Pear-shaped is better for postmenopausal women, even if they are normal weight

Postmenopausal women who are “apple” shaped rather than “pear” shaped are at greater risk of heart and blood vessel problems, even if they have a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) according to new research. In fact, the study, which … Continue reading

Published Monday, July 1st, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Atrial fibrillation linked to increased risk of dementia, even in stroke-free patients

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is linked to an increased risk of dementia, even in people who have not suffered a stroke, according to the largest study to investigate the association in an elderly population. In addition, the study, which is published … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

First large-scale genetic study of the causes of excess liver iron may lead to better treatment

Gothenburg, Sweden:  High levels of iron in the liver are linked to a number of serious health conditions including cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular as well as liver disease. But measuring liver iron is difficult and until recently … Continue reading

Published Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Genetics

New study aims to show how to identify risk of recurrence of developmental disorder in future pregnancies

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Having a child with a developmental disorder can cause parents to worry about the outcome of further pregnancies. In cases where the genetic mutation causing the disorder is not present in either parent it is assumed to be … Continue reading

Published Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Discovery of new mutations may lead to better treatment for children with developmental disorders

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Developmental disorders are neurologically-based conditions that affect the acquisition of specific skills such as attention, memory, language and social interaction. Although they have a genetic cause, this is often difficult to detect through standard genetic analysis of the … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Genetics

Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for foetal sickle cell disease moves a step closer

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a form of anaemia that is inherited when both parents are carriers of a mutation in the haemoglobin gene. Currently, it can only be diagnosed in pregnancy by carrying out an invasive test … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Discovery of new genetic causes of male infertility will lead to better diagnosis and treatment

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Infertility – the failure to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse – affects one in every six couples worldwide, and the man is implicated in about half of these cases. Despite the known importance of genetic factors … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease

Excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, according to the first study to investigate this using a method called Mendelian randomisation. In particular, the study published in the European Heart Journal [1], shows … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Antibodies against HPV16 can develop up to 40 years before throat cancer is diagnosed and mark a 100-fold increase in risk in white people

An international group of researchers has found that antibodies to the human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV16) develop in the body between six to 40 years prior to a clinical diagnosis of throat cancer, and their presence indicates a strong … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Stress during early pregnancy is linked to reduced reproductive function in male offspring

Men whose mothers were exposed to stressful life events while they were in the first 18 weeks of pregnancy may have reduced sperm counts when they become adults, according to a study published  in Human Reproduction [1], one of the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility
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