While rare disorders remain difficult to tackle, Lloyd Mudiwa reports on various efforts at EU, national and cross-border level resulting in significant headway to mark Rare Disease Day on February 28.
In Ireland it is estimated that 10,000 people have a stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death and a massive burden on the health service and society at large. Consequently, targeted interventions aimed at BP treatment will have a significant impact on stroke reduction, write Dr Divine Verbe and Dr John […]
A multi-centre study led by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, has found that high-dose supplementation with both the trace element selenium and vitamin E increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. But importantly, this risk depends upon a man’s selenium status before taking the supplements.
Passive smoking is linked to a significantly increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, finds a large US observational study, published online in Tobacco Control.
Researchers have found the breast cancer drug tamoxifen in samples of a widely-available bodybuilding dietary supplement.
The risk of heart attack or stroke is increased in the 30 days after a partner’s death, new research has discovered.
People in their 80s are often prescribed drugs to ward off a stroke when the risk of a stroke is not that high and the drugs have other side-effects, finds a perspective published online in Evidence Based Medicine.
The restricted availability of defibrillators, and poor understanding of how to use them, are helping to boost the number of deaths from heart attacks occurring outside hospitals, suggests a study of one English county published online in the journal Heart.
Medical scientists from Trinity College Dublin have identified a rare genetic mutation which increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder more than 10-fold. Identification of this risk gene gives scientists a strong biological clue as to one of the potential risk mechanisms for these common disorders, which is important as the cause of […]
The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warned environmental scientists in a commentary in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.