Health News

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:38

A new study shows that domestic abuse is closely linked to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in mothers. The research also found that specific types of abuse are associated with specific mental health problems. The work was done by researchers at North Carolina State University, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

 

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:07

The immune response is delicately balanced to ensure that non-self ‘invaders’ are expelled while self-elements are tolerated. Multiple processes and mediators cooperate to maintain this balance, including the process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. A new study published in the journal Cell Death and Disease suggests that key inhibitors of apoptosis are central to maintaining this delicate balance.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:56

A new study shows that women with diabetes are 14 per cent less likely to be screened for breast cancer compared to women without diabetes.

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:17

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect of autism, revealing that proteins involved in autism interact with many more partners than previously known. These interactions had not been detected earlier because they involve alternatively spliced forms of autism genes found in the brain.

 

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:41

Both enteral (tube feeding) and parenteral (intravenous feeding) nutrition have been commonly practiced in intensive care units for four decades. However, there is little independent evidence to suggest that they are efficacious. Now a new study from researchers in the University of Illinois and Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago, suggests that it might even bring inherent dangers, with increased mortality risk. The study is published on 10th April 2014 in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

 

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:34

The cancer protein KRas is a factor in the development of several types of cancer. Mutated KRas, for example, can be found in a large number of all tumour cells in patients with pancreatic cancer. It sits on the inner leaflet of the cell membrane and relays signals into the cell’s interior. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund have now discovered why KRas is almost exclusively found at the cell membrane when observed under the microscope.