Monthly Archives: January 2019

New drug candidate identified for ALS treatment – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified a drug that could target one of the major proteins responsible for ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating disease marked by gradual neuromuscular degeneration. Previous studies have implicated several genes in the onset of the disease. One protein, called SOD1, has a propensity to misfold…

Researchers discover new link between HIV and cancer – Medical News Bulletin

New research from Case Western Reserve University in the United States makes strides in understanding why HIV-infected patients often suffer from higher cancer rates. Controlling HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy has considerably reduced the risk of AIDS-defining cancers such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and certain B-cell lymphomas. However, cancer remains a leading cause of death in…

Scientists develop accurate, non-invasive tool to predict asthma in children – Medical News Bulletin

Scientists have built a non-invasive tool to predict the occurrence of asthma in children to detect and prevent it at an early stage. The prediction of childhood asthma has been an obstacle for healthcare professionals and medical experts. An American study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology tackles this medical concern by…

Is there a link between inflammatory bowel disease and prostate cancer risk? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study in European Urology has described the results of a 20-year study describing how the presence of IBD in men influences prostate cancer risk.   Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes a group of chronic conditions that lead to prolonged inflammation within organs of the digestive tract. IBD is a disorder that primarily occurs…

Can metformin be used to treat heart failure? – Medical News Bulletin

Recent research carried out at the University of Arizona in the United States examined the effectiveness of a diabetes drug, metformin, to treat heart failure. There are different types of heart failure, one of which is referred to as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Approximately half of all patients with heart failure have the…

Non-addictive drug in early development for chronic pain treatment – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers at Virginia Tech are testing a new drug for chronic pain treatment that may avoid the addictive effects of opioids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin are commonly used for mild and moderate generalized pain but may have limited effectiveness in alleviating chronic nerve pain. NSAIDs inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes responsible…

What are the benefits of compression stockings for soccer players? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in Research in Sports Medicine examined the benefits of compression stockings for female soccer players. Soccer-induced muscle injury and fatigue are possible and unfortunate aspects of the sport. Previous studies have revealed various benefits of compression stockings when worn by male soccer players. These benefits included a reduction in muscle stress…

Depression and anxiety may be as dangerous as obesity or smoking – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study examined how strongly anxiety and depression predict physical illnesses, compared to obesity and smoking. Preventative efforts in primary care often focus on physical risk factors such as obesity and smoking. While significant evidence exists linking mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to poorer health outcomes, these are not the focus…

New insights into cardiac stem cells could lead to heart regeneration therapies – Medical News Bulletin

University of Arizona researchers Churko and colleagues describe new findings of gene expression patterns in cardiac stem cells, which could be used to create heart regeneration therapies.   Heart disease affects millions of people each year and has the potential to impair heart function by damaging heart muscle. Although many preventative therapies are available, once…

Is body weight a cancer risk factor? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians reveals the association between body weight and cancer risk factors. Studies have shown that excess body weight can cause many chronic diseases and can decrease life expectancy. Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the rates of obesity and its association with…