Monthly Archives: April 2018

How do genetics impact early intervention for dementia? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated whether lifestyle interventions were effective to prevent dementia in those with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiovascular and neurological diseases, such as dementia, have been linked to dysfunction of a variation of the apolipoprotein E, or APOE, gene, called the APOE ε4 allele. In fact, people who are carriers of the APOE…

Can Chinese Calligraphy Therapy Improve Neuropsychiatric Symptoms? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigates whether Chinese calligraphy therapy, a type of art therapy, can effectively relieve neuropsychiatric symptoms. Three out of 100 people will experience some form of a psychotic break at some time in their lives. In the US every year about 100,000 persons in the young adult and adolescents group have their first…

Can Poor Oral Health Cause Falls in the Elderly? – Medical News Bulletin

There is some research that indicates that, however unlikely it seems, poor oral health may contribute to the risk of falls. This question recently led researchers in Japan to investigate if poor oral health could in fact be associated with incident falls in the elderly. As the baby boomer population ages, incidental falls have increasingly…

Is Physical Activity a Risk Factor for Testicular Cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

A systematic review by New Zealand researchers seeks to clarify the relationship between physical activity and testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is common in men between the ages of 15 to 40 years, and with a rise in global incidences of testicular cancer, researchers seek to find evidence of risk factors. One of the research areas…

Do Amino Acid Supplements Help Older Adults Build Muscle? – Medical News Bulletin

Amino acid supplements might be helpful for older adults who need to build muscle. A recent scientific review summarized all the clinical studies that investigated this topic. As we get older, we tend to lose muscle mass. Losing too much muscle can significantly impair mobility and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Almost half of those…

The Selfie: Perspectives from Plastic Surgery – Medical News Bulletin

Don’t look so hot in your selfie? Plastic surgeons may have the answer…or at least an explanation in a recent article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Love it or hate it, the selfie is now part of our lives. Almost everyone with a phone has taken one, and everyone with a social media account…

How Does Weight Loss Affect Breast Cancer Recurrence? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in the U.S. investigate the relationship between exercise and weight loss and tumor recurrence in breast cancer survivors. Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. Only 10% of these cases are due to a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, which suggests that environmental and lifestyle factors are at…

IV Fluids: Should Balanced Crystalloids Replace Saline? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent news article published in the British Medical Journal describes new research comparing the safety of balanced crystalloids to saline. Many patients admitted to the hospital are routinely administered saline as a standard intravenous fluid. Two studies were performed in a hospital setting, comparing the outcomes of critical and non-critical patients, given either saline…

How Can Fat-Free Milk Help Adults with Type 2 Diabetes? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated whether increasing the consumption of fat-free milk would affect metabolic syndrome in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Favouring glycemic control and weight loss, dairy products are a great source of nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. In particular, low-fat products such as fat-free milk…

Do Fruits Increase Uric Acid Levels in the Blood? – Medical News Bulletin

Fruit is widely recommended by health organizations despite containing some sugars, including fructose. Recently, fructose has been shown to increase uric acid levels in the blood which can lead to hyperuricemia, gout, and kidney disease. A new study assessed the effect of fructose from fruit vs. sugar-sweetened beverages on blood uric acid levels. Fructose is…