Category: Health News

How safe is vaping?

A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes. Nicotine addiction is a real problem but the health issues

Should I take Vitamin C or other supplements for my cold?

Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold. When it comes to the common cold (also

Black people face a 28% greater risk of dementia

Black people face a greater risk of dementia compared to other ethnic groups and those from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed, finds study of 2.5 million Scientists remain baffled as to what may be the behind the different risks But they believe both genes and environment play a role in dementia

Naltrexone helps HIV positive individuals reduce heavy alcohol use

Extended-release naltrexone—an injection that decreases heavy drinking in the general population when taken in conjunction with counseling—appears to help HIV-positive individuals reduce their number of heavy drinking days too, say Yale researchers. This study was published online on Aug. 2 in AIDS and Behavior. “While we know that patients with heavy alcohol use are less

Bleeding mole: Causes and what to do

It is common for adults to have between 10 and 40 moles. People with lighter skin tend to have more moles than those with darker skin. Moles can change as a person ages. Some will become darker or lighter, and many moles grow. They can appear anywhere on the skin, from the scalp to the

6 Wellness Escapes To Restore Your Mind, Body & Spirit

We get it – hibernation majorly appeals when there’s a chill in the air and the sky is greyer than the hoody now accompanying your workouts.  But mate, you’re not a bear, so it’s time to crawl out of this winter slump and dig out your suitcase. Simply planning a getaway can boost your wellbeing,

Bioengineers use magnetic force to manage pain: Early work demonstrates promise of ‘mechanoceuticals’

UCLA bioengineers have demonstrated that a gel-like material containing tiny magnetic particles could be used to manage chronic pain from disease or injury. Broadly, the study demonstrates the promising use of biomechanical forces that push and pull on cells to treat disease. “Much of mainstream modern medicine centers on using pharmaceuticals to make chemical or

New immune defenders added to blood cell

Our researchers have revealed the identities of new subsets of immune cells at the frontline of our body’s defenses against infection. The research team’s discovery expands the understanding of immune cells called granulocytes – immune cells that can trigger inflammation and engulf microbes to slow an infection’s progress. As well as protecting against infection, granulocytes

New model of a peripheral nervous system disease

Studying transthyretin amyloidoses-a group of progressive nerve and cardiac degenerative diseases caused by the buildup of misfolded transthyretin (TTR) proteins in the body-has long been hampered by the lack of animal models of the disease. Mice, for instance, don’t show the same symptoms as humans, even when misfolded TTR accumulates in their organs. Now, scientists

Phantosmia: Causes and symptoms of phantom smells

Phantosmia is also called a phantom smell or an olfactory hallucination. The smells vary from person to person but are usually unpleasant, such as burnt toast, metallic, or chemical smells. Problems with the nose, such as sinusitis, or conditions of the nervous system or brain, including migraine, stroke, or schizophrenia can cause phantosmia. In this

Too much sleep could be worse for health than too little

An analysis of pooled data from dozens of studies covering more than 3 million people finds that self-reported sleep duration outside of 7–8 hours each night is linked to a higher risk of death and cardiovascular diseases. The study — which scientists at Keele University in the United Kingdom led and which is now published

Taking a pill can effectively treat brutal lung disease: Researchers learn what causes pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) to clog lungs

Researchers report in Nature Communications they figured out why air sacs in the lungs clog up with a thick substance called surfactant in a brutal disease called Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis (PAP), and they show taking cholesterol-busting pills called statins can effectively treat the disease. That’s good news for people with PAP because at present the

Thirteen Confirmed Ebola Cases in Latest Congo Outbreak

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 — The number of confirmed cases in a new Ebola outbreak in Congo has reached 13, including three deaths, the country’s health ministry said late Saturday. It also said there were 30 probable cases and 33 suspected cases, the Associated Press reported. The new outbreak in North Kivu province was announced

Women with heart problems less likely to die under female doctor

Women suffering heart problems are less likely to die if they see a female doctor, study finds Male doctors are more likely to miss danger signs in women who are admitted Women have harder-to-interpret heart attack symptoms compared to men  More women died under male doctors than they did with under female  Women who have heart attacks