Category: Health News

Cervical cancer: New radiotherapy technique prolongs survival

Patients with locally advanced cervical cancer benefit significantly from an innovative radiotherapy technique co-developed by MedUni Vienna under the direction of Richard Pötter and Christian Kirisits. The technique provides better tumor control and produces fewer side-effects. This is substantiated by the results of the prospective, international, multi-center study, EMBRACE I, conducted under the direction of

Fiji’s vaccine program reduces childhood death and illness: study

Fiji’s national vaccine program against pneumonia, a serious lung condition, and rotavirus, a common disease which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, has reduced illness and death, new research shows. The University of Melbourne-led research team, which worked with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, says the results underline the importance of vaccines and

Which restrictions prevent COVID-19 deaths, and which make things worse?

New research from Yale SOM’s Heather Tookes and Matthew Spiegel, using what they believe is the most comprehensive database of U.S. business interventions yet created, finds that mask mandates, closing restaurants, and stay-at-home orders are all effective at saving lives. Other commonly used measures, including closing low-risk businesses, can actually worsen the spread of the

Teeth Grinding, Facial Pain Have Increased Due to Stress from COVID-19

Scientists have found that many people are experiencing increased teeth grinding and pain during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is most likely due to the stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic. Anyone who’s under stress is likely to experience jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Certain self-help measures like stress reduction and mindfulness may help. If

Statins: Negative expectations may cause side effects

In a phenomenon known as the “nocebo effect,” expecting to have negative effects of a medication actually causes those symptoms. Now, a study has found that this effect may account for up to 90% of the symptom severity elicited by statins. For a person at high risk of cardiovascular disease, taking a statin reduces the

COVID has presented unique challenges for people with eating disorders. They’ll need support beyond the pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and interact with one another. It has also changed the way we move, exercise, shop, prepare food, and eat. During the pandemic, we’ve seen marked increases in reports of mental distress across the board. But Australian and international research suggests lockdown measures have presented unique challenges for

Is there a chicken pox vaccine?

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus. But you could be immunised against the infection by getting the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox spreads very easily among the public

Team discovers new connection between Alzheimer’s dementia and Dlgap2

A gene known for helping facilitate communication between neurons in the nervous system has been discovered to be connected with Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive decline, according to a national research team led by The Jackson Laboratory and University of Maine. Catherine Kaczorowski, associate professor and Evnin family chair in Alzheimer’s research at The Jackson Laboratory

Differences in well-being amongst Somali, Latino and Hmong adolescents

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health illness and substance use disorders are key contributors to disability in young adulthood, and disparities in substance use persist along levels of academic achievement and socioeconomic status. “Given the increase of multicultural communities, the political climate of U.S. immigration policy, and an increase in xenophobia, racism

‘Half-measure’ virus vaccine intrigues experts

Evidence suggesting an initial half dose of the vaccine being developed by drugs firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is more effective than a full dose is counterintuitive, and even took the researchers by surprise. Why would less be better than more when it comes to triggering an immune response? Andrew Pollard, the director

US hopes to start virus vaccines in December as pandemic surges

The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation and elsewhere around the globe. The beginning of vaccinations could be a crucial shift in the battle against a virus that has claimed