Monthly Archives: March 2019

Do women’s personality traits affect their risk of diabetes? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent study published in the journal Menopause, researchers examined whether personality traits are associated with the risk of diabetes in postmenopausal women. Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans to this date. The risk of diabetes increases with age, and type 2 diabetes is the most common type. Adults…

Why is there an increase in transplants for alcohol-related liver disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers have recently tried to answer the question of why more people with alcohol-related liver disease are having transplants than in previous years. Doctors have noticed a trend over the past 15 years of more people having transplants for alcohol-related liver disease. This begs the questions as to why. Are there…

How is blood sugar control linked to the risk of fractures in type 1 diabetes? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 3 minutes Scientists presented a new study to depict the effect of blood sugar levels of people with type 1 diabetes in the development of fractures. Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide. Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes can occur in younger ages due to the pancreas not producing any insulin. This leads…

Can a hysterectomy increase dementia risk? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes The uterus is thought to play no role outside of pregnancy. However, Koebele and colleagues show that a hysterectomy could significantly impact hormonal and cognitive function. A hysterectomy is a common procedure in which the uterus is surgically removed. Usually, this occurs prior to the onset of menopause, and about half…

Can we target BRCA1-defecient ovarian cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in Journal of Cell Biology revealed a new molecular node that could be pharmacologically targeted to treat BRCA-1 deficient ovarian cancers. Environmental stresses can introduce breaks within our genomic DNA. Such errors are highly deleterious to the cells. Therefore our cells deploy multiple genome repair mechanisms in order…

New compounds to treat aggressive leukemia show promising results – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers from Purdue University in the United States developed a series of new compounds to treat acute myeloid leukemia and tested them in a preclinical study. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, over 1,300 Canadians were diagnosed with this aggressive leukemia in 2013, with nearly a thousand Canadians died from it….

Can berries and pomegranates help against inflammatory bowel diseases? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated the anti-inflammatory activities of metabolites found in berries and pomegranates. The findings may impact the treatment and prevention of inflammatory bowel diseases. The inflammatory bowel diseases include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These are autoimmune diseases that cause intestinal inflammation. In 2018, an estimated 270,000 Canadians were living with either ulcerative…

Clinical trial tests new diabetes drug with fewer side effects – Medical News Bulletin

A study published in Science Translational Medicine examined the clinical efficacy and safety of a new diabetes drug. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. Normally, the pancreas secretes insulin, which allows your body to effectively process sugars into energy. In people with type 2…

Do statins increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage? – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers in Denmark conduct the world’s largest study to determine whether statins increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage in patients without a stroke history. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when bleeding in the brain causes swelling and increased pressure, resulting in damage to brain cells and tissues. Intracerebral hemorrhaging is when…

Staying physically active may cut heart attack risk by half, study suggests – Medical News Bulletin

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in The European Heart Journal determined whether peak oxygen targets could lower individuals’ heart attack risk. VO2 max is also known as maximal oxygen consumption. It is a measure of the volume of oxygen required at an individual’s maximum cardiorespiratory activity. Cardiorespiratory activity is usually an action that…