Monthly Archives: March 2018

Can Weight Management Achieve Remission of Type 2 Diabetes? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom investigated whether intensive weight management programs could help type 2 diabetes patients go into remission. Type 2 diabetes currently affects over 422 million adults globally. Related to weight gain and the accumulation of excess fat in the liver and pancreas, type 2 diabetes can be a…

Identifying Recent Trends in the Incidence of Heart Failure – Medical News Bulletin

In 2014, more than 920,000 people in the United Kingdom were living with heart failure, a number that rivals the total number of patients with the four most common causes of cancer combined. A recent study published in The Lancet examines the trends in incidence and risk factors of heart failure over the past ten…

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Improve Sleep in Children with Celiac Disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated whether sleep quality in children with sleep apnea and celiac disease benefitted from a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a common protein found in grains such as wheat. Celiac disease is a condition in which an individual’s sensitivity to gluten triggers a systemic immune response. Celiac disease is prevalent in approximately 1% of the…

Can Expressive Writing Protect Against Test Anxiety? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study in China examines whether expressive writing can be used to treat moderate to severe test anxiety. Who doesn’t feel nervous before a big test or exam? This is a phenomenon that affects people across the world and is especially prevalent among school students of all ages. Levels of anxiety vary geographically. In…

Can Tai Chi Improve Memory and Thinking Skills in Older Adults? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers recently analyzed the effects of tai chi classes on the cognitive functions and activities of daily living among older adults with mild cognitive impairment. The percentage of older adults is steadily rising worldwide. This increase in the population of older adults means that conditions such as dementia are also on the rise. There are…

Could Working Night Shifts Lead to Breast Cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in Korea recently conducted a review of previous studies to investigate the relationship between night work and breast cancer. Shift work that disrupts circadian rhythm was first classified as being “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2007. Since then, there has been increasing concern regarding work-related…

Can Light Therapy Reduce Symptoms of Bipolar Depression? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers conducted a novel study examining the use of light therapy to relieve the symptoms of depression in patients with bipolar disorder. Light therapy has long been known to relieve the symptoms of certain mood disorders, possibly by altering the circadian rhythms. The circadian rhythm, in layman’s terms, is the body’s way of determining what…

Can Lemon Verbena Help Muscles Recover After Exercise? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated the effects of a lemon verbena supplement or a placebo on muscle strength and recovery after a strenuous exercise test. Muscle fatigue and soreness is a common malady after an exhaustive exercise session. The muscle fibers become stressed and inflamed and need time to recover. A novel lemon verbena extract (sold as Recoverben®)…

Can DNA Methylation Help Us Understand and Diagnose Cancer Better? – Medical News Bulletin

DNA methylation plays a vital role in regulating the epigenome and consequent cell behaviour. A multinational research team investigated if DNA methylation can be used to better understand and diagnose cancer. Paul Ehrlich, a Jewish physician and scientist of the late 19th century, proposed that the immune system plays a vital role in preventing cancer…

Does Eating Meat Lead to Depression? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent meta-analysis of past studies seeks to understand the relationship between meat consumption and risk of depression. The prevalence of depression rises globally year after year. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that over 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. With such a ubiquitous mental health issue, Chinese researchers sought to analyze past…