Health News

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:18

A new report from Public Health England estimates that long-term particulate air pollution is responsible for substantial levels of mortality in the United Kingdom. Figures range from 3.8-3.9% of the proportion of deaths that can be attributed to this cause in Northern Ireland and Scotland up to 5.6% in England. Asthma UK responded to the report with concern as the majority of asthma sufferers find that air pollution makes their symptoms worse.

 

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:42

Phencyclidine (PCP)-treatment of rodents is used as a pre-clinical model for human schizophrenia. Using such a rat model, researchers in the University of Southern Denmark, the Danish Technological Institute and NeuroSearch A/S have identified a group of 352 proteins whose phosphorylation levels rapidly change after PCP treatment. The results of the study, recently published in the Journal of Proteome Research should be relevant in the ongoing quest to find and target the molecular basis of schizophrenia.

 

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.