In the Journals

Mai – June 2019 High-amylose wheat lowers the postprandial glycemic response to bread in healthy adults: A randomized controlled crossover trial.The Journal of Nutrition The moderating effect of childhood disadvantage on the associations between smoking and occupational exposure and lung function: A cross sectional analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) BMC Public Health …

Your resting heart rate (RHR) – a fitness indicator

What does your resting heart rate (RHR) tell you? The resting heart rate gives you a pretty good clue on how ‘fit’ you are. There is a direct link between a high RHR and increased risk of dying from cardiovascular events according to some research. A study from 2015 found that a higher resting heart …

HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Antiretroviral Medication as Prophylaxis   Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) with antiretroviral drugs is a concept that is gaining increased recognition as a method of primary prevention for people with a risk of becoming infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. We know what works best in the prevention of HIV but human nature, mainly when guided by …

Aspirin in colorectal cancer

The timeline of Acetylsalicylic Acid Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid), who started its life as an ordinary headache tablet turned out to be an effective blood thinner and established itself on the cardiology shelves of our pharmacies. If the outcome of recent studies is to be confirmed, Acetylsalicylic Acid will soon be prescribed by oncologists. Encouraging outcomes Evidence …

Ketamine to treat depression

There is a new light shining into the corner of treatment-resistant depression: in the form of a drug called Ketamine. This substance, not new to the medical world, is thought to have a rapid effect in clinical depression and could become a life-saver for people with severe suicidal depression. The drug has hallucinogenic and pain …

China to accelerate drug approval

According to recent news China is reporting that it intends to accelerate the approval process for new medication by accepting the data from international clinical trials. This is obviously great news for many patients in need of new generation drugs such as immunotherapy. By adopting this more open approach, the world’s second-largest drug market is …

No Benefits of low-dose Oxygen during Acute Stroke

To give or not to give Oxygen In case of an emergency and if in any doubt, give the patient oxygen. This first aid manoeuvre is also part of a knee-jerk when attending to an acute cerebrovascular accident. To protect brain tissue from hypoxia with continuous oxygen during the acute phase of a cerebrovascular accident …

Pembrolizumab – immunotherapy for gastric cancer

After encouraging results in treating melanoma, lung and kidney, immunotherapy enters the realm of gastric malignancies. The FDA has approved Pembrolizumab, (Keytruda) by Merk, for use as a third-line treatment for locally advanced or metastatic adenocarcinoma of the stomach and gastro-oesophageal junction that express programmed death receptor-ligand 1 (PD-L1). Immunotherapy tries to elicit the mechanisms how …