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August 30, 2014

Targeted therapy is the way forward for NSCLC

Rory Hafford talks to Prof Thomas Lynch about his research into one of the world’s leading causes of cancer mortality and he finds that a new approach is having a positive impact on survival rates in non-small cell lung cancer. Ask anyone who knows Prof Thomas J. Lynch to describe the man and they are […]

Early-life nutrition is linked to intellectual functioning in adults

Adults who had improved nutrition in early childhood may score better on intellectual tests, regardless of the number of years they attended school, according to a new report. Between 1969 and 1977, Guatemalan children in four villages participated in a trial of nutritional supplementation. Through the trial, some were exposed to atole — a protein-rich […]

HDL: the good cholesterol?

Prof Gerald H. Tomkin writes about the connections between the levels of LDL and HDL cholesterols and a patient’s risk of developing coronary artery disease. The story of cholesterol is long and fascinating. One of the reasons why cholesterol became so important was the discovery regarding the condition familial hypercholesterolaemia, a condition causing severe atherosclerosis […]

Physical activity is shown to steadily decline as children age

New research documents the decline in physical activity among children, with less than a third meeting recommended physical activity guidelines by the time they are 15 years old, according to a new study. Expert opinion and studies suggest that children need a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day, according to […]

A manifesto for the future of dementia care services

A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can feel devastating for the person affected and for that person’s family and friends. Receiving a diagnosis of any serious illness is an isolating experience – nobody else in the world feels as the person does at that moment; nobody else can understand the turmoil of emotions ranging […]

Recent progress in neonatology

Dr Kate Bruton and Dr David Corcoran write about advances made in the field of neonatology, which have gradually reduced the threshold for viability of preterm infants Preterm infants born without respiratory distress have been surviving with incubator care and naso-gastric feeding since Victorian times. However, the terms ‘neonatology’ and ‘neonatologist’ are only in existence […]

Fewer psychiatrists are also delivering psychotherapy

A declining number of office-based psychiatrists appear to be providing psychotherapy to their patients, according to a new report from the United States. According to the report, doctors analysed trends in psychotherapy provision using data from national surveys of office-based psychiatrist visits from 1996 through 2005. Over the ten-year period, psychotherapy was provided in 34 […]

Sugar-sweetened beverages associated with diabetes risk

Drinking more soft drinks and fruit drinks is associated with an increased risk for diabetes, a new study has found. In the study, researchers examined the association between type 2 diabetes, weight gain and the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and fruit drinks in 43,960 African-American women. In 1995 and again in 2001, the women […]

Reduced intake of fruit and vegetables linked to bigger diabetes risk

Eating fewer fruits and vegetables may be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. In the study, researchers analyzed blood vitamin C levels and fruit and vegetable intake in 21,831 individuals who did not have diabetes. Participants provided blood samples and reported how often they ate fruits and […]

Exercise advice is not enough for overweight women

In addition to limiting calories, overweight and obese women may need to exercise 55 minutes a day for five days per week to sustain a weight loss of 10 per cent over two years, according to a new report. In the report, researchers noted that current recommendations prescribe 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on […]

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