Category: Health News

Lebanon’s Healthcare System Is at Breaking Point

Paris, France — Forty years after the creation of TULIPE, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that gathers funds from pharmaceutical companies to provide an emergency response during times of crisis, in 1982, NGO representatives and TULIPE partners have reviewed the healthcare situation in Lebanon, which is “sinking into the depths of a black hole,” according to

Hypertension: Any significant salt reduction may lower blood pressure

Any significant reduction in one’s consumption of dietary salt can improve high blood pressure, according to a new study. The study’s main focus was addressing primary aldosteronism, a common secondary cause of hypertension. The researchers also observed that a lower sodium intake reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in participants. A new study investigates the

Expert Shares Her Tips for Diagnosing, Treating Onychomycosis

NEW ORLEANS — Don’t treat suspected cases of onychomycosis before confirming the diagnosis with a laboratory test, Boni E. Elewski, MD, advises. “The PAS [periodic acid-Schiff] stain is very popular because it can identify the presence or absence of fungal elements, but a fungal culture will identify the organism living in the nail,” Elewski, professor

Dapagliflozin’s HFpEF Benefit Tied to Lower Filling Pressure

NEW ORLEANS – Treatment of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) with the SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin (Farxiga) for 24 weeks produced significant and beneficial reductions in left-heart filling pressures in a mechanistic, randomized clinical study. The findings “provide new insight into the mechanisms underlying the favorable clinical effects of dapagliflozin in patients with

How to relieve itchy psoriasis

Limit time in water to avoid drying your skin. Try to keep your showers to 5 minutes, and baths to 15 minutes or less. Moisturize your skin after every shower, bath, or hand washing when your skin is still damp. This helps seal in much-needed moisture and heal your skin, along with reducing redness and

When gambling becomes an addiction

Professional gambler: skilled gamblers who demonstrate self-control, patience and rational thinking. Social gambler: people who spend a moderate amount of time and money in casinos or enjoy occasionally making bets. Problem gambler: compulsive gamblers who rely on gambling for their livelihood, with no self-control or willingness to stop. Becoming restless or edgy Feeling helpless and

FDA advisers give partial backing to ALS drug

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday signaled openness to expediting an experimental drug from Biogen that targets a rare form of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Why it matters: ALS is a progressive and fatal neurological disease that typically kills patients within three to five years of the first symptoms,

New directions for HIV treatment

Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a new compound which could inform future HIV cure strategies, according to research published in Science Advances. The current standard treatment for people living with HIV is antiretroviral medication, which suppresses viral replication and spread, but does not cure HIV. This is because the virus can hide inside immune cells,

Insights into causes of rare genetic immune disorders

The cellular glitches underlying a rare genetic disorder called activated PI3K Delta syndrome 2 (APDS2) have been identified by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The disorder is caused by genetic variations that disrupt immune cell signaling through a protein called PI3K. “This study tells us how signaling in the immune system needs