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Cholesterol: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Cholesterol: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Cholesterol: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments 4108 Cholesterol is both our friend and foe – at normal levels, it is an essential substance for the body’s normal functioning, but if levels in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts us at risk of a heart attack. […]

FDA's New Food Labels: What to Know

FDA's New Food Labels: What to Know

FDA’s New Food Labels: What to Know 1:45 FDA That’s because many of the new labels will have to reflect what people really eat, not what they should eat. So even if a package of caramel corn is meant to serve six, the label will have to acknowledge that it’s […]

Rising Infertility And Cancer Rates Possibly Linked To Pharmaceuticals And Household Chemicals

Rising Infertility And Cancer Rates Possibly Linked To Pharmaceuticals And Household Chemicals

Rising Infertility And Cancer Rates Possibly Linked To Pharmaceuticals And Household Chemicals 3.51794 According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), household products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food all contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which may be causing significant increases in diabetes, obesity, cancers and increasing infertility. In recent decades, the incidence […]

What is MERS? What you need to know

What is MERS? What you need to know

What is MERS? What you need to know 44 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), previously known as novel coronavirus (nCoV), is a viral respiratory illness, which was first reported in Saudi Arabia, in 2012. The source of MERS is currently unknown, though it is likely to have originated from […]

What is disorganized schizophrenia (hebephrenia)? What causes disorganized schizophrenia?

What is disorganized schizophrenia (hebephrenia)? What causes disorganized schizophrenia?

What is disorganized schizophrenia (hebephrenia)? What causes disorganized schizophrenia? 4.5989 Disorganized schizophrenia, or hebephrenia (hebephrenic schizophrenia ) is one of several subtypes of schizophrenia, a chronic (long-term) mental illness – it is thought to be an extreme expression of disorganization syndrome that has been hypothesized to be one feature of […]

Can you die from a broken heart?

Can you die from a broken heart?

Can you die from a broken heart? 4.51 Losing a loved one can be heartbreaking. But a study published in 2014 shows that this can be more than just symbolic, as the chances of experiencing a stroke or heart attack after a partner’s death doubles within the first 30 days. […]

Vitamin C and E supplements may hinder athletes’ training

Vitamin C and E supplements may hinder athletes’ training

Vitamin C and E supplements may hinder athletes’ training 3.51841 With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, hundreds of athletes are in training for one of the most important competitions of their lives. But according to new research, they should stay away from vitamin C and E supplements […]

A year in medicine: review of 2015

A year in medicine: review of 2015

A year in medicine: review of 2015 4.5 Another year has whizzed by, and the time is here again to take a look back over the past 12 months in medicine. This time last year, the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge and the horrors of the Ebola outbreak stood […]

What is pepper spray? Is pepper spray dangerous?

What is pepper spray? Is pepper spray dangerous?

What is pepper spray? Is pepper spray dangerous? 42 Pepper Spray, or OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray is a lachrymatory agent – a compound that makes the eyes tearful. The active ingredient in pepper spray is also an inflammatory agent that swells up the eyes and mucous membranes of the upper […]

Frailty risk lower in widowed than married older women

Frailty risk lower in widowed than married older women

Frailty risk lower in widowed than married older women 4.51 It is generally well accepted that being married is linked to better health and lower risk of disability in older people, but a new study reveals a surprising exception to this view. It finds that among older women, those who […]

Zika test for donated blood given green light by FDA

Zika test for donated blood given green light by FDA

Zika test for donated blood given green light by FDA In a bid to ensure safety of the nation’s blood supply, regulators in the US have given the go-ahead for an investigational test to screen blood donations for Zika virus. The experimental blood test detects Zika virus RNA in plasma […]

Risk of opioid overdose ‘influenced by prescription strength’

Risk of opioid overdose ‘influenced by prescription strength’

Risk of opioid overdose ‘influenced by prescription strength’ According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US “is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic,” and opioids are a key culprit, responsible for 44 deaths each day. But according to a new study, a patient’s risk […]

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth?

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth?

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth? 54412 A new study in mice suggests that serotonin deficiency may not play as influential a role in depression as has previously been thought. Because of the widespread use of Prozac, the theory that low levels of serotonin caused […]

Bladder Infection In Females – Cefpodoxime Disappoints

Bladder Infection In Females – Cefpodoxime Disappoints

Bladder Infection In Females – Cefpodoxime Disappoints According to a study published in the February 8 issue of JAMA, cefpodoxime, an antibiotic used as a short-term therapy in women with uncomplicated bladder infection (cystitis), failed to meet criteria for non-inferiority in comparison to ciprofloxacin. There have been concerns that ciprofloxacin, […]