Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Social isolation + Strokes & COVID-19 + Weight gain after surgery

New research in Germany finds social isolation can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death from any cause. With many people avoiding contact with others because of the Coronavirus, doctors say this study raises concerns about the possible negative impact of self isolation. The rate of strokes among COVID-19 patients appears relatively low, but a high proportion of…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: COVID-19 and Smoking + Experimental Blood Test Detecting Cancer

A new study in the journal ‘Viral Immunology’ finds the higher the amount of virus present in a throat swab correlates with a more severe COVID-19 disease. High viral load also correlated with a greater risk of organ damage and a longer recovery period. Smoking increases entry points in the lungs for the COVID-19 virus, according to South Carolina researchers….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Melanoma deaths + Opioid overdose deaths + Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Fewer Americans are dying from Melanoma than cancers of the prostate, breast, or lungs. That’s according to researchers at N.Y.U. and Harvard who found treatments that directly target melanoma cells, as well as advances in immunotherapy, are helping reduce death rates. New data from the CDC highlights some major changes in drug overdose deaths. Overall, deaths involving heroin and prescription…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Low blood pressure risks + Cancer and minorities

We know the dangers of high blood pressure, but a new study suggests low blood pressure can be linked to higher mortality among the elderly. The University of Exeter found people 75 and older who were frail had a higher risk of death if their blood pressure was below 130 over 80. Plus, new research in the journal ‘Cancer’ shows…

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: News Anchor Samantha Williams is our Woman in Blue

The word we all pray no doctor says to our loved ones or ourselves: cancer. Unfortunately, it is a word my family is familiar with. When I was in high school, my precious, spunky 6-year-old cousin went to the doctor. Expecting to walk out with nothing more than an ear infection, she and my family walked out with a lot…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Kids and pediatricians + Teens binge drinking

There’s a new push for pediatricians to prescribe physical activity to children. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests only a fourth of children are exercising as much as recommended. Research shows an active lifestyle helps both physical and behavioral development. Doctors recommend an hour daily for most children. Plus, Alcohol ads could prompt teens to start…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Benefits of cervical cancer screening + Smart watches detecting illnesses

A new Harvard study showed increased screenings could eliminate cervical cancer from the U.S. in the next two decades. Researchers say while HPV vaccination helps reduce cervical cancer over time, screening plays a critical, immediate role. It’s recommended that women 21 to 65 years old are screened for cervical cancer every three years using a pap test. And, a new…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New e-cig ban + Differing resting heart rates + CDC sends out Coronavirus tests

A partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect today. It outlaws the sale of fruit, dessert and mint-flavored pods popular with teenagers. It’s part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reduce youth vaping….which health officials say has reached epidemic levels. Plus, a new study in the journal “Plahs One” found that normal resting heart rates vary widely from person to…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: FDA investigating talc powder + Lung cancer rising in women + Belly fat linked to cognitive decline

For the first time in 50 years, the food and drug administration has started investigating talc powders. This comes after regulators found asbestos in several talc products, including Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The FDA held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed testing standards and to hear from consumer advocates and industry representatives. Plus, the number of young women…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Predictors for lung cancer + Faster recovery for open heart surgery

A new study is telling doctors to consider shortness of breath and coughing as possible predictors of lung cancer. Researchers in the U.K. tracked 28,000 cases and found those symptoms are becoming more common as the first signs of the disease. Plus, patients recovering from open heart surgery may be able to spend less time in the hospital. Researchers at…