News: January 2006

Optimal radiation therapy associated with improved survival from breast cancer

According to a recent study at the University of Sydney (Australia), the survival of patients with breast cancer is increased by optimal radiation therapy. This is based on re-analysis of data from...

03 Jan '06 | Breast Cancer | Australia

Get well soon? Cards reveal mental health stigma

Patients on psychiatric wards at a Sheffield hospital receive significantly fewer greetings cards than other patients. This has been interpreted by a recent study as highlighting stigma associated...

Weaker bones in children linked to mothers vitamin D levels in pregnancy

A team at the Medical Research Council's Epidemiology Resource Centre at the University of Southampton has found that maternal vitamin D deficiency is associated with poor skeletal growth of childr...

08 Jan '06 | Vitamin D | Southampton, England

Viral Infection at birth linked to cerebral palsy - Adelaide University

Australian researchers from the South Australian Cerebral Palsy Research Group, have found that exposure to certain viral infections shortly before and after birth (the perinatal period) is associa...

10 Jan '06 | Cerebral palsy | Australia

US National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic Acid Awareness Week

Research indicates that folic acid might reduce the risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip, cleft palate and heart defects. Yale Ob/Gyn clinicians stress that folic acid supplementation before an...

12 Jan '06 | Pregnancy | CT, USA

New reports link mental ill-health to modern diets

Recent figures suggest that mental ill-health costs the UK almost 100 billion GBP per year. Changes to the human diet in the last fifty years or so could be an important factor associated with the ...

16 Jan '06 | Nutrition & Wellbeing | UK

Rise in sudden infant death syndrome involving parent and infant sleeping on sofa

Cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when a parent sleeps with their infant on a sofa has increased recently, according to a paper in The Lancet. The authors strongly recommend that parents...

19 Jan '06 | Cot death | UK & Holland

Benefits of a seafood diet outweigh the risks

Scientists now believe that expectant mothers who consume a low fish diet have been unknowingly depriving their children of omega-3 fatty acids, a vital component in brain development. As a result ...

20 Jan '06 | Pregnancy | UK

Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) line without use of animal products

A researcher based at the Diabetes Transplant Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney has produced a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line without the use of any animal products. This breakt...

23 Jan '06 | Stem Cells | Australia

Structure of HIV virus revealed by Oxford University

The HIV virus is very difficult to image because it varies so much in size and shape. These new 3D representations of the virus are helping scientists to understand how the virus can have such a wi...

23 Jan '06 | HIV / AIDS | Oxford, England

Ground-breaking ovarian reserve test to help women plan for the future

Developed by Professor Bill Ledger, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield, Plan Ahead measures three hormone levels in the blood. The first two are the ovarian hormon...

25 Jan '06 | Fertility | UK

Challenging the taboo of talking about termination for fetal abnormality

DIPEx, a website about people’s experiences of health and illness, has launched a new collection on the emotive subject of ending a pregnancy for reasons of fetal abnormality. DIPEx (www.dipex.org)...

27 Jan '06 | Fetal abnormality | UK

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