Immunology

2014/03/20MEDICAL UPDATE

MRIs indicate which Atrial Fibrillation patients might benefit most from catheter ablation

by Bruce Sylvester: Newly developed contrast MRI can help physicians predict which atrial fibrillation people have the best chance of benefiting from catheter ablation, researchers reported on Feb. 4, 2014 in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2014/02/17MEDICAL UPDATE

Flu evolution may change history books

A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance

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2013/12/04MEDICAL UPDATE

Flu shot halves heart attack and stroke risk among persons with a heart attack history

by Bruce Sylvester - A routine flu vaccine appears to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke by more than 50 per cent among persons who have had a heart attack, researchers reported on Oct. 22, 2013 in JAMA, the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2013/08/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Infections increase risk of mood disorders

New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood disorder has been admitted to hospital with an infection prior to the diagnosis.

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2013/07/11MEDICAL UPDATE

Urine test predicts kidney transplant rejection

Taken from the NEJM - by Bruce Sylvester - Three biomarkers in the urine of kidney transplant recipients can be used to diagnose and predict transplant rejection, researchers from a clinical trial sponsored by the (US) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NASID) reported on July 4, 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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2013/07/05MEDICAL UPDATE

Flu shot effective regardless of strain

New research has found that despite popular belief, the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu, even if the virus going around does not match the vaccine.

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2013/05/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Biosensor detects antibiotic resistance

JoVE will publish research that demonstrates how a biosensor can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This new technology is a preliminary step in identifying and fighting superbugs, a major public health concern that has led to more deaths than AIDS in the United States in recent years.

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2013/05/10MEDICAL UPDATE

A reservoir of mosquito disease!

A large scale, five year study of mosquitoes from different ecological regions in Kenya, including savannah grassland, semi-arid Acacia thorn bushes, and mangrove swamps, found a reservoir of viruses carried by mosquitoes (arboviruses) that are responsible for human and animal diseases.

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2013/05/09MEDICAL UPDATE

Dramatic decline in genital wart rate among young women in Australia results from National HPV Vaccine Program

by Bruce Sylvester - taken from the BMJ - Researchers have reported a significant decline in the proportion of young women diagnosed with genital warts in Australia following the implementation of  the national HPV vaccine program. The finding  was published by the British Medical Journal online  on April 18, 2013.

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2013/03/13MEDICAL UPDATE

Early HIV treatment delays immune system damage and cuts transmission risk

Taken from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) - by Bruce Sylvester - Forty-eight weeks of antiretroviral treatment in the early stages of HIV infection delays damage to the immune system and delays the need for long-term treatment, researchers reported on Jan. 16, 2013 in the NEJM.

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