Health

Tyson Foods In Recall After Product Found To Contain Undisclosed Allergen

Breaded chicken that is ready-to-eat weighing approximately close to two and a half million pounds has been recalled by Tyson Foods Inc after it was discovered to be bearing labels which did not take note of the fact that one of the ingredients in the bread crumbs was milk. This was according to the Food […]

Drugmakers Sued By Ohio Attorney General Over Opioid Crisis

The attorney general of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against five pharmaceutical companies for allegedly misleading patients concerning the dangers posed by painkillers as well as promoting drug benefits that couldn’t be backed by science. Since the drugmakers brought on the state a deadly mess, they now needed to foot the bill of cleaning up […]

Can A Normally Harmless Virus Trigger Celiac Disease?

A virus known to be typically harmless might play a significant role in triggering celiac disease. According to a new study, researchers say that among mice who have been genetically engineered to be predisposed to celiac disease, those which were also infected with a reovirus were far more likely to have an immune response against […]

FDA Approves New Aggressive Drug For Two Forms of MS

The United States Food and Drug Administration has just approved the humanized monoclonal antibody ocrelizumab (Ocrevus), aimed to treat both relapsing multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis in adults. The agency had originally expected the drug would be approved for RMS treatment but there was concern that it would not be effective for PPMS. […]

Mylan Announces Authorized EpiPen Generic

You may recall the outrage that accompanied Mylan CEO Heather Bresch’s announcement, last year, to increase the price of the life-saving intervention EpiPen at an astronomical rate. Well, apparently, that was a tactic employed in anticipation of what has happened this week: the very same Mylan CEO has announced that the company has authorized a […]

Even Just A Single Cigarette A Day Vastly Increases Risk of Death

Here’s a bottom line that may be tough for some people to swallow: there is no safe smoking level. A new study warns that even one cigarette a day can shorten your life.  In addition, no matter how long you smoke, the study also advises that the sooner you quit, the more years may be […]

Flu Vaccine Does Not Pose ASD Risk to Newborns, Says Kaiser Study

There has been a lot of discussion, these days, about the potential risks associated with childhood vaccinations, particular in suggested relation to the rise in autism cases. There has also been a lot of talk about the necessity for flu vaccinations every year. Of course, there is implied concerns that the two share mutual risks. […]

Dementia Cases [Inexplicably] in Decline in the United States

Intriguing new Alzheimer’s research suggests that—after adjusting for age—Americans 65 years of age and older are less likely to develop dementia today than they were in previous decades. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the national study now confirms standing regional studies and European research that show a decline in dementia. […]

Scientists Rejoice over Spinal Cord Injury Breakthrough

For several decades, scientists have been working to restore control in spinal injury patients; only the researchers have been trying to restore control to monkeys with spinal cord injuries. Well, it looks like the team has finally made a breakthrough. Scientists have just announced they have developed a set of wireless brain and spinal cord […]

Study Points to Hidden Costs of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals In Consumer Products

Low-level exposure to chemicals that manipulate human hormones cost America upwards of $340 billion per year. This is the number discerned from a new study which took into account both health care costs and lost earnings. According to NYU School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health Dr. Leonardo Trasande, “In […]

Women Who Smoke Are At Higher Risk for Brain Bleed Stroke

It is common knowledge that smoking increases several health risks. In particular, smoking can increase risk for stroke. However, a new study says that women who smoke are more vulnerable to a particular type of stroke than men who smoke. Strokes characterized by bleeding originating in the lining of the brain are called subarachnoid hemorrhages. […]

Could a Chicken-based Mosquito Repellent Protect Humans from Malaria?

Researchers from Sweden appears to imply that mosquitoes—and malaria mosquitoes, in particular—are not a big fan of poultry. The researchers conducted several experiments in Western Ethiopia involving the collection and analysis of blood-feeding patterns of the female of the Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, which is one of the more dominant causes of malaria in the sub-Saharan […]

Replace Carbs, Animal Fats with “Healthy” Dietary Fats to Reduce T2 Diabetes Risk

The debate over what you should eat to be healthy continues to confuse consumers as a new study says that eating more healthy fats—nuts, seeds, vegetable oils—can help to prevent or, at the very least control, type 2 diabetes. However, the study says that you have to eat these healthy fats in place of less […]

Will Gonorrhea Soon Be Completely Resistant to Antibiotics?

One of the most dire developments of the past few years is that of the Superbugs. These are strains of bacteria that have evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. And as doctors and scientists scramble to develop a remedy, these bugs keep getting stronger, making this new dilemma one that we may not be able […]

Can Your Personality Really Make You Sick?

Scientists have just made a groundbreaking discovery, claiming that the human immune system is directly connected with personality. Actually, the study found that the human immune system may be affected by far more things than we had ever believed. This includes not only the immune system but also, change and social behavior. “Our findings contribute […]

Does Pre-School Bedtime Affect Teenage Obesity?

There are many adages which advocate getting to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep. Right now, two come to mind. An old proverb says, “The early bird catches the worm;” while Benjamin Franklin famously rhymed, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” And, sure, health research […]

Obese Men at Higher Risk for Premature Death Than Obese Women, But Why?

Obesity continues to be a big problem in the United States and a growing problem across the globe, no pun(s) intended. But all kidding aside, highly processed foods, toxins in the environment, and sedentary lifestyles are adding size to midsection and, according to a new study, subtracting years from the average lifespan. In a recent […]

Could We Be Near An Alzheimer's Cure?

Groundbreaking new clinical research indicates that an impressive vaccine to reverse the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease may begin testing in the United States within the next two or three years, especially since the US government has bankrolled the project. Obviously, Alzheimer’s “disease” is not an infection, so the term “vaccine” more relates to the […]

Does Dietary Magnesium Lower Hypertension Risk?

Everyone is looking for more ways to be healthy. While this is often easiest achieved by taking more medicines, the desire to achieve healthy lifestyle changes is growing. Yes, more and more people are coming to realize that simple changes in diet and exercise can do wonders for the body—at any age—helping to improve health […]

Harvard Scientists BioEngineer “Stingray” Robot from Heart Muscles

Over the past year or so we have seen engineers develop robots that mimic the behaviors and movements of living organisms. Some drones can maneuver through the air like insects, or through the water like dolphins, or on land like a cheetah. But new research out of Harvard University has now yielded a new kind […]

American Drug Spending Up Fourfold Over the Last Ten Years

What might surprise you, though, is exactly how much more we are paying today than we were only ten years ago.  The latest study says that insurance companies are paying through the teeth on the most expensive drugs today, nearly four times as much as they were in 2003. According to researcher Stacie Dusetzina patient’s […]

HPV Vaccination Could Have Probably Prevented the Majority of Cervical and Oropharyngeal Cancers in US Over the Past Decade

It appears that HPV-related cancers on the rise in the United States. While that, alone is of some concern, this data exacerbates the fight against cancer as many strains of HPV—the Human Papillomavirus—have been linked with a variety of cancers. This includes, of course, cervical cancer but also head and neck cancers as well. In […]

Addiction is Easier When you Mix Tobacco and Cannabis

It seems there is a bit of confusion when it comes to addictive substances, at least in terms of how addictive tobacco and cannabis are. These are the two most used drugs in the world, according to data from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.  Roughly one billion […]

Can Vagus Nerve Stimulation Prevent the Development of Rheumatoid Arthritis

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may soon be clapping their hands in joy as a new study says vagus nerve stimulation showed “robust” response.  More specifically, the study suggests that implanting a device in the body which can stimulate the vagus nerve could provide significant improvement in joint pain relief. Rheumatoid arthritis, of course, is […]

“Drunkorexia” Becoming A Big Problem Among College Students

College students drinking alcohol is not news. College students bingeing on alcohol is not news.  But college students intentionally avoiding food in order to “prepare” for excessive drinking is definitely something to talk about. It is called “Drunkorexia” and it is not necessarily new, but it has apparently greatly increased over the past few years. […]

Italian Study Says Pasta Does Not Make You Fat

Over the past decade or two, pasta has earned a bit of a bad reputation in terms of nutritional value.  Thanks to low-carb dieting, pasta has been vilified as a fattening food and that led many people to reduce their intake—or stop eating it entirely.  And that, of course, has affected the pasta industry as […]

Can THC Cure or Slow The Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Two areas of research  have converged this week as researchers are now saying that [medical] marijuana appears to benefit Alzheimer’s patients.  This could be tremendous news as Alzheimer’s disease is the only one in the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.  Therefore, any new discoveries which shows benefit to […]

Could Breast Cancer Gene Also Increase Risk for Uterine Cancer?

The thing about cancer is that if you are at risk for one cancer there is also a very good chance you are also at risk for other cancers.  This is just the nature of cancer—it has no prejudice.  A new study continues to point this out as scientists have recently learned that women with […]

Is The Annual Pelvic Exam For Women Really Necessary? Studies Say “Not at All”

According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, women may not need to get the annual pelvic exam that the medical industry has long recommended. The USPSTF is an independent—and volunteer—panel of national experts who contribute preventive health care recommendations that are based on evidence gathered from all scientific studies available. USPSTF member Francisco […]

Do Hand Sanitizers Actually Work? The FDA Wants to Know…

Federal health officials are currently investigating whether or not hand sanitizers—the very same hand sanitizers already used by millions of Americans—actually work as well as manufacturers claim they do.  Perhaps more importantly, the FDA wants to know if their continued and growing use contributes to more health risks. According to the US Food and Drug […]

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acid Really Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack?

Over the past several years or so there has been a lot of research investigating the efficacy of Omega-3 fatty acid supplements.  Animal based omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish like salmon) and plant-based alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 called ALA, found in walnuts, canola oil, and other seeds and nuts) are believed to have […]

Could An Old Blood Disorders Drug Also Boost Memory?

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but, apparently, you can use an old drug to treat new conditions. In a recent study, scientists have learned that a long-used drug called methylene blue could actually restore activity in brain regions that have slowed to cause short-term memory and attention loss. […]

Can Dogs Detect Diabetes In Your Scent?

It is commonly known that the canine is Man’s Best Friend, but science is now saying that a dog in the home could be more useful than just for companionship.  A new study says that the level of a chemical found in human breath could provide an accurate warning sign of low blood sugar levels, […]

Can Electricity Help Make a Low-Calorie Milk Chocolate ? That Actually Tastes Good ?

Research out of Temple University shows that a novel approach to food manufacturing could lower the fat percentage of milk chocolate. The researchers say that subjecting milk chocolate to electric currents can lower the fat content by as much as 20 percent. Apparently, work on this study began in 2012. At the time, researchers were […]

Study Proves Helicopter Parenting—Hovering—Is Bad For Kids

Parents want the best for their kids. Sure, that much is obvious, but sometimes those high expectations—mixed with a little anxiety, perhaps—results in paying a little too much attention to a child’s life and that, according to a new study, can be quite a detriment. In this new, five-year study, scientists found that hovering—also known […]

Scientists Conduct Experiment to Investigate How Exercise is Tied To Memory

Apparently, it is commonly known that treadmill training can boost memory recall. Of course, scientists had a basic understanding of the relationship between proteins, exercise, and neuron growth, but they wanted to take a closer look. And so, a new study—which has been published in the journal Cell Metabolism—investigates more closely how exercise can improve […]

FDA Scheduled to Take Major Actions On Eli Lilly Drug Next Week

On Tuesday, major drug companies will face key US Food and Drug Administration actions that will very likely affect the future of their industry-leading disease-treatment properties. Yes, on this coming Tuesday, an FDA advisory committee will meet to discuss the expansion of the Jardinance label. This is Eli-Lilly’s 2-year-old drug for the treatment of type […]

Does the Attractiveness of a Women Affect the Likelihood A Man Will Use a Condom During Intercourse?

It would probably not come as a surprise to learn that men might be a little more befuddled around women they find attractive. But a new study says that the hotter a women is, the less likely it is that a guy will wear a condom during intercourse. According to lead study author Anastasia Eleftheriou, […]

Every Doctor Can Prescribe Opiates; Less than Three Percent Can Prescribe Cessation Medication

Opioid addiction is hitting Americans hard and this largely due to the widespread accessibility of opioid drugs. While heroin, of course, has long been the opiate form of choice in the public eye, the increase in opioid abuse over the past decade or so has been the result of flourishing narcotic painkillers flooding the market. […]

Does Size Matter? In Terms of Income, Apparently So.

Income equality continues to be a hot topic in the United States, where all people supposedly have the same rights but women still make $0.70 on the dollar of a man. Is that discrimination? It would appear so, but does this discrimination occur only among women? And does it only happen in the United States? […]

Medicare Looking For New Drug Reimbursement Model To Lower Medication Prices

In an effort to drive costs down while improving patient care quality, Medicare officials have recently proposed doctors receive new drug reimbursements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have just announced its plans to test several new methods for paying out these reimbursements over the next five years by connecting them with patient […]

Not Only Can you Die of A Broken Heart, But Also A Happy One

In 1990, researchers in Japan determined that it really is possible to die from a broken heart. The odd thing is that it is also apparently equally possible to die from a heart full of joy; a heart so full of joy, in fact, that it triggers the very same stressful condition on the muscle […]

Be Warned: New Blood Pressure Monitoring App Could Be Entirely Too Inaccurate

An accurate blood pressure reading is one of the most important screening tools doctors have for diagnosing patients. So it would make sense that a blood pressure reading mobile application might be a perfect tool for doctors to ensure patients can monitor their blood pressure on the go (if it is necessary). But just because […]

Surgery Procedures Compared to Nations in Poverty

The number of surgeries performed around the world continues to grow at a steady pace but this is happening more often in the developed world. Perhaps this makes sense: health care—and money—is more plentiful, regulated in the First World. But researchers are learning that there is a tremendous gap in surgical care between rich and […]

Are The Human Sleep And Eat Cycles Connected?

Sleep deprivation is a big problem in America—studies suggest that roughly one-third of Americans don’t get enough. But while it, alone, is a problem, it can also lead to other complications too. Sleep deprivation, of course, leaves you fatigued and hazy, often confused or forgetful; but it can also affect cognitive decision making and even […]

Stanford Research Suggests Embryo “Squishiness” Implies Higher Viability

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a scientific process which provides childbearing options to people whose natural options might not be so forgiving. For this process, though, scientists have to choose the right embryo to fertilize if they want to expect the successful gestation of a healthy baby. A new study suggests that choosing the right […]

Cambridge Research Links Obesity with Poor Memory

The results of a recent study suggest that young adults who are overweight may have poorer episodic memory than their less stout counterparts. Published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, the preliminary study provides early evidence that higher body mass index (BMI) might be related to memory problems. While the study was small, the […]

Breakthrough: Pancreatic Cancer is Actually Four Separate Diseases

Remarkable new research has determined that the condition we call pancreatic cancer is actually four distinct diseases. The researchers hope, of course, that this could revolutionize methods for combating it. Study leader, Professor Sean Grimmond, shares: “This study demonstrates that pancreatic cancer is better considered as four separate diseases, with different survival rates, treatments and […]

Landmark UNC Study Turns Skin Cells into Cancer Hunting Stem Cells

Researchers out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have just concluded a study in which they have been able to convert human skin cells into cancer hunting stem cells that can target glioblastoma brain tumors. Of course, the landmark study could pave the way for more cancer treatments in the future. Glioblastomas are aggressive […]

Neuroscientists Investigate Why People Can Sometimes Do Terrible Things Under Authoritarian Order

A team of neuroscientists have announced, this week, the location of the part of the brain that reacts to receiving an order from a figure of authority in which that order dictates they inflict pain on another person. This study expands on experiments from psychologist Stanley Milgram which were conducted during the 1960s, as a […]