Today 150,000 people will die. But how do all these people die? Unsurprisingly, where you were born plays a major role in just how you shuffle off the mortal coil (or are dragged off of it). In Africa, preventable diseases are a common killer due to poor health infrastructure across the continent. But in Saudi Arabia car accidents are the leading cause of early death, despite only 50% of the population being allowed to drive.
Earlier this year, we reported on how the government health officials who advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had backed what is being called “female Viagra,” voting 18-6 in favor of the drug. It seems that the FDA has taken their advice on board, and finally given it the green-light.
Autism is commonly, if mistakenly, associated more with logical thinking than creative expression. But new research suggests we might need to rethink our views on creativity and autism. The criteria we use to diagnose autism have long made reference to the fact that autistic imagination appears to be limited, and this trait is used as a way of detecting the condition. Yet in reality we still see many extremely creative autistic people.
It normally takes around a year to create painkillers from opium poppies, as first they have to be grown, harvested, shipped around the world and finally processed. This week, however, researchers have been able to cut this time down to just a few days, by genetically engineering yeast to do it instead.
For years we’ve been told how terrible fat is for our health, but with different types out there, the story is never going be so black and white. New research has now shown how trans fats are linked to a greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, while there was no evidence that saturated fats are associated with risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes. This might seem like the green light to eat as much butter as you’d like, but as always, it's not quite that simple.
The contraceptive pill is arguably one of the biggest advancements in women's health of the 20th century. A recent study suggests that the birth control pill not only gave women the opportunity to use their reproductive rights, but has also prevented hundreds of thousands of cases of womb cancer.
Two cheap generic drugs could cut breast cancer deaths in postmenopausal women with early stages of the disease. Researchers suggest that two classes of drugs – bisphosphonates and aromatase inhibitors (AIs) – could be used together to complement one another, increasing the benefits and reducing some of the side effects.
Cervical cancer screening, or the “smear test”, aims to pick up and treat abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancer. But for most gynaecological cancers there isn’t a screening programme, so noticing symptoms and getting them checked out is the key to making sure cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is most effective.
For many who suffer from diabetes, insulin injections can be a painful and ‘imprecise’ process of keeping their blood sugar levels under control. A new ‘smart’ insulin patch could do away with these painful injections and revolutionize the way diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check.
Glaucoma, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis; the list of ailments that medical marijuana shows promise in treating seems to be steadily growing. But what about the disease most people seem to be interested in, cancer? Despite an abundance of anecdotal evidence supporting its use, clinical trials are virtually non-existent.
Forget LSD: eyes are the new high. Of course, we’re not talking about consuming them, but rather staring intensely into a pair for a prolonged period of time. Apparently, this can make people enter into an altered state of consciousness.
The health benefits of aspirin have been appearing in scientific literature for several decades, including a protective effect in those at increased risk of cancer. In a new finding published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, we found that a regular dose of aspirin significantly reduced the long-term risk of cancer in overweight people with Lynch syndrome, a relatively common inherited condition that results in about half of gene carriers developing cancer at a young age.
Mosquitoes' role in the spread of disease make them perhaps one of the most reviled insects in the world. But it also makes them more studied than most of their brethren. Now, a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made monitoring mosquitoes both more sensitive and inexpensive.
The idea that dogs might be able to smell cancer in people has been around for a while, but various studies have recently started to provide more robust evidence to back these reports up. Now, the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. has approved the use of cancer-detecting dogs in trials to test their ability to sniff out prostate cancer.
Five years ago, a group of researchers published an extremely promising piece of research: Dietary supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids successfully staved off a first episode of a psychotic disorder for up to one year in those at high risk of developing psychosis. Now, following on from this, the same team has demonstrated that this simple intervention can exert prolonged effects, significantly reducing the chance of progression to schizophrenia seven years after supplementation.
A new brain training app could help to improve schizophrenia patients’ memory and their quality of life. Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a brain game that may be able to overcome some of the current limitations of drug therapy and help schizophrenia patients to minimize the impact of the condition.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens and accounts for over half of all cases of blindness worldwide. Though cataracts can be effectively treated with surgery, it’s costly and requires trained surgeons. This is a problem for developing countries with poor health systems. Drug treatments have the potential to be a game changer in providing cheap and accessible treatment, but there are many hurdles. A new study that used eye drops to shrink cataracts in dogs may have made an important step in overcoming them.
Last year, the U.S. witnessed a curious outbreak of temporary paralysis among children, something the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) struggled to explain. Suspicions were aroused that it may have a viral origin, and one particular strain received interest as a possible cause or contributing factor.
Every day we're fed new and often conflicting information on our health and diets; what's good for you, what's bad, what to eat in moderation and what to avoid completely. As a result of poor education coupled with laziness, obesity rates are rising like never before. Obesity has doubled since 1980, and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
The highly popular discovery that ejaculation reduces the risk of prostate cancer has been confirmed, giving men everywhere one more reason to celebrate in style. It seems it doesn't matter whether you are shooting on your own or with company, although the news may not be so good for those who follow certain branches of tantra.
Ocumetics Technology Corp claims to have developed a painless eight-minute procedure that would give you vision that is supposedly three times better than 20/20. The "bionic" lenses would give even 100-year-olds better vision than anything currently available. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, we can’t tell, as it has yet to undergo any clinical trials.
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