Genetic link found in migraines
For the first time three gene variations have been found which scientists believe are a link to headaches, in particular migraines.
Migraines are approximately three or four times more likely to affect women and one of genes that were identified were found exclusively in females.
It is now hoped that the new information will eventually lead to a better understanding of migraines and could possibly pave the way for revolutionary treatments.
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Twenty percent of the world’s population suffer from migraines and although the cause of the condition is largely unknown there have been suspicions that genetic inheritance plays a significant part.
The groundbreaking research was led by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, U.S and the team of researchers found three variations of the genes PRDM16, TRPM8 and LRP1.
These variations were more common in migraine sufferers and the scientists believe they increase the risk of a migraine by 10-15 percent.
The TRPM8 gene was only linked to migraines in women. Both the PRDM16 gene and the TRPM8 gene were linked specifically to migraines rather than other types of headaches.
Meanwhile, the LRP1 gene is responsible for sensing the external world and the researchers believe it could be involved in the promotion of migraine attacks.
The genes of over 23,000 women were look at as part of the study and over 5,000 of these women were migraine sufferers.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”