27 Jan, 12 | by BMJ Group
“Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles.
- Does treatment with GLP-1R agonists lead to weight loss in patients who are overweight or obese?
- Can vitamin A supplementation lower the risk of hearing loss in undernourished children?
- How effective is an adjuvanted monovalent vaccine against pandemic influenza A/H1N1 in people with underlying chronic diseases?
- Can a new algorithm estimate the absolute risk of having ovarian cancer in women with and without symptoms?
Improving diagnosis of ovarian cancer in primary care
Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer improves prognosis: five year survival among women diagnosed with stage I ovarian cancer is 90%, compared with only 20% for stage III cancer and 6% for stage IV. Currently, however, less than 30% of women are diagnosed with stage I cancer, as the disease has few established risk factors and a range of non-specific symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, and abdominal pain that also occur with less serious and more common conditions. more…