Category Archives: Drugs

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…

Non-invasive methods for endometrial cancer screening – Medical News Bulletin

A recent research study assesses non-invasive methods for screening and detecting endometrial cancer in women. Due to its positioning in the human body, the detection of endometrial cancer in women traditionally requires invasive procedures. However, advancements in biotechnology have unveiled non-invasive methods to screen the endometrium for early detection of endometrial cancer. Early detection is…

The link between smoking and cardiovascular disease subtypes – Medical News Bulletin

The link between smoking and cardiovascular disease is well known, but how much more likely is a smoker to suffer from various subtypes of cardiovascular disease? In 2016, 9.4 million deaths were caused by heart disease, making it the number one cause of death in the world. The link between smoking and cardiovascular disease is…

Many patients do not have advance directives for elective surgeries – Medical News Bulletin

Recently, researchers find out how many patients express their wishes as an advance directive before elective surgery in cases of emergency. An advance directive (AD) is a legal document that becomes effective if a patient cannot speak for themselves, or expresses their wishes for medical care. An advance directive is important not only for patients…

What is the relationship between sleep and health in teenagers? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study examined the connection between poor-quality sleep and its effect on the health of teenagers and kids. Sleep is important at all stages of life, but recent research has shown that it is particularly important in adolescence. While it is recommended that teenagers receive between 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night,…

Promising new treatment for pancreatic cancer – Medical News Bulletin

West Virginia University is exploring potential new treatments for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer; it is often resistant to traditional chemotherapy drugs, and the tumours are often non-resectable. This means that a tumour cannot be removed surgically, often due to the fact that they are too close to blood vessels. To…

Not drinking enough water may lead to consuming too much sugary drinks – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers evaluated the effect of not drinking enough water and its association with increased calorie intake from sugar-sweetened beverages, in children and young adults. Sugar-sweetened beverages are generally loved among children and many young adults and these drinks make up a large percentage of daily calories consumed. The human body requires water to thrive, about…

New drug treatment for prostate cancer may improve survival – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study investigated the benefits of Enzalutamide, a new drug treatment for prostate cancer, on survival outcomes. Prostate cancer is commonly treated with testosterone suppression as first-line therapy with the addition of a nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug, to help reduce testosterone levels, as standard care. Unfortunately, patients can develop resistance to the nonsteroidal antiandrogen drugs,…