A potentially huge breakthrough has been made in the treatment of prostate cancer. A study has found that a drug for treating the condition could save lives if offered earlier. Professor Nicholas James from the University of Birmingham led the research in which abiraterone was administered as an additional treatment to patients who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. The trial involved 1,917 men, half of whom were given abiraterone, combined with hormone therapy, and half of whom were given hormone therapy alone. There were 182 deaths in the first group compared with 262 in the second. “This is one of the biggest reductions in death I’ve seen in any clinical trial for adult cancers,” said Professor James.
A new survey has found that 40% of Irish adults suffer from some sort of allergy. Hay fever is the most common, followed by dust and food. The survey was carried out by Ignite Research on behalf of Scope Healthcare and it discovered that allergies have a big impact on people’s lives.Twenty percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed had missed work as a result of their allergies and 2% had taken more than 20 days off because of them. Some 35% believed that it affected their mood and another 35% had sleep problems, while 17% felt that allergies prevented them from socialising and eating out and 10% had their travel plans restricted. However, despite such negative effects, there appears to be a lot of confusion about how to treat allergies. One-in-four people didn’t take any medication and even those who did said that they did not know what was best to take.
Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, according to research carried out by scientists at University College London. The study analysed data from 12,000 children in the UK. It found that more than half the children had a TV in their bedroom at the age of seven. Later, when the children were 11, researchers plotted their body mass index and looked at the percentage of body fat. Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30% more likely to be overweight when they were 11 compared with girls who didn’t. For boys, the risk was increased by 20%.