A study conducted by Northwestern University has shown that weekly administration of glucocorticoid steroids, such as prednisone, helps to accelerate recovery in muscle injuries. As Xinhua notes, this conclusion is based on the results of experiments in rodents. But, according to the scientists, the discovery will be useful for the therapy of people with muscular dystrophy.
In China a new generation robot-surgeon has been tested successfully. According to The Tech Times, the robot performed a dental surgery without any problems (an implant installation).
An international team of scientists have found that the drug "Opdivo" (nivolumab) is the best remedy to help melanoma patients, who underwent surgery to remove the tumor. The study involved more than 900 patients with stage III and IV melanoma. The volunteers were treated at 130 medical centers located in 25 countries. All participants underwent surgery to remove tumors, UPI.com reports.
Scientists from Denmark have found that healthy eating and physical activity can improve the quality of life of asthmatics. Thanks to healthy food and training, the severity of asthma symptoms in participants of the study has decreased significantly. The study involved 125 volunteers with asthma, The Daily Mail reports.
Young people infected with the swine influenza virus H1N1, may be prone to type 1 diabetes. This has been established by Norway scientists, who analyzed the data of 2.28 million people aged 30 and under for the period from June 2009 to June 2013, UPI.com reports.
Scientists of the Medical School of the University of Adelaide have found that the abuse of artificial sweeteners can affect how the body reacts to sugar. Due to this fact, the risk of development of diabetes type 2 increases. The study involved 27 people, UPI.com reports.
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have revealed a gene causing gradual the retina degeneration and the loss of vision. It's a RPGR gene. As it turned out, the gene provokes the development of a hereditary eye disease, such as X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. Currently, there is no effective treatment for this disease.
As it is known, human papillomavirus (HPV) virus is very common. It is transmitted sexually. Due to HPV, warts appear and the risk of cervical cancer increases substantially. As UPI.com notices, about 300,000 people die from cervical cancer each year (more than 80% die in developing countries).
According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, numerous studies have shown that aspirin can fight against cancer. However, a group of American scientists doubt this. They have found that acetylsalicylic acid really inhibits the growth of malignant cells. But at the same time it accelerates their mutation, thereby negatively affecting the outcome of therapy.
As The Daily Mail notices, some people suffer from muscle pain after taking statins (drugs reducing cholesterol concentrations). Scientists of the University of Dundee have found that genetic features are responsible for this effect. The scientists have analyzed the data of almost 12,000 people who took statins.