Monthly Archives: February 2019

Can a vitamin-like nutrient ward off Alzheimer’s disease across generations? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study investigated the beneficial effects of choline, an important nutrient, in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease across two generations. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the least understood chronic neurodegenerative diseases affecting over 30 million people worldwide. It most commonly affects people over the age of 65 years. Usually, the disease starts…

The health benefits of lifting weights go beyond building muscle – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent study investigated whether one of the benefits of lifting weights is reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Resistance exercise has been shown to improve many cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. However, there is limited information on the…

Do prescription opioids increase the risk of pneumonia in HIV patients?  – Medical News Bulletin

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine accessed data from over 25000 patients to analyze the risk of community-acquired pneumonia in both non-HIV and HIV patients using opioids as painkillers.   People with HIV suffer severe immune deficiencies that compromise their body’s ability to fight pathological conditions, making them prone to a wide spectrum of…

Can we detect lung cancer early with molecular techniques? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study published in Nature Medicine has shown a way to decode the fate of precancerous lung lesions in the development of invasive lung cancer. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer worldwide, causing an estimated 1.8 million deaths globally in 2018. The disease develops when abnormal cancer cells in the lungs begin…

Can an EKG test provide early warning signs for asymptomatic heart disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers at the Mayo Clinic set out to teach a computer how to identify heart disease using an EKG test in patients who do not yet have symptoms. A type of heart disease, called asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction, causes the heart to pump improperly without any obvious symptoms. It occurs in…

Effects of smoking include accelerated aging, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, researchers examined blood results to determine the effects of smoking on aging. As a society, we are widely aware of the risks of smoking – cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that smoking tobacco…

New alternatives for investigating neurodegenerative disease – Medical News Bulletin

New research in the Journal of Luminescence by Polish researchers Hanczyc and colleagues could make finding a cure for neurodegenerative disease faster and easier.   Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to the progressive degeneration of nerve cells within the brain. Although the causes of Alzheimer’s are not well understood, the brains of…

How do the length and quality of sleep affect cardiovascular health?  – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published results on the importance of sleep on cardiovascular health. The discussion on the importance of sleep for one’s health and body has been widely discussed and researched. Whether through experience or scientific evidence, there is a global standpoint that sleep is a…

Is it safe to take aspirin for heart disease prevention? – Medical News Bulletin

The controversy surrounding the use of aspirin for preventing cardiovascular disease in healthy patients is ongoing. A recent analysis of healthy patients without cardiovascular disease assessed the efficacy and safety of taking aspirin. It is well-known that aspirin is beneficial in preventing strokes and heart attacks in patients with cardiovascular disease. About 80% of heart…

Diabetes and heart disease: Do omega-3 supplements reduce heart disease risk? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study at the University of Oxford evaluated if omega-3 supplements help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Unquestionably, diet has a substantial effect on the…