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Latests Medical News from around the world and also Thailand, bringing you updates, discoveries, studies and findings on various aspects and diseases in the medical world. Most of these articles are not only meant for Doctors In Thailand or Hospitals In Thailand but also for any patients or health conscious individuals wanting to know more.
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 11, 2019  4 years ago
According to a new study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a concerted public health programme in which effort to lower people's blood pressure, cut their sodium intake, and eliminate trans fat from their diet could dramatically reduce the incidence of premature death from cardiovascular disease (CVD)  and help prevent 94 million premature deaths due to cardiovascular diseases...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 10, 2019  4 years ago
Findings from the Rewind (Researching Cardiovascular Events with a Weekly Incretin in Diabetes) Trial by McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences , has indicated that the drug dulaglutide (brandname: Trulicity) reduced cardiovascular events and kidney problems in middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes. The trial which was one of the largest of its kind involved more than 9,90...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 09, 2019  4 years ago
Results of a new global study by The  Friedman School Of Nutrition Science, Tuff University that were presented at the American Society For Nutrition 2019  Annual Meeting held at Baltimore on June 8th showed that inadequate fruit and vegetable intake accounted for millions of death from heart disease and strokes each year.   The study lead by Victoria Miller, a postdoctoral resear...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 08, 2019  4 years ago
PERSEPHONE , A new trial study by the University of Warwick and the University Of Cambridge has shown that shortening the duration of a therapy for breast cancer patients does not increase the risk of their cancer returning.   This trial addresses the issues of concerning reduction in the length of treatments and attendant toxicities and whether this can be achieved without any worsening of...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 07, 2019  4 years ago
Results from another new study, this time conducted by Washington University School Of medicine in St Louis indicates that people who use common heartburn drugs such as PPIs or proton pump inhibitors faced increased risk of dying from heart diseases, stomach cancer or kidney failure   The study involved more than 200,000 U.S. veterans. It's the latest to raise concerns over drugs called...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 06, 2019  4 years ago
A new discovery by a research team from Heidelberg University in Germany reveals that lowering serum cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes is associated with diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN).  Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs when an individual has diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most often ...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 05, 2019  4 years ago
The US FDA has issued warnings that supplements containing Vinpocetine may pose a risk to women of childbearing age and even women planning to have children in the near future as it could lead to miscarriages or even harm the fetus despite consuming the supplement way before pregnancy.   Vinpocetine is a synthetic chemical resembling a phytochemical found in the periwinkle plant Vinca minor...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 04, 2019  4 years ago
Most HIV patients have a 60% risk of developing a form of cancer during their life-span. Cancers like Lymphoma, Lung Cancer, Anal Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Oral and oropharyngeal cancer ,liver cancer, skin cancer and also Kaposi's sarcoma are most prevalent among HIV patients.  At the recent ASCO presentation, study led by doctors at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that pati...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 03, 2019  4 years ago
Findings of a study presented during the American Society Of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual 2019 Meeting(31st May to 4th  June)  in Chicago by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute showed that  Enzalutamide, an oral androgen receptor inhibitor, can improve outcomes for men with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC).   Analytical results of the ANZUP-led international r...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 02, 2019  4 years ago
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults across the world, but the most  challenging aspect of the disease is that it often goes undetected until too much damage has been done and the person affected is already losing their vision. Most diabetics have few treatment options as the severity of the condition and vision loss worsens.   Regeneron Pharmaceuticals D...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jun 01, 2019  4 years ago
Scientists at Wake Forests School Of Medicine,North Carolina, conducted a therapeutic study of the effects of using non-thermal radio waves on liver cancer cells. The study concluded that the new targeted therapy has proven to be successful in blocking the growth of liver cancer cells anywhere in the body without damaging healthy cells   The research team headed by Boris Pasche, M.D., Ph.D....
Source: Thaialnd Medical News  May 31, 2019  4 years ago
Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a discovery about the nature of neutrophils; the most numerous white blood cells in the body, that may lead to new models for diagnosing and tracking inflammatory diseases such as cancer, osteoarthritis and also auto-immune diseases.   Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) are the most abundant leukocytes in the blood and is the first line o...
Source: BMJ  May 30, 2019  4 years ago
The BMJ published two major European studies that find positive associations between consumption of highly processed ("ultra-processed") foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The researchers are calling for policies that promote consumption of fresh or minimally processed foods over highly processed foods. Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, f...
Source: Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Biology (CCB)  May 29, 2019  4 years ago
Researchers in New York, leveraging on artificial intelligence techniques,  have demonstrated that mutations in so-called 'junk' DNA can cause autism .This study is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition. Led by Olga Troyanskaya , deputy director for genomics at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Biology (CCB) in New Yor...
Source: Proceedings From European Society of Cardiology Annual 2019 Scientific Congress  May 28, 2019  4 years ago
The Fibre Study presented by Dr Cristiane Mayerhover, of Oslo University, at Heart Failure 2019, a recent scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), showed that patients who consume more dietary fibre tend to have healthier gut bacteria, which is associated with reduced risk of death or need of a heart transplant. Gut microbiota is composed of trillions of microorganisms t...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 27, 2019  4 years ago
Just take look at any Office Tower in Bangkok these days, and you will find either a Starbucks or some other knock off branded coffee outlets with a long queue of local office workers. Many of these office workers despite being on one of the lowest monthly salaries compared to any other well-developed cities around the world, can always be seen holding a cup of these coffee as a sort of status sym...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 26, 2019  4 years ago
Candida Albicans is opportunistic pathogenic yeasts that is found worldwide but most commonly compromises immunocompromised individuals  with serious diseases such as HIV and cancer. It is ranked as one of the most common groups of organisms that cause hospital-acquired infections especially with patients that have recently undergone surgery, a transplant ,in the Intensive...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 25, 2019  4 years ago
There are more than 1.1 million new cases of men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer each year while about 310,000 of them die annually due to the disease. (Figures from Globoscan). Here Thailand Medical News brings you in summarized form, developments this week from across the globe with regards to prostate cancer research and developments for easy reading.     Biomaker, PSA contributes to...
Source: Thailand Medcial News  May 24, 2019  4 years ago
Fatty liver disease is a prevailing disease affecting around 17% of the global population  and  actually comprises of a variety of specific liver conditions that caused due to existing diabetic or obesity conditions. Very often individuals affected are not even aware in the initial stages till symptoms manifest itself in the later stages of the disease.   Its occurrence is more pr...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 23, 2019  4 years ago
Despite the advances in both Immunotherapy and  Targeted Medicine protocols for the treatment of cancer, Chemotherapy is still going to be the mainstay for the next decade or so for  most of Asia due to cost factors and also availability. In fact, statistical data shows the figure of chemotherapies would most likely double by 2025 in Asia from current  2019 levels. But what is tr...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 22, 2019  4 years ago
More HIV Patients dying from cryptococcal infections Latest Worldwide figures show that 1 out of 10 HIV related deaths are due  cryptococcal infections. .According to a study by Barcelona Institute for Global Health , the incidences of deaths due to the fungus is rising due to late detection and also because the fungus itself is mutating and presenting less obvious symptoms in the early...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 21, 2019  4 years ago
When a person experiences a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction), in most cases, heart muscles and other cells are damaged during the process as a result of blood stoppage to certain of these muscles and tissues during the event. Blood vessels in the heart are also damaged. These damaged muscle tissues can sometimes turn to become scar tissues. Damaged muscle tissue and damaged vessels in the hear...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 20, 2019  4 years ago
According to a study presented at the current ongoing European Society Of Endrocrinology Annual Meeting 2019 at Lyon, the number of male patients with increased complications and symptoms arising due to the misuse if steroids in increasing globally especially  in Asian countries where illegal steroids are easily available. Many males despite the health warnings associated with anabolic ster...
Exclusive: Thailand Medical News  May 19, 2019  4 years ago
A little known canine disease that has been around for eons and has the ability to pass to humans, is suddenly emerging in various countries with the latest outbreak in Marion County , Iowa. Cases are emerging in Canada, Australia, Britain and its believed that in Asia, the scenario could be more frightening as most medical and also veterinary  professionals are total oblivious and ignorant a...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 18, 2019  4 years ago
The bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is sexually transmitted and can cause inflammation of the urinary and genital tracts in men and women. This germ may also be linked to other problems, including some cases of arthritis and, in women, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. MG appears to be spread by unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, as it can be detected in fluid sa...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 18, 2019  4 years ago
Diabetes  affects about 442 million people worldwide (2019) and the figures keep rising with Thailand alone having more than 4.7 million people with diabetes.   Diabetes is the result when a person’s body is not able to produce enough insulin naturally (type 1 diabetes) or when the insulin produced is not efficiently used in the body (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is  produced i...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 17, 2019  4 years ago
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common existing conditions causing chronic pain and disability. The economic impact of fibromyalgia worldwide is phenomenal -- in the U.S. alone, related health care costs linked to this condition is about $100 billion annually. Despite extensive research the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, hence there is no specific diagnostics or therapies for this condition oth...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 16, 2019  4 years ago
A Study involving the analysis of a large databank of more than 466,039  individuals from a UK biobank by University Of Tulane in New Orleans led by Professor Lu Qi had their findings published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ ).   The findings indicated that glucosamine may have benefits in preventing CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) events, such as stroke and coronary heart disease bu...
Source: Thailand Medical News Exclusive  May 15, 2019  4 years ago
Stop taking daily low dose aspirin as a means to  prevent cardiovascular issues unless your doctor prescribes it, according to new guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), as it can actually do more harm than good.   "We're talking about healthy people who don't have known heart disease or stroke, who migh...
Source: University Of Sydney  May 14, 2019  4 years ago
Breaking research by University Of Sydney  provides new evidence that nanoparticles in the form of food additives, which are present in many food items, have a substantial and harmful influence on human health and is a factor for many leading gastrointestinal diseases and even neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases.   The study investigated the health impacts of food additive E171 (...
Source: University Of Sydney  May 13, 2019  4 years ago
Scientists have found significant differences in the shape and biology of the same type of cell taken from different parts of the retina, according to a study in eLife. The results could help explain why the macula region of the eye is more susceptible to disease than the peripheral retina and reveals a protective mechanism that may be disrupted in disease.   The macula is a specialise...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 12, 2019  4 years ago
One of the largest of its kind, the study performed an untargeted metabolomics profile of over 1,200 participants  to identify metabolites linked to the hardening of arteries.   Hardening arteries, or arterial stiffness, is an independent risk factor for heart disease and death, and the mechanisms that contribute to arterial stiffening are not well understood.   That's where m...
Source: La Jolla Institute for Immunology, California  May 11, 2019  4 years ago
A new HIV vaccine delivery strategy appears to enhance the protective immune response in a preclinical model. Scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have discovered that delivering an HIV vaccine in small doses over a series of days leads to a stronger immune response than when the same vaccine is given all at once.   A similar escalating dose method could be the best way...
Source: Harvard Medical School, Boston  May 10, 2019  4 years ago
Statin use may lower the risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), according to a study published online May 2 in JAMA Ophthalmology.   High cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of developing glaucoma, but a new study suggests taking statins to lower cholesterol helps to reduce this risk.   Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can damage the optic nerve, typic...
Source: Thailand Medical News  May 09, 2019  4 years ago
First Fertility Group, which comprises of its main clinic in Bangkok located at Rajdamri and also branch clinics in Cambodia and also elsewhere in the region, was recently the recipient of the Fertility Service Provider Of The Year in Asia Pacific by  Global Health and Travel (GHT). The Global Health & Travel Awards recognizes companies that have push boundary of delighting their custo...
Source: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  May 09, 2019  4 years ago
A mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease among agricultural workers and manual laborers may be caused by a combination of increasingly hot temperatures, toxins and infections, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In recent years, chronic kidney disease has emerged as a major illness among workers in hot climates. It was first identified in the 1...
Source: US FDA  May 08, 2019  4 years ago
If you have type 2 diabetes and are taking a newer class of medications to treat your disease—but one day you notice pain, redness and a foul odor in your genital area.If this happens, new research suggests you need to see your doctor immediately, because you may be suffering from Fournier gangrene. Also known as a "flesh-eating" disease, this infection attacks your genital or anal...
Source: Institute of Cancer Research, UK  May 07, 2019  4 years ago
Scientists have identified a gene mutation in the tumours of men with prostate cancer that is linked to very poor survival—and which could be used to pick out patients for more intensive treatment. Men with mutations in the retinoblastoma gene in their tumours were more than three times as likely to die and nearly seven times as likely to relapse on standard treatments as those without th...
Source: PLOS  May 06, 2019  4 years ago
Paromomysin-based topical treatments were shown to be effective in curing cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), according to a randomized, double blind study conducted in Central America and published with PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by a female phlebotomine sand fly bite, is endemic in 98 countries and has approximately 0.7 to 1.2 million CL cases each year. Infectio...
Source: Karolinska Institutet  May 05, 2019  4 years ago
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified blood-based biomarkers that may determine which patients will benefit from continued hormonal therapy for advanced prostate cancer. The researchers envision that this discovery may eventually result in a test that contributes to a more personalised treatment of the disease. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in Sweden. App...
Source: University of Oxford  May 04, 2019  4 years ago
The discovery of a new way to target and treat the leading genetic contributor to Parkinson's may open the way for a potential new clinical treatment. Researchers from Oxford's Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) have identified how the dysfunction of a key gene, LRRK2, causes the neurons affected in Parkinson's to lose their ability to effectively clear out cell c...
Source: Rice University  May 03, 2019  4 years ago
Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues.   Bioprinting research from the lab of Rice University bioengineer Jordan Miller featured a visually stunning proof-of-principle -- a scale-model of a lung-mimicking air sac with airways and blood vessels that never touch yet still provide oxygen to re...
Source: National Institutes of Health,US  May 02, 2019  4 years ago
Taking a folic acid supplement daily before pregnancy may reduce the risk of gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.    Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, or vitamin B9, which is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, peas, beans and other foods. The U.S. Preventive Services T...
Source: Stanford University Medical Center  Apr 30, 2019  4 years ago
People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon have something they've been seeking for decades: scientific proof of their ailment. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a blood test that can flag the disease, which currently lacks a standard, reliable diagnostic test. "Too often, this diseas...
Source: Proceedings froms ESTRO 2019, Milan  Apr 29, 2019  4 years ago
A single high dose of radiation that can be delivered directly to the tumour within a few minutes is a safe and effective technique for treating men with low risk prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the ESTRO 38 conference. Radiotherapy traditionally involves a series of lower dose treatments that take place over several days or week. The new treatment is called high dose-rate br...
Source: Proceedings froms ESTRO 2019, Milan  Apr 28, 2019  4 years ago
For females with hormone-driven breast cancer, adding radiation to hormone therapy might keep their cancer from coming back for up to a decade, a new study finds. Breast cancer didn't come back in the same breast for 97.5% of women who had radiation therapy plus hormone therapy compared to just over 92% of women who had hormone therapy alone, the researchers said. In addition, over the stu...
Source: Uppsala University  Apr 27, 2019  4 years ago
Many diabetes patients do not only have problems with their insulin, but also with the release of the hormone glucagon. Researchers at Uppsala University have now discovered a regulation mechanism which could provide an opportunity to improve blood glucose control in these patients. The hormone glucagon, which is released from alpha cells in the pancreas, plays a vital role in blood glucos...
Source: Thomas Jefferson University  Apr 26, 2019  4 years ago
A new colorectal cancer vaccine showed positive results in the phase 1 clinical trial to demonstrate that the approach is safe. The patients treated had no signs of serious adverse events and samples of their blood contained markers of immune activation—an early indication that the vaccine could activate immune cells to fight colorectal tumors and metastases. Further tests to determine if th...
Source: European Society of Cardiology  Apr 25, 2019  4 years ago
Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to research carried out in nearly 36,500 women.   The study found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken ...
Source: American College of Physicians  Apr 24, 2019  4 years ago
In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial and its long-term follow-up study, among the persons who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight during the first year, long-term maintenance of weight loss was more likely if they had been assigned to treatment with metformin than with placebo or lifestyle intervention. Being older and losing a greater amount of weight in the first year...
Source: Vanderbilt University Medical Center  Apr 23, 2019  4 years ago
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Asia and has dramatically increased the risk of premature death, especially among women and middle-aged people, a multinational study led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found. There is an urgent need to implement diabetes management programs tailored to Asian populations."We found that patients with diabetes are at a substant...
Source: University of Pennsylvania  Apr 22, 2019  4 years ago
Whether a wound -- such as a diabetic foot ulcer -- heals or progresses to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that wound. A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found specific strains of the common pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are associated with wounds that do not heal. Researc...
Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  Apr 21, 2019  4 years ago
About one in seven women in the world will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The vast majority of these cancers depend on the hormone estrogen to grow. Estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer tumors are frequently treated with the drug tamoxifen, which blocks the hormone's effect on the tumor. However, many tumors eventually become resistant to tamoxifen, allowing cancer to recur o...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Apr 20, 2019  4 years ago
From new toxins to new thoughts on duration of effect to micro injections, the toxin market is growing in dermatology.(exclusive interview with Dr . Michael Gold)   The toxin market is growing for aesthetic indications, and patient interest continues to soar. But in addition to a growing market, Dr. Michael Gold, a leading Dermatologists in the US  says there are other trends to watch....
Source: The Ohio State University  Apr 20, 2019  4 years ago
Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have developed a novel stroke therapy that, when tested in mice and dogs, has proven superior to the standard of care therapy now offered to patients suffering a stroke. "We have shown that our drug, which is completely reversible, opens up a blocked blood vessel better than the...

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