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Medical News Today: Could a probiotic prevent or reverse Parkinson’s?

A new study using a roundworm model of Parkinson’s disease found that a probiotic bacterium could prevent, and in some cases reverse, toxic protein buildup. Misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins in the brain are the hallmark sign of Parkinson’s disease. Many experts believe that these toxic protein clumps lead to the progressive loss of brain cells that… Read More »

Coronavirus pandemic meaning: What is a pandemic? Could coronavirus become a pandemic?

Coronavirus cases have now exceeded 15,000 globally, as health workers struggle to contain the deadly pathogen in China where it began. While the disease, known as 2019-nCoV, has spread slowly beyond the far east, health officials worry infections may pick up. What is a pandemic? Health authorities declare a pandemic when an emerging virus comprehensively… Read More »

HIV PrEP could also lead to big reductions in gonorrhoea, Dutch study finds

A PrEP programme targeting 5% of gay and bisexual men in the Netherlands would not only cause big reductions in HIV incidence, but would lead to even greater reductions in gonorrhoea. In the ’base case’ of the model, gonorrhoea would almost be almost eliminated, with 2027 only having 3% of the infections seen in 2018, the… Read More »

WHO says new China coronavirus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said… Read More »

Pumping cold water inside the body could help after heart attacks

By Clare Wilson Cooling the body from the inside could reduce damage after a cardiac arrestSuwinai Sukanant/Alamy Stock Photo Doctors often cool down people who have had a cardiac arrest or stroke to reduce brain damage, usually with water-filled blankets. But doing this with a device that circulates cold water through a tube down the… Read More »

Cell injection could train the body not to reject organ transplants

By Clare Wilson People with organ transplants currently have to take drugs to stop the donor organ being rejectedCraig Stennett/Alamy A one-off injection of cells could be a long-sought solution to the problem of the body rejecting an organ transplant. The first person who may have benefited from this approach is an Italian man who… Read More »

Tiny transporters could deliver treatment to stroke patients

That means doctors might one day be able to protect tissue in the acute phases of a stroke, by delivering drugs – still being developed – that can protect brain’s neurons from further injury. In the days following a stroke, when brain cells – or neurons- have died, the researchers showed that liposomes are also… Read More »

Multiple sclerosis could be stopped in the next DECADE, researchers say

Multiple sclerosis could be stopped in the next DECADE, researchers say as they hail scientific breakthroughs that ‘pave the way to wiping out the condition’ Scientists say range of medications will be in late stage trials by as early as 2025 This year saw breakthrough with blood sugar and cholesterol-lowering drugs  Currently only medications available for sufferers… Read More »

New patient test could tell GPs if infections are antibiotic resistant in under two hours

A new rapid patient test which could identify whether bacteria isolated from clinical samples are antibiotic resistant in under two hours is being trialled on a range of antibiotics commonly used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). If successful, the test could transform decision-making around antibiotic choice by helping inform the five million antibiotic prescriptions… Read More »

Consumer DNA testing has hit a lull — here’s how it could capture the next wave of users

23andMe CEO, Anne Wojcicki 23andMe Sales of consumer-focused DNA tests from companies like Ancestry and 23andMe are down this year. And while companies in the space aren’t offering any reasons why, experts speculate that the natural expiration of the early adopter wave and growing privacy concerns are to blame. But companies might be able to… Read More »