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‘Stop using BMI as measure of health,’ say researchers

‘Stop using BMI as measure of health,’ say researchers

‘Stop using BMI as measure of health,’ say researchers 512,8992 A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardiometabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy. Altogether, say the […]

Slippery material for lubricating joints inspired by nature

Slippery material for lubricating joints inspired by nature

Slippery material for lubricating joints inspired by nature 4 For some time, scientists have been aware that synovial fluid in joints contains a natural substance that helps keep them well lubricated. Now, by mimicking its properties, engineers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, hope to develop a new material […]

Restless Legs Syndrome Associated With High Blood Pressure

Restless Legs Syndrome Associated With High Blood Pressure

Restless Legs Syndrome Associated With High Blood Pressure 4.5333 Middle-aged females with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have a 6% to 41% increased risk of having high blood pressure compared to other women – the risk is linked to the severity and frequency of their RLS, researchers from Brigham and Women’s […]

Young adults ‘damage DNA’ with weekend alcohol consumption

Young adults ‘damage DNA’ with weekend alcohol consumption

Young adults ‘damage DNA’ with weekend alcohol consumption 4.51 College students are renowned for partying at the weekends, and this usually involves having a drink or two. But new research has found that this level of alcohol consumption may cause damage to DNA. This is according to a study published […]

Is Technology Making Us Healthier Or More Sick?

Is Technology Making Us Healthier Or More Sick?

Is Technology Making Us Healthier Or More Sick? 4.5 Is technology actually good for us? The question of whether technology is going to make us healthier or more sick was recently explored by the global intelligence unit of McCann Erickson. The agency released results from their study called “The Truth […]

Lack of sleep may increase Alzheimer’s risk

Lack of sleep may increase Alzheimer’s risk

Lack of sleep may increase Alzheimer’s risk 3.55912 A new study suggests that reduced sleep and poor sleep quality may be linked to increased build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of older adults – a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. This is according to a study published in the journal […]

Underage Drinking Continues To Be Major Problem Across the US

Underage Drinking Continues To Be Major Problem Across the US

Underage Drinking Continues To Be Major Problem Across the US 53 Over a quarter of the population in the United States who are under the legal drinking age are drinking anyway, according to new research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). There has been reported progress […]

Some acne products can cause serious allergic reactions, FDA warns

Some acne products can cause serious allergic reactions, FDA warns

Some acne products can cause serious allergic reactions, FDA warns 2 The Food and Drug Administration are warning consumers who use certain over-the-counter skin products for acne to stop using them and seek emergency medical help immediately if they experience extreme allergic reactions such as feeling faint, breathing difficulties, throat […]

Naloxone Soon Available Over The Counter

Naloxone Soon Available Over The Counter

Naloxone Soon Available Over The Counter University of Washington Health Listen Listening… / 0:50 A prescription drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose will soon be available over the counter. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last week that makes Naloxone available without a prescription. The injectable drug is […]

Burning yak dung pollutes Tibetan homes, study finds

Burning yak dung pollutes Tibetan homes, study finds

Burning yak dung pollutes Tibetan homes, study finds 14 While many of our Western readers will be grateful right now for the largely fossil fuel-powered central heating that keeps our homes snug and warm in the biting winter months, spare a thought for the nomads of the Himalayas, whose home […]

Four Lifestyle Factors Tied To Longer, Healthier Life

Four Lifestyle Factors Tied To Longer, Healthier Life

Four Lifestyle Factors Tied To Longer, Healthier Life 41 Don’t smoke, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and go easy on the alcohol, and you are likely not only to have fewer chronic health problems, but also to live longer, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control […]

Obesity Is Now A Disease, American Medical Association Decides

Obesity Is Now A Disease, American Medical Association Decides

Obesity Is Now A Disease, American Medical Association Decides 55815 Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association, an action that could put more emphasis on the health condition by doctors and insurance companies in order to minimize its effects. The new decision was made […]

New wearable device uses breathing patterns to track state of mind

New wearable device uses breathing patterns to track state of mind

New wearable device uses breathing patterns to track state of mind 4 Personal health monitoring is a rapidly expanding business. Through the proliferation of “apps” on mobile devices, we are now able to monitor just about anything we want to, with updates provided for us on our smartphones and notifications […]

New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer

New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer

New Smartphone App ‘Detects’ Skin Cancer 4.5922 A new smartphone app that claims to detect warning signs of skin cancer has just been launched in the UK market following a two year beta in the U.S. The novel app, called Mole Detect Pro, provides its users with a remote professional […]

Omega-3 helps ward off rheumatoid arthritis

Omega-3 helps ward off rheumatoid arthritis

Omega-3 helps ward off rheumatoid arthritis 4.51 If people at risk of rheumatoid arthritis consume more omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and fish-oil supplements, they can probably decrease their chance of developing the disease, according to research published in Rheumatology. Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, damage and, ultimately, disability. According […]

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses

Hand Washing Averts Petting Farm Illnesses Following a number of outbreaks of diarrhoea illnesses this year, public health experts in England are warning people about the need for good hand hygiene when visiting petting farms. The authorities are keen to put out this warning ahead of the summer holidays. Visits […]

Is flavored tobacco to blame for teen smoking?

Is flavored tobacco to blame for teen smoking?

Is flavored tobacco to blame for teen smoking? 4 It is a well-known fact that cigarette smoking carries with it significant health risks, but the younger a person starts smoking, the more problems it can cause. Now, a new study suggests flavored tobacco products may be the main culprit in […]

Children With Trisomy 13 And 18 Are Happy Despite Popular Beliefs

Children With Trisomy 13 And 18 Are Happy Despite Popular Beliefs

Children With Trisomy 13 And 18 Are Happy Despite Popular Beliefs 4.52 Trisomies 13 and 18 are rare chromosome disorders, which are predominantly diagnosed prior to a child’s birth and sometimes after. Children with trisomy 13 or 18 generally do not survive beyond their first year of life, and those […]