcher Stefan Groothuis is being awarded his PhD for this work. [More]
Researchers explore how ALS develops from muscle perspective

Researchers explore how ALS develops from muscle perspective

In an effort to better understand what happens during Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), researchers at Umea University in Sweden have compared the impact of ALS on the eye and limb muscles. [More]
Lund researchers identify four genetic keys that can unlock code, reprogram skin cells

Lund researchers identify four genetic keys that can unlock code, reprogram skin cells

Eight days. That's how long it takes for skin cells to reprogram into red blood cells. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues at Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, have successfully identified the four genetic keys that unlock the genetic code of skin cells and reprogram them to start producing red blood cells instead. [More]
CNIO researchers avoid genetic manipulation to create lab mice with extra-long telomeres

CNIO researchers avoid genetic manipulation to create lab mice with extra-long telomeres

The Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, in collaboration with the Centre's Transgenic Mice Core Unit, has succeeded in creating mice in the laboratory with hyper-long telomeres and with reduced molecular ageing, avoiding the use of what to date has been the standard method: genetic manipulation. [More]
Need for standardised guidelines to fight Alzheimer's disease

Need for standardised guidelines to fight Alzheimer's disease

Some 47 million people worldwide suffer from some form of dementia. Scientists are working feverishly to find a cure for the most common form, Alzheimer's. At the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Copenhagen, Prof Gunhild Waldemar issued an appeal for researchers to work together and draw up standardised guidelines for early identification and treatment of the disease. [More]
Improving regulatory environment and raising the role of self-care could relieve pressure on worldwide healthcare systems

Improving regulatory environment and raising the role of self-care could relieve pressure on worldwide healthcare systems

A white paper, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and released today reports that greater regulatory harmonisation and access to non-prescription medicines as a whole could improve the ability of patients to care for themselves and reduce needless costs to society, health systems, individuals and companies. Consumer Health: time for a regulatory re-think?, which is based on in-depth interviews with international experts from industry bodies, regulators, academia and patient groups, concludes that self-care and the topic of consumer health regulation is not receiving sufficient attention. [More]
Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Finding new, more effective and personalised treatments for cancer is the challenge of many researchers. A challenge that has been successfully met by a team from Inserm led by Stéphane Rocchi, which has just synthesised and developed new drugs for melanoma. [More]
Updates on sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

Updates on sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

Delegates at the World Health Assembly have agreed resolutions and decisions on air pollution, chemicals, the health workforce, childhood obesity, violence, noncommunicable diseases, and the election of the next Director-General. [More]
World Health Assembly commits to implement two new health strategies

World Health Assembly commits to implement two new health strategies

Delegates at the World Health Assembly today agreed to implement 2 new health strategies that are closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. One relates to women's children's and adolescents' health; the other to healthy ageing. [More]
Health of 1 million over 65s at risk from low awareness of heart valve disease

Health of 1 million over 65s at risk from low awareness of heart valve disease

New research has revealed that the UK’s over 60s could seriously be jeopardising their health due to a lack of awareness of heart valve disease. [More]
Neuroscientist distinguishes different forms of dementia using MRI scans

Neuroscientist distinguishes different forms of dementia using MRI scans

Neuroscientist Anne Hafkemeijer is able to distinguish two different forms of dementia using advanced imaging techniques. This is the first step towards early recognition of dementia in patients on the basis of brain networks. PhD defence 26 May. [More]
Moblie, wearable technology could hold key to reducing social isolation among dementia patients

Moblie, wearable technology could hold key to reducing social isolation among dementia patients

Moblie and wearable technology used to support independent living for people with dementia could hold the key to cutting social isolation. [More]

National Medicines Symposium 2016 opens in Canberra

The National Medicines Symposium 2016 has opened in Canberra today with a keynote address from Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Principal Scientist from the CSIRO on the megatrends reshaping our world over the coming twenty years, with an emphasis on the importance of innovation and using existing resources more efficiently. [More]
Philips leads large scale eHealth initiative to deliver coordinated care for tens of thousands of chronic disease patients across Europe

Philips leads large scale eHealth initiative to deliver coordinated care for tens of thousands of chronic disease patients across Europe

Royal Philips and a consortium of leading European healthcare regions, companies, universities and hospitals* today announced the start of the first large scale care coordination and telehealth program in the European Union to support tens of thousands of people living with chronic conditions. [More]
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