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  • Light therapy promises big change for early treatment of prostate cancer

    10th February 2017

    Almost half of patients involved in a clinical trial went into complete remission following new treatment for localised prostate cancer called vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP). As reported by Medical News Today, the clinical trial was run by Professor Mark Emberton at University College London and colleagues, and published in The Lancet Oncology.  413 men with early ...

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  • Over half a million people susceptible to heart disease due to faulty genes

    3rd February 2017

    The British Heart Foundation has outlined that around 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene which increases their risk of heart disease. Coronary heart disease has a range of well-established causes (see our information).  However, increased research into genetic susceptibility to developing heart conditions has identified faulty genes that can have a significant impact, ...

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  • Longer life link with spicy food

    27th January 2017

    A University of Vermont study suggests capsaicin found in chilli peppers may help promote longevity. As featured in the Telegraph, data from 16,000 US men over a period of 19 years were included in the study.  Over that time, 34% of the men died, but when cross-referenced for chilli pepper consumption, the percentage fell to only ...

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  • Huge step forward in prostate cancer testing

    20th January 2017

    The use of multi-parametric MRI to detect prostate cancer has shown to detect more cancers and reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies. As reported by BBC News and published in the Lancet, a trial of 576 men was shown to dramatically increase the accuracy of cancer detection.  Currently, testing for prostate cancer can involve a blood ...

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  • Brain’s reaction to stress key link to greater risk of heart attack

    13th January 2017

    US researchers have linked heightened activity in a person’s brain to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. As reported by BBC News, the study focused on almost 300 people and was led by researchers at Harvard Medical School.  A link between stress and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease has long been known, but the way ...

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  • Dementia may be associated with traffic pollution

    6th January 2017

    Up to 11% of dementia cases in people living close to a major road may be related to traffic. As reported by BBC News, a Canadian study conducted by the University of Ontario followed nearly 2m people between 2001 and 2012.  The study found a correlation between the number of dementia cases and living close to ...

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  • 87% of middle-aged men are overweight, drink too much or exercise too little

    30th December 2016

    A new survey by Public Health England (PHE) shows that around 8 out of 10 people aged 40-60 in England are risking their health by drinking too much, exercising too little, or weighing too much. As reported by BBC News and the Guardian, men are slightly more likely than women – 87% to 79% – to ...

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  • ‘Transformative’ treatment for early stage prostate cancer announced

    22nd December 2016

    A new surgical approach has shown significant results in eliminating prostate tumours, as reported by BBC News. A pan-European trial involving 47 hospitals showed almost half of the 413 men treated had no cancer remaining following the treatment.  The technique involves use of a drug made from deep-sea bacteria, which become toxic when exposed to light. ...

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  • Regular exercise beneficial for sperm quality

    16th December 2016

    Results from a recent study suggests that regular exercise is likely to improve sperm quality. As reported by Medical News Today, a research study from Uremia University in Iran sought to determine how varying exercise levels can affect men’s sperm quality.  Various previous studies on the impact of exercise have had differing findings, with some showing ...

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  • Immune disorder may be cause of some psychosis cases

    9th December 2016

    A new study in Lancet Psychiatry has suggested that some patients who have developed psychotic conditions may have developed their symptoms due to problems with their immune system. As reported by BBC News, the UK-wide trial study involved taking blood samples from 228 people.  For some patients, the research suggested that their antibodies were attacking the ...

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