Moderate drinking positive for prostate cancer

Alcohol doesn’t appear to increase the risk of developing metastatic prostate cancer or increase the risk of death in patients with the disease.
A prospective cohort study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, looked at alcohol intake among 47 568 cancer-free men at risk of …

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Canagliflozin shows positive renal results in type 2 diabetes

The sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, canagliflozin, significantly reduces the risk of renal failure, dialysis or kidney transplantation, and renal or cardiovascular (CV) death in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a new trial.
The CREDENCE study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine was …

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Suboptimal cholesterol lowering leads to higher CVD

Over half of patients fail to achieve optimal cholesterol lowering following statin initiation for primary prevention, and suffer higher rates of cardiovascular events as a result.
This is according to a prospective cohort study of 165 411 primary care patients, from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, …

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Antioxidants may improve male fertility

Oral supplementation with antioxidants may improve male subfertility and lead to a higher pregnancy rate, according to a recent Cochrane Systematic Review. 
According to Cochrane the inability to have children affects 10% to 15% of couples worldwide. A male problem accounts for up to half of …

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Low-dose aspirin no benefit in prostate cancer

Low-dose aspirin does not increase survival in prostate cancer, according to a large Danish cohort study.
The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 29 136 patients (median age, 70 years) with a diagnosis of prostate cancer for between five and seven years.
7633 died of …

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Type 2 diabetes diagnosed every three minutes

Someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales every three minutes, according to figures released by Diabetes UK. Data show that 202 665 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2017, equivalent to 23 people every hour.
However, on a positive note it …

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Baby Grady gives fatherhood hope for young boys

Scientists have successfully produced a live birth using sperm derived from frozen prepubertal testicular tissue. The work in rhesus macaques is groundbreaking because currently there is no way to preserve fertility in prepubertal boys undergoing cancer therapy. For men and women, including young girls, sperm …

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High-strength cannabis and psychosis link confirmed

People using high potency cannabis are five times more likely to suffer psychosis than nonusers, according to a study published in Lancet Psychiatry (doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30048-3).
The researchers, from King’s College, London, looked at cannabis use by people in 11 European towns and cities, including London, as well …

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Prostate cancer survival predictor launched

A tool that helps patients with nonmetastatic prostate cancer choose watchful waiting or more radical treatment is available to men and the healthcare professionals treating them. The Predict Prostate tool went live on an NHS website on 13 March.
The study demonstrating the accuracy of the …

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NICE lowers BP treatment threshold

Many thousands more people are set to receive treatment for hypertension following publication of new draft guidance from NICE.
The revised guideline recommends that antihypertensive drugs should be given to people aged under 80 with a diagnosis of stage 1 hypertension who have a 10% or …

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