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Preseasonal treatment with omalizumab prevents fall asthma exacerbations

Scientific news Temporarily adding omalizumab to the standard care for asthma reduces fall asthma exacerbations in inner-city youth. That is the conclusion of a group of paediatricians who published a paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The beneficial effect was most notable in children who had recently experienced an exacerbation. Some children […]

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Obese patients: more mental health conditions than expected

Scientific news Mental health conditions, such as depressions and eating disorders, are common among patients suffering from obesity who are planning to undergo bariatric surgery. That is written by American researchers of the David Geffen School of Medicine in JAMA. In certain cases, patients suffering from obesity qualify for bariatric surgery. This is a method […]

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‘Cancer screening never been shown to save lives’

Scientific news The claim that cancer screening saves lives is based on the reduction in disease specific mortality. Two doctors and a journalist argue in the British Medical Journal that this is the wrong way of measuring the effect of screenings. According to them, we should use the overall mortality. The authors write that using […]

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PLOS supports reproducible biomedical research

Scientific news The leading biomedical scientific journal PLOS Biology recently introduced a new section that focuses on meta-research. According to the editors of this section, more attention for this type of studies is necessary because biomedical research too often lacks transparency in terms of data and protocol availability, and funding. The reproducibility of biomedical research […]

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Researchers adapt mosquito DNA against malaria spreading

Scientific news Scientists of the Imperial College London developed a method to prevent the spreading of malaria. They did this by adapting the genetic material of Anopheles gambiae, one of the malaria-spreading mosquito species. The researchers published their findings in Nature Biotechnology. Malaria is a parasitic disease causing more than 430 thousand annual deaths. More […]

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Risk of childhood wheeze from antibiotic use in third trimester of pregnancy

Scientific news Antibiotic use during the third trimester of pregnancy leads to an increased risk of childhood wheeze, according to an article published in the European Respiratory Journal. Antibiotic use in pregnancy and the risk of wheeze is a widely debated topic and a new study has evaluated whether confounding factors could explain this suggested […]

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Mutation causes impulsivity influenced by alcohol intake

Scientific news Finnish researchers discovered a genetic mutation causing reckless and impulsive behaviour in carriers under the influence of alcohol. This behaviour is more extreme for what may be expected based on the alcohol use. According to the researchers, these behavioural changes are caused by a mutation in the serotonine 2B receptor gene. The results […]

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US law insufficiently observed in clinical research

Scientific news There is a large variation in the amount of legally required information pharmaceutical companies supply in clinical drug research. That is the conclusion of research conducted by the New York University Langone Medical Center, written in BMJ Open. The public availability of clinical trial information has been insufficient for decades and the consequences […]

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Cancer-associated mutations are common in patients with unexplained low blood counts

Patients with unexplained low blood counts often have abnormally mutated cells that are typical of blood cancers, such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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Novel genetic markers discovered for testicular cancer

Scientific news British scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research discovered four novel genetic markers that are associated with an elevated risk of testicular cancer. That is written in Nature Communications. Including these four, a total of 25 markers have been discovered, allowing for an easier identification of men with an elevated risk of testicular […]

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