News: April 2011

Pneumococcal vaccine to combat pneumonia in DR Congo

Pneumococcal disease, a common and very serious respiratory infection, kills over a million of people worldwide every year including approx half a million young children. The Democratic Republic of...

04 Apr '11 | Pneumonia | DRC

Possible genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease

Identification of possible genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease has resulted from recent research conducted in the UK and USA. Scientists have confirmed one gene variant and have identified...

04 Apr '11 | Alzheimer's Disease

UNICEF concern about impact of Libya hostilities on children

1000s people in the present Libyan conflict areas have been displaced from their homes. In Ajdabyia alone, over 27,000 people are reported to have fled the fighting to neighbouring towns. While mos...

05 Apr '11 | Libya

Plasmid genes make chemical able to kill drug-resistant MRSA

Latest research leads to advances in how to kill drug-resistant strains of the MRSA. This follows from the discovery of how marine bacteria combine two antibiotics they make independently to produc...

07 Apr '11 | UK

Cancer Research UK concern about consumption of alcohol

Cancer Research UK-funded researchers have indicated that alcohol has a significant effect on cancers of the mouth, food-pipe, voice-box and pharynx. Specifically, they attributed 6,000 of these ca...

08 Apr '11

Mother's diet affects child's likelihood of obesity

Epigenetic change has been found to be important in explaining recent research about the diets of expectant mothers and the likelihood of their offspring developing obesity issues as they grow up. ...

18 Apr '11 | Pregnancy

Mood swings of bipolar patients can be predicted

People who suffer from bipolar disorder are prone to extreme mood swings that take them from great emotional highs to the pits of depression. The cause of these mood swings is often attributed to t...

19 Apr '11

Avastin and Lucentis equally effective for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Results from the first year of a two-year clinical trial suggest that the drug Avastin, which is approved in the USA to treat some cancers and is commonly used off-label to treat age-related macula...

28 Apr '11

5-min checklist - Autism in 1 year olds

What is an early age for the diagnosis of autism ? A recent study has demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of conducting systematic screening for autism during the usual well-baby check-...

28 Apr '11 | Autism

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