Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy. The research is published in today’s issue of Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07524-z).It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development…

Marmoset study gives insights into loss of pleasure in depression

‘Anhedonia’ (the loss of pleasure) is one of the key symptoms of depression. An important component of this symptom is an inability to feel excitement in anticipation of events; however the brain mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are poorly understood. Now, in a study involving marmosets, scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified the region…

Un dispositivo para que el paciente supervise su dosis de anticoagulante

Investigadores del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), del Instituto Catalán de Nanociencia y Nanaotecnología (ICN2) y del CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN)  han desarrollado un dispositivo biosensor que permite monitorizar los anticoagulantes como el Sintrom (acenocoumarol) para que el propio paciente o su médico puedan regular la dosis y conseguir el efecto…

Where Guidelines Disagree, Physicians’ Experience fill in the gap

Results of a national survey of more than 800 physicians suggest that their experiences with patients, family members and friends with breast cancer are linked with their recommendations for routine mammograms. Specifically, physicians who reported knowing at least one patient, family member or friend with a poor breast cancer prognosis and who had not been…

Pequeños cambios, grandes logros para personas con esclerosis múltiple

“Tengo esclerosis múltiple desde hace 5 años, ¿es necesario que lo explique en una entrevista de trabajo?” “Me acaban de diagnosticar de EM, ¿tengo obligación de decirlo a mi empresa?” “¿Me pueden despedir?” “¿Es legal?” Son algunas de las preocupaciones a que se enfrentan las personas con esclerosis múltiple en el ámbito del trabajo. El…

Women having a heart attack wait longer than men to get help

Women are being urged to call an ambulance immediately if they have heart attack symptoms, following research showing they wait longer than men to get help. The study is published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, a publication of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Ischaemic heart disease is the leading cause of…

Ante las dudas sobre vacunación los padres confían en el pediatra

Frente a las dudas sobre la vacunación de sus hijos, ya sean bebés o adolescentes “la mayoría de los padres confía en el criterio de su pediatra”. Ésta es una de las principales conclusiones que extrae la Dra. Ainhoa Iceta, jefa de servicio de Pediatría del Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, de la charla Vac Talk…