Maintenance Olaparib Benefits Sustained Beyond 2 Years Treatment

(Reuters Health) – Women with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation see sustained benefits in progression free survival rates after two years of maintenance olaparib therapy, a clinical trial analysis suggests. The study focused on women with BRCA mutations and newly-diagnosed advanced high grade serous or endometrioid ovarian…

Crohn’s: How stress can impact the gut microbiota to cause flare-ups

Researchers investigated the impact of psychological stress on Crohn’s disease in a mouse model. Psychological stress in mice caused an increase of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) in the gut. Stress also eliminated cells that make IL-22, a protein that protects the gut’s lining and may prevent Crohn’s flare-ups. The researchers…

Germany’s new govt to legalise recreational cannabis

Amsterdam may soon have a rival as the European capital of cannabis, with Germany’s next government planning to legalise recreational use of the drug. The centre-left SPD, Greens and liberal FDP, which presented their plans for Germany’s next ruling coalition on Wednesday, have agreed to ease rules on personal use…

Is a nasal vaccine for Alzheimer's on the horizon?

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of mortality. There is currently no known cure. Scientists have developed a nasal vaccine that was effective at protecting and treating mice with Alzheimer’s. Scientists are now trialing the vaccine in a small group of humans to see whether it is safe. A new…

Europe is only region with more COVID, with 11% case rise

The World Health Organization said that coronavirus cases jumped by 11% in Europe in the last week, the only region in the world where COVID-19 has continued to increase since mid-October. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic released on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said cases and deaths globally…