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

Higher concentrations of IGF-1 are a probable cause of breast cancer

A growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is likely to play a role in the development of breast cancer, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology [1]. IGF-1 is already known to encourage … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

The world faces an air pollution ‘pandemic’. Researchers say people’s lives are shortened by an average of nearly three years worldwide from different sources of air pollution

Air pollution is responsible for shortening people’s lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars and other forms of violence, parasitic and vector-born diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and smoking, according to a study published in Cardiovascular Research [1]. … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology, Respiratory

Study of 418,000 Europeans finds different foods linked to different types of stroke

Different types of food are linked to risks of different types of stroke, according to the largest study to investigate this, published in the European Heart Journal [1]. Until now, most studies have looked at the association between food and … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

First baby born to cancer patient from eggs matured in the lab and frozen

Fertility doctors in France have announced the birth of the first baby to be born to a cancer patient from an immature egg that was matured in the laboratory, frozen, then thawed and fertilised five years later. A letter in … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Bleeding may be a sign of bowel cancer not just a side-effect of blood-thinning drugs: study of 125,500 atrial fibrillation patients

Patients who are being treated with blood-thinning drugs for irregular heart beat should always be investigated for bowel cancer if they experience gastrointestinal bleeding, say the authors of a study published in the European Heart Journal [1]. If doctors see … Continue reading

Published Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 12:04 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology
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