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Fatal Thunderstorm Asthma Outbreak In Melbourne Claims 6th Victim

The thunderstorm outbreak in Melbourne, Australia claimed its sixth victim, who died Saturday, Nov. 26, after suffering from medical complications. A number of other patients are still in hospitals.

Health November 28, 2016

New Drug Limits, Repairs Brain Damage In Stroke Patients

New research could contribute to the development of a new treatment for people who have undergone strokes. The results of the study were promising, with very good results in rodents.

Health November 27, 2016

Repeated Jet Lag Found To Increase Risks Of Obesity-Related Liver Disease, Liver Cancer

People experiencing chronic jet lag could develop obesity and liver diseases including liver cancer, reports a recent study. Variable sleep timings and exposure to light may result in excessive production of bile acids, which could result in cancer.

Health November 27, 2016

Generation Xers Have Higher Stroke Risk Than Baby Boomers

A new study analyzing the stroke incidence suggested that people born between 1945 and 1954 are less likely to suffer a stroke than people born between 1965 and 1974. These results concern the medical professionals, especially when it comes to the younger generations.

Health November 26, 2016

Scientists Discover Mechanism In Potent Antibody Capable Of Neutralizing Zika Infection

Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.

Health November 26, 2016

Diet Quality In US Children Still Low But Improving: Study

The quality of diet consumed by children in America has improved significantly between 1999 and 2012; however, it is no way near the recommended levels, reports a recent study. Disparities in race and socioeconomic status play an important role in the quality of food consumed by children.

Health November 26, 2016

Smoking Kills But It’s Deadlier For Individuals Who Also Have Diabetes

Diabetes doubles the risk for all-cause mortality and non-lung cancer mortality among heavy smokers. Researchers analyzed risk for all-cause mortality among current and former smokers with and without diabetes.

Health November 25, 2016

‘Thunderstorm Asthma’: Freak Weather In Australia Triggers Thousands Of Pollen Allergy Attacks, Kills At Least 4

Four deaths occurred due to asthma following a thunderstorm in Australia. The number of calls regarding this reached an unprecedented 6 times more than the usual, being most likely related to pollen activity.

Health November 24, 2016

Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Wearable ‘Lab On The Skin’ To Analyze Sweat For Health Monitoring

Sweat contains a number of chemicals that can give clues about the body’s physiological state. Researchers developed a 'lab on the skin' device that analyzes sweat for health monitoring.

Health November 25, 2016

Many LASIK Patients Experience New Eye Problems After Surgery

Patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery developed new vision problems after the procedure. What are the eye problems that patients developed after the surgery?

Health November 24, 2016

Recalled Toys For Sale: Consumer Watchdog Warns Hazardous Toys Are Still Sold Online

A consumer watchdog group warned that some toys that have already been recalled are still for sale online. What should shoppers do to ensure they are buying safe toys this holiday season?

Health November 23, 2016

Palliative Care Improves Quality Of Life And Survival, Lessens Patient Symptoms: Study

Palliative care has been found to improve quality of life and survival rates and lessen symptoms for patients with serious illness. Researchers are pushing to have palliative care offered as a standard health care practice, not merely as an add-on.

Health November 24, 2016

Aspartame Does Not Help With Weight Loss: Study Discovers Sugar Substitute Pitfall

Sugar substitutes like aspartame do not help in making you lose weight, reports a recent study. Worse, aspartame could promote weight gain and elevate blood pressure, caution researchers.

Health November 24, 2016

Formerly Conjoined Twins Set For Fastest Recovery From Surgery To Separate Connected Heads

Brothers Jadon and Anias McDonald are on a pace for the fastest recovery for craniopagus surgery. The formerly conjoined twins are set to be moved to a rehab facility six weeks after the procedure that separated their heads.

Health November 23, 2016

Occupational Therapy Found Not Effective In Delaying Functional Decline In Alzheimer’s Patients

Occupational therapy doesn’t delay functional decline in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, reports a recent study. Neurodegeneration of the brain affects both mental and physical functionalities of patients and is not contained by individualized care.

Health November 23, 2016

AstraZeneca Resumes Patient Enrollment For Head And Neck Cancer Trials After FDA Lifts Hold

AstraZeneca will resume patient enrollment in two of its trial programs for neck and head cancers. The FDA lifted the partial hold, which occurred after a series of patients suffered from bleeding as a side effect of the treatment.

Health November 24, 2016

‘Shazam For Mosquitoes’ Phone App Designed To Tell Mosquito Types Apart With Ease

A proposed phone app identifies mosquitoes by the sounds they make while flying. Meanwhile, a new solution from Florida involves releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in order to combat the Zika virus spread.

Health November 24, 2016

UNAIDS Reports 18.2 Million Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment But HIV Still Highly Dangerous For Young Women

A UNAIDS report released recently has noted that girls aged between 15 and 24, particularly those living in sub-Saharan Africa, are increasingly facing HIV-related challenges in their day-to-day life. On the positive side, 18 million people across the world have access to antiretroviral drugs.

Health November 23, 2016

Gender Gap In Life Expectancy: Women Tend To Live Longer Than Men

Humans and primates now live longer, but males tend to trail behind females when it comes to life expectancy. What are the possible reasons why men tend to die younger than women?

Health November 21, 2016

Heart Calcification: Here’s Why The Heart Turns Into Bone And What Researchers Are Doing About It

Heart disease claims a lot of lives but many still live through heart injury. However, researchers have discovered that certain survivors experience calcium formation in their hearts during recovery.

Health November 21, 2016

Rare And Common Types Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Share 68 Percent Of Epigenetic Changes In Brain: Study

The same type of epigenetic modification in the brain could be seen both in patients suffering from common types of autism spectrum disorder and those with rare types of ASD, reports a recent study. More than 68 percent of ASD patients have a similar pattern of histone acetylation in the brain.

Health November 21, 2016

Air Pollution Discovered As A Means Of Transmission For Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers at Gothenburg University have found that antibiotic drug-resistant bacteria can utilize polluted city air as a medium of transmission. Polluted air in Beijing was used as a sample for the study.

Health November 21, 2016

US Dementia Rates Drop With Improvements In Education And Heart Health

U.S. dementia rate has seen a drop between the years 2000 and 2012. Increased level of education and improved treatments for cardiovascular factors may be behind the decline.

Health November 22, 2016

Sexual Activity Linked To Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Men who had more sexual partners and had their first sexual experience at an early age were found to have higher risk for prostate cancer. What are the risk factors for the most common non-skin cancer among American men?

Health November 21, 2016

Sabra Issues Recall Of Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns

Possible listeria contamination has prompted Sabra Dipping Co. to issue a voluntary recall of some of its hummus products. Listeria was identified at the company's manufacturing facility.

Health November 20, 2016

New Antibody Can Neutralize 98 Percent Of HIV Strains

The newly identified N6 antibody was found potent in neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains making it an attractive candidate for developing a potential treatment or preventive tool for HIV infection. What makes this antibody different?

Health November 20, 2016

Clues To Cancer Evolution: Researchers Capture DNA Snippets Healthy Cells Produce Before Turning Cancerous

Researchers have identified a key DNA modification that could be employed in creating treatments aimed at cancer prevention. The technique would employ certain steps in the DNA replication process of the cells.

Health November 20, 2016

Key Protein Driving Prostate Cancer Identified

A new study connected a protein with the rapid development of tumors in patients with prostate cancer. Although more research is needed, this finding could be used in developing treatments.

Health November 19, 2016

Fewer Americans Are Dying Young From Preventable Causes: CDC

A new CDC report showed that fewer Americans died of preventable deaths between 2010 and 2014. According to data, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease.

Health November 19, 2016

Zika No Longer A Public Health Emergency But Remains A Threat: WHO

The WHO reclassified the Zika virus from a global health emergency to an ongoing threat, described as any disease that is easily spreadable and very dangerous and intrusive. Examples of ongoing threats include malaria.

Health November 19, 2016

Hidden Connections Between DNA Variations And Common Diseases Discovered

A new study employed genetic mapping in a large number of subjects, both patients and a control group, to identify mutations of the genetic genome that could impact our health. A series of diseases were related to this genetic activity.

Health November 19, 2016

High-Fiber Diet Found Effective At Protecting Colon Lining And Keeping Infections At Bay

A high-fiber diet is helpful in protecting the gut from pathogenic microbes, reports a recent study. The commensal gut microflora feed on the mucus layer when there is no fiber in the diet, and this paves the way for the invasion of other pathogens into the gut.

Health November 19, 2016

Food Traces And Human Skin: Scientists Identify Sources Of Microbes On New York City ATM Keypads

The microbial activity of every city is unique and it depends heavily on people's life styles. A new study researched the microbes from New York City ATMs and the communities they form.

Health November 19, 2016

Women Mentally Sharper After Menopause If They Had Their Last Baby After Age 35: Study

Women typically feel pressured to have babies as early as they can but researchers have found that there is actually benefit in having a last pregnancy after the age of 35. Late last-pregnancy may be associated with better cognition.

Health November 19, 2016

British Teen Terminally Ill With Cancer Wins Legal Battle To Be Frozen In Hopes Of Being Cured

A British girl who suffered from terminal cancer asked for her body to be preserved through cryogenic freezing, hoping one day there will be a cure. However, the procedure is regarded with skepticism by specialists in the field.

Health November 18, 2016

Mosquitoes Can Infect You With Two Viruses In One Bite: Safe And Natural Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can infect humans with chikungunya and Zika virus in just one bite. How do you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes without using insect repellents?

Health November 17, 2016

Addiction Is A Chronic Illness: US Surgeon General Report

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that addiction should not be treated as a character flaw. He said that substance abuse should be viewed and approached as a chronic illness such as cancer and heart disease.

Health November 17, 2016

Ultra Long-Acting Oral Drug Delivery Platform Developed To Administer Medicine For Weeks

A team of researchers has developed an ultra long-acting oral drug delivery system that would help in the sustained release of drugs in the body. The system that can last up to two weeks in the stomach could be used in the treatment of disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Health November 18, 2016

Almost 21 Million People In America Afflicted By Substance Use Disorder: Surgeon General

According to the Surgeon General's report on alcohol and drugs, roughly 21 million people in the United States are affected by substance use disorder. The report is the first to focus primarily on substance abuses.

Health November 17, 2016

Online IVF Calculator Predicts Couple’s Chances Of Having A Baby Before First Treatment Cycle

Researchers have developed a new online IVF calculator to help couples calculate the success rate of the treatment before the first IVF cycle. The new model is applicable for calculating the success rate even when frozen eggs are used for the treatment.

Health November 18, 2016

Sea Hero Quest Mobile Game Tests Spatial Navigation Skills To Check For Dementia Risk

A new mobile game that tests players’ spatial navigation awareness also doubles as the largest dementia research ever. Scientists hope the game could soon be developed into a diagnostic test for the disease.

Health November 17, 2016

Many Patients Still Receive 'Surprise' Bills After ER Visit

About 22 percent of patients who visit emergency room hospitals within their health insurance network still receive expensive medical bills, a new study revealed. Researchers propose that a new law would help in addressing the issue of surprise bills.

Health November 17, 2016

Black Women Nearly Twice As Likely To Be Diagnosed With Late Stage Breast Cancer As White Women

New research has found that black women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer as white women. The study emphasizes the importance of awareness within this ethnic group.

Health November 16, 2016

More Than A Billion People In The World Are Living With High Blood Pressure: Study

New study revealed that the worldwide blood pressure has significantly increased in the last 40 years. The research suggests that dietary habits and financial conditions could be related to this condition.

Health November 16, 2016

Chinese Scientists Test CRISPR-edited Genes On Humans For The First Time

For the first time, research conducted in China has employed the CRISPR gene-editing technique to treat patients with cancer. Should the trial end with no significant side-effects, the method could become widely used.

Health November 16, 2016

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