Boiled peanuts could help overcome childhood allergy

Boiling peanuts for up to 12 hours could help overcome children’s allergic reactions, according to the results of a clinical trial which found up to 80% of children with peanut allergy became desensitised to eating peanuts. The study, was conducted by at Flinders University and South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and published in the journal Clinical & Experimental […]

Four new medicines approved by EMA

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved four new medicines at its January meeting, getting 2023 off to a low-key start. The Agency’s key human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Sotyktu (deucravacitinib) – a medicine for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults, a skin disease causing red, scaly patches. The committee adopted positive opinions […]

New breakthrough in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

A research team, led by Professor Sung Ho Park in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNIST announced the results of a study on osteoblasts that damage joint bones in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In this study, the research team studied the possibility of a treatment method targeting mechanisms related to the differentiation process of osteoblasts that melt bones through enzyme […]

Poor healthcare experiences lead caregivers to self-medicate, study shows

Caregivers need care, too. And now, researchers from Japan have found that their experience with healthcare professionals while caring for someone else affects their own healthcare choices. In a study published recently in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, researchers from the University of Tsukuba found that caregivers are more likely to take personal care into their own hands, by self-medicating, […]

Migraine: how to diagnose, manage and prevent

Migraine is a major cause of disability, affecting about 12% of people. A 2-part series published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) on diagnosing and managing the condition with both acute and preventive therapy provides guidance for clinicians https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.211969. “The goal of treatment of migraine attacks is to provide rapid relief from pain and other migraine-related symptoms, to restore patient function and […]

People with arthritis 20% less likely to be in work

The typical person living with arthritis in the UK is 20% less likely to be in work than their equivalent without the condition, new research shows. And the most striking finding was that non-university educated women aged 60-plus are at least 37% less likely to be in work if they have arthritis, compared to matched individuals without the condition. The […]

UK soft drink taxes associated with decreased obesity in girls

The implementation of the two-tier soft drinks industry levy in the UK in 2018 was associated with an 8% reduction in obesity among 10-11 year old girls, with the greatest reductions seen in those living in the most deprived areas, according to a new study published January 26th in PLOS Medicine by Nina Rogers of University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK, […]

New research shows pandemic’s toll on frontline healthcare workers

For frontline healthcare workers, the mental health impact from the pandemic is extending beyond career burnout.  Much of the attention on the mental toll suffered by frontline workers has focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research from a collaboration between Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that even those who are not formally diagnosed as suffering from […]

Dermatology program brings timely and accurate diagnosis of skin conditions

A dermatology program first developed by the University of Missouri in 2015 can bring life-saving diagnoses of skin conditions to communities without adequate dermatologic care. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, looked at data collected as part of its Dermatology Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) project and found that primary care physician participation in the project improves accuracy […]