Medical News Today: Brain scans could predict how effective OCD treatment will be

Doctors may be able to predict how people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will respond to therapy using a simple brain scan, according to the findings of a new study. Obsessive-compulsive disorder often causes people to perform certain rituals and behaviors repetitively to relieve anxiety. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, is the first to use […]

Medical News Today: New antibody treatment may protect against Marburg and Ebola viruses

New immune molecules have been identified that offer protection against Marburg virus – a deadly relative of Ebola virus. The above antibodies identify and neutralize Marburg virus, which inflicts a mortality rate of up to 90%. Image credit: The Scripps Research Institute Identified in 1967 among laboratory workers in Uganda who had handled infected animals, […]

Medical News Today: High blood pressure linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s

People genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure may be at lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study, though the researchers say this association is likely down to antihypertensive medication rather than the condition itself. Researchers found people genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure may be at lower risk of Alzheimer’s, […]

Medical News Today: Cord milking best for infants delivered by C-section

Massaging the umbilical cord of preterm infants delivered by Cesarean section can improve blood pressure, increase levels of red blood cells and lead to greater blood flow to and from the heart, according to new research. The study found that cord milking provided greater benefits to preterm infants delivered by Cesarean section than current recommended […]

Medical News Today: What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is an illegal drug whose primary effect is to alter the senses and cause hallucinations. Formulated in 1938 as a treatment for respiratory depression, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann inadvertently discovered LSD’s unique properties when he accidentally absorbed some on his skin. Believing the drug had potential medical use specifically in the […]

Medical News Today: New anti-cancer drug looks promising in lab

Much of research to beat cancer tends to concentrate on the various genetic mutations behind different cancers. Now, a new study in the journal Cancer Cell takes a different approach – it targets the pathways that hungry cancer cells use to satisfy their voracious appetite for energy. The drug killed cancer cells by shutting off […]

Medical News Today: MERS vaccine ‘ready for human trials’

Researchers have started planning for the first clinical trial to test a candidate vaccine to protect against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome. The researchers say the MERS-CoV candidate vaccine has passed all the preclinical tests and is ready to start human trials. The news follows a study led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in […]

Medical News Today: Blood test for early stage pancreatic cancer looks promising

A study that successfully differentiated patients with pancreatic cancer from those with another pancreatic disease using a new biomarker, could lead to a blood test that detects pancreatic cancer early enough for curative surgery to be feasible. If pancreatic cancer is spotted early, surgery that boosts chance of survival is more feasible. Pancreatic cancer has […]

Medical News Today: Older adults who might benefit from pet ownership often face barriers

Older adults – particularly if they are struggling to make ends meet – are at high risk of illness and emotional disorders, the effects of which can be greatly reduced by pet ownership. A pet provides companionship to an older person and can also boost their well-being. In a paper published in the journal Activities, […]

Medical News Today: Doctors in bitter divide over e-cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes giving tobacco companies the means to appear benign while actually “killing people softly” or are the alternatives offering the best chance of reducing harm from cigarette smoking? Doctors are bitterly divided over the question. Glamorizing cigarette smoking or saving lives? An article in The BMJ reports from both sides of the debate. Simon […]

Medical News Today: Doctors in bitter divide over e-cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes giving tobacco companies the means to appear benign while actually “killing people softly” or are the alternatives offering the best chance of reducing harm from cigarette smoking? Doctors are bitterly divided over the question. Glamorizing cigarette smoking or saving lives? An article in The BMJ reports from both sides of the debate. Simon […]

Medical News Today: Fasting: what are the health benefits and risks?

Fasting is commonly associated with the month of Ramadan. As you read this, billions of Muslims around the world are engaging in this declaration of faith that involves abstaining from food and drink from dawn until dusk. While fasting for Ramadan is down to spiritual beliefs, many of us choose to fast with the belief […]