Category: Health News

Reversing atherosclerosis with one shot

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds inside the arteries, stiffening and eventually clogging them. Plaque is a waxy substance that’s made of cholesterol, fat, fragments of cellular waste, calcium, and fibrin, an insoluble protein that helps the blood to clot. As plaque gradually builds up inside the arteries, it causes the vessels to

How To Cope With The Grief After Losing Your Mother

Mother’s Day isn’t always a happy cause for celebration. For those who have lost their mothers or mother figures, it can be a somber event. While it may get easier with time, grief isn’t linear. Some days are going to be harder than others, some years better than not.  If you’re struggling with grief this

During disasters, active Twitter users likely to spread falsehoods: Study examines Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy; also finds most users fail to correct misinformation

We know that Twitter is littered with misinformation. But how good are the social media platform’s most active users at detecting these falsehoods, especially during public emergencies? Not good, according to new University at Buffalo research that examined more than 20,000 tweets during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. The study, published today (May

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