Category: Health News

The 9 Best Pillows For Neck Pain, According To Doctors

Hey, how old’s that pillow you’re currently using? Pretty damn old, I’d assume. Just FYI: You should really replace your pillows every one to two years, according to the National Sleep Foundation (Here’s a quick test: Fold the pillow in half. If it stays folded, it’s time for a new one.) But I get it.

Pfizer Recalls a Type of Children’s Liquid Advil

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 — One lot of 4-ounce bottles of Children’s Advil Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored is being recalled because a packaging problem could lead to an overdose, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare says. The dosage cup is marked in teaspoons while the dosage instructions on the label use milliliters, the company explained. Common symptoms associated

Male and female tennis players decline at same rate

The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows. Men and women are known to have different patterns of ageing — so University of Exeter scientists were surprised to find “similar patterns of decline” among tennis professionals. Using data on first-serve speed and accuracy

China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution: New study: Ozone levels higher across China than in other countries tracking the air pollutant

In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric — total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb — China

AIIMS asked to bank brain dead man’s sperm

Doctors at the trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) received an unusual request from the family of a 22-year-old brain dead man they were counselling to agree to donate his organs. The family was willing, but insisted his sperm be retrieved and banked so it could be used for conception

Sedentary lifestyle: Effects, solutions, and statistics

Most people living a sedentary lifestyle are unlikely to be meeting the national physical activity guidelines. According to the government’s 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. A 2017 paper by the Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) defined sedentary behavior as any

Rethinking a healthy diet from a global perspective: Presented at a hotline session at the European Society of Cardiology Congress

Recommendations for a high quality diet to avoid cardiovascular disease were developed in high-income countries two to three decades ago. They don’t consider other parts of the world or how diets have changed. Now scientists of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences are using research from several large

Hospital rating tools should allow patients to customize rankings

Publicly available hospital ratings and rankings should be modified to allow quality measures to be prioritized according to the needs and preferences of individual patients, according to a new RAND Corporation analysis. Writing in the Aug. 30 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers propose a new way of rating hospitals by creating

Harris Healthcare acquires Iatric Systems, will run it as an independent business

Harris Healthcare acquired Iatric Systems for an undisclosed sum. Boxford, Massachusetts-based Iatric, which specializes in integration tools to help hospitals optimize electronic health records and other IT infrastructure, will operate as an independent business unit of Harris, officials said. Iatric develops a wide range of technology for medical device connectivity, security, interoperability and other areas of EHR

Even a small amount of medical debt can trigger headaches

It doesn’t take a huge unpaid medical bill to make a collection agency come calling … and calling. Researchers found in a study of credit reports that more than 2 percent of adults had medical bills under $200 sent to a collections agency. Over half of the annual medical collections were for less than $600,

Medical practices should address negative online reviews

(HealthDay)—Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers, according to an article published in Physicians Practice. According to the article, every physician or medical practice owner deals with many online reviews. While most are encouraging, the ability to stay anonymous can

These Are the Three STDs For Which You're Most At Risk

STD rates have risen. Again. According to preliminary data released from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the number of people contracting sexually transmitted diseases has increased for the fourth straight year. In 2017, nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in America. This surpasses the 2016 figure by roughly

Mapping out cancer’s movements

Cancer researchers struggle to identify tumor cells that are interspersed within nonmalignant tissues because tumor cells exploit the tissue environment and monopolize available resources to continue growing. Researchers attribute cancer cell’s ability to use cell signaling and metabolic pathways that override normal cell growth restrictions to complicated chemical exchanges between tissue and tumor cells. A

UK regulator says ad for birth control app were misleading

Britain’s advertising regulator says a birth control app’s Facebook advertisement contained misleading claims that breached the country’s advertising code. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled Wednesday that the ad by Swedish startup Natural Cycles shouldn’t appear again because there wasn’t evidence to back up the app’s claims. The decision came after the agency received complaints about

Chest pain drug falls short in preventing first episode of ventricular arrhythmia or death: But, drug found to reduce recurrent ventricular tachycardia in major multi-center trial

A clinical trial of more than 1,000 patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) found that the drug ranolazine (commonly used to treat chest pain; brand name Ranexa®) was safe but didn’t significantly decrease the likelihood of the first occurrence of ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation or death in this high-risk population. The study was published recently

Combination approach shows promise for beating advanced melanoma: New treatment is more effective in people receiving immunotherapy for the first time, study finds

A UCLA-led study has found that a treatment that uses a bacteria-like agent in combination with an immunotherapy drug could help some people with advanced melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, live longer. The research showed that using the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab and the experimental agent SD-101, a sequence of nucleic acids that mimics