Tag: Getting

Getting it just right: The Goldilocks model of cancer

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad. This is certainly the case for the excessive cell growth found in cancer. But when cancers try to grow too fast, this excessive speed can cause a type of cellular aging that actually results in arrested growth. Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School

Q&A: Getting to the roots of fragile X syndrome

The cause of fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited intellectual disability, is easy to see in the lab. Under electron microscopy, an affected X chromosome exhibits a deformed tip that gives the disorder its name and pinpoints the causative gene malfunction. There’s no cure for the disease, whose symptoms include learning deficits and

Racism plagues the NHS and it's getting worse

At the end of last year, Dr Radhakrishna Shanbhag made headlines when a patient asked if he could have a white doctor instead of him. In a powerful interview, Dr Shanbhag called our national health service a jewel in the crown, but one that needs to take appropriate action to stop the jewel from being

Flu season is getting weirder

Coronavirus may be in the headlines, but it’s still flu season, and a weird one at that — officials are seeing a new spike in flu activity as a second strain of flu hits on the heels of the first. The 2019-2020 flu season already had an unusual start — in December and early January,

Young women still may be getting unnecessary pelvic exams

Pelvic examinations and cervical cancer screenings are no longer recommended for most females under age 21 during routine health visits, but a new study has found that millions of young women are unnecessarily undergoing the tests, which can lead to false-positive testing, over-treatment, anxiety and needless cost. Researchers at UC San Francisco and the Centers

The Trick to Getting Your Kid In the Tub? Bath Bombs!

Like nap time, taking a soothing bath is something most moms would love to do on the regular — and that kids love to regularly complain about. But when it comes bath time, there’s one thing parents and their littles can both agree on: bath bombs make it better. The colors and fizz — not

How Finnish health tech startups are getting off the ground

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the startup scene is thriving in a culture known for braving harsh conditions. And while the startup world isn’t quite a wintry Finnish blizzard, it is known to test its founders and employees’ fortitude. Within the last decade Finnish digital health startups such as Meru and Kaiku have emerged as up-and-coming

Patient Dies After Getting a Poop Transplant

“Poop transplants,” or what doctors refer to as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), have been used in recent years as an experimental cure for Clostridium difficile, sometimes referred to as C. diff or C. difficile, which affects nearly half a million Americans each year. C. diff is a type of bacteria that can produce toxins that

Why getting fit before an operation could speed-up your recovery

Prehab is the new rehab! Why getting fit before an operation could speed-up your recovery There are around 250,000 high-risk operations a year in England and Wales Experts believe patients who improve their fitness in advance would aid healing Currently, ‘prehab’ is only offered in select hospitals because it’s relatively new We get in shape