Prepare now for a winter COVID-19 peak, warns Academy of Medical Sciences

The UK must prepare now for a potential new wave of coronavirus infections this winter that could be more serious than the first, says a new report from the Academy of Medical Sciences released. Combined with the disruption already created … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Asthma and allergies more common in teens who stay up late

Teenagers who prefer to stay up late and wake later in the morning are more likely to suffer with asthma and allergies compared to those who sleep and wake earlier, according to a study published in ERJ Open Research. [1] … Continue reading

Published Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Breast cancer drug, olaparib, depletes store of immature eggs in mouse ovaries. Fertility preservation counselling should be considered for young women before treatment with the drug, say researchers

Australian researchers have shown for the first time that a new drug used to treat breast cancer patients damages the store of immature eggs in the ovaries of mice. The authors of the study, which is published in Human Reproduction … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

First comparison of dangers of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes and water pipes. Any smoking and vaping technique may increase risk of COVID-19 infection and death

Smoking and vaping, whether by means of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or waterpipes, stiffens the arteries, causes inflammation and damages DNA, leading to a variety of health problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Embryo vitrification is safe but longer storage reduces chances of pregnancy success

Freezing and storing embryos during fertility treatment using a technique called vitrification is safe, although women are less likely to become pregnant and have a live birth the longer the embryos are stored, according to new research published in Human … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

High blood pressure linked to increased risk of dying from COVID-19

Patients with raised blood pressure have a two-fold increased risk of dying from the coronavirus COVID-19 compared to patients without high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In addition, the study found that … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Benzodiazepine use before conception is linked to increased risk of ectopic pregnancy

Women who use a class of tranquilisers called benzodiazepines before becoming pregnant are at greater risk of ectopic pregnancies, according to a study of nearly 1.7 million women. The study, which is published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Men’s blood contains greater concentrations of enzyme that helps COVID-19 infect cells. Finding may explain why men with heart failure suffer more from the coronavirus than women

Evidence from a large study of several thousand patients shows that men have higher concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in their blood than women. Since ACE2 enables the coronavirus to infect healthy cells, this may help to explain why … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 11th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

What are your chances of having a second IVF baby after fertility treatment for the first?

Women have a good chance of having a second child with the help of fertility treatment after the birth of their first child born this way, according to the first study to investigate this, published in Human Reproduction [1], one … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Androgen-deprivation treatments for prostate cancer could protect men from COVID-19

A study of 4532 men in the Veneto region of Italy has found that those who were being treated for prostate cancer with androgen-deprivation therapies (ADT) were less likely to develop the coronavirus COVID-19 and, if they were infected, the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases
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