Surgery News

Eisai, Johns Hopkins University's BSI enter into licensing agreement for GCPII technology

April 22, 2016

Dr. Martin says more studies are needed to determine if tau is a clear predictor of metastasis. Given the complex nature of tumors, there most likely are other factors involved in causing cancers to spread, he says."Metastasis is a very major concern for people diagnosed with cancer, and the discovery of these microtentacles and the role that tau plays in their formation is a very exciting development that holds great promise for developing new drugs," says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D....

Study shows experimental thyroid drug reduces cholesterol

April 21, 2016

In the current Phase II study, they reported that it was both safe and effective in lowering cholesterol. What is not known from this study is whether this lowering of cholesterol will ultimately protect patients from heart disease. Dr. Klein said he thinks it may work to reduce cardiovascular disease. "Every percentage that you lower cholesterol, you lower the risk for heart disease," he said. "High cholesterol is the single most modifiable risk factor." About one in three p...

New technologies have potential to help elderly people live independently

April 20, 2016

For many old people, their quality of life is also affected by poor health. Currently there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK: the most common being Alzheimer's disease. Behind these facts and figures are individuals and families learning to live with the condition and get on with their lives. Stereotypes about people are however often negative and disabling. In the spirit of one person with dementia who says "Positivity is my greatest weapon", the event promotes a more balanc...

Beneficial Alzheimer's therapies, update on prevention efforts focused at ADI International Conference

April 19, 2016

The exact manner in which diabetes and depression interact to result in poorer outcomes is not certain. Some studies suggest that a genetic marker for dementia is associated with a faster cognitive decline. Depression may also raise the risk of dementia, the authors noted, because of biological abnormalities linked to this affective illness, including high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, poor regulation in the hypothalamus-pituitary system, or autonomic nervous system problems that can af...

25th Alzheimer's Disease International conference: Focus on new treatment developments

April 18, 2016

"Neuroimaging Perspectives" is the topic of Prof. Frank Jessen of the University of Bonn, Germany. The presentation will cover recent advances in both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) in Alzheimer's. In particular, how the two technologies have contributed substantially to both better diagnosis and understanding the progression of the disease. ...