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Do e-cigarettes damage blood vessels?

Do e-cigarettes damage blood vessels?

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MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 -- Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests.With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm."Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital."We think that chronic exposure to e-cigare...
Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

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Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment.The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working.Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival".But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said.Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib.This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS ...