Qatar seeks to transform diabetes care with ‘whole nation’ project

In an unremarkable office in a Doha hospital, a study is taking place which could transform the way Qatar deals with one of its most persistent health issues—diabetes. A small team led by professor Khalid Hussain has since last year been entering youngsters aged up to 18 with diabetes into a nationwide database, something he … Read more

Esophageal achalasia: Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment

Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus in which the nerve cells and muscles do not work properly. This can lead to difficulties with swallowing, chest pain, regurgitation, and coughing and breathing problems, if food gets into the lungs. Esophageal achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. Achalasia can affect any part of the digestive tract, … Read more

8 causes of foul-smelling stool

Foul-smelling stool has a particularly bad odor. Often, this is due to the foods that people eat. In some cases, however, foul-smelling stool can indicate an underlying medical condition. This article outlines eight causes of foul-smelling stool, along with information on diagnosis, treatments, and when to see a doctor. 1. Antibiotics and infection In some … Read more

Research finds new Rx target for childhood cancer

Credit: Shutterstock Research led by Michael Lan, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, found that a compound named 5′-iodotubercidin (5′-IT) suppresses the growth of neuroblastoma cells and identified a potential new therapeutic approach for the disease. The paper, currently available online here, will be published in the … Read more

Commentary: High stress levels a silent culprit behind diabetes

Diabetes is a multi-faceted disease that can be caused by other factors apart from the consumption of sugary drinks or sweet treats, says NTU’s Professor Bernhard Boehm. (Photo: Unsplash/Christian Erfurt) SINGAPORE: Whether it is replying to a work email or playing the next game of Candy Crush, you might want to keep your smartphone away … Read more

Large study ties PTSD, acute stress to cardiovascular disease

A large Swedish population study has found strong links between psychiatric conditions that can follow extremely stressful experiences and the risk of several types of cardiovascular disease.The link between acute stress and cardiovascular symptoms may be bidirectional, suggests new research. In addition, the researchers found that the risk of a heart attack and other sudden … Read more

Novo Nordisk and Gilead team up to test fatty liver disease treatment

COPENHAGEN: Novo Nordisk and Gilead Sciences will join forces on a clinical trial combining drugs from the two pharmaceutical firms to treat a progressive fatty liver disease known as NASH. The clinical trial will be a study combining Novo Nordisk’s semaglutide drug and Gilead’s cilofexor and firsocostat for treatment of patients with Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), … Read more

Rare gut condition is more predictable from individual’s genetic makeup, study finds

Hirschsprung disease – a rare condition where the failure of gut nerves to develop before birth leads to impaired bowel contractions that prevent infants from passing stool – is more predictable from an individual's genetic makeup than previously envisioned. This is the finding of a study published online in the April 11 edition of the … Read more

US pork industry cancels convention over African swine fever fears

The U.S. pork industry canceled its annual convention on Wednesday over concerns that international attendees could bring in an incurable hog disease at a time when American farmers are already suffering from trade wars. FILE PHOTO: Workers in protective suits disinfect a vehicle at a checkpoint on a road leading to a farm owned by … Read more

Century-old bacteria from sick WWI soldier offer clues to cholera epidemics

Scanning electron microscope image of Vibrio cholerae bacteria. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) CAMBRIDGE: Scientists have mapped the genome of a strain of cholera extracted a century ago from a sick British soldier during World War I and found clues to how some cholera bacteria strains cause epidemics today. The bug – thought to be the oldest … Read more

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