As the anti-vaccination movement continues to grow, physicians are faced with a dilemma. Should they treat the unvaccinated patients and risk exposing their well patients? Or should they protect those who are unable to be vaccinated from the possibility of disease.
DIGEST: [HuffPo UK, Science Daily, DailyMail] By the time patients are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, most will already have experienced memory loss and motor-skill decline. But now, researchers at University College London (UCL) have perfected a cutting-edge form of PET (positron emission tomography) scanning, called amyloid PET, that allows them to use radioactive tracers in the … Continued
The study linking SIDS to swaddling highlights the importance of safe sleeping practices.
An innovative new method for early cancer detection is being lauded as the most important medical breakthrough in recent memory, but how close are we to seeing it in use?
[DIGEST: Science Magazine, ScienceAlert, Science Daily, Mental Floss] If you are one of the 1.4 million Americans who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), there’s some good news and bad news for you. The good news? Promising research has emerged showing a potentially effective treatment for IBD. The bad news? It’s worms. A new study … Continued
A new stem cell treatment may help heart tissue regenerate after heart attacks.
Scientists at MIT zap autism symptoms in mice by switching on Shank3 gene.
New research suggests that those with undiagnosed gluten sensitivities have higher levels of an inflammatory protein called zonulin. This research suggests that for some, avoiding gluten may not be just a fad after all.
A Breakthrough in the Search for a Cure for ALS Could Change Our Understanding of “Genetic” Diseases
[DIGEST: New York Times, Washington Post, Hopkins Medicine] We like to think that disease is simple. Medical researchers and molecular biologists know better, of course, but that rarely filters out into our broader cultural imagination. The popular press is filled with stories about toxins or disease-causing genes because we want simple answers to complicated questions. … Continued