A new more accurate and safe screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to test for Down’s syndrome may soon be offered to pregnant women by the NHS. The new technique carried out with a bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. test is called non-invasiveAny test or technique that does not involve penetration of the skin. The term 'non-invasive' may also describe tumours that do not invade surrounding tissues. prenatal testing (NIPT) and it can predict whether a baby has Down's and also screen for the rare geneticRelating to the genes, the basic units of genetic material. conditions Edward's syndrome and Patau syndrome. The test is 99 per cent accurate, and means women do not have to undergo any further invasive tests.
The results of a new study suggest that if a bond with a friend is threatened or lost, if we see a friend in distress, or we become excluded socially, these experiences can cause us to feel physical pain.
A research team from the International School for Advance Studies (SISSA) in Italy conducted a series of experiments on a group of participants, during which their brain activity was measured using functional magnetic resonance imagingA technique for imaging the body that uses electromagnetic waves and a strong magnetic field. (fMRI).
Patients with the painful facial nerveBundle of fibres that carries information in the form of electrical impulses. disorder trigeminal neuralgiaA disorder of the trigeminal nerve, which supplies sensation to the face. benefit from non-surgical Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery treatment a new study has shown.
The research was carried out by radiationEnergy in the form of waves or particles, including radio waves, X-rays and gamma rays. oncologists and neurosurgeons from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan, USA. They found that symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder causing severe facial pain, were reduced in patients treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery.
Researchers from the University of Surrey have launched a new programme of research called eSMART (Electronic Symptom Management using ASyMS Remote Technology), that is studying the use of mobile phone technology to remotely monitor patients undergoing chemotherapyThe use of chemical substances to treat disease, particularly cancer. to treat breast, bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines. and bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid.cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..
A new study has demonstrated promising results for a novel treatment approach for follicular lymphomaA type of cancer that affects the lymph nodes, part of the immune system..
Follicular lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid.cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. that usually develops slowly. The majority of patients are diagnosed when their disease is at an advanced stage.
Patients undergoing radiotherapyThe treatment of disease using radiation. for pelvicRelating to the pelvis. cancers want to receive more information about the likely side-effects of the treatment, a new survey has shown.
The patient survey was conducted by the Macmillan Colorectal Cancer Nursing Team at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, to determine satisfaction with information provision during pelvic radiotherapy and to identify any unmet information needs.
A new study has shown that having the seasonal fluA viral infection affecting the respiratory system. vaccine could reduce the risk of suffering a strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. by almost a quarter.
Researchers from the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham discovered that patients who had been vaccinated against flu were 24% less likely to suffer a stroke in the same flu season.
A new study has shown that an antibodyOne of a group of special proteins in the blood that are produced in response to a specific antigen and play a key role in immunity and allergy. found in the bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. of people with multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system. (MSmultiple sclerosis) may be present and detectable long before any symptoms of the disease become apparent.
The research was carried out by the Technical University in Munich, Germany. The study author, Dr Viola Biberacher said: “Finding the disease before symptoms appear means we can better prepare to treat and possibly even prevent those symptoms.“
Unsurprisingly the ankle is the most commonly injured joint in the body and most people, sporting or not end up in A&E at some point with either a badly strained ankle or an actual fracture. The trouble is that although most ankle injuries will heal perfectly normally, that there is an increasing trend for ankle arthritisInflammation of one or more joints of the body. to develop in later years. It is a common 'Old War' injury.