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Sudden cardiac death risk can now be measured

Scientists can now measure the risk that patients with a hereditary coronary disease have of suffering sudden cardiac death.

Brain scans can detect migraine

Migraine attacks cause a lasting change in the brain, and this change can be detected in a brain scan, new study reveals. This helps doctors to determine whether or not a person is actually suffering from migraine.

Jobs with heavy lifting lead to preterm births

Pregnant women significantly increase the risk of preterm birth if they lift heavy things on the job, a study of 62,000 women shows.

Intestinal researchers: We're wasting huge sums on overtreatment

Too much money is being spent on expensive treatment for patients with intestinal diseases who don’t need the treatment, argue researchers.

New imaging technique predicts efficiency of cancer treatment

Scientists have found a new method for assessing whether aggressive brain cancer can be treated with drugs. With the new technique, pictures of the chaotic network of blood vessels in tumours can reveal whether the patient will live longer with treatment.

Key mechanism in essential enzyme uncovered

Scientists know that when certain steroids bind to the essential enzyme known as the sodium pump, it can both kill and cure. Now they have also solved the mystery of how this molecular binding occurs.

Patients wear down their artificial hips

Implanted hip prostheses often need to be replaced after only 15-20 years because the metal they are made of wears down and causes pain. A new research project aims to find new ways of improving artificial hips.

Decomposed organs reveal skeletons’ last days

Mercury analyses of the soil surrounding medieval skeletons reveal how the deceased spent their last days. The discovery may change the way archaeological excavations will be carried out in the future.

A new way of making complex anticancer compound

Ingenol, a substance known for its anticancer potential, has so far been extracted from plants, but now scientists have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of the substance.

Arthritic kids feel pain even after successful treatment

Some children with arthritis experience pain on a daily basis even after successful treatment of the disease. Why is it that the pain doesn’t always go away when the disease does?