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Researchers treat myocardial infarction with new telomerase-based gene therapy

Researchers treat myocardial infarction with new telomerase-based gene therapy

The enzyme telomerase repairs cell damage produced by ageing, and has been used successfully in therapies to lengthen the life of mice. Now it has been observed that it could also be used to cure illnesses related to the ageing process. [More]

Study: Training older people in social media improves mental health and well-being

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK. [More]
Simple supplement could reduce heart disease in individuals born with low birth weight

Simple supplement could reduce heart disease in individuals born with low birth weight

A simple supplement could be a safe and cost-effective way of reducing heart disease in individuals born with a low birth weight, suggests research from the University of Cambridge. The study, carried out in rats, also raises the possibility of developing a blood test to indicate how much damage there is in the aortas of these individuals. [More]
New advancement in biomedical research could help tackle diseases associated with ageing

New advancement in biomedical research could help tackle diseases associated with ageing

A new advance in biomedical research at the University of Leicester could have potential in the future to assist with tackling diseases and conditions associated with ageing - as well as in treating cancer. [More]
Endocrinologist examines benefits and harms of testosterone therapy

Endocrinologist examines benefits and harms of testosterone therapy

An article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber looks at the prescribing of testosterone, often used for ‘male menopause’ symptoms such as reduced energy, poor concentration and increased body fat. Over the past decade there has been a steep rise in the amount of testosterone dispensed in Australia and globally. [More]
Mediterranean diet improves cardiovascular performance in patients with erectile dysfunction

Mediterranean diet improves cardiovascular performance in patients with erectile dysfunction

The Mediterranean diet is linked to improved cardiovascular performance in patients with erectile dysfunction, according to research presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014 by Dr Athanasios Angelis from Greece. Patients with erectile dysfunction who had poor adherence to the Mediterranean diet had more vascular and cardiac damage. [More]
CASyM publishes European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine

CASyM publishes European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine

After a two year cross-disciplinary consultation process the Coordinating Action Systems Medicine (CASyM) published its European implementation strategy (roadmap) for Systems Medicine. [More]
Success for nurse practitioner-delivered intravitreal injection service for wAMD

Success for nurse practitioner-delivered intravitreal injection service for wAMD

Well-trained nurse practitioners can successfully provide an injection service for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration with ranibizumab, an audit shows. [More]
Findings could help researchers understand mechanisms involved in ageing

Findings could help researchers understand mechanisms involved in ageing

A study from the University of Exeter has found that male flies die earlier than their female counterparts when forced to evolve with the pressures of mate competition and juvenile survival. The results could help researchers understand the mechanisms involved in ageing. [More]
Bilingualism has protective effect in delaying Alzheimer's disease symptoms

Bilingualism has protective effect in delaying Alzheimer's disease symptoms

A new study at Ghent University has established that the symptoms of Alzheimer disease (AD) manifest themselves about four to five years later in bilinguals as opposed to monolinguals. In bilinguals, the disease onset was estimated at the age of 77, while in monolinguals, this was at the age of 73. [More]
Researchers uncover 'monstrous' hidden nature of molecule involved in prostate cancer

Researchers uncover 'monstrous' hidden nature of molecule involved in prostate cancer

Researchers who have uncovered the 'monstrous' hidden nature of a molecule involved in prostate cancer say the findings could herald a new form of personalised medicine for patients, with doctors able to use the same molecular target for diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Understanding the genetic basis of glaucoma

Understanding the genetic basis of glaucoma

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have sequenced the mitochondrial genome in glaucoma patients to help further understanding into the genetic basis for the disease. [More]
Lobectomy outweighs sublobar resection for elderly early-stage NSCLC patients

Lobectomy outweighs sublobar resection for elderly early-stage NSCLC patients

Lobectomy may the best option for elderly patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer who are able to undergo surgery, say researchers from the US. [More]
University of Melbourne researcher explores impact of living with chronic wounds

University of Melbourne researcher explores impact of living with chronic wounds

People who live with chronic wounds are often disadvantaged financially and emotionally and remain a hidden aspect of our healthcare system. [More]
Effective health interventions needed to increase life expectancy of older people

Effective health interventions needed to increase life expectancy of older people

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in "The Lancet", warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people. As people across the world live longer, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge. [More]
New research suggests that brain aging can be postponed if placed on a high-fat diet

New research suggests that brain aging can be postponed if placed on a high-fat diet

New Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The research project is headed by the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Health. [More]
New blood test could predict early onset Alzheimer’s disease with high accuracy

New blood test could predict early onset Alzheimer’s disease with high accuracy

The research team previously identified that changes in the brain occur two decades before patients show signs of dementia. These changes can be detected through expensive brain imaging procedures. [More]
DSN supports research into possible links between deafness and dementia

DSN supports research into possible links between deafness and dementia

A Cheshire charity is set to generate national impact by backing research into possible links between deafness and dementia. [More]
Global hospital sector investing in new equipment to drive efficiency gains & profitability, GE Capital research finds

Global hospital sector investing in new equipment to drive efficiency gains & profitability, GE Capital research finds

Hospitals across the globe are becoming increasingly confident about their growth prospects for the year ahead despite rising costs and ongoing economic uncertainty, according to GE Capital’s inaugural Hospital Sentiment Research – a report based on interviews with more than 380 senior hospital executives with responsibility for budget decisions over eight international markets. [More]
Infection with herpes simplex virus increases Alzheimer's risk

Infection with herpes simplex virus increases Alzheimer's risk

Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. [More]