Four simple tests could help GPs spot pneumonia and reduce unnecessary antibiotics

Testing for fever, high pulse rate, crackly breath sounds, and low oxygen levels could be key to helping GPs distinguish pneumonia from less serious infections, according to a large study published in the European Respiratory Journal. Pneumonia is a severe … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Vitamin D linked with better live birth rates in women undergoing assisted reproduction treatment: researchers call for a randomised controlled trial to investigate

Researchers are calling for a randomised clinical trial to be carried out to investigate the potential role of vitamin D supplementation in improving live birth rates following assisted reproduction treatment (ART). This follows a review and meta-analysis published today (Wednesday) … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Younger women with advanced breast cancer needlessly excluded from treatment trials

Lisbon, Portugal: Pre-menopausal women with the most common type of advanced breast cancer are usually excluded from medical research unnecessarily, according to an expert panel who met at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC 4). In new … Continue reading

Published Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 1:23 pm
Posted in Cancer

Combined therapies increase adverse side effects for patients with advanced hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

Lisbon, Portugal: Patients with advanced breast cancer who are treated with a combination of drugs that target specific molecules important for cancer development and also the hormones that are driving it are at increased risk of suffering adverse side effects. … Continue reading

Published Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Uncategorized

Exercise can counteract treatment side-effects and improve cardiovascular fitness in women with advanced breast cancer

Lisbon, Portugal: Taking part in regular exercise can reduce fatigue and pain, and improve cardiovascular health and quality of life in women being treated for advanced breast cancer, according to new research presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

Deterioration of patients’ quality of life is delayed if progression of advanced or metastatic breast cancer is delayed

Lisbon, Portugal: Patients with advanced breast cancer have a better quality of life for longer if the progression of their disease can be delayed, according to new results presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC 4) … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Underweight women are at greater risk of early menopause

Underweight women and women who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of experiencing an early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women, according to a study of nearly 80,000 women. In addition, underweight … Continue reading

Published Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Blood-thinning drugs appear to protect against dementia as well as stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

Blood-thinning drugs not only reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but are also associated with a significant reduction in the risk of dementia, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. Among … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Oral sex and smoking increase men’s risk of head and neck cancer. But the risk is still low, making screening for the disease a challenge

Men who smoke and have five or more partners with whom they perform oral sex have the highest risk of developing a type of head and neck cancer that is triggered by exposure to the human papilloma virus – known … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Having an older sibling poses risk of serious flu for babies and toddlers

Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. Flu can be serious in very young children because … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory
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