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May 2, 2016

Pre-participation screening of athletes ‘should be abandoned’

Young athletes should not undergo screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest as it is not proven to save lives, suggests an analysis of the available evidence published in The BMJ.

Behaviour explains weight loss variance

Assessing certain weight control practices and eating behaviours after bariatric surgery can significantly influence the amount of weight loss after surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.

Loneliness linked to heightened stroke risk

Loneliness and social isolation are linked to around a 30 per cent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease (CAD) — the two leading causes of illness and death in high-income countries.

Protein research holds ‘promise’ for Alzheimer’s

New research led by scientists at the University of Glasgow and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has discovered a protein that can reverse Alzheimer’s disease-like pathology and cognitive decline in mice.

More women now suited to breast reconstruction

The timing of breast reconstruction is dependent on the additional treatments that are required, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. While the priority is treatment of the cancer, the aim is also to offer the best aesthetic results possible.

Survey finds gap in support for patients

A national survey has identified significant gaps in support for patients with advanced breast cancer, in particular a lack of more specialist cancer nurses and emotional support services.

On the growth of psychoanalysis in Ireland

Study finds 10-year-olds worry more than 7- or 13-year-olds

Anxiety and worry is a normal part of childhood and adolescence, however, research observing children throughout childhood to evaluate the development of worrisome thoughts is lacking, and makes it difficult to distinguish between normal and pathological worrying patterns.

Combination treatment delays onset

While neratinib plus paclitaxel was not superior to trastuzumab plus paclitaxel as first-line treatment for ErbB2-positive metastatic breast cancer in terms of progression-free survival, the combination was associated with delayed onset and reduced frequency of central nervous system metastases, a finding that requires a larger study to confirm, according to an article published online by […]

Replacing saturated fat with vegetable oils does not curb CVD

Replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid lowers blood cholesterol, but doesn’t curb heart disease risk or help you live longer, suggests a study published by The BMJ.

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