Ensuring the accuracy, reliability and consistency of analytical data in laboratories

The basic reason for which analytical methods and procedures need to be validated is to ensure that analytical data have consistency, accuracy and reliability. This becomes possible when laboratories employ proper scientific methods and procedures and validate analytical methods and procedures. This is the only means to ensure that the analytical data are reliable, consistent […]

Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test ‘universal’ jab

Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new “universal” vaccine against seasonal flu. The experimental vaccine works differently from the one currently available, which has to be remade each year based on a “best guess” of what type of flu is likely to be about. The new jab targets part of […]

Program for parents improves ADHD behaviors in young children

A program that focuses on strengthening parenting skills also improves symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 3-8 year-olds, according to researchers at the at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FPG scientists completed a rigorous review of evidence that demonstrated the effectiveness of the “Incredible Years Basic Parent Program.” “Prior research already […]

With Macy Foundation Grant, Drexel Teams with 12 Institutions to Enhance Professionalism in Medical Education

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has awarded a grant to Drexel University faculty to support the dissemination and enhancement of an online resource for teaching future health care providers about professionalism in medicine — including empathy, compassion, honesty, ethics and social justice. Dennis Novack, MD, associate dean of medical education at the College of Medicine, […]

Rise in HIV diagnoses among people over 50 in Europe

Between 2004 and 2015, the number of new HIV diagnoses increased by 2.1% each year among this age group, with people over 50 accounting for 17.3% of new HIV cases diagnosed in Europe in 2015. Experts argue sexual health programs should increasingly target this demographic, as well as the younger population. “Our findings suggest a […]

A range of exercises and medications can help with fibromyalgia

Dear Doctor: My daughter, who is in her 40s, has fibromyalgia. Is there any cure for this painful condition, or any natural remedies? I hate to see her suffer. Dear Reader: The word “suffer” perfectly sums up fibromyalgia, and my heart goes out both to your daughter and to you, who can see the condition’s […]

Man (35) in vegetative state for 15 years ‘showing signs of consciousness’

A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years is showing signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering treatment based on nerve stimulation. In the month since a vagus nerve stimulator was put into his chest, the man, who was injured in a car accident, has begun responding to simple orders […]

Understanding the FDA’s Latest Regulations for Computer Systems Used in the Tobacco and Related Industries

 Tobacco, an age-old addiction, dishes out some chilling, unpleasant facts. Tobacco is the US’ leading cause of preventable deaths. Between four and five percent of the entire American population -some 16 million people -live with diseases associated with smoking. Cigarette smoking consumes close to half a million American lives every year, about an eleventh of […]

Monitoring the heart’s mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest?

Credit: Dr. John Kheir, Boston Children’s Hospital & Shutterstock A new device can assess in real time whether the body’s tissues are receiving enough oxygen and, placed on the heart, can predict cardiac arrest in critically ill heart patients, report researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and scientists from Cambridge device maker Pendar Technologies. Their study, […]

Immune cells may heal bleeding brain after strokes

Credit: Courtesy of Aronowski lab, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. While immune cells called neutrophils are known to act as infantry in the body’s war on germs, a National Institutes of Health-funded study suggests they can act as medics as well. By studying rodents, researchers showed that instead of attacking germs, some neutrophils […]