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Ablation Increases Survival For Adults With Atrial Fibrillation

Adults who undergo catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation are 60 percent less likely to die from a heart attack or heart failure later on. Source: University of Michigan Health System

Adults who undergo a minimally invasive technique to treat atrial fibrillation are significantly less likely to die from a heart attack or heart failure, according to a long-term study by the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. More than 4 million people have atrial fibrillation, an age-related heart rhythm disorder that can cause a fluttering [...]

Parenting Skills Improve In ADHD Parents With Medication

Dr. James Waxmonsky
Source: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Parenting skills of adults with ADHD improve when their ADHD is treated with medication, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. At least 25% of clinic-referred children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a parent with ADHD. “Parents with ADHD are at increased risk to engage in problematic parenting techniques, including inconsistent disciplinary practices, making [...]

Potential ‘Universal’ Blood Test For Cancer Discovered

The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) test looks at white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA), which is known to damage DNA. The results of the empirical study show a clear distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-cancerous conditions and from healthy patients. (Stock image).
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Researchers from the University of Bradford have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried [...]

New Device Detects Deadly Lung Disease

The lateral-flow device (LFD) detects invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, a notoriously difficult to diagnose disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus. Source: University of Exeter

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. The lateral-flow device (LFD), created by Professor Chris Thornton, detects invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, a notoriously difficult to diagnose [...]

Total Darkness At Night Key To Success Of Breast Cancer Therapy, Study Shows

Principal investigators and co-leaders of Tulane's Circadian Cancer Biology Group, Steven Hill (left) and David Blask (right), and team members Robert Dauchy and Shulin Xiang.
Source: Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane University

Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, says a new study by Tulane University School of Medicine cancer researchers. The study, “Circadian and Melatonin Disruption by Exposure to Light at Night Drives Intrinsic Resistance to [...]