Other Notable Health Studies & Research From May 10, 2022

Smoking severes prognosis for men with prostate cancer
Smokers have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, but a higher risk of dying from the disease, according to a large population study led by Lund University in Sweden.

Psychopathic individuals more likely to have larger striatum region in the brain: Study
Neuroscientists from NTU Singapore, University of Pennsylvania, and California State University, have established the existence of a biological difference between psychopaths and non-psychopaths.

New ESMO framework to resolve uncertainties about the de-intensification of cancer treatments
ESMO, the leading professional organization for medical oncology, has developed a new evidence-based classification to guide research and interpretation of data on treatment de-escalation in oncology.

A study reveals one of the reasons why neurons die in Parkinson’s patients
A study carried out by a research team at the University of Cordoba has revealed, in mice, one of the reasons for this neuronal loss: the key lies in the protein called DJ1, whose relationship with Parkinson’s disease had already been demonstrated, although until now its exact function was unclear.

How the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic changed our creativity
A study conducted at the Paris Brain Institute (Inserm/CNRS/Sorbonne University/AP-HP) has just revealed how our creativity evolution during these periods and the factors that may have influenced it.

Common gene variant in gynecologic disorders suggests new options for screening for heart disease and cancer
Women suffering from endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and preeclampsia may be protected from future heart disease if they carry a specific common genetic variant on the surface of cells (insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor, or IGF1R).

Children grow faster during school year than during summer holidays
Children grow faster during the school year than during the summer period, show scientists. In contrast to the strong seasonality of vertical growth, there is little seasonality in increase in body weight over time. Slower vertical growth affects the BMI and contributes to the “obesogenicity” of the summer period.

Discovery in the brains of army veterans with chronic pain could pave way for personalized treatments
A new study is the first to investigate brain connectivity patterns at rest in veterans with both chronic pain and trauma, finding three unique brain subtypes potentially indicating high, medium, and low susceptibility to pain and trauma symptoms.

Study of Pregnant Women Finds Increasing Chemical Exposure
A national study that enrolled a highly diverse group of pregnant women over 12 years found rising exposure to chemicals from plastics and pesticides that may be harmful to development.

Eating sea squirts may reverse the signs of ageing, study shows
Researchers from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Stanford University, Shanghai Jiao tong University, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported that supplementing a diet with the sea organisms Ascidiacea, also known as sea squirts, reverses some of the main signs of ageing in an animal model.

Health systems study plans to future-proof their organizations post-pandemic
For US health systems emerging from the pandemic, the promise of patient-centered care is within reach, according to the 2022 Health Systems’ Climate Study.

Poor eyesight unfairly mistaken for brain decline
Millions of older people with poor vision are at risk of being misdiagnosed with mild cognitive impairments, according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

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