Category: Health News

Dodgy oysters poison 12,000 Britons a year

Aphrodisi-yuk: Dodgy oysters poison 12,000 Britons a year with more than two-thirds of the shellfish on sale infected with the contagious norovirus Nearly 12,000 people a year are being poisoned by eating contaminated oysters Scientists discovered that more than two-thirds of oysters on sale are infected  Oysters are causing about 11,800 cases of norovirus poisoning

Genome surgery for eye disease moves closer to reality: Study shows that a CRISPR-based treatment can restore retinal function in mice

Researchers from Columbia University have developed a new technique for the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to restore retinal function in mice afflicted by a degenerative retinal disease, retinitis pigmentosa. This is the first time researchers have successfully applied CRISPR technology to a type of inherited disease known as a dominant disorder. This same tool

Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that more than 30 million people in the United States live with type 2 diabetes. Many of the risk factors for diabetes are lifestyle habits that can be changed. Being physically active, eating right, and trying to maintain a healthy weight can all lower the risk. Some other

Signs of stroke in men: Early warnings and symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. They are more common and more likely to be fatal in women, while men tend to have strokes at a younger age. Being aware of all symptoms, including those specific to sex, can help

Easing the itch of poison ivy and poison oak

April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring the arrival of troublesome plants such as poison ivy and poison oak that can cause mild to severe allergic reactions. The signature leaves of three of the poison ivy plant carry an oil called urushiol that can be an irritant if touched, broken or burned.

The butterfly woman who lives in constant agony

The butterfly woman who lives in constant agony: Inspirational student, 24, refuses to let her condition hold her back despite enduring the pain of second-degree burns every day WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT  Shardai Cousino suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa, which makes skin blister Ms Cousin uses a wheelchair and changes her bandages at least twice a week  After

Impostor syndrome: Symptoms, types, and how to deal with it

Psychologists first described the syndrome in 1978. Research from 2011 suggests that approximately 70 percent of people will experience at least one episode of impostor syndrome in their lives. It may be especially prevalent among women considered to be high-achievers. Many people experience symptoms for a limited time, such as in the first few weeks

Putting distinct memories of similar events in their place

Neuroscientists have found new evidence on how distinct memories of similar events are represented in the brain. Its findings, which appear in the journal Neuron, correct a previous misconception of how such memories are stored in the hippocampus — a part of the brain crucial for memory and understanding space. “Previous research suggested that brain

Experimental drug targets prostate cancer’s chief weakness

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimate that 164,690 people will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. They suggest that more than 11 percent of men will receive this diagnosis at some point during their lifetime. Treatments for prostate cancer can include radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy. But unfortunately, in many cases, tumors that

Effects of physical activity during pregnancy

In a recent Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica study, a combined lifestyle intervention including dietary counseling and twice-weekly exercise classes during pregnancy resulted in a slightly longer first stage of labor, without any other effects during labor or delivery. Women reporting to have high physical activity level (>35 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity/day) in late

An Introduction to Telemedicine

Hoping To See Your Doctor Via Telemedicine? Here’s A Quick Guide. Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health care reform, and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years. “There’s much broader recognition of the