Category: Health News

Wait, just a second, is your doctor listening?

On average, patients get about 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before they are interrupted by their doctors. Also, only one in three doctors provides their patients with adequate opportunity to describe their situation. The pressure to rush consultations affects specialists more than primary care doctors says Naykky Singh Ospina of the

Perfectionism in young children may indicate OCD risk

Studying young children, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that kids who possess tendencies toward perfectionism and excessive self-control are twice as likely as other children to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the time they reach their teens. Further, MRI scans taken as part of the research revealed that the

Does osteopathy work?

Every year, Australian osteopaths provide around 3.9 million clinical consultations. Osteopathy is a manual therapy developed by US physician Andrew Still in the mid-1800s, and it’s recognised by the World Health Organisation as a traditional system of medicine. Osteopaths rely on manual contact with patients for both diagnosis and treatment and employ a wide variety

Study compares athlete and truck driver, identical twins

When it comes to being fit, are genes or lifestyle—nature or nurture—more important? Researchers at San Francisco State University, CSU Fullerton and Cal Poly, Pomona removed the nature part of the equation by studying a pair of identical 52-year-old twins who had taken radically different fitness paths over three decades. “One of the twins became

Why the Latest HIV Vaccine Candidate Is the Best Yet

The fifth HIV vaccine concept in the history of the epidemic is currently being tested for efficacy in humans, and early findings appear to be encouraging. It’s been more than 35 years since the emergence of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, and over that time, the hunt for an HIV vaccine has proven to be a

Both high and low uric acid levels tied to higher mortality

(HealthDay)—Both high and low uric acid levels are associated with an increased risk of dying, according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Sung Kweon Cho, M.D., Ph.D., from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues evaluated the association between uric acid levels and the risk of all-cause and

Molecular Autopsy May Shed Light on Sudden Death in Young

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 — Ultrarare, nonsynonymous variants are seen in 64 percent of victims of sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY), with 10 of the 27 variants considered pathogenic or likely pathogenic, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of Circulation. Garrett W. Shanks, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,

New platform poised to be next generation of genetic medicines: The novel tool has the potential to treat a variety of genetic diseases

A City of Hope scientist has discovered a gene-editing technology that could efficiently and accurately correct the genetic defects that underlie certain diseases, positioning the new tool as the basis for the next generation of genetic therapies. This editing platform, discovered by City of Hope’s Saswati Chatterjee, Ph.D., eventually may be used to cure inherited

Phishing attacks breach Alive Hospice for 1 to 4 months

Two employees of Tennessee-based Alive Hospice fell for phishing attacks, which potentially breached patient data for one to four months. During a review of their email system on May 15, officials discovered unauthorized access to two separate employee email accounts that began on December 2017 for one account and around April 5 for the other.

Could you be diagnosed by Dr Alexa?

Diagnosed by Dr Alexa: Smart speakers will be joined to the NHS website under new plans to create a virtual doctor with expert-checked advice The NHS Choices website will join up with Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock will give his first speech today The partnership will ensure people have

Adrenaline rush: Symptoms, causes, and meaning

The production of adrenaline occurs in the adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys. Adrenaline is responsible for the fight-or-flight reaction to a threat, and it triggers specific processes in the body. For example, it might make the body send extra oxygen to the lungs to aid a person to run away. As well as