Weekly health roundup June 12
International health news
New research has found that a blood test could detect a brain tumour five years before symptoms appear, compared to current tests able to detect tumours only three months after the first symptoms appear. The new blood test can identify weakened brain proteins, which usually lead to cancer a few years after.
The new olaparib drug could slow the growth of an incurable form of breast cancer. Although more research still needs to be done on this new therapy, it could slow down the RCA-related breast cancer by three months, by targeting the patient’s’ genes. This cancer type caused by gene mutation is inherited and tends to affect young women.
The WHO has reported that the number of suspected Cholera cases in Yemen has exceeded 100,000 with 798 fatal cases since the epidemic. The disease is caused by the ingestion of the Vibrio cholerae bacteria found in food and water, which is coming from the country’s poor water and sanitation systems.
According to a data analysis from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 million adults have a chronic kidney disease in the US. The healthcare industry needs to make early stage diagnosis a higher priority since many Americans are living with the condition without knowing it.
Officials have reported that HIV rates in Iran have doubled in the past few years, increasing to 30% from the earlier 15%. Although this infection used to affect mostly Iranian men, there has been a sharper increase in women recently. Over 80,000 patients in Iran are living with HIV or AIDS, prompting officials to raise the level of awareness about the disease.
After a six-month study in Ecuador, scientists have reported that eating an egg per day could help young children grow to a healthy height. Whether hard-boiled, fried, or scrambled, eggs could prevent growth stunting, which is affecting over 155 million children under the age of five.
Sitting all day could lead to gluteal amnesia, which is also known as the ‘dead butt syndrome’. This syndrome happens when the gluteus medius – one of the main muscles in the buttocks – stops working correctly, which can lead to pain in the lower back and hips, as well as knee and ankle problems. To avoid developing ‘dead butt syndrome’, physical therapists recommend taking frequent breaks from the chair and engaging in glute muscles exercises, such as squats and bridges.