New Christian Doppler Laboratory for Complement Research opens at MedUni Vienna

Today the new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Complement Research was opened at the Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology at MedUni Vienna. The research institute, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic Affairs (BMWFW) is concentrating on a special protein that is thought to play an important role in controlling excessive immune reactions.

Sun cream labelling 'confuses buyers'

Public confused by sunscreen labelling, say experts

  • 26 June 2015
  • From the section Health
Sunbathers in their deckchairs on a beach

There is huge confusion over the labels on sun creams, and manufacturers should all use the same rating system, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults found one in five was unaware that the SPF rating does not mean protection against all sun damage – only that from UVB rays.

Protection against UVA rays is indicated by a “star” rating.

Ultraviolet A rays cause skin-ageing and wrinkles. Both UVB and UVA rays from the sun can cause skin cancer.

Online game 'may control snacking'

Online game ‘may control snacking’

  • 26 June 2015
  • From the section Health
Tempted by a donut

A computer game may help some people control their unhealthy snacking habits, suggests a small study from the University of Exeter.

The game trained participants’ brains to cut out calories by telling them to avoid pressing on pictures of certain images, such as biscuits and chocolate.

They lost a small amount of weight and appeared to eat fewer calories for up to six months afterwards.

The 10-minute game was played four times in one week.

Forty-one adults took part in the study, published in the journal Appetite.

Online tools can help manage pain

A customer uses a computer in an internet cafe at Changzhi, Shanxi province January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer
A customer uses a computer in an internet cafe at Changzhi, Shanxi province January 25, 2010.


(Reuters Health) – People with chronic pain may be able to use online tools to manage their symptoms, lessening the need for frequent doctor visits, an Australian study suggests.

Researchers tested a series of web-based pain management tutorials on a group of adults who had been suffering symptoms for more than six months. Regardless of how much contact the patients had with clinicians, they all experienced significant reductions in disability, anxiety and average pain levels at the end of the eight week experiment as well as three months down the line.

Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes

A customer tries different e-cigarette flavors at the Henley Vaporium in New York, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A customer tries different e-cigarette flavors at the Henley Vaporium in New York, June 23, 2015.

Reuters/Lucas Jackson

(Reuters Health) – While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests.

Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, which may reflect division in the medical community on the appropriateness of promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to the real thing, the authors note in the journal Tobacco Control.

Preclinical AD May Manifest Early

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  • Cognitive impairment may exist as early as 18 years before clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • These findings are not yet clinically relevant because screening tests are not sensitive enough.

Cognitive changes may arise much earlier in the preclinical phase of Alzheimer’s disease than previously thought, researchers reported.

Studies have shown that those changes may start showing up some 10 to 12 years before diagnosis, but a new report by Kumar Rajan, PhD, of Rush University in Chicago, and colleagues found that shifts in cognition were detectable up to 18 years before the disease manifests clinically.

Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer's Risk

Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer’s Risk

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WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mistakes made on memory and thinking tests may be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report.

Low scores on such tests could serve as a “red flag” for the progressive brain disease up to 18 years before it can be diagnosed, the study authors added.

“The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin decades before,” study author Kumar Rajan, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology.

Affordable Care Act initiative supports care coordination in rural areas

Affordable Care Act initiative supports care coordination in rural areas

June 25

– By Patrick Conway, M.D., Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

While we have accomplished a lot to make sure Americans have access to good, quality health care, continuing to reform our health care system by increasing quality and lowering costs will need everybody to be a part of the effort.  Part of that will mean continuing important work with health care providers to reform health care delivery, efforts that have already shown promising results, including through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care to their Medicare patients to help them deliver better care at lower cost.  Learn much more about ACOs in our fact sheet out today.

Take control, take the test for HIV

Did you know that about 1 in 7 of the more than 1 million Americans infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they’re carrying the virus?

And, about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who test positive for HIV are tested too late to get the full advantage of treatment. The good news is that testing is an important first step in getting HIV-infected people the medical care and support they need to improve their health and help them maintain safer behaviors – and Medicare can help.

Malaria parasite protein essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells

A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other illnesses including adult rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and the new findings suggest that parasite calcineurin should be a focus for the development of new antimalarial drugs.