Author Archives: Barb

Novel technique to isolate placental cells for non-invasive genetic testing – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers develop a simple method for isolating trophoblast cells from cervical swabs. Prenatal diagnostic testing can detect genetic abnormalities in the fetus before birth. These procedures, including amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, are considered invasive because they obtain fetal DNA from the amniotic fluid and placenta respectively. Invasive diagnostic testing may increase the risk of…

Can Lyme disease be diagnosed at an early stage? – Medical News Bulletin

Recently, researchers investigated a new reliable multiple platforms’ method that helps to diagnose Lyme disease at an early stage. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. Due to climate changes and warmer winters, ticks are becoming active earlier in the season…

New information for doctors about CBD oil for medical use – Medical News Bulletin

A publication produced by the Mayo Clinic, U.S., aims to inform doctors about the potential of CBD for medical use. Public demand for the use of medical products derived from the plant Cannabis sativa is increasing yet, until now, there has been a paucity of information available to medical doctors regarding its use. Many different…

How stress-related emotional responses influence your desire to eat – Medical News Bulletin

A new study looks at how feeding and the desire to eat is regulated by stress-related emotional responses. Eating is a behaviour that is strongly influenced by stress-related emotional responses. Emotional states, in response to potential environmental dangers, compete with the desire to eat thus making eating a complex behaviour. Temporary changes to eating habits…

Does a link between fast-food accessibility and heart attack exist? – Medical News Bulletin

As fast-food networks are progressively growing, researchers recently determined the link between fast food accessibility and heart attack. Cardiovascular disease remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with numerous studies linking poor dietary habits, with an increased risk of heart attack. The 2016 European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice, which…

Is there a link between women’s sleep apnea and cancer risk? – Medical News Bulletin

Are women with sleep apnea more likely to get cancer? Researchers recently investigated the relationship between sleep apnea and cancer. An estimated 50-70 million US adults suffer from sleep apnea. There are three primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form. It occurs when a…

Can diet help in management of fatigue in multiple sclerosis? – Medical News Bulletin

Scientists investigate whether diet can help prevent fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients.   Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. The body’s immune system attacks the cells (oligodendrocytes) that make the fatty covers that surround nerve cells. This fatty cover is called the myelin sheath, this is why…

Study examines the benefits of organic apples versus conventional apples – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers compared bacteria present on organically grown apples versus conventionally grown apples. With approximately 83 million apples grown last year, apples are among the most consumed fruit in the world. Aside from nutritional content like flavonoids, pectin, and vitamins, apples provide an abundance of bacteria that compose the transient microbiome in…

New research uncovers potential therapeutic target for treating pancreatic cancer – Medical News Bulletin

A molecule produced by tumour cells, known as perlecan, may be the key for targeting and treating pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that carries only a 7% survival rate at five years after the initial diagnosis. It is one of the largest causes of cancer-related death. Although there are options…

Can sitting make food taste better? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated the impact of posture on the perception of food taste. Outdoor meetings and picnics are a common occurrence in the summertime. More often than not, attendees eat and drink while standing, chatting or carrying an object. Physical motion as simple as carrying an object or mere standing, are forms of stress and can…