Monthly brain cycles shown to predict epilepsy seizures

risk for seizures by identifying monthly cycles of brain activity. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF; USA), the Wyss Center for Bio...

Study ends debate over role of steroids in treating septic shock

The results from the largest ever study of septic shock could improve treatment for critically ill patients and save health systems worldwide hundreds of millions of...

Ultrasound-measured liver stiffness may predict mortality risk in HF patients

As a proxy for liver congestion, liver stiffness measured with ultrasound elastography has important prognostic value among patients with heart failure, a Japanese study...

Cycling has little effect on men’s sexual or urinary functions

Compared with swimmers/runners, cyclists have no worse sexual or urinary functions, a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology has assured. Mohannad A....

Active surveillance feasible for small, low-grade bladder cancer

For patients who present with small, low-grade pTa/pT1a recurrent papillary bladder tumours, active surveillance appears to be a reasonable strategy, a study published in...

Key driver of atopic dermatitis discovered

Severe eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is driven by an allergic reaction. In a study published in Journal...

Weight-loss procedures lead to higher pain thresholds

Weight loss following bariatric surgery was associated with improvements in pain sensitization among obese patients with chronic knee pain, a year-long study found. One year...

Listeriosis outbreak death toll rises to 81

The death toll from the listeriosis outbreak in the country has risen to 81. This has been confirmed in the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ latest...

Satisfaction higher in providers who email patients

Providers who give patients their e-mail addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to impact patient satisfaction, according to a study published in the European Journal...

Women with GDM in pregnancy at higher risk of future health...

Women who have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy have a higher than usual risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischaemic heart disease in...

Migraine surgery claimed to reduce severity, improve functioning

The authors of a new study report have claimed that in addition to reducing headache frequency and severity, surgical treatment for migraine leads to...

Pregnancy-linked treatment target for melanoma identified

Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of melanoma. For decades,...

Severe childhood bullying may increase mental health risks in adolescence

Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study has found. The study...

Emergency department programme for older adults cuts hospitalisations by 33%

An emergency department programme focused on geriatric transitional care has reduced the risk of unnecessary admission of older patients by 33%. The programme was introduced at...

Black children face higher risk of death post surgery

A recent study “Race, Preoperative Risk Factors, and Death After Surgery” has found that black children are more than twice as likely to die following surgery than white...

Amblyopia visual function not improved with binocular video game

A home-based binocular falling-blocks video game does not improve visual outcomes more than placebo for children and adults with unilateral amblyopia, according to a...

Flawed research methods exaggerate depression prevalence

The common practice of using patient self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews conducted by researchers has resulted in overestimates of the prevalence of...

Vitamin supplements may not lower fracture risk

A new study published in JAMA suggests that prescribing calcium, vitamin D, or both is not associated with a lower risk of fractures in...