MENU

Healthy Living/Wellness

Not a bitter pill: Experts to test 'chocolate' pill, might be sweet for health of human hearts

Experts will conduct a study to see if pills that contain the nutrients found in chocolates can prevent cardiovascular diseases. The study, which will involve 18,000 participants, will be the first large scale study on cocoa flavanols.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 17, 2014

Riken left red-faced as stem cell scientists say STAP cells research wrong

Stop on that STAP. Riken Institute in Japan has launched an investigation about a stem cell research paper suspect of certain discrepancies that led the science community doubting if results can really be replicated.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Take that cholesterol pill, statins have minimal side effects: Study

To take or to skip statins? New studies have revealed that these drugs are not the culprit for side effects attributed to them.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 15, 2014

Yawning linked to age and not empathy, new study suggests

It looks like yawns are indeed contagious, although a new study is still unclear on what causes the contagion. For now, age is emerging as a much stronger factor than empathy.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Water to wine Miracle Machine revealed as hoax

It turns out that some things are too good to be true, with water to wine maker The Miracle Machine unveiled as a hoax. However, it's a hoax with the best of intentions, attracting press and donations to the Wine to Water charity, which provides clean water to those who need it the most.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Oscar Pistorius murder trial Week 2: Did champion bladerunner murder his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp?

The second week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has come to a close, with emotions running high in the court all week. The focus has largely been on the failings of the Pretoria police force, as well as forensic analysis from uncontaminated evidence.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Malaysia Airlines MH370: What do we know so far?

It's been almost a week since Malaysia Airlines MH370 has disappeared, with few clues to what happened or where the aircraft may be. It's now thought the plane headed towards the Indian Ocean, with further suggestions of foul play also entering the realm of possibility.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Kristin Cavallari is the latest celebrity anti-vax mom

Former Hills star Kristin Cavallari, who is married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, has publicly announced her stance against vaccinations for children, becoming yet another prominent anti-vaxxer. Cavallari believes that there may be a link between vaccinations and autism.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Autism linked to high levels of air pollution

Pregnant women exposed to high levels of environmental toxins and air pollution are found to be twice as likely as those who are not to give birth to children with autism. Exposure to toxic elements also increases rates of intellectual disability and reproductive malformations.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Stem cell study discredited; head of Riken urges retraction

A Japanese STAP stem cell study has now been discredited, with the head author considering the possibility of retraction. Dr. Haruko Obokata has been urged to retract the study by several researchers, including the Riken institute head Ryoji Noyori.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Health-conscious Americans believe marijuana is safer than sugar, alcohol, and tobacco: Survey

A new survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, has revealed that marijuana is rising in popularity over sugar, as Americans are now starting to believe that sugar is more dangerous to health than marijuana.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Popularity of selfies could be pushing more teen girls to plastic surgery clinics

Now, it's no longer just aging and destructive accidents that cause people to opt for cosmetic surgery. Teens now undergo cosmetic surgery so they will look better in the selfies that they post on social media.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

New York hospital alerts more than 4,000 patients of possible HIV and hepatitis infection

The South Nassau Communities Hospital has informed more than 4,000 of its patients that they may have possibly been infected with HIV and hepatitis through an insulin pen reservoir that was possibly used more than once.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Blood test can weigh risks of head injuries sustained on the sports field

Swedish researchers have developed a blood test that allows them to determine the risks associated with sending a player back onto the field after a head injury. The test looks at proteins present when one sustains a concussion.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

Diabetes during pregnancy enhances risk of heart disease

Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are found to be at a higher risk of atherosclerosis, an key indicator of heart disease later in life.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

The Explorer...errr, doctor is in: Google Glass popularity surges among medics

Doctors have begun adopting Google Glass into the hospital ER system. Used by Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it allows an ER doctor to look up specific information about patients by using Google Glass to scan a Quick response (QR) code on the wall of each room.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

Man's skull reconstructed thanks to 3D printing

Stephen Power suffered a serious motorcycle accident, leaving him with broken cheekbones, a broken nose, and broken jaw, as well as fractures throughout his skull. Thanks to pioneering 3D printing technology, however, his face and skull have now been rebuilt.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

Blood pressure slightly up? Beware of elevated stroke risk

In a new analysis of medical data pertaining to about 760,000 people, researchers have found that even a slight increase in an individual's normal blood pressure can heighten the risk for a stroke. The key is to detect and treat prehypertension before it wreaks more havoc on the body.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Love hormone cure for anorexia? Possibly

Two new studies have shown evidence that oxytocin can help address the negative emotions of those suffering from anorexia. Also known to lower the level of anxiety in people with autism, oxytocin as a cure for anorexia is a potential option, considering the high cost of treatment for the eating disorder.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Mood of Facebook posts may be contagious

Researchers observed that emotions are contagious on social media with negative posts spawning additional negative posts and positive posts likewise resulting in more positive posts.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

10k Fitbit Force users complain of skin rash, 1 mn fitness trackers recalled

Given that all Fitbit Force devices will be recalled, Fitbit is prepared to refund approximately one million units after receiving 10,000 complaints that its wristband is causing skin problems.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 15, 2014

If you've dropped your food, act fast - the five-second rule is true after all

A new study has proven that the myth of the five-second rule is not a myth after all. Food that has fallen to the floor and remains there for less than 5 seconds is less likely to pick up bacteria from the floor than food that remains there beyond that time.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

FDA approves HPV test to replace pap smear for cervical cancer detection

An advisory panel of the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has given its approval on an HPV test that can be used to replace Pap smear for detecting cervical cancer in women who are 25 years old and over.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2014

Cells can be herded using electric shock... smart bandages, anyone?

Researchers have discovered a way to control the movement of cells using electricity. Aside from making bear and dinosaur-shaped images using groups of cells, the discovery can also be used to create "smart bandages."

Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2014

New vaginal gel can protect women from HIV long after sex

A vaginal gel that contains an antiretroviral drug called raltegravir can potentially protect women from getting infected with HIV regardless if it is applied hours after sexual contact.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 15, 2014

Forensic analysis key to clarity in the Oscar Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius is halfway through the second week of his murder trial, and the role of forensic analysis in uncovering truth is becoming more apparent.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2014

Two common surgeries found equally effective in treating female incontinence

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that two commonly practiced surgeries are equally beneficial at repairing female incontinence, with surgeons advised to opt for the one they feel most comfortable conducting.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2014

FDA gives green light to migraine prevention tool

Cefaly, a migraine prevention device that uses electrical nerve stimulation, has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale and marketing in the United States.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2014

When it comes to cancer, the doctor may be out. U.S. fears of cancer doctor shortage in the next decade

Experts have projected new cancer cases to increase by 42 percent by 2025 but there are not enough oncologists entering the workforce to meet this growing demand for cancer treatment services.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 15, 2014

Chimerix backtracks, gives cancer-stricken boy access to experimental drugs

Josh Hardy, who at just seven years old is a four-time cancer survivor, became well-known as his family petitioned for pharmaceutical company Chimerix to donate experimental drugs to him on compassionate grounds. The company initially refused, saying brincidofovir was too risky, but has now reneged on their earlier decision.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2014

Alcohol, tobacco and drug use among teens in Tri-State declines: Survey

A new survey from the Tri-State area brings good news, as a survey of almost 57,0000 students has shown that alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among teens is on the decline. However, the same cannot be said about marijuana, which has shown a slight increase in use among teens, perhaps due to mixed messages from the media and legislation.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

People Power: Drug company gives in to pressure, will provide $50K antiviral drug to dying kid

Chimerix, which earlier refused to give its experimental drug to a seven year old cancer survivor battling with adenovirus infection has announced on Tuesday it has finally decided to donate the drug to the dying kid.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

Underweight baby girls have higher chances of fertility problems in adulthood: Study

Baby girls born underweight or small, have a higher likelihood of surviving into adulthood due to advances in medicine. However, a new study has shown that they may have problems with fertility later in life.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

Study indexes places with best brain health

Maryland may be a small state but according to the 2014 America's Brain Health Index, it has the healthiest brains in the country. Prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in Maryland is also low and there are very few smokers.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2014

Glucosamine supplement found ineffective in treating knee pain

Researchers from the University of Arizona have completed a double-blind study to test the efficacy of glucosamine in treating knee pain, cartilage damage, and bone bruises (bone marrow lesions). The findings have revealed that glucosamine is no more effective than a placebo.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

One is one too many: Low alcohol consumption during first trimester linked to underweight and premature babies

Researchers have found a link between low-level alcohol consumption in the early stages of pregnancy and increased risk of birth complications, including premature delivery and low birth weight.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

Obesity bumps up likelihood of developing ovarian tumors

Research has found that overweight and obese women have a higher chance of developing ovarian cancer, with each additional five points on the Body Mass Index (BMI) meaning an increase likelihood of developing tumors by six percent.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

Doctor in your pocket: smartphones become real-time diagnostic tools

Researchers from the University of Houston have created a smartphone attachment that can diagnose illness by determining the chemical reaction between pathogens and molecules, allowing for real-time diagnosis.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

Pharma co. Chimerix receives flak for refusing to treat dying kid with experimental drug

A drug company has been receiving unwanted attention after it refused to donate a potentially lifesaving but still experimental drug to a seven-year old cancer survivor.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

Memory fails us when we 'step' out of the body

Findings of a new study suggest that the body plays a crucial role in how we remember things as the brain creates experiences based on information from the different senses.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2014

Heroin-related deaths are 'growing public health crisis,' warn US Atty Gen. Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the increasing number of heroin-related deaths in the U.S. is an "urgent public health crisis" and said that his agency is working to combat the problem through tougher enforcement and improved drug treatment efforts.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 11, 2014

Gallup-Healthways poll finds number of uninsured Americans dropping: Is Obamacare the answer?

A Gallup-Healthways poll has found that more Americans have purchased health insurance, with coverage attributed to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature legislation.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2014

Co-author of revolutionary stem cell study calls for retraction

Japanese scientist Teruhiko Wakayama has called for a retraction of the breakthrough stem cell study - focused on the STAP method - claiming that the data and images do not align with the findings.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2014

Traffic pollution may alter structure of the heart; promote heart failure

Researchers have found the increase exposure to nitrogen oxide - commonly found in traffic air pollution - change the structure of the human heart, leading to a higher incidence of heart failure in previously healthy patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2014

Real Time Analytics