Nigeria and health epidemics: acting quickly for a reason

A new outbreak of Ebola that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo is thousands of miles (kilometres) from Nigeria. But health officials in Abuja this week moved quickly to introduce emergency measures, including screening visitors from the DRC and neighbouring countries—and for good reason. Not only was Nigeria one of the

An Introduction to Telemedicine

Hoping To See Your Doctor Via Telemedicine? Here’s A Quick Guide. Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health care reform, and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years. “There’s much broader recognition of the

This Type of Exercise May Help Relieve Depression

Strength training is good for your body and your mind, according to a new review of more than 30 previously published studies. The paper, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that resistance exercise training (RET), such as weightlifting and strength training, is associated with a significant reduction in depressive symptoms. It also, of course,

New cancer immunotherapy drugs rapidly reach patients after approval

The majority of patients eligible for cancer immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors received treatment within a few months of FDA approval, according to a new Yale-led study. The finding suggests that cancer immunotherapies are adopted at a much quicker pace than is typical for newly approved medical treatments, the researchers said. However, patients receiving

Annual well woman visit to the OB/GYN can keep your heart healthy

Annual well woman exams by OB/GYNs provide a golden opportunity to evaluate a woman’s heart health, according to a new joint advisory from the American Heart Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) which stresses the benefits of collaborative care between OB/GYN specialists and cardiologists. As heart disease and stroke continue to

Top 5 reasons you should go on a social media detox

Nowadays, we have plenty of social networking sites to choose from, and the options seem to be ever expanding. Many people actually hold multiple accounts, which they may use for different purposes. I, for one, use one platform to communicate with friends and family, and another to stay up to date with the most recent

New protein may help to catch lung cancer early

Lung cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer in men and women and the top cancer killer among both sexes. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimate that in 2018, 154,050 people in the United States will have died from the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that 1.69 million deaths are brought

New molecule may stop Alzheimer’s from spreading

A brain protein called tau is known to play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Our brain cells have a “transport system” made of straight, parallel “roads,” along which food molecules, nutrients, and discarded parts of cells can travel. In a healthy brain, the protein tau helps these tracks to stay straight.

Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a kitchen staple commonly used as a raising agent for cakes. That being said, it has also made a name for itself as a home remedy for various conditions. Half a teaspoon of baking soda is often taken to ease heartburn or acid reflux, for example, and this

Alcoholic Drinks Kill Good Mouth Bacteria but Leave the Bad

A new study found the mouths of drinkers contained more bad bacteria that potentially cause disease. There’s no lack of evidence that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you. But here’s one more reason to cut down: teeth. A recent article published in Microbiome last month found, in a large study of American adults,