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By Denise Baez Deep learning could be leveraged to predict centre-involved diabetic macular oedema (ci-DME) using monoscopic fundus photographs, according to a study published in Nature Communications. “In this study, we show that ci-DME can be predicted with significantly higher specificity and...
The use of antipsychotics is associated with increased risks of head and brain injuries among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. “As adverse effects, antipsychotics may cause sedation, orthostatic hypotension, and...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public that results from a clinical trial assessing the safety of lorcaserin (Belviq, Belviq XR) showed a possible increased risk of cancer. At this time, the cause of the cancer is uncertain, and the FDA cannot conclude that lorcaserin...
A HSD3B1 genotype identifies glucocorticoid responsiveness in patients with severe asthma, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Glucocorticoids, which modulate systemic inflammatory response, are commonly prescribed to treat severe asthma; however...
Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers were able to automatically detect nocturnal hypoglycaemia using a few heartbeats of raw ECG signal, recorded with a non-invasive, wearable device. The technology, described in Scientific Reports, had an average sensitivity and specificity of about 82...
A genetic signature could help distinguish latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) from childhood-onset type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. “This is our first insight into genetic differences between latent autoimmune diabetes in adults and type 1 diabetes in...
A fall in the previous 12 months predicts fracture in the subsequent 5 years in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in Osteoporosis International. Conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland, the Kuopio Osteoporosis Risk Factor...
A preliminary study published in Neurology has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just 1 night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest. “Many of us experience sleep deprivation at some point in our lives due to...
A study published in Neurology is challenging the theory that beta-amyloid is what leads to other brain changes including neurodegeneration and eventually to thinking and memory problems. The study suggests that subtle thinking and memory differences may come before, or happen alongside, the...
Being overweight or obese appears to be a risk factor for cardiotoxicity in chemotherapy-treated patients with breast cancer, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine. However, the study did not take into account related cardiac risk factors or other classic risk factors of cardiotoxicity...

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