Category Archives: Drugs

New test for male infertility could give immediate results – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers have developed an immediate and accurate screening method to test for male infertility. For approximately one in three infertile couples, it is the male who is infertile, most often as a result of inadequate sperm production, sperm function, or sperm delivery. Illnesses, injuries, and chronic health problems can play a role in causing male…

Nutrition brief: Green tea and risk of stroke – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study set out to investigate the association between drinking tea and the risk of stroke in a Chinese population.   Specifically, the researchers wanted to understand whether the association differed for specific types of tea. The results of the study have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  For the study,…

How effective was the ban on electronic cigarette sales to minors? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study reports a slightly reduced increase in e-cigarette use by youth across provinces under the e-cigarette’s sales ban. The increasing volume of research on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vaping products, especially among youth, raises public health concerns. Over the past few years, the amount of youth vaping e-cigarettes has doubled (over…

Is weight loss and reversal of aging possible? – Medical News Bulletin

GDF11, a growth differentiation factor, has been found to be increased in calorie-restricted diets in mice. Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting are dietary interventions that are efficient in delaying aging and increasing lifespan. Intermittent fasting promotes tissue regeneration, enhances cognitive performance, and aids those who are at risk for metabolic diseases. Additionally, it is found…

What are the benefits of a plant-based diet for rheumatoid arthritis? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers recently reviewed the benefits of a plant-based diet for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects up to one percent of the world’s population, potentially 75 million people. The cause of RA is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of genetics, environment, and chance. Rheumatoid arthritis…

Are time-outs bad for kids? – Medical News Bulletin

Recent research investigates the controversial practice of time-outs on emotional and behavioural functioning in children. Many parents are aware of the time-out strategy as a means of discouraging bad behaviour. Although this tactic is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there have been lingering questions about its effectiveness and whether or not this strategy…

Gene therapy for prostate cancer is more effective when combined with chemotherapy, study finds – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers at the São Paulo State Cancer Institute (ICESP) in Brazil explored a new approach to treat prostate cancer Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. When the tumor is localized, the 5-year survival rate of patients is close to 100%, dropping to 31% in the case of cancer that has…

Does androgen deprivation therapy increase risk of dementia? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers investigate whether there is an association between androgen depletion therapy and dementia. Prostate cancer is androgen sensitive, meaning this cancer grows in response to the presence of androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Androgen deprivation therapy (the removal of circulating androgens) is one of the main approaches to treating…

Development of a topical treatment for skin cancer – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers develop an antisense oligonucleotide ointment that may be useful as a topical treatment for skin cancer Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for one-third of all cancers worldwide. UV exposure puts us at risk for skin cancers by inactivating cell apoptosis. Cell apoptosis is regulated cell death that allows the body to…