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

Death rates from prostate cancer predicted to decline overall in EU but rise in Poland. Lung and pancreatic cancer death rates continue to rise in women

Death rates from prostate cancer are predicted to fall in 2020 in the EU, largely due to better diagnosis and treatment, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology [1]. In the latest predictions for … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Aspirin linked to reduction in risk of several cancers of the digestive tract

Aspirin is associated with a reduction in the risk of developing several cancers of the digestive tract, including some that are almost invariably fatal, such as pancreatic and liver cancers. The largest and most comprehensive analysis to date of the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Risk of severe COVID-19 could be increased in people with COPD and smokers due to higher levels of ‘entry point’ enzyme in lungs

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and people who currently smoke may have higher levels of a molecule, called angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2), in their lungs according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. [1] Previous research … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Newborns infected with COVID-19 in China experienced mild symptoms

Researchers have identified a total of four cases of newborn babies with COVID-19 infection in China. In all cases the babies experienced only mild symptoms with none requiring intensive care or mechanical ventilation according to research published in in the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Blood test accurately detects over 50 types of cancer, often before symptoms show. Test also identifies where in the body the cancer has originated

Researchers have developed the first blood test that can accurately detect more than 50 types of cancer and identify in which tissue the cancer originated, often before there are any clinical signs or symptoms of the disease. In a paper … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Psychiatric disorders after first birth reduce likelihood of subsequent children

Women who suffer from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, mania and schizophrenia following the live birth of their first child are less likely to go on to have more children, according to the first study to investigate this in … Continue reading

Published Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Bariatric surgery is linked to significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes

A nationwide study of nearly 7,500 people who are obese or severely obese has found that bariatric surgery is linked to significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes. The study, which is published in the European Heart Journal [1], found there … Continue reading

Published Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology
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