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Research opens door to development of new treatment for type 2 diabetes

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
The team lead by Sílvia Vilares Conde, from CEDOC-NOVA Medical School, in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Galvani Bioelectronics, demonstrated through findings in rats that is possible to restore insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis, by modulating electrically the carotid sinus nerve, the sensitive nerve that connects the carotid body with the brain. The study is published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Teens who watch TV shows with ads likely to eat more junk food

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
Teenagers who watch more than three hours of commercial TV a day are more likely to eat hundreds of extra junk food snacks, according to a report by Cancer Research UK.

Doctors warn against holding your nose and closing your mouth to contain a sneeze

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
Pinching your nose while clamping your mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze isn't a good idea, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The woman who battles her dementia with Post-it notes

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
Wendy Mitchell, from Yorkshire, was devastated to learn she had Alzheimer’s aged just 58, but was determined to remain independent. She describes the memory-joggers that help her.

FDA grants approval for first drug to treat inherited breast cancer

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Lynparza (olaparib tablets) to include the treatment of patients with certain types of breast cancer that have spread (metastasized) and whose tumors have a specific inherited (germline) genetic mutation, making it the first drug in its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat breast cancer, and it is the first time any drug has been approved to treat certain patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a "BRCA" gene mutation.

Guts of surfers more likely to be colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, study reveals

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.

Tissue-based soft robot could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics

News Medical (Australia) - 16/01/2018
UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.

Pneumonia kills 30,000 people - you can protect yourself 

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
What many people may not realise is that there is a pneumonia vaccine that can help protect against the bacteria most commonly responsible for the disease.

ASK THE GP: Blood pressure pills have made me impotent

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
Dr Martin Scurr answers a question on whether blood pressure pills have made a man from Blackburn, impotent. The man has tried Viagra but it didn't work. He says he is 'desperate'.

'Staggering' trade in fake degrees revealed

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Doctors and a defence contractor are among those buying bogus qualifications, a BBC probe finds.

Meet Flora, the dog ‘doctor’ who senses blackouts

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
Six-year-old Flora is already a multi-award winner at Crufts — but for her owner, Robert Stuhldreer, 57, who lives in Islington, North London, she’s also, quite simply, a lifesaver.

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Clamping your nose and mouth shut when you need to sneeze is dangerous, doctors warn the public.

Could this new jab mean the end of hearing aids?

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
For more than half a century, hearing aids have been the only effective treatment for the millions of Britons struggling with deafness.But that might not be the case for much longer.

Gonorrhoea and syphilis on the rise in Melbourne

ABC Australia - 16/01/2018
Sexually transmitted diseases are spreading at alarming rates in Melbourne, and experts say the popularity of online dating could be fuelling the problem.

Sprinkle of powder can 'cure' peanut allergy

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/01/2018
By gradually increasing the amount of these proteins consumed over several months, doctors believe they can help patients’ immune systems become tolerant to them.

What does NHS compensation pay for?

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
The Hord family were given an £8m settlement after an NHS mistake. But what does it pay for?

Speech recognition software could improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
Speech recognition could help people with type 1 diabetes achieve better blood glucose levels after meals, according to new findings. A Polish study showed that people with type 1 diabetes on insulin pump therapy who used an automatic bolus calculator that recognised voice descriptions of meals had improved postprandial blood sugars. The VoiceDiab system comprises an Android-system smartphone with an app that communicates with three servers.

Woman pledges to drop type 2 diabetes medication after swimming 22 miles

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
A woman with type 2 diabetes has set her sights on swimming the same distance as the English Channel in a bid to raise money for charity. Jane Pack, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, has pledged she will swim 22 miles for Diabetes UK, and at the same time hopes to increase her fitness. Type 2 diabetes is normally associated with poor lifestyle and obesity, however it can be controlled or prevented by exercising and following a healthy diet. Jane, 54, underwent gastric bypass surgery last year, an operation that makes food eaten bypass most of the stomach and small intestine, so fewer calories

Type 1 diabetes associated with lower employment and earnings

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
Employment and earnings are lower between the ages of 30 and 50 years old in people who developed type 1 diabetes in childhood, according to a Swedish study. The study looked to explore how much difference child-onset type 1 diabetes made on employment and earnings later into adulthood. The study looked into how four different factors (education, occupation, family formation and health) may indirectly influence the findings. The study used data from the Swedish Childhood Diabetes Register (SCDR), which records information on people with type 1 diabetes aged under 15 years of age.

How to get the perfectly toned arms of Penelope Cruz 

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Wearing a halter-neck gown on the red carpet recently, Penelope Cruz displayed perfectly toned arms. The 43-year-old actress has credited hot Bikram yoga for her physique.