Category Archives: Aging

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…

Is there a link between air pollution and brain health? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study investigates the link between air pollution and brain health by investigating the effects of in proximity to major roads. Air pollution is a growing problem around the world as various industries produce increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, and other pollutants. These pollutants have detrimental effects on climate change, air quality, and…

The role of aluminum and amyloid-β in familial Alzheimer’s disease – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study has supported the link between aluminum and familial Alzheimer’s disease and further explored how aluminum and amyloid-β are interlinked in the disease. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is a rare type of Alzheimer’s disease that is associated with three kinds of genetic mutations – amyloid precursor protein, presenilin-1, and presenilin-2. The link between aluminum…

How does muscle strength in older adults relate to quality of life? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers analyzed the link between muscle strength in older adults and overall health quality of life in rural areas. Earlier studies have shown that those who are physically active have a better health quality of life as compared to those who are not. In a recent study, researchers investigated the association between muscle strength in…

Is exercise good for Alzheimer’s disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Danish researchers have investigated whether exercise benefits Alzheimer’s patients, specifically those with accompanying mental health conditions. Although previous studies have shown that physical activity in middle-aged healthy, active adults has a positive effect on cognition in later years, there is no reliable evidence as to whether exercise is good for Alzheimer’s patients who have a…

How much of the risk of Alzheimer’s is due to our genes? – Medical News Bulletin

Our genes alone do not determine our chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, study finds. Our genes determine many of our physical characteristics such as the colour of our eyes. However, the role of genes in the development of various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, is an…