Category: Health News

Stomach bloating: One simple dietary tip to avoid tummy swelling

Cutting out these culprits can help soothe the swelling. Another simple fix is to eat regularly throughout the day. There is a popular misconception that skipping meals will flatten the stomach – this is wrong, says Kirsten Crothers, specialist gastro dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. She explained: “Irregular eating can cause a

Patient Dies After Getting a Poop Transplant

“Poop transplants,” or what doctors refer to as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), have been used in recent years as an experimental cure for Clostridium difficile, sometimes referred to as C. diff or C. difficile, which affects nearly half a million Americans each year. C. diff is a type of bacteria that can produce toxins that

Obituary: Jerome Fred Levy, emeritus professor of surgery, 84

Jerome Fred Levy, MD, a distinguished surgeon and emeritus professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died June 12, 2019, of pancreatic cancer at home in St. Louis. He was 84. A Washington University alumnus, Levy earned — in only three years and with honors — a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in

Hospitals may divert ambulances to avoid treating certain patients

Some hospitals may strategically divert ambulances to avoid treating low‐paying patients who are uninsured or who have Medicaid, according to a recent analysis. Charleen Hsuan, assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, led a study that examined whether hospitals are more likely to temporarily close their emergency departments to ambulances—a process known

Special fibroblasts help pancreatic cancer cells evade immune detection

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. Mostly chemoresistant, PDAC so far has no effective treatment. Understanding the connective tissue, called stroma, that surrounds, nurtures, and even protects PDAC tumors, is key to developing effective therapeutics. “PDAC patients are diagnosed really late, so we don’t know they’re

Cardiac toxicity risk factors identified with relapsed multiple myeloma therapy

More than half of patients with relapsed multiple myeloma treated with carfilzomib experienced cardiac issues during treatment, according to a multi-institutional study published June 12 in Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study recommends that patients undergo a detailed cardiovascular history before being prescribed carfilzomib and then be monitored with natriuretic peptide testing, an indicator for

Being overweight doubles high BP risk in kids, says study

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Overweight four-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack

Lumavera Has Big Growth Plans for 2018

Four-year-old luxury skin-care brand Lumavera is looking to grow substantially this year via new distribution markets, an expansion into cosmetics, the addition of tinted moisturizers and entrance into the growing supplements category.The company uses botanical extracts in its lines. All of the products are based on Lumavera’s core premise of using “superfoods” for skin care.

Growing life expectancy inequality in US cannot be blamed on opioids alone

A new University of Michigan study challenges a popularized view about what’s causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and less-educated Americans — finding shortcomings in the widespread narrative that the United States is facing an epidemic of “despair.” Some influential studies have argued that growing life expectancy inequality is driven by so-called

Epilepsy drugs linked to increased risk of suicidal behavior, particularly in young people: Review of treatment guidelines needed, suggest researchers

Treatment with gabapentinoids — a group of drugs used for epilepsy, nerve pain and anxiety disorders — is associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour, unintentional overdose, injuries, and road traffic incidents, finds a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today. Prescriptions have risen steeply in recent years, and gabapentinoids are among the

Watch ‘Miss Foot Fixer’ pull out a patient’s ingrown toenail

Gruesome footage captures ‘Miss Foot Fixer’ pulling out an ingrown toenail from a patient’s foot Podiatrist Marion Yau has a patient with a ‘ingrown toe and massive growth’ Stomach-churning footage shows her cutting away at the growth with pliers Then removes half of the unnamed patient’s toe after it was ‘hidden’ by growth  A stomach-churning video

The ‘AI turn’ for digital health: A futuristic view

The unprecedented implications of digital health innovations, being co-produced by the mainstreaming and integration of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and cyber-physical systems (CPS) in healthcare, are examined in a new technology horizon-scanning article. This digital transformation of healthcare is facilitated by the rapid rise in Big Data and real-time Big Data