Medical Breakthroughs

Medical Breakthroughs: Acid Reflux and Cancer+Limiting Doctor’s Shifts+Diet During Pregnancy

Acid reflux disease may increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute found that people who have GERD – which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease have double the risk of developing cancers of the larynx and esophagus. A new study finds limiting doctors shifts, to 16 consecutive hours instead of 24-to-28 hours improves performance….

Medical Breakthroughs: COVID-19 and Eye Abnormalities+Heart Health During Pregnancy

A study published in Radiology found significant eye abnormalities in some patients with severe COVID-19. MRI scans showed nodules in the back part of the eye in seven percent of the patients studied. Doctors say eye screening should be considered for covid patients in the ICU. A mother’s heart health during pregnancy can impact her child later on. A study…

Medical Breakthroughs: Cardiovascular Disease and Dementia+Zika Vaccine+Recreational Drinking

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in mid-life may also protect against dementia later in life. researchers in Spain looked at scans of more than 500 middle-aged people. they found a connection between the buildup of fats and other substances in the arteries and low metabolism in regions of the brain involved in memory and learning. A potential vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus,…

Medical Breakthroughs: COVID-19 and Heart Disease+Children Dental Care+Bladder Cancer Drug

COVID-19 poses an extra danger to patients with heart disease and doctors think there should be a system for getting those at the highest risk vaccinated first. The American College of Cardiology recommends patients with advanced cardiovascular disease be prioritized over those with conditions that are well managed. The pandemic may be getting in the way of children’s dental care….

Medical Breakthroughs: COVID-19 Symptoms+Eggs and Cholesterol

Researchers in London are looking at conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even depression to help treat patients suffering from long-term symptoms from the coronavirus. Some symptoms of covid, depression, and other mental health problems are linked to low-grade inflammation so scientists hope replicating treatment for those disorders could help covid patients. And two eggs, hold the yolks. New…

Medical Breakthroughs: Rhythm Disorders+Breast Density Assessment+Weight Loss

High blood pressure can lead to heart rhythm disorders according to a new study out of London. researchers found that elevated blood pressure was associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. The disorder can cause stroke, heart failure, dementia, and depression. Having a baseline breast density assessment starting at age 40 may be the most effective way to reduce…

Medical Breakthroughs: Income Losses+Pandemic Aftermath

COVID-19 has brought staggering income losses to developing countries, threatening hundreds of millions of people with hunger and lost savings. researchers at UC Berkeley studied nine countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Even in the first few months of the pandemic, 70% of households reported financial losses. And even when the pandemic ends, most Americans say they’ll continue with…

Medical Breakthroughs: COVID-19 and Gout Drugs+Heart Attacks+Frail Individuals

A drug used to treat gout seems to be helping covid patients, that’s according to a study in the British medical journal. researchers in brazil conducted a small trial and found the drug colchicine helped cut the need for oxygen therapy and hospital stays in covid patients. covid, like gout, causes inflammation. A Swedish study finds people infected with COVID-19…

Medical Breakthroughs: Parkinson’s Monitoring System+Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy+White Flour Effect on Heart Disease

A high-tech monitoring system could help doctors treat Parkinson’s disease. A team of scientists tested a smartwatch on hundreds of patients to capture their movement and tremors throughout the day. by tracking fluctuations and patterns, doctors could adjust medication schedules for the best treatment. A study in Denmark finds women with multiple sclerosis may not be at higher risk for…

Medical Breakthroughs: Sleep and Depression+Breast Cancer and the Brain+Calorie Labels on Alcoholic Bottles

Not getting enough sleep could lead to more depressive symptoms for older adults. that’s according to a new study in the journal of American geriatrics society which also found that exercise and mindfulness could help relieve stress for adults as they become frailer. Doctors believe there is a link between breast cancer and brain function. A new report finds that…