August 27, 2019

The American Opioid Crisis: Drug Firm Johnson & Johnson Fined In Landmark Court Ruling

Drug firm Johnson & Johnson must pay $572m for its part in fueling Oklahoma's opioid addiction crisis, a judge in the US state has ruled.
August 26, 2019

Lower Levels Of Dietary Vitamins And Antioxidants Are Linked To Frailty In Older Adults

Researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin have shown that lower levels of specific dietary vitamins and antioxidants are associated with frailty.
August 23, 2019

Low Levels Of Vitamin D In Elementary School Could Result In Aggressive Behavior In Adolescence

Vitamin D deficiency in middle childhood could result in aggressive behavior as well as anxious and depressive moods during adolescence, according to a new University of Michigan study of school children in Bogotá, Colombia.
August 22, 2019

Drug Study Claims Four-In-One ‘Polypill’ Can Prevent Heart Attacks And Strokes

A new study claims a so-called ‘polypill’ containing four different drugs can prevent heart attacks and strokes.
August 21, 2019

Protection Of The Skin From Sun Damage
(Part 2)

In the last issue of our Health Science News Page we discussed aspects of skin cancer and the damage caused by excessive sun exposure. The most common risk factor of non-melanoma skin cancer is excessive sunlight exposure. However, it is important to note that the non-melanoma skin cancers—basal and squamous cell carcinomas—are not as lethal as melanoma which can also occur on areas of the skin not exposed to the sun. Sun exposure can cause free radical damage to skin cells, leading to DNA damage and skin aging, and may eventually cause skin cancer; however, that is not the only risk factor.
August 21, 2019

Protection Of The Skin From Sun Damage
(Part 1)

With the arrival of summer people become acutely aware of sun exposure, skin cancers and the use of sunscreen. Worldwide, one in three diagnosed cancers is classified under skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are the most common forms of skin cancer, and malignant melanoma is the most fatal.
August 21, 2019

Bayer Proposes Paying $8 Billion to Settle Roundup Weedkiller Cancer Claims

Pharmaceutical company Bayer is said to be proposing to pay as much as $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.
August 20, 2019

New Meta-Analysis Links Vitamin D Supplements To Lower Risk Of Death From Cancer

Vitamin D supplementation is associated with a 16 percent lower risk of death from cancer, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.