Category Archives: Clinical Trials & Research

Component that contributes to the antibacterial properties of breast milk identified – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers have taken a closer look at the antibacterial properties of breast milk to find out what makes it so good for fighting infectious bacteria. The beneficial properties of breast milk are well established: The World Health Organisation recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed until six months of age, and then alongside solid food, breastfeeding…

How common is high blood pressure in children? – Medical News Bulletin

A meta-analysis of almost 50 articles published over a 24-year period examined the global prevalence of high blood pressure in children. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is very common, and many people who have it do not realize that they do.  A normal blood pressure range is below 120/80mmHg.  Elevated blood pressure is characterized…

New intravascular ultrasound imaging technology may help doctors identify vulnerable patients – Medical News Bulletin

  Coronary artery disease is caused by the narrowing or blockage of arteries that supply the heart with blood. Despite recent advances in the treatment and care of patients with coronary artery disease, it remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. The condition is often associated with adverse health events…

What do people think causes cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study assessed cancer patients’ perceptions regarding the potential causes of their cancer. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the world.  There are many known risk factors such as smoking, poor diet, inadequate exercise, alcohol consumption, and sun exposure. Knowing what people think causes cancer is important for promoting prevention…

Can our diet have a beneficial impact on inflammatory bowel disease? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers have demonstrated an association between diet-mediated remission in inflammatory bowel disease and microbiome composition. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella name for various gastrointestinal tract disorders, the most abundant is Crohn’s disease in humans. Years of research have suggested that a combination of environmental factors and genetic susceptibility plays a role in the…

Induction of labour benefits pregnancies involving hypertension and preeclampsia, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers examined findings from The Hypertension and Preeclampsia Intervention Trial At near Term-1 (HYPITAT-I). Specifically, they studied hypertension and preeclampsia during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Hypertension and preeclampsia are two conditions categorized as hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Hypertension and preeclampsia can have an effect on embryo or fetus development. These conditions can potentially lead to maternal…

Can dental splints help treat Tourette tics? – Medical News Bulletin

Biting down on an oral orthotic device may suppress tics in patients with Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive and involuntary movements or sounds called tics. Simple motor tics can present as eye movements, grimacing, herd jerks, or shoulder shrugs. Simple vocal tics include throat-clearing, coughing, sniffing, barking, and grunting…

Suppressing drug cravings may be the key to medical treatment for addiction – Medical News Bulletin

Medical treatment for addiction that targets the brain cells responsible for drug cravings may be the key to preventing relapse. In the United States alone, almost 20 million adults suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder and preventing relapse is one of the major goals of addiction treatment. Despite…

Spaceflight changes gut bacteria, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers found that specific environmental factors may alter the gut microbial community during spaceflight. The human intestinal tract consists of a diverse and complex microbial community, which plays a central role in human health. It has been estimated that our gut contains at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with 100-fold more genes than…

What are probiotic yeast and how do they work? – Medical News Bulletin

Scientists investigate what makes a certain strain of yeast (S. Boulardii) probiotic. Probiotics are normally taken after an antibiotic. The antibiotic kills most of the bacteria in your gut and the idea is to take a probiotic to repopulate your gut with friendly microorganisms that will help fight off the harmful bacteria. Probiotics are defined…