Author Archives: Barb

New test for male infertility could give immediate results – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers have developed an immediate and accurate screening method to test for male infertility. For approximately one in three infertile couples, it is the male who is infertile, most often as a result of inadequate sperm production, sperm function, or sperm delivery. Illnesses, injuries, and chronic health problems can play a role in causing male…

Nutrition brief: Green tea and risk of stroke – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study set out to investigate the association between drinking tea and the risk of stroke in a Chinese population.   Specifically, the researchers wanted to understand whether the association differed for specific types of tea. The results of the study have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  For the study,…

How effective was the ban on electronic cigarette sales to minors? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study reports a slightly reduced increase in e-cigarette use by youth across provinces under the e-cigarette’s sales ban. The increasing volume of research on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vaping products, especially among youth, raises public health concerns. Over the past few years, the amount of youth vaping e-cigarettes has doubled (over…

Is weight loss and reversal of aging possible? – Medical News Bulletin

GDF11, a growth differentiation factor, has been found to be increased in calorie-restricted diets in mice. Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting are dietary interventions that are efficient in delaying aging and increasing lifespan. Intermittent fasting promotes tissue regeneration, enhances cognitive performance, and aids those who are at risk for metabolic diseases. Additionally, it is found…

Does sleep affect biological aging and cardiovascular disease? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study examines the link between duration of sleep, biological aging, and cardiovascular disease. It is recommended for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, however, a large portion of the population regularly falls below this range.  Many people experience sleep deprivation…

How does physical activity affect fracture risk in postmenopausal women? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study has found that even moderate physical activity is enough to reduce fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women are at increased risk of fractures. Nearly 1.5 million fractures occur in women in the United States every year, occurring most often in the hip. Low bone mineral density (BMD), decreased muscle strength, and…

Is there a link between neighbourhood walkability and cardiovascular risk? – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers attempt to determine how neighbourhood walkability and cardiovascular risk are related using a Canadian study sample. Cardiovascular disease is a significant cause of mortality worldwide. Exercise can be helpful in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, unfortunately, only about one in four Americans participate in regular exercise activities. The negative…

Could an erythropoietin receptor be the cure for neurodegenerative diseases? – Medical News Bulletin

An alternate erythropoietin receptor found in insects may be useful in leading the discovery of a cure for neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Erythropoietin (Epo) is a hormone that promotes the production of red blood cells (erythropoiesis) to improve oxygen supply to tissues and protect nerve cells from dying. Clinically, erythropoietin has been used as a…

Supporting the use of exercise during cancer: assessing, advising, and it’s referral by healthcare professionals – Medical News Bulletin

Exercise during cancer can be a tool for treatment, however, there remain barriers and to implementing exercise as a source of treatment into the healthcare system. Exercise is medicine. It is commonly known that exercise is beneficial for those with cardiovascular diseases and also for healthy individuals. For cancer patients, the treatment options including chemotherapy,…