Study finds increased risk of type 2 diabetes with statin use
"A new study published in the journal Diabetologia finds the use of statins - drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol - may significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and that this risk remains even after accounting for confounding factors, including age, smoking status and body mass index." (Read more at medicalnewstoday.com.)
Scientists 'incredibly excited' by asthma treatment breakthrough
"A breakthrough study has uncovered a potential root cause of asthma and a drug that reversed symptoms in lab tests. The finding brings hope to the 300 million asthma sufferers worldwide who are plagued by debilitating bouts of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest." (Read more at medicalnewstoday.com.)
Simple strategy could revive first-line antibiotics
"Using a computer model, researchers have identified a simple way to optimize dosing that could bring back a whole arsenal of first-line antibiotics and preserve last-resort antibiotics in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria." (Read more at medicalnewstoday.com.)
Atrial Fibrillation’s Link to Dementia
"Dementia and other forms of cognitive decline can significantly diminish quality of life. Forgetfulness, trouble communicating, and even difficulty getting dressed and eating are common signs of dementia. In trying to get to the root of this debilitating condition, researchers have uncovered a link between atrial fibrillation (afib), heart disease, and dementia that might not seem obvious at first." (Read more at everydayhealth.com.)
U.S. Breast Cancer Cases Could Rise 50 Percent by 2030
"The number of U.S. women diagnosed with breast cancer could rise by as much as 50 percent within the next 15 years, according to new government predictions.
Researchers say there will be an increase in breast tumors that are "ER-positive" -- which means they rely on the hormone estrogen to fuel their growth. And because of the aging population, women older than 70 will account for a growing proportion of breast cancer cases.
There is some "good news," however, said study leader Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator at the U.S. National Cancer Institute." (Read more at nlm.nih.gov.)
Women Who Sit Too Much Have Higher Breast Cancer Risk
"Too much time spent sitting at work and during off hours may increase women's risk of breast and endometrial cancer, a new study from Sweden suggests.
Researchers analyzed information from more than 29,000 Swedish women ages 25 to 64 who did not have cancer at the study's start. The women were followed for about 25 years." (Read more at livescience.com.)
Prostate Cancer Risk Linked to Baldness
"Men who are losing their hair due to male pattern baldness may be at increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed information from more than 4,000 U.S. men ages 25 to 74, who were assessed by a dermatologist and categorized has having no balding, or minimal, moderate or severe balding." (Read more at livescience.com.)
Supplements & Vitamins
Excessive use of dietary supplements linked to increase cancer risk
"While dietary supplements may be advertised to promote health, a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015 by University of Colorado Cancer Center investigator Tim Byers, MD, MPH, describes research showing that over-the-counter supplements may actually increase cancer risk if taken in excess of the recommended dietary amount." (Read more at sciencedaily.com.)
Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis
"Two drugs already on the market — an antifungal and a steroid — may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study published in Nature today, researchers discovered that these drugs may activate stem cells in the brain to stimulate myelin producing cells and repair white matter, which is damaged in multiple sclerosis. The study was partially funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health." (Read more at nih.gov.)
Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link
"Yet another study finds no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine raises the risk of autism -- even among children who are at increased genetic risk.
Experts said the findings, reported in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, should be reassuring to parents, particularly those who already have a child with autism.
The theory that MMR vaccination raises the risk of autism has its roots in a small study done in 1998 -- one that was later found to be fraudulent. Since then, numerous international studies have found no evidence that vaccines help trigger autism." (Read more at nlm.nih.gov.)