Electronic nose can sniff out which lung cancer patients will respond to immunotherapy

An electronic nose that detects chemicals in the breath of lung cancer patients can identify with 85% accuracy those who will or will not respond to immunotherapy, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Respiratory

Cardiovascular disease patients benefit more from exercise than healthy people

A study of nearly half a million people has found for the first time that those with heart or blood vessel problems benefit more from having a physically active lifestyle than do healthy people without cardiovascular disease (CVD). Increased physical … Continue reading

Published Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 8:10 am
Posted in Cardiology

Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for healthy 75-year-olds who stop taking statins

Statins are known to reduce the risk of further problems in patients of any age who have already suffered heart problems or stroke. However, until now it has not been clear how effective their use is in preventing such events … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

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