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This non-addictive painkiller could help curb opioid crisis

Scientists have found a non-addictive painkiller to help fight the current opioid crisis, though in an animal model.   Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has a dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates.  “In our study, we found AT-121 to be safe and non-addictive, as well as ...

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Local transplant athlete scoops medal at British Transplant Games 2018

Seventeen inspirational transplant athletes from Barts Health NHS Trust have arrived back home victorious after competing in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2018 in Birmingham. Over 1,000 transplant recipients from across the UK competed in this year’s Games. Despite stiff competition, the Barts Health NHS team arrived home laden with one gold medal, ten silver medals and ten bronze ...

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Teenagers who smoke and drink suffer ill effects by age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age.   These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and heart attack, in later ...

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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children.   Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked ...

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Chemotherapy could cause early menopause: Study

Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study.   The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung cancer, who desire future fertility, should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment.  Premenopausal women with lung cancer ...

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Poor sleep linked to hardened arteries

Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows arteries, warns a study.   “Failure to get enough sleep and restlessness during the night should be considered risk factors for blocking or narrowing of the arteries,” said study author Fernando Dominguez of ...

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Aussie scientists use gold-plated nanoparticles to detect cancer signals

A new diagnostic technique, using gold-plated nanoparticles, could make the detection of cancer much cheaper and faster, according to Australian scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) who developed the method.   The scientists are now able to detect very low levels of microRNAs, linked with cancerous tumours and metastasis, in blood samples of significantly lower volumes.  “What ...

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Smartphone app to detect irregular heart beat

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can help in screening for atrial fibrillation — the most common heart rhythm disorder.   The disorder leads to an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow.  It is also behind 20-30 per cent of all strokes and raises the risk of premature death, but outlook improves dramatically with ...

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Clay may help fight bacteria in wounds, says study

Using mud or wet clay as a topical skin treatment – a common practice in some cultures – may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, a study has found.   Researcher from Arizona State University in the US found that at least one type of clay has antibacterial effects against bacteria such as Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus, including resistant ...

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Congo: 2 who received experimental Ebola treatment recover

Kinshasa, Aug 25 : Congo’s health ministry says two of the first 10 people to receive an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus in the latest outbreak have recovered, and monitoring could show what role the treatment played. The head of the World Health Organization on Saturday congratulated Congo’s government for making several experimental treatments available in this Ebola outbreak, ...

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