The Gander

Cause and effect in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

A recent study has found that a strain of gut bacteria may potentially be a cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in certain people who develop the condition. Dr Jing Yuan and colleagues, of the Capital Institute of Paediatrics in China, were inspired to conduct the research when a patient presented for care displaying high…

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Concocting a new approach to improving mental health

Researchers have studied the use of psychedelics to treat a range of mental illnesses and nicotine addiction for decades, but moves are underway to formalise this research area. In April of this year, Imperial College London, UK, launched the Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research, which is focused on therapeutics for depression and anorexia, among other…

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In the throes of an ongoing worldwide measles epidemic

A report released recently by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed an alarming spike in measles cases, particularly in some Eastern European countries. The report also shows an increase throughout Europe as a whole. In the first half of 2019, there have been 90,000 cases of measles reported in children and adults throughout Europe,…

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The Gander – 22 August 2019

The Medical Independent blog takes a look at the more unconventional niches in science and research A breakthrough for the brain — there’s an app for that A collaboration between neuroscientists and engineers in Korea and the US, respectively, has led to the development of a device that may represent a significant breakthrough in analgesia…

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The mystery of the myriad missing microbes

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that the human microbiome is far more diverse than was previously thought and the vast majority of microbes have not only been uncharted, but in fact have never even been seen before. The researchers, based in Stanford University in the US and…

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The Gander – 18 July

A cellular perspective on chronic fatigue syndrome  A small study has focused on the electric response of blood cells to stress in patients who have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome). Research into the condition has been controversial, with some physicians referring patients with the condition for talk therapy, which has angered patient…

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The Gander – 4 July 2019

The Medical Independent blog takes a look at the more unconventional niches in science and research An indication of Alzheimer’s disease, by gum… A recent study has found that a bacterium associated with chronic gum disease can be detected in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. One part of the study, which was published…

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The Gander 20 June 2019

The Medical Independent blog takes a look at the more unconventional niches in science and research Machine learning  An artificial intelligence program has been shown to exhibit a high degree of accuracy in detecting patients who will develop lung cancer. The initiative was a collaboration between clinical researchers and software engineers and was proven to…

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The Gander 6 June 2019

The Medical Independent blog takes a look at the more unconventional niches in science and research Highs and lows  New research presented at the 2019 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting held in Toronto, Canada, on 25 May shed light on the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. While the researchers pointed out that cannabis use in…

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The Gander 27 May 2019

The Medical Independent blog takes a look at the more unconventional niches in science and research Here’s the rub on sunscreen toxins A small-scale study has found that when sunscreen creams are used regularly, even for one day of frequent use, their active ingredients are absorbed into the user’s bloodstream at levels that indicate the…

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