Air pollution and physical exercise: when to do more or less

Physical activity is important in preventing heart and blood vessel disease in young people so long as they don’t undertake very strenuous activity on days when air pollution levels are high, according to a nationwide study of nearly 1.5 million … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Stressed brain linked to broken heart

Heightened activity in the brain, caused by stressful events, is linked to the risk of developing a rare and sometimes fatal heart condition, according to research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study found the greater the activity … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Neuroscience

Could environmental pollution from industry contribute to cryptorchidism increase? ‘Landmark study’ suggests research should focus more on exposure to major industrial pollutants rather than low-level exposure to chemicals in food, says expert commentator

Environmental pollution from industries such as coal mining and metal works may play a role in the increasing numbers of boys born with undescended testicles, according to a study published in Human Reproduction [1]. The researchers stress that their findings … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Twin Peaks: more twinning in humans than ever before

More human twins are being born than ever before, according to the first comprehensive, global overview published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. Since the 1980s the twinning rate has increased by a third … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people

Wearing a protective face mask has only a modest effect on the ability of healthy people to do vigorous exercise, according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers carried out detailed testing on breathing, heart activity and … Continue reading

Published Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Investment needed to bring down pancreatic cancer death rates in Europe. Researchers predict over 1.4 million deaths from top 10 cancers in 2021 in the EU and UK. Accompanying editorial warns of adverse effect of COVID-19 on death rates

Researchers have called on European policymakers to make adequate resources available to tackle pancreatic cancer, a disease that is almost invariably fatal and where little progress has been made over the past 40 years. In the latest predictions for cancer … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalised with severe COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have damage to their hearts. The injury was detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at least a month … Continue reading

Published Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Fertility treatment affects children’s growth patterns but not for long

Children born as a result of fertility treatment have different growth patterns to naturally-conceived children but, by the time they reach the age of 17, they are of similar height, weight and body mass index (BMI), according to research published … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

People infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of dying after a cardiac arrest. Women are nine times more likely to die

COVID-19 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest either in or out of hospital are far more likely to die than patients who are not infected with the coronavirus. In particular, women have the highest risk of dying: they are nine … Continue reading

Published Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases

Metformin may affect risk of breast cancer in women with type 2 diabetes

A study of 44,541 women has found that there appears to be no association between type 2 diabetes and developing breast cancer overall. This may be because most women in the study with type 2 diabetes were taking metformin, a … Continue reading

Published Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology