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: 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: Heart Surgeries+Children with COVID+ Knee Replacement

The covid-19 pandemic has led to a substantial decline in heart surgeries. Researchers analyzing a national database found a 53% drop in cardiac surgery compared to 2019 and those who do undergo operations are experiencing worse outcomes. The latest count shows more than 2 point 6 million children in the States have tested positive for the coronavirus. That’s nearly 13-percent…

Medical Breakthroughs: Common Side Effects of COVID-19+Importance of Skin Contact Between Father and Baby

A new study highlights the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between a father and baby after a c-section delivery. Researchers found laying the newborn on their dad’s chest, when the mom and baby had to be separated, helped stabilize the infant’s heart rate and promote wakefulness. In COVID-19 news, researchers in Europe are learning more about one of the most common…

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…