Category Archives: Mental Health

Can family history explain the link between breast cancer and prostate cancer? – Medical News Bulletin

A new meta-analysis evaluated the link between breast cancer and prostate cancer risk to determine if breast cancer in first-degree relatives increased the risk of prostate cancer in men. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in most western countries. Prostate cancer has high morbidity and mortality making it the fifth…

Smoking makes MRSA superbugs more resistant to antibiotics – Medical News Bulletin

Exposure to cigarette smoke can further drug resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains, researchers find. Tobacco smoking represents the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Smoking is a known risk factor for several health conditions, including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Smoking also increases susceptibility to infectious disease. Previous research…

Can virtual reality help patients to self-counsel? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study merges centuries-old wisdom with modern technology. In ancient Israel, King Solomon was renowned for his wisdom. People would come from far and wide to seek his counsel. However, that wisdom extended only to dealing with the problems of others. Reflecting this, “Solmon’s Paradox” refers to the tendency for people to display greater…

Are low-carb diets healthy long-term? – Medical News Bulletin

As one of the most popular weight-loss strategies, are low-carb diets healthy? Researchers recently studied the long-term effects of low-carb diets. Almost 2 billion adults were considered overweight in 2016, and nearly one-third of those were obese. Fortunately, overweight and obesity can often be successfully treated through diet and exercise. There are many different dietary…

Helping mothers of children with autism – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study examined the effect of a relationship-based intervention on stress levels of mothers of children with autism Autism affects a child’s developmental skills and their ability to interact with others, including their parents. Parents of children with autism experience high levels of stress and depression. A new study from Case Western Reserve University,…

Can smartphones be used to detect viruses in biological samples? – Medical News Bulletin

A research group in Tokyo invents a virus scanner for a smartphone to detect viruses in biological samples. A recent study published in Lab on a Chip discusses the invention of a virus scanner for smartphones that tests biological samples for viruses. Compared to conventional machines, the device is smaller, easier to use, and relatively…

Could a paleo diet increase risk of heart disease? – Medical News Bulletin

A new study investigates whether the paleo diet could be doing more harm than good by putting you at risk of heart disease. The paleo diet is often promoted to be beneficial to gut health. The diet is based on the consumption of meats, egg, fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits while avoiding dairy, grains, and…

What are the benefits of resveratrol supplements for astronauts? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study determined the health benefits of resveratrol supplements in preserving muscle mass and strength under simulated Mars gravity. Humans have not been beyond Earth’s orbit in decades, but this is about to change. In the next few years, NASA plans to transport astronauts back to the moon, and eventually on to Mars. The…

Best kind of exercise for reducing fat around the heart – Medical News Bulletin

In a recent study, researchers investigated the effects of exercise on fat around the heart. Cardiovascular disease, an umbrella term for many diseases involving the heart and vascular system, is responsible for the most deaths worldwide. A major cause of cardiovascular disease is obesity, which can result in fat deposits around the heart. Fat around…

New combination drug treatment for advanced bowel cancer – Medical News Bulletin

Results from the recent BEACON CRC trial highlights a new triple therapy drug combination for the treatment of advanced bowel cancer. Up to 15% of patients with advanced bowel cancer have a mutation in the BRAF gene. These patients have a poor prognosis for survival, especially in those who fail initial standard chemotherapy. These patients…