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June 20th, 2018 Girls in the first birth cohort to receive the HPV vaccine showed a lower degree of dysplasia which may eventually lead to cervical cancer than a birth cohort from 1983, found the first study of the vaccine's effect on the general population. This...

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CARDIOVASCULAR

Flavour additives in e-cigarettes may impair blood vessel function

Flavour additives used in electronic cigarettes and related tobacco products could impair blood vessel function and may be an early indicator of heart damage, according to laboratory research. The health effects of "combustible" tobacco products... June 20th, 2018

EAR, NOSE AND THROAT

Spoonful of honey helps a button battery go down

A team of ear, nose, and throat specialists has demonstrated that eating honey after swallowing a button battery has the potential to reduce serious injuries in small children. "Our recommendation would be for parents and caregivers to give honey... June 20th, 2018

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS CONTINUED

Two-drug HIV regimen effective in treatment-naive patients

ViiV Healthcare has released data from two phase 3 trials that showed a once-daily, two-drug regimen of dolutegravir and lamivudine was non-inferior to a standard three-drug regimen in treatment-naive patients with HIV, reports Healio. In light... June 20th, 2018

Syringe programmes an important tool in preventing HIV outbreaks

A study by researchers investigating the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, found that a syringe services programme is an important tool to control and prevent HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs in a non-urban area, reports Medical... June 20th, 2018

IMMUNOLOGY

Cell differences in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Using a mathematical classification model, Spanish researchers were able to correctly diagnose 70% of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients and healthy controls using the findings from a study of natural killer cell populations. Problems... June 20th, 2018

OBSTETRICS

Recording of mother's voice may help neonates sleep in ICU

Hearing a recording of their mother's voice may help neonates maintain sleep while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to preliminary data from a study. About 10% of US new-borns require treatment in a NICU, which is a noisy... June 20th, 2018

Blood test successfully predicts premature birth

A blood test for pregnant women detects with 75%-80% accuracy whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth, found a pilot study. The technique can also be used to estimate a foetus's gestational age – or the mother's due date – as... June 20th, 2018

ONCOLOGY

Personalised glioblastoma vaccine may increase long-term survival

An international Phase III study led by researchers at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and at Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc has found that a personalised glioblastoma vaccine may increase long-term survival in some patients.... June 20th, 2018

PSYCHOLOGY

Helicopter parents are doing more harm than good

Research published by the American Psychological Association found that over-controlling parenting can negatively affect a child's ability to manage his or her emotions and behaviour. "Our research showed that children with helicopter parents may... June 20th, 2018

Religious affiliation linked to increased longevity

A US study of obituaries has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion. That four-year boost – found in an analysis of more than 1,000 obits from around the US – was... June 20th, 2018

SEXUAL MEDICINE

Health-related claims for 'sexbots' misleading - BMJ study

The precautionary principle should reject the clinical use of 'sexbots' – lifelike robots specifically created for sexual gratification – until their postulated benefits, namely ‘harm limitation’ and ‘therapy’ have been tested... June 20th, 2018
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