Addition of atezolizumab to chemotherapy after surgery does not improve survival for triple negative breast cancer

Final analysis of the ALEXANDRA/IMpassion030 phase 3 trial Milan, Italy: Patients with triple-negative breast cancer do not benefit from the addition of atezolizumab to their post-surgery chemotherapy treatment, according to the results of a large phase 3 clinical trial presented at the 14th European Breast Cancer Conference. Triple negative breast cancer, so-called because the cancer […]

Exercise helps patients with advanced breast cancer, especially if they are suffering with pain

Milan, Italy: Taking part in an exercise programme reduced pain and fatigue, and improved quality of life for people with metastatic breast cancer, according to new results of a trial presented at the 14th European Breast Cancer Conference. Although patients of all ages benefitted from exercise, researchers saw the greatest improvement among patients aged under […]

Genetic test identifies patients with triple negative breast cancer who are unlikely to respond to immunotherapies

New results from the I-SPY2 phase 2 clinical trial Milan, Italy: Researchers have developed a genetic test that can identify how patients with triple negative early-stage breast cancer will respond to immunotherapy drugs. This means that patients who are unlikely to respond to these drugs can avoid the adverse side effects associated with them and […]

Families of men with fertility problems show distinct patterns of increased risk for several types of cancer

For the first time researchers have identified patterns of risk for several different types of cancer in men with fertility problems and their families. The study, which is published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals, found that families of men who have very few or no sperm in their […]

People who a eat healthy, plant-based diet are less likely to suffer with dangerous snoring

People who eat a healthy, plant-based diet that is high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts are less likely to suffer with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to a study published in ERJ Open Research [1]. However, people eating an unhealthy plant-based diet, high in refined carbohydrates, sugary drinks, high-sugar and high-salt foods, are […]

Women with human papillomavirus infection face higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Women have a four times higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease if they have an infection with a high-risk strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. HPV is a very common infection and high-risk strains are known to cause cervical cancer. Previous research has suggested […]

Obesity and alcohol are contributing to increases in bowel cancer rates among young adults

Experts predict death rates from all cancers for the EU and UK for 2024 Overweight and obesity are contributing to rising death rates from bowel cancer among people aged 25-49 years in the European Union (EU) and the UK, although death rates from this type of cancer are decreasing overall across Europe. These findings are […]

Winding down the window, drinking tea and coffee, turning the radio up and singing while driving could be signs of a dangerous snoring condition

Frequently using more than three strategies to stay alert while driving could be a sign of excessive sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to a study published  in ERJ Open Research [1]. People with OSA often snore loudly, their breathing starts and stops during the night, and they may wake up several times. […]

Nationwide study suggests link between medical cannabis for chronic pain and abnormal heart rhythm

People taking medical cannabis for chronic pain have a slightly increased risk of arrhythmia, according to research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. Arrhythmia is when the heart beats too slowly, too quickly or irregularly. It includes conditions like atrial fibrillation. Recreational use of cannabis has been linked to cardiovascular disease but there has […]

Beetroot juice supplement lowers blood pressure and improves exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

A 12-week course of daily beetroot juice supplement for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lowered blood pressure and improved how far patients could walk in six minutes in research published n the European Respiratory Journal [1]. COPD is a serious lung condition affecting around 400 million people worldwide [2]. COPD which includes chronic […]