Monthly Archives: June 2018

Screening for prostate cancer by rectal exams not recommended in primary care – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study looked at whether a rectal examination performed by family doctors is useful in screening for prostate cancer. Current estimates state that over one million men receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer every year. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized organ sitting just below the bladder…

Current uses of animal venoms for drug discovery – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A new review published in Toxicon describes the properties of animal venoms and highlights their use as potential therapeutic agents. Thinking of snake, scorpions, and spiders draws an image of poisonous creatures capable of inflicting deadly and debilitating poisonous bites. Who would have thought that some animal venoms…

Mindfulness and Addiction: Current and future prospects in research – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 4.7] Researchers review existing paradigms in mindfulness research and how it has helped tackle addiction. They also discuss the future of this approach. Bio-behavioural science continues to give us new insights into the mechanisms underlying addiction. However, most findings in this area of research have been focused on novel…

Can lentils lower blood sugar levels after a meal? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 2.7] Researchers investigated whether replacing carbohydrates from white rice and potatoes with lentils lowered blood glucose levels after a meal. Methods to control blood sugar levels have been receiving a lot of attention due to its importance in treating and preventing type 2 diabetes. Drastic changes and high peaks…

What impacts workplace well-being in discriminatory work environments? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 4] A recent study investigated how a discriminatory work environment can negatively impact workplace well-being, and the support employers can provide. We live in a global world with diverse workplaces and free movement. While there are legislative frameworks in place for vulnerable people, discrimination in the workplace is still…

Researchers test new supplement mixture to combat effects of intense exercise – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A recent study evaluated whether supplements with a fermented milk mixture would reduce the negative effects associated with high-intensity exercise. The intestinal system helps to protect the body from dangerous pathogens. Exercise has been shown to compromise this function by affecting the intestinal barrier. Intense physical activity can…

Short-term oral antibiotics may work just as well as long-term treatments – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] A recent study suggests that for some infections, short-course oral antibiotics work just as well as long course antibiotics for infections. Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Bacterial microorganisms have begun to recognise the methods by which antibiotics act in order to kill them. When these resistant bacteria…

The risk of bias in randomized controlled trials – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Despite being the gold standard, a recent publication in Annals of Medicine suggests that randomized controlled trials may not be as unbiased as scientists believe. Randomization is an important element of modern clinical trials. It refers to the process of randomly allocating participants to either the experimental or…

Do low levels of lead exposure increase risk of death? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Lead is toxic in high concentrations, but it is unclear if lower levels of lead exposure are also dangerous. A recent study on low-level lead exposure investigated the relationship between blood lead levels, mortality, and cardiovascular disease. Physicians have long recognized that exposure to high concentrations of lead…

Nanomedicine: Can tiny particles fight tumors and reduce side effects? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review on nanomedicine outlines how nanoparticles can be used to deliver drugs which fight cancer, including both the potential and the challenges. One of the greatest challenges in treating cancer is delivering drugs to tumor sites effectively with minimum side effects. The most common form of…