Undescended testis: The recommended surgery is being performed too late

In the currently valid medical guideline for the treatment of undescended testis, early surgery is recommended, i.e., orchidopexy before the child’s first birthday, in order to prevent late sequelae. Nonetheless, despite this recommendation, most patients in Germany are still being treated far too late, as shown in the study by Georg Hrivatakis and coauthors that appears in the current issue of the Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International. —> Read More Here

New research on walnuts and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

A new animal study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Research led by Abha Chauhan, PhD, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety, and motor development in mice fed a walnut-enriched diet. —> Read More Here

Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections

When it comes to the brain, ‘more is better’ seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego recently found an immune-system protein that moonlights in the nervous system to help regulate the number of synapses, and could play an unexpected role in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and autism. —> Read More Here

Detecting cancer earlier is goal of rutgers-developed medical imaging technology

A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology and shortwave infrared light to reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions deep inside the body. —> Read More Here

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