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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Bridging the age gap: two studies show how older breast cancer patients can be treated more effectively

Women with breast cancer who are aged older than 70 years are sometimes not offered surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy because doctors believe their patients will not be able to tolerate these treatments and will derive little benefit from them. These … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Pattern of gut bacteria linked to effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

Researchers studying the activity of gut bacteria in breast cancer patients have found a possible link with how well their chemotherapy works. The study, presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference, included a small group of women who were … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Spotting breast cancer that has spread to the brain before it causes symptoms could improve survival

Breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to their brains fare better if their metastases are picked up before they begin to cause symptoms, according to a study presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference. Breast cancer that spreads … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Scientists discover what happens in our brains when we make educated guesses

Researchers have identified how cells in our brains work together to join up memories of separate experiences, allowing us to make educated guesses in everyday life. By studying both human and mouse brain activity, they report that this process happens … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Posted in Neuroscience, Uncategorized

First trial of personalised care for children with asthma suggests benefits of prescribing according to genetic differences

Selecting treatments according to genetic differences could help children and teenagers with asthma, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The trial, which compares patients treated according to small genetic differences with patients treated according … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

COVID-19 patients suffer long-term lung and heart damage but it can improve with time. Coronavirus patients recover faster if they undergo rehabilitation as soon as possible after coming off ventilators or leaving intensive care

COVID-19 patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time, according to the first, prospective follow-up of patients infected with the coronavirus, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] Researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 7th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Bronchitis as a child predicts worse lung health in middle age

People who had bronchitis at least once before the age of seven are more likely to develop lung problems in later life, according to new research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] However, the lung diseases … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

‘Social smokers’ face disproportionately high risk of death from lung disease and lung cancer

‘Social smokers’ are more than twice as likely to die of lung disease and more than eight times as likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Respiratory

Chemicals in e-cigarettes mix together to form new, unexpectedly toxic compounds

Flavourings combine with solvents in e-cigarettes to produce new toxic chemicals that irritate the airways, triggering reactions that can lead to breathing and heart and blood vessel problems, according to new research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Exposure to cadmium in the womb linked to childhood asthma and allergies

Babies born with higher levels of cadmium in their umbilical cord blood may be more likely to develop childhood asthma and allergies, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] Cadmium is known to be hazardous … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory