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'Suicide' gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

<b>A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient's body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered.</b><p>The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self-destruct, giving it the name 'suicide gene therapy'.<p>Their research found a 20% improvement in …

Cancer

Is this the end of traditional doctors? A third of over 65s use technology to manage their health

As Brits continue to avoid a visit to their GP, new research reveals a third of over 65s are using technology to keep tabs on their health and wellbeing<p>We're living in the age of digital health according to new research.<p>In 2014, a study revealed that <b>65 per cent of people actively avoid going to</b> …

The controversy over the chronic form of Lyme disease

<b>Lyme disease is increasing in the UK. But there is huge controversy over the existence of a chronic form of the disease that resists treatment.</b><p>Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by a bite from an infected tick. The symptoms tend to start with a distinctive rash shaped …

Understanding Antisocial Personality Disorder | The Exhausted Woman

The name “Antisocial” does not adequately explain the disorder. It is similar to calling an aggressively trained pit bull, an unfriendly puppy. The …

Top 3 Things Every Psychiatric Practitioner Should Remember

As both a mental health patient and an advocate, I hear a lot of complaints from patients about providers. Each side sees things from their …

Could An Overactive Immune System Cause Schizophrenia?

New findings could help prevent the illness before it sets in<p>Though schizophrenia was first recognized more than a century ago, scientists are still not sure what causes it. In recent years, they’ve discovered more evidence that the immune system may be more involved in the presence of the disease …

Researchers Perform First Surgery on the Human Genome

Ralph Claus Grimm<p>Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang and Justin Sonnenburg<p>Dr. Igor Siwanowicz<p>Daniel H. Miller and Ethan S. Sokol<p>Dr. Giorgio …

Biology

10 Habits Of Ultra-Likable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable …

Emotional Intelligence

How Mentally Strong People Survive Stressful Situations Without Emotional Breakdowns

To avoid emotional breakdowns, it is important to follow the example of mentally strong people who are better able to deal with stressful situations.

This 16-year-old won the Google Science Fair with a way to detect Ebola

Oliva Hallisey, a 16-year-old from the United States, won the 2015 Google Science Fair with her project to develop a fast, cheap, and stable test for …

New Method to Measure Artery Stiffness in the Brain Could Provide Early Alzheimers Diagnosis

<b>UCLA researchers have discovered a non-invasive method to measure vascular compliance, or how stiff an artery is, in the human brain, a finding that</b> …

Neuroscience

Cancer drugs fund cuts 23 treatments

<b>The Cancer Drugs Fund in England will no longer pay for 16 medicines, used in 23 separate cancer treatments.</b><p>It has now more than halved the number of treatments it covers since the beginning of the year after being repeatedly overspent.<p>The latest drugs being axed include those for breast, …

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

Jane Charlton was not herself when she woke one day in April 2002, but it was more terrifying than any ordinary morning grogginess – and it did not shift for the best part of three years.<p>“It was a feeling of being fundamentally wrong in your own body,” Charlton says, attempting to describe what has …

Mental Health

Why is the NHS vaccination for meningitis B not provided to everyone? | Jenny Rohn

The NHS can’t afford to protect everyone from this rare but often fatal bug: babies over six months miss out. Here’s what you need to know if your child is not eligible for the vaccine<p>Bacterial meningitis is the worst nightmare of every parent roused by a screaming child at three in the morning. …

We now have a way to objectively determine how upset someone is

When a patient walks into a therapist’s office, there’s no way to know just how upset he or she is feeling. A serious bout of depression in one patient could look like a bad day for another. Unfortunately, there’s no good objective measurement for emotions, but that could be about to …

Psychology

IBM Government Industry Blog - Insights on Business

Have you noticed that tolling solutions are not evolving? Once a tolling solution is put into an operation, it is hardly improved during the …

Detecting Alzheimer's Disease by Drawing a Clock Face with a Digital Pen

<b>Team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab detects dementia using AI and a digital pen.</b><p>For all of the advances in medical …

Here's the disturbing psychology of how doctors get through their day

Attending Surgeon: "Intern, what's the story on this patient?"<p>Resident Intern (replies sheepishly): "This patient is a 51-year-old with a left breast lump, and 17 out of 20 lymph nodes positive for cancer, returning to the operating room."<p>Attending Surgeon (in a very matter-of-fact tone): "Oh, …

Researchers find ‘doorway’ in blood vessels that helps breast cancer cells spread through the body

Using real-time imaging technology, US researchers may have identified how breast cancer cells can escape into the blood stream and spread through …

As a part-time female doctor, I'm considered a danger to the NHS

I work with with enthusiasm and empathy and give each patient my all. I’m tired of being seen as a problem to the workforce crisis rather than a solution<p>“When are you going back to work?”<p>It’s a question you get used to on maternity leave, one with many permutations of delivery. There is casual …

MoD released potentially lethal bacteria on London Tube, chemically experimented on soldiers

Potentially lethal biological agents were unleashed on an unsuspecting British public and chemical warfare was trialed on military personnel as part of Ministry of Defense (MOD) experiments carried out over decades, a shocking new book reveals.<p>In his latest work, entitled ‘<i>Secret Science: A Century</i> …

Jeremy Hunt warned 18 months ago about foreigners charging NHS for care in their countries

A report on NHS health tourism was published in October 2013 and Labour claims the Health secretary 'ignored' the findings<p>Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was warned over 18 months ago by frontline NHS staff about a loophole which allows foreigners to bill the National Health Service for treatment they …

Bill Gates And 13 Other Investors Pour $120 Million Into Revolutionary Gene-Editing Startup

Four years ago, the protein called CRISPR-Cas9, an enzyme that bacteria use to attack viruses that infect them, was unknown to humans. Now it is ubiquitous in science labs as the most efficient way of cutting-and-pasting DNA yet invented. Wired Magazine, in a breathless cover story, just called it …

Genetic Engineering

Legionnaires disease outbreak in New York affects record 108 people

The disease is spread by a bacteria, which has recently been discovered in the cooling towers of five buildings in the South Bronx area<p>The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires disease has risen to 108 as America's largest city suffers from a record outbreak of the form of pneumonia, …

Doctors' Virtual Consults With Patients To Double By 2020

Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their patients will double in five years in the U.S., fueling the nation’s telehealth boom, according to a new analysis.<p>A new report from information and analytics firm …

The Medical Specialties That Pay The Best

All doctor salaries continue to rise with primary care doctor compensation outpacing specialists slightly last year. Primary care physicians reported $241,273 in media compensation in 2014 and specialists reported $411, 852, according to the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) 2015 report …

Nuclear fallout: the mental health consequences of radiation | Becky Martin

70 years on from the destruction of Nagasaki, much of the attention regarding radiation is still directed to the physical dangers, but the psychological consequences can also be damaging.<p>Radiation protection research has been focused upon the bodily effects of exposure to ionising radiation, rather …

Dogs used to detect prostate cancer in new trial

The UK's first clinical trial into prostate cancer detection by dogs has been given the go ahead<p>The NHS is to take part in the first ever UK trials using dogs to detect cancer.<p>Samples from prostate cancer patients will be used as part of national research to see if the method is more accurate than …

Designer babies are coming — here's why some think that's a good thing

Alex Mit/Shutterstock<p>When two people decide to have a child, they're making a decision to pass on their DNA to a baby, with all the advantages and …