Monthly Archives: January 2023

Tuning into a person’s individual brainwave cycle boosts learning

Scientists have shown for the first time that briefly tuning into a person’s individual brainwave cycle before they perform a learning task dramatically boosts the speed at which cognitive skills improve.

Side-effects and costs are important issues for users of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, survey finds

A new survey finds that men who would be potential users of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication prefer long-acting injections over pills, but rank side effects and costs as the most important issues for them in considering whether to take PrEP.

MRI scans reveal disparate impact of poverty and other ‘toxic stress’ on brains of Black children

Stressful experiences during early childhood — particularly economic strife — appear to act as a toxic stressor that can alter regions of the brain tied to the processing of stress and trauma, according to a new study published Wednesday. The researchers found that Black children were impacted more than white children, largely because of the […]

Study finds link between neurodegeneration in obese people and Alzheimer’s disease

A new study led by scientists at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) of McGill University finds a correlation between neurodegeneration in obese people and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients, suggesting that losing excess weight could slow cognitive decline in aging and lower risk for AD.

Breast MRI found to be superior at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts

Compared to other common supplemental screening methods, breast MRI was superior at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to a study published in Radiology, a journal of the Radiological Society of North America.

Two million euro ERC Consolidator Grant awarded for finding new therapies against pancreatic cancer

The “Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma” (PDAC) is by far the most common form of cancer of the pancreas. PDAC tumors have an extremely poor prognosis because of several reasons.

New discovery about “killer torpedoes” may be the next breakthrough in cancer treatment

In our body, we have both an innate immune system and an immune system that is developed throughout life. Part of the innate immune system consists of so-called NK cells.

Study demonstrates an age cutoff heuristic in oncology

Age-based heuristics can lead to large differences in breast cancer treatment based on small differences in chronologic age, according to a new analysis of more than 500,000 patient records.

Adding veliparib to chemotherapy can extend progression-free survival in patients with “BRCA-like” breast cancer

Results from the SWOG S1416 clinical trial show that adding veliparib to chemotherapy can significantly extend progression-free survival (PFS) times in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) that has a “BRCA-like” phenotype.