Category Archives: Aging

Who is affected by the cognitive decline in retirement? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigated what factors play a role in cognitive decline in retirement, emphasizing the importance of staying mentally active. Previous research has shown that as people age and retire there is a decline in cognition due to less or no involvement in mental activities. The rate of cognitive decline varies individually and may be caused…

Investigation into first person to person transmission of COVID-19 in US – Medical News Bulletin

Declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading at a rapid pace, and researchers are trying to quickly understand the pattern of spread. Recent research published in The Lancet focuses on the first occurrence of person-person transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. A woman returning…

How long can coronavirus live on surfaces and in the air – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported on the length of time that SARS-CoV-1, commonly called the novel coronavirus, can live on surfaces or be present in aerosols, and compared these times with the SARS virus (SARS-CoV-1). The only currently known virus that is most closely related to the…

Can biking to work be hazardous to your health? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers recently studied whether biking to work increases the risk of injury. With the increasing obesity epidemic, finding ways to fit in physical exercise are more important than ever. Research has shown that getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week can help lower the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes,…

What’s the link between success of cancer immunotherapy and gut bacteria? – Medical News Bulletin

In laboratory studies in mice, researchers investigated the link between success of an experimental cancer immunotherapy drug and gut bacteria. Different treatment approaches are used to treat different types of cancer. Cancer immunotherapy drugs help the body’s own immune system to attack abnormal tumor cells. Some tumor cells express proteins on their cell surfaces to…

Asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 – Medical News Bulletin

A small study discusses the risk of COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers.  As scientists continue to work on slowing the spread of COVID-19, examining patterns of person to person disease transmission is crucial. However, the transmission of COVID-19 from asymptomatic carriers, with a normal chest computed tomography (CT), has not been investigated. Published in the Journal…

New study suggests that bilingualism protects against dementia – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers studied the brains of monolingual and bilingual elders with cognitive decline and found evidence to suggest that bilingualism protects against dementia over time. Is learning a second language worth the time and energy it takes to do so?  More and more studies seem to indicate that actively speaking a second language can protect us…

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…