Monthly Archives: February 2020

Scientists shed light on the health benefits of olive oil – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated the association between olive oil and decreased risk of aging-related diseases.  Olive oil is a primary source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. It consists of monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), the healthy fat that lowers cholesterol levels. It is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cellular damage and decrease the risk…

Does a Mediterranean diet reduce frailty risk in old age? – Medical News Bulletin

Can adopting a Mediterranean diet have further health benefits for older people? Frailty is one of the by-products of the aging process. As people get older, they naturally tend to become frailer and, as a result, are at an increased risk of inflammation and/or fractures. However, although frailty cannot be avoided completely, it can be…

Promising advances in the development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers use computer analysis of the latest coronavirus sequences and find targets that may help develop a successful SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Are we close to developing a vaccine to protect the general population from the latest coronavirus infection that we hear about every day in the news?  Researchers in Hong Kong believe that they have taken…

How dangerous is the COVID-19 infection? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers studied the symptoms and characteristics of patients infected with the COVID-19 virus. With tens of thousands of cases of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in China, an increase in the spread of COVID-19 infection to other countries is now being seen. Researchers from Zhejiang University in China recently performed a review of patients diagnosed…

Are negative childhood experiences associated with the onset of dementia later in life? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study examines the association between childhood trauma and dementia. As the global population continues to age, dementia prevalence is increasing. It’s estimated that by 2050, there will be close to 150 million dementia sufferers worldwide (1). This dementia time-bomb has led to greater research focus on the underlying causes of dementia. Although no…

Rosiglitazone for type 2 diabetes increases risk of heart disease deaths – Medical News Bulletin

Use of rosiglitazone for type 2 diabetes, a medication that lowers blood sugar, increases the risk of death by heart disease by 33% according to a recent study. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in Canada.  According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, one in ten adults will be diagnosed with diabetes…

Botox treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy – Medical News Bulletin

Botox has been investigated as a potential treatment for pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. In addition to its well-known use as an aesthetic treatment, increasing research has focused on the potential for Botox to be used in various pain conditions, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic patients often experience muscle cramps, typically in the…

Dietary carbohydrate restriction to manage type 2 diabetes – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers review the evidence for monitoring carbohydrates as the first mode of treatment for type 2 diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, around 422 million people suffer from diabetes. Although genetic factors play a vital role in the onset of disease, lifestyle factors also play a significant role. Previous research has suggested that diet,…

Potential role for regular aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease prevention – Medical News Bulletin

In a pilot study, researchers investigated the potential of regular aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, a progressive brain condition that impairs memory, thought processes, and behavior. Dementia usually affects older people, although it is not a normal part of aging. With people living longer worldwide,…

Benefits of a low-fat diet could include reduced risk of cognitive impairment – Medical News Bulletin

Cognitive impairment and dementia are significant conditions affecting women as they age, with a reported two-thirds of instances of age-related cognitive impairment and dementia seen in women. Previous research has found associations between diet and cognitive function, however large, well-designed studies have been significantly lacking. Given the relative ease of dietary interventions, this might be…