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Increased MS risk for people exposed to solvents

People who have been exposed to paint,varnish and other solvents and who also carry genes that make them more susceptible to developing multiple sclerosis (MS) may be at much greater risk of developing the disease than people who have only the... July 18th, 2018




'Skinny fat' is a predictor of cognitive impairment risk

A US study has found that "skinny fat" – the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass – may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. While sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissue that... July 18th, 2018



Violence during pregnancy a way of life for many SA women

Many South African women‚ already in difficult situations‚ are experiencing violence during pregnancy at the hands of their intimate partners‚ The Times reports a study has found. Of the 376 women who took part in the research‚ 15% had... July 18th, 2018



Positive results from surgery for meniscus tears

Young patients who underwent surgery for isolated meniscus tears between 1990 and 2005 showed positive long-term clinical results, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego.... July 18th, 2018


Anticonvulsants ineffective in treating lower back pain

Use of anti-convulsant drugs to treat low back pain has increased more than fivefold in the past decade, but a study finds they are ineffective and can have adverse effects. "Clinically, the prescription of anti-convulsants for back and neck... July 18th, 2018


Digital overload may contribute to new ADHD behaviours

According to a US observational study digital overload could be linked to a modest but significant rise in new ADHD behaviours, offering a warning to parents about the potential dangers of too much screen time. A Daily Maverick report says the... July 18th, 2018


Eating nuts improves human sperm — randomised trial

The inclusion of nuts in a regular diet significantly improves the quality and function of human sperm, according to results of a randomised trial which measured conventional semen parameters and molecular changes over a 14-week study period. The... July 18th, 2018

Trial shows no value to 'endometrial scratch' prior to IVF

An add-on treatment commonly offered to female IVF patients to improve their chance of success has been shown in a large randomised trial to be of no value. "Endometrial scratch," a technique whereby a small scratch or tissue biopsy is made to the... July 18th, 2018





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