Monthly Archives: February 2018

Is a Liquid Biopsy an Accurate Blood Test for Cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

A biopsy is routinely performed in patients to determine cancer type and aggressiveness. Common biopsies are invasive and can’t be routinely used on the same patient. A new review published in Science Magazine outlines a new era of biopsies, known as a liquid biopsy, and analyses whether it is accurate as a detection method. A…

Can Women with a BRCA Mutation Postpone Radical Surgery? – Medical News Bulletin

A percentage of breast cancers are strongly associated with a BRCA mutation. Many women will undergo radical and invasive surgeries as a preventative measure. A research group in the UK analyzed if young breast cancer patients with a BRCA mutation can afford to postpone preventative surgeries. BRCA mutations are mutations in either breast cancer type…

Are Warmer Climates Better for Your Lungs? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers used data from across the US to investigate how the average air temperature affects your lungs. Air temperature has been identified as a large-scale environmental factor that may affect respiratory health. For example, extreme air temperatures increase the risk of worse outcomes in those suffering from respiratory diseases. However, it is currently unclear how…

Does Tobacco and Cannabis Use Lead to Psychotic Experiences? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study looked at the combined effects of smoking tobacco and cannabis on the occurrence of psychotic experiences in a group of adolescents. The effects of cannabis have long been discussed in relation to psychosis, and in light of the upcoming cannabis legalization in Canada, this issue is more relevant than ever. Tobacco use…

Does Alzheimer’s Spread Through the Brain Like an Infection? – Medical News Bulletin

Recent research on how neurodegeneration occurs in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients indicates that the disease may actually spread like an infection. The thief of memory and cognition, Alzheimer’s, is a devastating disease which affects many people worldwide. It is characterized by the presence of two proteins, tau deposits, which form clumps inside neurons and…

How Does Virgin Olive Oil Affect our Gut Microbiome? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in Spain examined the effects of virgin olive oil or butter on the gut microbiome and metabolic disease in mice. Over the years, research has shown that dietary fat intake plays an important role in determining someone’s cardiovascular risk and the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the occurrence of a group of…

Does Exercise Affect Cognitive Function in Seniors? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent review published in the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity examines the effects of exercise on motor and cognitive function in seniors. There is evidence that age-related cognitive decline can be attenuated by engaging in physical activity. Physical exercise has been shown to improve memory, processing speed, mood, and also has benefits…

Do Frozen Embryos Improve the Likelihood of Births After IVF? – Medical News Bulletin

In vitro fertilization with frozen embryos in women with polycystic ovary syndrome has been shown to result in higher live birth rates when compared to using fresh embryos. Researchers in China investigate whether the implantation of fresh or frozen embryos are equally beneficial in women with regular ovulatory cycles. In vitro fertilization (IVF), the process…

Can Omega-3 Supplements Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients? – Medical News Bulletin

An ongoing study is evaluating the potential benefits of a high-dose omega-3 supplementation for prostate cancer patients before and after radical prostatectomy. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. In Canada, 1 out of 8 men is expected to develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives and 1 in…

Does Exercise During Pregnancy Protect Against Diabetes and Hypertension? – Medical News Bulletin

Researcher evaluated whether a supervised program to encourage exercise during pregnancy could confer positive health benefits after delivery. This Norwegian study conducted from September 2010 to March 2015 among pregnant women evaluated whether physical activity during pregnancy would impact the levels of diabetes and hypertension during and after pregnancy. The researchers investigated a supervised exercise…