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May 28, 2016

Magic mushroom compound holds antidepressant promise

A hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Lower target BP would save lives

Lowering blood pressure goals for adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease could save tens of thousands of lives annually in the US and reduce costs, according to a computer simulation by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian.

Coding alters so-called ‘weekend effect’

Studies that use UK hospital coding data to examine whether patients admitted to hospital at weekends are more likely to die than those admitted during the week, the so-called ‘weekend effect’, may be undermined by inaccurate coding, suggests new research published in The BMJ.

Glioblastoma: Is the deck stacked against us?

With May officially Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Neurosurgical SpR and PhD student (RCSI) Mr Philip O’Halloran and Dr Jonathan Johnson examine the latest treatment options for glioblastoma.

Palliative care only offered after all other treatments exhausted

A survey of Irish metastatic cancer patients shows most believe palliative care is beneficial but that it is only offered when nothing more can be done, creating a barrier to early referral.

Women taking alternative medicine less likely to start chemo

Women with breast cancer who use dietary supplements and multiple alternative medicines are less likely to start chemotherapy than non-users, research has found.

Genetic overlap suggested between bipolar disorder and autism

There may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism, a study has found.

Smoking and mothers’ weight key factors for childhood obesity

Smoking during pregnancy and being overweight before becoming pregnant account for 40 per cent of the social divide in childhood obesity rates, research has found.

Study suggests medical error is third leading cause of death in US

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer, researchers have suggested.

Findings of landmark PSA trial is disputed

The results of a landmark clinical trial that recommended against PSA testing have now been called into question by US researchers.

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