Category: Health News

Neither Haloperidol, Ziprasidone Shortens Delirium in ICU

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 — For patients with acute respiratory failure or shock and hypoactive or hyperactive delirium in the intensive care unit, neither haloperidol nor ziprasidone alters the duration of delirium compared with placebo, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Timothy D. Girard, M.D., from

Higher fruit and veg prices after Brexit could kill 5,600 people

Brexit could KILL 5,600 people a year by making fruit and veg unaffordable meaning their diets are no longer healthy enough, warns Oxford University researcher Worsening diets could lead to more cancer, stroke and heart disease  More illnesses might cost the NHS £600million extra each year, researchers say The UK imports more than 90 per

Deaths due to tainted herbal medicine under-recorded

A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of ‘health tourists’ than previously thought. Professor Roger Byard is calling for closer checks during post-mortems for the presence of drugs and adulterants that originate from herbal remedies. “There is a

New devices to test retinal cells

Researchers at Utah State University have developed new devices to mechanically stress human cells in the lab. In a study published in Lab on a Chip, researchers Elizabeth Vargis, a USU assistant professor of biological engineering and Farhad Farjood, a Ph.D. student in Vargis’ Lab, wanted to better understand the triggers of age-related macular degeneration

AHA: This Halloween, Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Healthy Punch

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — You can get your hands on pumpkin seeds on about any store’s snack aisle, but your healthiest option may be the old-fashioned way: scooping them out of the stringy guts of that jack-o’-lantern you’re carving. That’s because store-bought pumpkin seeds — ever more popular because they’re easy

New Research Offers Insights Into Football-Related Concussions

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 — Repeated hits to the head, rather than one severe blow, may determine whether football players suffer a concussion, a new study suggests. The findings underscore the need to limit head impacts during football practice and games, said study lead author Brian Stemper, of Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Heart attack: New finding may change the face of treatment

Antibodies, or immunoglobulins (Ig), are a type of protein produced by plasma cells (a kind of blood cell). The immune system often co-opts these to fight potentially harmful foreign bodies. Now, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, have discovered that certain antibodies — once associated with rheumatic diseases — are also present in

Fasting before a cholesterol test: What to do and what to expect

A cholesterol test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in a person’s blood. Cholesterol is a fat-like material that is present in all of the body’s cells. The body needs some cholesterol to help produce vitamin D, hormones, and enzymes that aid digestion. A cholesterol test, also known as a lipids panel, measures several

People with Psoriasis More Likely to Develop Certain Gut Disorders

People with psoriasis may be at greater risk of developing certain gut disorders, a new study finds. The research discovered that people with psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition, were about two times more likely to develop the gut disorders Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis compared to people in the general population. Both Crohn's disease and

Monitoring muscles to improve athletic training

Elite athletes understand that to maximize performance, they can’t only train hard during workouts—they must also train smart. Unfortunately, unless you’re willing to live in a lab, it can be easier to get real-time information about your car than your body. Startup Humon is one of a growing number of companies trying to change that

15 Exercises Anyone Can Do at Home With Resistance Bands

Let’s face it. Sometimes, the idea of going to the gym and lifting weights doesn’t sound appealing. But what if you want to exercise and stay fit, just not at the gym? We have two words for you: resistance bands.  Resistance bands, or exercise bands, are elastic bands that come in a variety of sizes,

Smoke alarms that use a mother’s voice wake children better

Talking smoke alarms that tell a children to ‘get out’ in their own mother’s voice are ‘better at waking them and leading them to safety’ Smoke alarms that use a mother’s voice instead of an electronic beep were nearly 40 percent more effective at awakening children The voice alarms also instruct children to escape the

Stressed out? Study reveals it may affect your memory

Stress in middle age can make your brain shrink and make your memory worse, Harvard study finds The brain-reducing effects of stress were found to be triggered by cortisol The Harvard Medical School study was published in the journal Neurology Scientists have said ‘it’s important for people to find ways to reduce stress’  Stress in