AI reveals new breast cancer types that respond differently to treatment

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to recognise patterns in breast cancer—and uncovered five new types of the disease each matched to different personalised treatments. Their study applied AI and machine learning to gene sequences and molecular data from breast tumours, to reveal crucial differences among cancers that had previously been Continue Reading

People with intellectual disabilities are often not told about their medicines and their potential side effects

The 1.5m people in the UK with an intellectual disability experience significant health inequality. Research shows that they are more likely to develop health problems than the general population, they are more likely to have reduced access to healthcare, and they are more likely to receive poorer care. A 2018 Continue Reading

Expanding pharmacy services increases both health-care and profit outcomes

Unlike many other health-care professions, pharmacists have both professional and business objectives. The majority of Canadian pharmacies are located in communities as opposed to in hospitals, selling retail products, like cosmetics and food, in addition to filling prescriptions. Despite their dual professional and business responsibilities, Canadian research suggests pharmacy managers Continue Reading

Beefing up security isn’t the only way to make hospitals safer

Yesterday’s strike by NSW hospital staff over security concerns has highlighted just how serious the issue of workplace violence has become for health-care workers. The Health Services Union, whose members include administration, cleaning and security staff, as well as paramedics and other health professionals, has reportedly called for measures including Continue Reading

Childhood BMI, HDL-C variability may up later-life diabetes risk

(HealthDay)—High variability in body mass index (BMI) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) during childhood are associated with an increased risk for later-life diabetes, according to a study published online July 18 in Diabetes Care. Tingting Du, from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, and colleagues evaluated Continue Reading

Monthly lifestyle counseling tied to better outcomes for patients with diabetes

For primary care physicians caring for patients with type 2 diabetes, it’s a familiar conversation: Exercise. Improve your diet. Lose weight. Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event so physicians counsel their patients on how to make lifestyle changes to Continue Reading