The beneficial effect of playing 3D-platform video games on grey matter volume seems to apply even to older adults, a recent study reports, which shows that even at 55 to 75 years of age, hippocampal and cerebellar grey matter increases following an experimental videogame regimen.
Average home blood pressure (HBP) is as reliable as office BP (OBP) in predicting total mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD), suggests a recent general population study with 19-year follow-up. In addition, only normotension (low OBP and HBP) correlates with low risk.
The risk of congenital malformation is moderately elevated in pregnant mothers with increased exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a new study suggests, adding that 1 month before and after conception is the most susceptible period.
The systemic inflammatory response appears to have good prognostic value in resectable cancers, a recent study reveals. In particular, the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, platelet-lymphocyte ratio, lymphocyte-monocyte ratio and modified Glasgow prognostic score are strongly associated with overall survival.
Smoking duration is associated with the risk of developing colorectal polyps, according to a study. This relationship is stronger for distal rather than proximal polyps and for serrated polyps rather than adenomas, and is independent of smoking intensity and cessation and other potential confounders.
Treatment with dupilumab appears to lower incidence of skin infections and eczema herpeticum in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a recent study, adding that the mechanism underlying this association is likely related to improvement in AD severity.
Combining the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet with low sodium intake reduces systolic blood pressure (SBP) in individuals with pre- and stage 1 hypertension, with progressively higher reductions at greater levels of baseline SBP, a recent study has shown.
At a symposium during the 25th Congress of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Susan Davis discussed the unique implications of women living decades beyond menopause, and how healthcare professionals can best manage menopausal symptoms in the short and long term.