Month: March 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers have observed increases in early-onset colorectal cancer. In a recent study, they determine its relation to obesity. Obesity is characterized by being overweight and specifically, having a BMI of 30 or greater.  According to Obesity Canada, obesity is a chronic illness that resembles diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes) and high
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers have recently tried to answer the question of why more people with alcohol-related liver disease are having transplants than in previous years. Doctors have noticed a trend over the past 15 years of more people having transplants for alcohol-related liver disease. This begs the questions as to why. Are there
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Australian researchers examined data to see if a dietary intervention was an effective tool to battle against symptoms of depression and anxiety.   It is a well-known fact that poor dietary habits can have negative effects on mental health. Yet researchers from different health institutes across Australia wanted to properly assess
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in Journal of Cell Biology revealed a new molecular node that could be pharmacologically targeted to treat BRCA-1 deficient ovarian cancers. Environmental stresses can introduce breaks within our genomic DNA. Such errors are highly deleterious to the cells. Therefore our cells deploy multiple genome repair mechanisms in order
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers investigated the effects of acupressure on chronic pain, anxiety, depression and poor sleep in breast cancer survivors. Long after finishing treatment, many breast cancer patients experience persistent symptoms of fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and poor sleep. These long-term symptoms have a great impact on patients’ quality of life and
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Ученые исследовали пользу пилатеса для здоровья, наблюдая за состоянием испытуемых с хроническими заболеваниями опорно-двигательного аппарата, занимающихся пилатесом по специальной программе в течение двенадцати недель. Остеоартроз, хронические заболевания опорно-двигательного аппарата и неспецифические боли в пояснице – состояния здоровья, которые вызывают дискомфорт, хронические боли и могут привести к инвалидности. По мнению авторов исследования,
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study looked into older patients’ experiences with delirium after surgery, and whether surgical anesthesia administration monitored by brain activity caused this complication. Older patients appear to be more susceptible to delirium as they recover from surgery. Delirium is a state of altered consciousness. As well as having negative effects
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers from Purdue University in the United States developed a series of new compounds to treat acute myeloid leukemia and tested them in a preclinical study. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, over 1,300 Canadians were diagnosed with this aggressive leukemia in 2013, with nearly a thousand Canadians died from it.
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent study investigated the anti-inflammatory activities of metabolites found in berries and pomegranates. The findings may impact the treatment and prevention of inflammatory bowel diseases. The inflammatory bowel diseases include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These are autoimmune diseases that cause intestinal inflammation. In 2018, an estimated 270,000 Canadians were
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A study reviews the perspectives of women on the health effects of smoking marijuana during pregnancy. The most commonly used illicit drug in both the general and pregnant population is cannabis, also known as marijuana. The adverse effects of smoking marijuana during pregnancy are controversial as some studies have shown an
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A study published in Science Translational Medicine examined the clinical efficacy and safety of a new diabetes drug. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. Normally, the pancreas secretes insulin, which allows your body to effectively process sugars into energy. In
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Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers in Denmark conduct the world’s largest study to determine whether statins increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage in patients without a stroke history. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when bleeding in the brain causes swelling and increased pressure, resulting in damage to brain cells and tissues. Intracerebral hemorrhaging is when
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal examined the major factors affecting the level of pregnancy hormones in a large and diverse group of expecting mothers. Embryos exposed to elevated pregnancy hormones are of higher risk at developing reproductive system cancers during their lives. These complications related to cancer,
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in The European Heart Journal determined whether peak oxygen targets could lower individuals’ heart attack risk. VO2 max is also known as maximal oxygen consumption. It is a measure of the volume of oxygen required at an individual’s maximum cardiorespiratory activity. Cardiorespiratory activity is usually an action that
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience examined the role of the TREM2 gene in the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how this gene may be used for the development of treatments.   Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and affects approximately 70% of individuals with dementia. It
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A Canadian study conducted at the University of Calgary examined whether screen time habits of toddlers influences development and behavior. Pediatric recommendations clearly state that children under eight years of age should spend no more than one hour a day watching high-quality television. The reality, unfortunately, is quite different. In the
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Reading Time: 2 minutes The American Heart Association (AHA) recently revealed updated statistics on the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the United States. The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization that concentrates on the health of the brain and heart. The AHA supports medical research related to heart disease and stroke.
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Reading Time: 1 minute Myth: Playing video games may lead to a negative impact on the brain and cognition. Truth: This can be true or false. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that helps individuals orient themselves and remember past experiences. The striatum is the part of the brain that counterbalances the hippocampus.
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