Category Archives: Allergies & Asthma

Is it risky to continue with blood thinner drugs after a gastrointestinal bleed? – Medical News Bulletin

Study shows the benefit of resuming blood thinner drugs after a gastrointestinal bleed outweighs the risk of a rebleeding event. Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common problem affecting approximately 150 patients per 100,000 population in the United States and the United Kingdom and has a mortality rate of 5% to 10%. GI bleeding can be…

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…

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…

Digital games relieve work stress more effectively than mindfulness apps – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study compared the effectiveness of a digital game and mindfulness app on smartphones in promoting post work recovery. Workplace stress is a harmful physical and emotional response that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands….

Researchers discover the fetal autonomic system resilience – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in Fairfax, VA discover the effects of various birthing modes on the fetal autonomic system As expectant mothers prepare for the labors of childbirth, the only thing on their mind is how to birth a healthy and happy baby. During this time, the human body undergoes its own methods of preparing the fetus for…

A novel method for detecting autism in children – Medical News Bulletin

A new technique has recently been developed at The University of Waterloo, which will hopefully allow doctors to detect autism more effectively. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects approximately 2% of the population. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder involving limitations in social communications and repetitive behaviours. Those with ASD also display attention biases during social interactions,…

How accurate are fertility awareness apps? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study on fertility awareness method apps analyzes how accurate these apps are in assisting women with tracking menstrual cycles. A Stanford research group published a study on fertility awareness method apps in Nature to discuss how accurate using these apps are in evaluating menstrual health and fertility across various populations. The study included…

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…

Can anti-depressants change brain circuitry? – Medical News Bulletin

The therapeutic activity of Prozac (Fluoxetine), a widely used anti-depressant, includes more than changes in serotonin levels, study shows. Serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a chemical produced in the brain and intestines. It is a neurotransmitter that transmits chemical messages between different parts of the brain. Serotonin is thought to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep,…