Monthly Archives: July 2019

Inflammatory diets may increase risk of cancer development – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in the MCC-Spain Study seek out the hazards associated with inflammatory and anti-oxidative diets. Among the myriad of advertised diets to “lose weight in six weeks” or “restart your gut health”, striking a balance in a proper and nutritious diet can actually be quite difficult – especially in the western diet. This diet has…

Start early…Are you prone to diabetes? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study found that routine blood tests can help predict the risk of diabetes. Diabetes is a global health concern. It can lead to various complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and neurological complications. Early diagnosis of diabetes ensures prompt care, thus minimizing the risk of developing these complications. However, many people…

Are decisions on funding of PCSK9 inhibitors affecting cardiovascular outcomes? – Medical News Bulletin

Does the decision to fund prescriptions for expensive alternative lipid-lowering therapies have an impact on cardiovascular outcomes? For over twenty years, statins have been the front-line troops in the battle against hyperlipidemia. They represent both the past and the present in the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). But in medicine, it’s always wise to…

Blood pressure self-monitoring encourages exercise in hypertensive patients – Medical News Bulletin

A study evaluated how blood pressure self-monitoring helps encourage patients with hypertension to exercise compared to exercise without blood pressure self-monitoring. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension by UConn researchers collaborating with Hartford Hospital evaluated self-monitoring of blood pressure and exercise adherence in hypertensive patients. There were 11 men and 13 women with…

Do sugary drinks increase risk of cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in France looked at data from the NutriNet-Santé to investigate whether sugary drinks increase risk of cancer. The consumption of sugary drinks has increased by a staggering 40% in the past 25 years. Previous research has linked sugary drinks with a number of health issues including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure….

Can anti-depressants change brain circuitry? – Medical News Bulletin

The therapeutic activity of Prozac (Fluoxetine), a widely used anti-depressant, includes more than changes in serotonin levels, study shows. Serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a chemical produced in the brain and intestines. It is a neurotransmitter that transmits chemical messages between different parts of the brain. Serotonin is thought to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep,…

Are zinc supplements for diabetes beneficial? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study reviewed the benefits of zinc supplements on blood sugar levels in diabetics and pre-diabetics. Diabetes caused 1.6 million deaths in 2016, and the global prevalence of diabetes almost doubled between 1980 and 2014. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body cannot regulate the amount of insulin the body needs….

Could a paleo diet increase risk of heart disease? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study investigates whether the paleo diet could be doing more harm than good by putting you at risk of heart disease. The paleo diet is often promoted to be beneficial to gut health. The diet is based on the consumption of meats, egg, fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits while avoiding dairy, grains, and…

Should you be taking statins for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study suggests that statins are vastly underused in the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Today’s celebrity media cycles follow a distinctive pattern. Fresh-faced young stars are rapidly launched to impossible heights. Then, just as quickly, media outlets begin uncovering enough dirt to tear down the stars they had built up. What’s all this…

How do blood glucose monitors work? – Medical News Bulletin

Traditional blood glucose monitors versus continuous glucose monitors – ever wondered how blood glucose monitors work? Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is a major concern in patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes. If left unmanaged, high blood sugar can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and induce significant nerve and kidney damage. Additionally, hyperglycemia…