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Stop the clots, spare the coagulation

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
In the fight to cure thromboinflammatory diseases, one of the target molecules is thrombin, a protein that promotes inflammation and can cause blood clots. However, inhibiting thrombin too much can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, limiting the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Now, researchers have found that a class of small molecule called 'parmodulins' can reduce inflammation without compromising normal blood clotting, making parmodulins attractive candidates for new, safer drugs.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland.

Why our veins look blue when our blood is red

ABC Australia - 15/01/2018
Blood is red, and a surgeon will tell you our veins are too — they only look blue when we see them through our skin. But why?

Premature birth linked to language delays, damaged brains

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
The part of the brain that process complex auditory information is not fully developed in premature babies, leaving it vulnerable to trauma, University of Illinois researchers found.

The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.

Nurse at England's worst A&E caught booking a holiday

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
The picture covertly taken at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, was shared on a community Facebook page. Bosses said the unnamed nurse was being 'managed accordingly'.

Help for smokers to quit is slashed

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Cuts to the public health budget mean smokers in many areas can no longer access stop smoking medications from their GP, a report by Cancer Research UK and Ash has said.

We will treat cancer by making it 'slim down'

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
For years, attempts have been made to understand the mechanism behind the proliferation of cancer cells:  they need metabolites to grow and proliferate as much as a vehicle needs gasoline or electricity to move.  However, until now it was not known which metabolites cancer cells actually need. Medical researchers have now identified one of the mechanisms behind this process.

Fast-tracking T-cell therapies with immune-mimicking biomaterials

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Researchers have developed a material-based T-cell-expansion method using APC-mimetic biomaterial scaffolds, which helps achieve greater expansion of primary mouse and human T cells than existing methods.

Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Researchers have used new methods in ancient DNA research to identify Salmonella enterica Paratyphi C, a pathogen that causes enteric fever, in the skeletons of victims of the 1545-1550 cocoliztli epidemic in Mexico, identifying a possible cause of this devastating colonial epidemic.

Flipping the switch: Dietary fat, changes in fat metabolism may promote prostate cancer metastasis

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Researchers have shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that promote metastasis in the mouse model and also implicated the typical Western high-fat diet as a key environmental factor driving metastasis.

The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.

NHS boss diagnosed with Alzheimer's tells of the disease

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Three years ago, Wendy Mitchell (centre) was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Though devastated, the NHS manager, from Yorkshire, was determined to remain upbeat.

Salt-heavy diet increases the risk of Alzheimer's

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Too much salt triggers a gut immune response that deprives the brain of oxygen and releases neuron-damaging chemicals, according to a new Weill Cornell University study.

Girl with CCHS runs free after life-changing operation

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
A video shows Diana Galleno, from Peru, grinning as she runs through a hospital corridor with nothing holding her back after she had a six-hour operation to help her breathe on her own.

Scientists Discover New Enzyme that Could Help in the Battle Against Obesity

News Medical (Australia) - 15/01/2018
Scientists have discovered a new enzyme in adipose tissue that helps regulate inflammation. The discovery could help in the battle against obesity.

UK sends medics to halt Rohingya diphtheria outbreak

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
There have been 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria in the overcrowded refugee camps and at least 31 deaths.