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'New wave of change' coming to healthcare

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Worldwide measles cases almost quadruple in first quarter of 2019: WHO

Geneva: The number of measles cases worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 to 112,163 against the same period last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, citing provisional data. The is no scientific evidence to support anti-vaccination claims that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism.Credit:AP Higher rates of the

How our sense of taste changes as we age

Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our sense of sight, for example) but rather it is made up of the five senses working together to allow us to appreciate and enjoy food and drink. Initial visual inspection of

Discovery of a host mRNA that inhibits immune functions of antiviral protein RIG-I

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a hepatotropic virus, with about 80 million chronic infections confirmed worldwide. HCV infection leads to the development of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and in some instances, hepatocellular carcinoma. The recent development of highly potent direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs), targeting viral proteins, facilitates virus elimination in >90 percent of treated individuals. However,

The risks of infectious mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, sidelines high school athletes every year. Kids who play sports aren’t more susceptible to the disease. Instead, adolescent competitors are at a greater risk for one of the illness’s serious complications—splenic rupture. Mono starts with fatigue, sore throat, fever and swollen glands. By then, it’s invaded the lymphatic system, which can

New insights into the development and therapy of cancer

Oncologists at the University and University Hospital in Tübingen have discovered a new protein variant that plays an important role in the development and therapy response of cancer. For physicians, this discovery opens up the opportunity for new options in the diagnosis and therapy of cancer. The results of the study were published on Tuesday,

Computer program predicts risk of deadly irregular heart beats

Combining a wealth of information derived from previous studies with data from more than 500 patients, an international team led by researchers from Johns Hopkins has developed a computer-based set of rules that more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit—or not—from lifesaving implanted defibrillators. The new research, published online on

Researchers discover therapeutic target of melanoma

Researchers have identified a biomarker and a possible new therapy for melanoma. Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is a protein that plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of the melanocyte (cells that make melanin) lineage, differentiation of normal and malignant melanocytes and the survival of melanoma cells. “We have now detected the first useful chemical

Eating more of this nutrient supports muscle strength as we age

If protein is the king of muscle mass food, nitrate might just be the king of muscle strength food. A new Australian study has found eating nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach, rocket and lettuce significantly improves muscle strength and physical function as we age. Power food … the nitrates in spinach, the vegetable which fuelled Popeye’s