Category: Health News

Blockade at the receptor

When chlamydia attacks the human body, the immune system activates. But the bacteria are adapted to defend themselves. Scientists from Würzburg have deciphered new details of their strategy. Chlamydia trachomatis is a common sexually transmitted disease. More than 131 million people are infected with this bacterium worldwide. If detected at an early stage and treated

Targeting ‘microtubules’ could prevent heart failure

One of the most common causes of congestive heart failure is “stiff heart syndrome.” According to Dr. Jerry Sokol — a cardiologist in Deer Park, NY — this causes fluid to build up and back up into the lungs. This occurs “usually in patients older than age 60,” he says. At the microcellular level, they

Scientist explains how stress damages every part of your body

Why you really need to chill out: Scientist explains how stress damages every part of your body – and some breathing exercises for a quick fix Michael J.Porter is a lecturer in Molecular Genetics at the University of Central Lancashire He insists that by understanding what happens inside our bodies we can learn to control

Five ways to keep that lost weight gone for good

(HealthDay)—Losing weight and keeping it off comes down to making permanent changes in the way you eat. Although many eating habits are formed in childhood, it’s never too late to improve. But you’ll need to reinforce them until they become second nature. One high-tech way is with diet apps that send you motivational text messages

Being Allergic to Red Meat May Hurt Your Heart

If you’re allergic to steak, eating a meat-heavy diet may be harmful. We’ve all heard it a million times: too much red meat is bad for your heart. Now researchers are starting to pay closer attention to a specific allergy to red meat caused by a tick bite that could play a prominent role in

Majority of teenagers need food safety education

A new study from the University of Waterloo highlights a low level of awareness among youth around the proper precautions they need to take when it comes to handling food. The study measured 32 different food-handling behaviours among Ontario high school students in grades 10 to 12. It found that fewer than 50 per cent

US approves marijuana-based prescription drug for epilepsy

U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalisation for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that

Heavy teens are less likely now to try and lose weight

(HealthDay)—The obesity epidemic among American teens is being fed by a waning desire to lose weight, a new report suggests. Among many adolescents, being overweight or obese may increasingly seem “normal,” so they don’t feel the urgency to shed pounds, some researchers believe. “The findings are very worrisome, since adolescence is the best life stage

People with schizophrenia account for more than one in 10 suicide cases: Suicide risk assessments early in the course of illness should be emphasized, researchers say

A new CAMH and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) study shows that people with schizophrenia account for more than 1 in 10 cases of suicide in Ontario, and that young people are disproportionately affected. “Among people who died by suicide, having a diagnosis of schizophrenia is clearly over-represented,” says Dr. Juveria Zaheer, first author

Vertical mergers could be challenging for primary care

(HealthDay)—Vertical level mergers, which incorporate not just health care providers, but also insurers, retailers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), could pose challenges in primary care, according to an article published in Medical Economics. In order to compete with other players in health care and new entrants in the industry, the biggest players are merging to

15 Years of Global Health Fellows: Lasting Impact in Local Communities

We are proud to celebrate 15 years of the Global Health Fellows (GHF) program, Pfizer’s signature international corporate volunteer initiative. The 2018 class of Fellows will be placed on short-term assignments with seven leading international development organizations to help improve healthcare systems and build local healthcare capacity in underserved communities. Each volunteer assignment helps to

Man’s throat started to ROT after he swallowed bleach

Man’s throat started to ROT after he accidentally swallowed a bleach tablet instead of painkillers: 65-year-old spent 2 weeks in intensive care breathing and eating through tubes A 65-year-old man went to hospital in Geneva complaining of throat pain  He had swallowed a tablet of bleach at home, thinking it was paracetamol The harsh chemicals

Social bonding key cause of soccer (football) violence

As World Cup fever sets in, increased hooliganism and football related violence are legitimate international concerns. Previous research has linked sports-related hooliganism to ‘social maladjustment’ e.g. previous episodes of violence or dysfunctional behaviour at home, work or school etc. However, social bonding and a desire to protect and defend other fans may be one of

What you need to know about getting enough fibre

How much fibre do you eat? The answer is: probably not enough. We’re now advised to get 30g a day, yet the average Brit only manages 18g. "Fibre is the forgotten food," says This Morning medic Dr Ranj Singh. "Unlike carbs, protein and fats, it’s not seen as important. Fibre has the image of being

Can herpes virus lead to Alzheimer’s disease?

Scientists have found up to two times higher level of human herpes virus among people with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting the potential role of the viruses in the development of the progressive brain disorder. Herpes virus causes contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals. The study found unusually increased level of human