Medical Breakthroughs

Medical Breakthroughs: Dementia meds + COVID loss of smell + Early signs of menopause

Nearly three quarters of older adults with dementia take medications that are not designed for their condition. A study in JAMA finds doctors prescribing everything from opioids to antidepressants to epilepsy drugs for patients with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. The drugs are associated with risks including falls or addiction. Researchers say there is slim evidence that they help with dementia….

Medical Breakthroughs: IVF treatment + Benefits of Vitamin D + Being one with nature

For women undergoing IVF treatments, transferring a fresh embryo is just as successful as using a frozen one. That’s according to researchers in Europe who say fresh embryo transfer should be the gold standard for fertility patients…without underlying health issues. A new study in the journal ‘Neurology’ suggests taking Vitamin D twice a day may keep vertigo away. Researchers in…

Medical Breakthroughs: Alcohol use + Depression commonalities + Benefits of laughing

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 93,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s according to new CDC research. The report shows more than half of deaths were due to drinking too much over time, from conditions like cancer, liver disease and heart disease. Depression may be far more common than previously believed. A study at Yale University…

Medical Breakthroughs: Blood clots & COVID + Detecting Alzheimer’s young + Dementia related to your gums

Women who are pregnant or taking estrogen with birth control or hormone replacement therapy may have a higher risk of blood clots from Coronavirus, according to a new article in the journal ‘Endocrinology.’ COVID-19 can result in blood clots forming in healthy people…and estrogen can increase the risk of clots. Researchers say more study is needed. Alzheimer’s disease risk factors…

Medical Breakthroughs: Mental health amid COVID-19 + New detection for Alzheimer’s Disease

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on mental health. Researchers in Australia found higher psychological distress during the peak of that country’s outbreak – including acute depression, anxiety and stress. About half of the study’s participants reported moderate to extreme loneliness. A simple blood test may be capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease years before the first symptoms appear. Researchers…

Medical Breakthroughs: Mothers with Coronavirus + Detecting adrenal cancer

Mothers who have Coronavirus are unlikely to pass along the infection to their newborns even after two weeks of breastfeeding. That’s according to a small study of 120 babies. Researchers in New York found no cases of transmission if the mothers took the recommended precautions such as wearing face coverings. A new study finds a simple urine test combined with…

Medical Breakthroughs: Benefits of raising the age to buy guns + Benefits of high plant protein

Raising the legal age for handgun sales could prevent hundreds of teen suicides in the U.S. That’s according to researchers at Boston University School of Public Health. They found states with a minimum purchase age of 21 were associated with an 18% reduction in adolescent suicides ages 18 to 20. A study in the ‘British Medical Journal’ finds that diets…

Medical Breakthroughs: Measures to prevent COVID-19 + COVID & mental health + Hormone disruptive chemicals

Washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing combined can help lessen and delay the spread of COVID-19. Researchers in the Netherlands developed a model to predict how the prevention measures would affect Coronavirus cases and found they can decrease and postpone the peak number of cases. With more than 50% success, they say a large epidemic can be avoided. A…

Medical Breakthroughs: Covid & contact tracing + Kidney failure + Sleep schedules

Contact tracing is effective in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, but the process needs to be fast. A new mathematical modeling study in the ‘Lancet Public Health’ finds more access to testing and getting the results back quickly are critical. Researchers also found using mobile apps can speed up the process of tracking down people who have been exposed,…

Medical Breakthroughs: Blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis + Obesity & COVID + Balancing work and personal life

Researchers at Rockefeller University say they’ve developed a blood test that could help predict when flare ups occur in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The test identifies certain cells in the blood that accumulate a week before the flare but disappear during the episode. A new study suggests people with any grade of obesity may be at greater risk of severe…