Does the death of the partner have an influence on the risk of atrial fibrillation?

iStock_000024649569XSmallStress can be caused by many diseases. This correlation has already been proved in acute diseases of the cardiovascular system such as myocardial infarction. The loss of the partner is considered to be one of the most stressful life experiences. Bereavement may be the cause of mental illness for example depression. Can the stress of bereavement cause of other diseases? Read full text »

Is the value of the glycemic index a risk factor for lung cancer?

medical doctor looking at x-ray picture of lungs in hospitalThe journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention published an article showing the connection between the glycemic index (GI) and an increased risk of lung cancer. This study represents the largest analysis to demonstrate the possible links. Read full text »

Inhibitors of epidermal growth factor receptor – a new hope for patients with neuropathic pain?

Arm ache. Close up of businessman hand tired from typingNeuropathic pain, which concerns more and more patients, is currently a huge therapeutic challenge. Mechanism of its emergence is not exactly known yet and effectiveness of treatment with the use of standard pharamacotherapy involving analgesics, anticonvulsive drugs and antidepressants is usually not satisfactory. That is why scientists look for alternative treatment methods. One of the aim of new therapies may be epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Read full text »

Colorectal cancer – is there an association between blood coagulability and neoplasms?

Malignant neoplasms change the rheological properties of the blood, leading to a higher risk of thrombosis. Treatment of a cancer also affects the haemostasis. Recent studies carried out in the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (Heidelberg) showed that not only the cancer is causing the thrombosis, but the prothrombotic trend may increase the risk of malignant neoplasm occurrence. Read full text »