Research Desk

Jul 04, 2019

Intermittent fasting is known to improve sensitivity to the blood glucose-lowering hormone insulin and to protect against fatty liver. DZD scientists from DIfE have now discovered that mice on an intermittent fasting regimen also exhibited lower pancreatic fat. In their current study published in the journal Metabolism, the researchers showed the mechanism by which pancreatic fat could contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Jul 03, 2019

The U.N. migration agency said on that each year amongst 32,000 migrants globally at least 1,600 children have died due to dangerous journeys while their families migrate in search of a better life. The agency further added that only the Mediterranean sea crossings have slowed, contributing to global migrant deaths falling to 4,734 in 2018, down from 6,280 in 2017. 

Jul 03, 2019

According to a study published in NPJ Digital Medicine, devices like Amazon Echo and Apple iPhone used with a system were able to effectively identify agonal breathing associated with cardiac arrest. The researchers added that this technology can both work in smart watches or smart speakers, however smart speakers are more attractive for this application since they are already listening and are plugged in next to patient's bedside. 

Jul 03, 2019

Researchers in Denmark found a link between blood sugar control in Type 1 Diabetes children and  the level of education their mothers had attained. They have arrived to a conclusion that family background can matter for the health of children with type 1 diabetes and children with better educated mothers not only showed well controlled blood sugar but also less events of complications like Diabetic Ketoacidosis. 

Jul 03, 2019

According to a press release, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals has submitted a clinical trial authorization application to the Swedish Medical Products Agency for a study regarding the treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency-related liver disease. The study would comprise a single ascending-dose cohort of 36 participants and a multiple ascending-dose cohort of 24 patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency-related liver disease.

Jul 03, 2019

According to an analysis of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has now become the predominant mode of breast cancer screening. They added that 41.8% of hospital referral regions now use DBT and it is rapidly becoming a maintstream modality. DBT use rose from 12.9% of screening examinations to 43.2% of screening examinations between 2012-2017. 

Jul 03, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has no jurisdiction to regulate drugs and devices used in executions, according to a legal opinion by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. The legal opinion appears intended to allow departments of corrections to access drugs from outside the country, according to Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University and a death penalty expert.

Jul 02, 2019

Antibiotics can leave the lung vulnerable to flu viruses, leading to significantly worse infections and symptoms finds a new study. The research discovered that signals from gut bacteria help to maintain the first line of defense in the lining of the lung. When mice with healthy gut bacteria were infected with the flu, around 80% of them survived. However, only a third survived if they were given antibiotics before being infected.

Jul 02, 2019

According to a new Penn Medicine pilot study, shortening the length of rotations in a medical intensive care unit from the traditional 14-consecutive day schedule to 7 days can help in mitigating burnout among critical care physicians. This has been a growing problem for physicians for years now and is partly governed by factors such as temperamental electronic health records and a shortage of skilled professionals relative to the number of patients.

Jul 01, 2019

Vaccination against the virus that causes almost all cervical cancer is having a major impact on stopping infections and should significantly reduce cases of the disease within a decade, researchers said. Researches gathered data on 60 million people over eight years from 65 separate studies conducted in 14 countries and pooled it to assess the vaccines’ impact.