International Research Unveils 2023's Economic Burden of Urinary Incontinence: Over 40 Billion Euros in Continence Care

Recent international research on the economic implications of urinary incontinence reveals that the expenses associated with continence care are projected to exceed 40 billion Euros in 2023. These costs encompass the effects of incontinence on individual health, expenses related to medical consultations and products like continence pads, work absenteeism due to incontinence, etc. Without proactive measures to support continence health, incontinence is poised to evolve into a significant health challenge in Europe, particularly exacerbated by an aging population.

Women’s mood worsens during ‘pill pause’ period of monthly contraceptive pill cycle

Most contraceptive pills are based on a cycle of taking the pill for 21 days, and then stopping the pill for 7 days. Now researchers have found that women’s mood worsens during the 7 pill-free days. This work will be presented at the ECNP congress in Barcelona on 8th October, after its recent publication in JAMA Network Open on 27th September 2023

A 2-year Spanish prospective observational cohort study provides further evidence on post-COVID-19 condition

It is estimated that over 5-10% of individuals who have survived COVID-19 experience a post-viral syndrome known as post-COVID-19 condition (PCC), post-acute COVID-19 sequelae (PACS), or "Long COVID”. PCC encompasses a range of persistent, incapacitating symptoms and medical issues that frequently result in physical, social, and psychological impairment, significantly affecting the quality of life for patients. Up to date it remains uncertain whether PCC represents a singular entity or a diverse syndrome with shared underlying pathophysiological factors.

The European Society of Cardiology has released the first major international guidelines for the management of cardiomyopathies

The 2023 ESC Guidelines for the Management of Cardiomyopathies were presented at the European Congress of Cardiology, which took place in Amsterdam from August 25 to 28. Dr. Elena Arbelo, coordinator of the Cardiac Genetic Diseases and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Unit at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, together with Dr. Juan Kaski, professor of pediatric inherited cardiovascular medicine at the University College of London, has led the development and presentation of this pioneering text.

New report reveals major health and economic impact of digestive diseases across Europe

Data from a new pan-European study on the burden of digestive diseases1, presented today at UEG Week 2022 and published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, highlights a worrying increase in the prevalence of several digestive diseases since 2000. These include chronic liver diseases, pancreatitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, vascular intestinal disorders and coeliac disease in children. In addition, the incidence and mortality rates for all digestive cancers combined have increased by 26% and 17% respectively in the period 2000-2019.

Mediterranean diet improves immunotherapy response rates and progression-free survival in advanced melanoma, new study suggests

Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in fibre, mono-unsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols, has been associated with improved immunotherapy response rates and progression-free survival in advanced melanoma patients, a new study presented today at UEG Week 2022 has found

Fish oil and vitamin D supplements in pregnancy lower the risk of croup in babies and young children

Babies and children under three years old are less likely to develop croup if their mothers took fish oil and vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, according to new results from a clinical trial. The findings are from a randomised controlled trial – the ‘gold standard’ for medical research – that will be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It is the first large study of its kind to investigate the effects of vitamin D and fish oil on croup.

Less invasive treatment for emphysema is as good as more invasive surgery: results from first randomised controlled trial comparing lung volume surger

The first randomised controlled trial to compare two different lung volume reduction procedures for people with emphysema has found that both lead to similar improvements in lung function, breathlessness and exercise capacity.

Study of people exposed to air pollution reveals greater effects on females than males

The impact of breathing diesel exhaust fumes may be more severe for females than males, according to new research that will be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Barcelona, Spain

Some Patients With Lung Cancers Have Inherited Genetic Variants That Increase Risk for Other Cancers

Genetic Testing Can Help Determine Risk, Treatment Options for Patients, Families