Category Archives: Aging

New leukemia treatment shows promising results in phase-3 clinical trial – Medical News Bulletin

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia affects many older adults. Researchers from the United States recently tested Ibrutinib, a newly approved targeted drug, as a new leukemia treatment in a clinical study.   Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in blood stem cells, in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cell….

Does hormone replacement therapy increase the risk of blood clots? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers from the UK conducted a large study of women on different types of hormone replacement therapy to see if it increased the risk of blood clots. Hormone replacement therapy is prescribed for women going through menopause to help relieve some of the effects of this process, including night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings….

Does moderate alcohol consumption worsen irregular heartbeats? – Medical News Bulletin

An Australian study published in Heart Rhythm examines whether even moderate alcohol consumption can make preexisting atrial fibrillation more severe. Atrial fibrillation is one of many cardiovascular disorders that can be fatal if left untreated. In patients with atrial fibrillation, unusual electrical signals in the upper compartments of the heart, called atria, lead to fast…

Can we detect lung cancer early with molecular techniques? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study published in Nature Medicine has shown a way to decode the fate of precancerous lung lesions in the development of invasive lung cancer. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer worldwide, causing an estimated 1.8 million deaths globally in 2018. The disease develops when abnormal cancer cells in the lungs begin…

New criteria to predict bone fracture risk – Medical News Bulletin

Results from a large international study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology reports new prediction criteria for evaluating fracture risk in older individuals. Many older individuals are at an increased risk of increase of sustaining a fracture due to a progressive worsening of bone strength with age (fragility fractures). A clinical way of determining bone…

Can saliva indicate the different stages of Alzheimer’s disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada are developing a saliva test to detect the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease before the onset of symptoms. Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease of aging. In early stages, people with Alzheimer’s disease show signs of memory loss and impaired cognitive functioning. There is no…

Is dementia genetic? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study published by Nature Medicine, researchers investigated the genetic predispositions to developing dementia. A common form of inherited early-onset dementia that occurs within the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain is often caused by tau, granulin precursor (GRN), and chromosome 9 open reading frame…

Does trazadone have a lower fall risk than antipsychotic drugs for dementia? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers compared the fracture and fall risk in elderly dementia patients taking the antidepressant trazadone or antipsychotic drugs. In Canada, the prevalence of dementia is 25% in individuals over 85 and around 62% amongst residents in continuing-care facilities. The behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are very distressing…

Does nighttime light pollution influence our sleep? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A study looks at the relationship between artificial nighttime light and the use of sleeping pills, addressing how light pollution can lead to insomnia in older adults. Light pollution is an ever-expanding problem as our civilizations develop and make use of artificial nighttime lights. The excessive use of…

Could a DNA vaccine help treat Alzheimer’s disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] There is a desperate need for a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study tested an anti-Alzheimer’s DNA vaccine in mice. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible condition that slowly degrades thinking and memory. It currently affects six million Americans, and that number will increase as the population ages….