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Century-old Parkinson's question answered

<b>Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson's disease.</b><p>The role of "autoimmunity" was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed.<p>The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune …

Medical Research

For Those With Autism, Eye Contact Isn't Just Weird, It's Distressing

"It burns."<p>For many people with autism, avoiding eye contact isn't a sign that they don't care – instead, it's a response to a deeply uncomfortable …

Patients Are Experimenting With Ketamine to Treat Depression

Sean Spencer was ready to give up. For two years, since suffering a major panic attack, the entrepreneur had been living under a cloud of depression. …

Scientists again try cell transplants to treat Parkinson’s disease

Researchers stopped treating Parkinson's Disease with brain cell transplants 14 years ago because it was largely unsuccessful and, in some cases, …

Medicine

Scientists Hope to Combat Rare Genetic Diseases With This Radical Proposal

One of the leading cause of death in the United States is sudden cardiac arrest. Nine out of 10 people that experience it will die from it. But, with …

Genetic Engineering

Prostate Cancer Drug: 3-in-1 Test Could Turn Astrazeneca's Lynparza Into a Precision Treatment

Scientists have developed a new three-in-one blood test that has the potential to turn AstraZeneca's drug Lynparza into a precision medicine for …

First-of-its-kind surgery restores eyesight | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Sixty-year-old Mira Dhar had lost hope of seeing clearly again from her right eye after a viral infection three years ago affected her vision and her …

New ultrasound scoring system for thyroid nodules to reduce unnecessary biopsies

The goal is to avoid unnecessary surgery and reduce the number of biopsies of benign nodules and cancers that are unlikely to cause harm<p>BIRMINGHAM, …

A Lack of 'Editing' in The Brain Could Be What's Driving The Most Aggressive Tumours

This could explain a lot.<p>Brain cancer is often a devastating diagnosis, and scientists have been hunting for mechanisms that could explain the …

This Drug Could Help End Opioid Addiction

So why are only 3 percent of doctors prescribing it?<p><i>Read the rest of Tonic's opioid coverage here.</i><p>By just about all accounts, buprenorphine is a pretty good way to help those who are addicted to heroin and other opiates reduce their use or quit altogether. Since it was approved for clinical use by …

Drug Addiction

Vitamin D deficiency and depression: is there a link?

Everyone's talking about the sunshine vitamin. But could it be good for our minds too?<p>Sunshine is something most Brits only get to enjoy fleetingly …

“How long have I got, Doc?” Why many cancer patients don’t have answers

Sometimes optimism is better than honesty<p>In the past four years, Bruce Mead-e has undergone two major surgeries, multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to treat his lung cancer.<p>Yet in all that time, doctors never told him or his husband whether the cancer was curable — or likely to take …

Emergency doctors are using acupuncture to treat pain, now here's the evidence

Emergency medicine is not all about life and death situations and high-tech solutions. Our study, the largest of its kind in the world, shows using …

Medical Journals

Time does not mend a broken heart as scientists find condition causes long-term damage

Songwriters, poets and novelists have long mused over whether time truly heals everything.<p>Charles Dickens toyed over whether the bitter Miss Haversham would ever recover from being jilted at the altar, and for many historians, Queen Victoria's black dress came to symbolise her irreparable suffering …

Medicine

Zinc Fingers: Taiwanese Uncover Potential Alzheimer's Treatment

A research team at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has proven the efficacy of a zinc finger-like protein in restoring memory deficits, which suggests it has the potential to treat Alzheimer's disease.<p>According to the team, Alzheimer's disease is mainly the result of cell death and …

Turmeric, red grape, and apple compounds 'starve' prostate cancer cells

What do turmeric, apples, and grapes have in common? According to a new study, they could hold the key to preventing and treating one of the most …

DNA Replication Has Been Filmed For The First Time, And It's Not What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in a world-first, researchers have recorded …

The brain may learn by building 11-dimensional "sandcastles"

We're all familiar with four dimensions – height, width, depth and time – but according to theoretical physics, the universe could be composed of as …

Catching a cold or getting flu hugely raises risk of a heart attack in first week, scientists find

A bout of flu can raise the risk of a heart attack by 17 times, in the week following the initial infection, scientists believe.<p>Heart attacks are known to increase in the winter, but until now doctors had always suspected it was down to the the cold weather, which can trigger a rise in blood …

Researchers Discover Neuronal Targets That Restore Movement in Model of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers working in the lab of Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist Aryn Gittis have identified two groups of neurons that can be turned on …

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections

<b>UK scientists have released the first batch of "groundbreaking" medical scans that reveal step-by-step how the human brain develops in babies.</b><p>Researchers around the world can use the data to understand what healthy growth looks like, say the Developing Human Connectome Project experts.<p>The detailed …

Humanity

Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain

Picture the stereotypical pot smoker: young, dazed and confused. Marijuana has long been known for its psychoactive effects, which can include …

Patients can teach the next generation of doctors, experts at Stanford Medicine X Ed say

The pain from her rheumatoid arthritis hasn’t stopped Jennifer Walker from expressing herself — she paints, advocates for the Arthritis Foundation …

Breakthrough in multiple sclerosis research as scientists discover possible cause of the disease

British scientists have discovered a potential cause for multiple sclerosis, in a major breakthrough that could pave the way for new treatments for the disease.<p>Scientists have found a new cellular mechanism which may cause the autoimmune disorder. Multiple sclerosis affects around 2.5 million …

PAVE

Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.

“During the past four weeks, have you been tired? Been exhausted? Had difficulty getting motivated to do anything at all?”<p>These questions — which a substantial chunk of the population probably could answer in the affirmative — appeared on a questionnaire used in a major European study published …

Biomedicine

FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

Federal regulators on Friday approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders.<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. Its U.S. …

Hundreds of lives lost after delays in hip operations, study finds

Almost 700 people may have died after their hip surgery was wrongly delayed, a study has found.<p>Researchers in Bristol found the lives of hundreds of patients with hipfractures could be saved if they were operated on in under 24 hours.<p>The number of patients who died after 30 days was eight per cent …

CU study examines the role of lactate in cancer and why exercise reduces cancer risks

For decades, the role of genetics has dominated cancer research. So it may seem surprising that a major breakthrough in cancer came about in a sports …

Cancer

Repurposed drugs targeting eIF2α-P-mediated translational repression prevent neurodegeneration in mice | Brain

See Mercado and Hetz (doi:10.1093/brain/awx107) for a scientific commentary on this article.<p>Signalling through the PERK/eIF2α-P branch of the …