Author Archives: Barb

Promising new treatment for pancreatic cancer – Medical News Bulletin

West Virginia University is exploring potential new treatments for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer; it is often resistant to traditional chemotherapy drugs, and the tumours are often non-resectable. This means that a tumour cannot be removed surgically, often due to the fact that they are too close to blood vessels. To…

Could blood pressure drug have potential as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in the Netherlands investigated whether a common blood pressure drug could be used as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia describes a group of symptoms including memory loss, a decline in thinking processes, personality changes, and inappropriate behavior. There are several different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of progressive…

Not drinking enough water may lead to consuming too much sugary drinks – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers evaluated the effect of not drinking enough water and its association with increased calorie intake from sugar-sweetened beverages, in children and young adults. Sugar-sweetened beverages are generally loved among children and many young adults and these drinks make up a large percentage of daily calories consumed. The human body requires water to thrive, about…

Alexa could one day save your life by ‘hearing’ you have a cardiac arrest at home – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers use smartphones and smart speakers to detect if someone has a cardiac arrest at home. Smartphones and smart speakers are present in an increasing number of households – projected to be present in approximately 75% of homes in the US by the year 2020. So, what if these smart speakers…

New drug treatment for prostate cancer may improve survival – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated the benefits of Enzalutamide, a new drug treatment for prostate cancer, on survival outcomes. Prostate cancer is commonly treated with testosterone suppression as first-line therapy with the addition of a nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug, to help reduce testosterone levels, as standard care. Unfortunately, patients can develop resistance to the nonsteroidal antiandrogen drugs,…

Could cannabinoids help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder? – Medical News Bulletin

US experts reviewed research into the possible causes of OCD and the potential for using cannabinoids in treating the condition. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness in which the sufferer has unwanted intrusive obsessive thoughts that make them extremely anxious and distressed. These thoughts are combined with repetitive compulsive behaviors that they act out…

How common is high cholesterol in kids? – Medical News Bulletin

A study has investigated the percentage of children and adolescents with unhealthy cholesterol levels and whether this is a cause for concern. High cholesterol levels are very common in American adults. High cholesterol is a risk factor for developing heart disease because it contributes to the formation of plaques in the arteries. This is not…

Is smartphone use becoming more problematic? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry determined the overall health effects of smartphone use in Australia.   The past decade has shown a dramatic increase in the use of smartphones. It is estimated that 2.5 billion people use smartphones worldwide. In 2017, 64% of the United States population owned smartphones. Currently, in Australia, 88%…

You can bank your muscle growth potential, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

An article published in Frontiers in Physiology reviewed recent studies that examined the nuclear changes involved in muscle memory. We often hear the phrase “use it or lose it”, indicating that if we do not use our muscles, we will lose them. For years, researchers thought muscle loss due to age also results in a…

Can aerobic exercise help with concussion recovery in teenagers? – Medical News Bulletin

A study explored the efficacy of aerobic exercise compared to a less intense stretching program to help adolescents recover from concussions related to sports injuries.   Concussions related to sports injuries are a significant public health problem without effective treatment. Up to 30% of children and adolescents have symptoms such as confusion, amnesia, dizziness, ringing…