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Frequent Drinking Higher Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Than Binge Drinking

Frequent Drinking Higher Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Than Binge Drinking

Alcohol studies continue to point to its health risks, even as we learn that sometimes it might provide some benefits (as in the case of red wine, for example).  But in terms of the health risks of alcohol, most studies... 
Fast food packaging may increase your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemical’ PFAS

Fast food packaging may increase your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemical’ PFAS

We’ve been told over and again that fast foods are not good for us because of the calories and additives, but now a study has found that the wrappings and packaging of fast foods contain a toxic chemical called PFAS. This... 
Antidepressant Use Soars Among Seniors but With Little Efficacy, Study Demonstrates

Antidepressant Use Soars Among Seniors but With Little Efficacy, Study Demonstrates

The number of older people taking antidepressants have doubled—and more—in the twenty years before 2010, even though we have not seen an associated rise in depression cases, according to a new study.   The lead... 
Eating nuts everyday could help with weight loss, a new study finds

Eating nuts everyday could help with weight loss, a new study finds

A study published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, was conducted to find the connection between the consumption of nuts and weight change. And what the researchers found was that eating nuts on a daily... 
Hy-Vee Initiates Recall Over Labeling Concerns

Hy-Vee Initiates Recall Over Labeling Concerns

Frozen food company Hy-Vee has announced a recall of approximately 6,233 pounds of ready-to-eat beef and chicken products over misbranding issues and concern for undeclared allergens.  Apparently, these products contain... 
Non-Meat Eaters At Higher Risk For Stroke, New Study Says

Non-Meat Eaters At Higher Risk For Stroke, New Study Says

For many years, it has been a common belief that switching to a vegetarian diet is better for you, particularly in regards to its contribution to lowering ischemic heart disease.  And it seems that this is more than... 
British teenager loses vision after many years of junk food diet

British teenager loses vision after many years of junk food diet

According to a case report that was published on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, a British teenager has lost his vision and is suffering from acute hearing loss because of his many, many years of eating junk food. The report which was... 
US drivers spend an average of 54 hours in traffic congestion every year

US drivers spend an average of 54 hours in traffic congestion every year

Do you ever wonder how many hours you spend wasting your time in congested traffic commuting to work everyday? Well someone has sat and crunched the numbers and published a report for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute... 
New Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise

New Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise

Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bacterial disease was responsible for nearly 3 million new... 
New Study Identifies 69 Genetic Markers for Autism Risk

New Study Identifies 69 Genetic Markers for Autism Risk

A team of researchers based out of UCLA has recently identified several dozen genes that are now known to be linked with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder.  Based on an existing study of families that have... 
FDA Studying Reports Of Seizures After Vaping

FDA Studying Reports Of Seizures After Vaping

In April 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation into reports of people experiencing seizures after using e-cigarettes. The FDA had received 35 reported cases of seizures following use of e-cigarettes... 
Will Sesame Join Nuts and Dairy on Food Allergy Warning Labels?

Will Sesame Join Nuts and Dairy on Food Allergy Warning Labels?

Food allergies may not affect the vast majority of people but they are still quite common. And, for the most part, food allergies tend to elicit quite mild reactions (except for peanuts, of course).  This week,... 
Scientists Announce Development Of Skin Cancer Vaccine

Scientists Announce Development Of Skin Cancer Vaccine

Scientists at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have announced that they may have created a vaccine for melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. According to their research, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the... 
Florida Declares Hepatitis A Public Health Emergency

Florida Declares Hepatitis A Public Health Emergency

The Florida Surgeon General has declared a public health emergency to deal with an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state. State law dictates a public health emergency be declared by a state surgeon general if there’s a... 
Controlled Ear Canal Stimulation Shows Promise for Helping Reduce Many Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Controlled Ear Canal Stimulation Shows Promise for Helping Reduce Many Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at the University of Kent have learned that gentle, controlled stimulation of the ear canal seems to provide consistent relief of symptoms for Parkinson’s disease patients.  Specifically, the randomized,... 
Johnson & Johnson To Test New HIV Vaccine in US and Europe

Johnson & Johnson To Test New HIV Vaccine in US and Europe

Personal care and pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson has announced they are preparing to test a new, experimental HIV vaccine in the United States and Europe. This is another definite move towards developing the world’s... 
U.S. Tracking Data For Opioid Pills Released

U.S. Tracking Data For Opioid Pills Released

Stunning figures from a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) database that tracked the every opioid pill sold in America have been released to the public. A federal court in Ohio released the data as part of a massive consolidated... 
University of Michigan Researchers Develop “EpiPen” for Spinal Cord Injuries

University of Michigan Researchers Develop “EpiPen” for Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered injecting nanoparticles into a spinal cord injury can enhance healing by reprogramming the body’s already aggressive immune cells.  They are calling it an “EpiPen”... 
Is Leg Fat Better Than Belly Fat?

Is Leg Fat Better Than Belly Fat?

Apparently, not all fat is created equal:  your increased health risks could depend on the type of fat you carry.  Indeed, a new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine advises it is not necessarily... 
Modest Reduction In Calories Could Help Your Heart

Modest Reduction In Calories Could Help Your Heart

A new study appears to show that you could help keep your heart healthy by eating just a little bit less every day. Researchers published a paper this week in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology that indicates a modest reduction... 
Protein-Coating Sugars Could Be Biomarker for Pancreatic Cancer

Protein-Coating Sugars Could Be Biomarker for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatitis is the term used to describe clinical inflammation of the pancreas. It accounts for approximately 275,000 hospitalizations in the United States every year. Those who suffer pancreatitis typically have a genetic disposition... 
Common Cold Helps Kill Bladder Cancer

Common Cold Helps Kill Bladder Cancer

Scientists from the University of Surrey and Royal Surrey County Hospital have used a strain of the common cold virus successfully target and destroy bladder cancer cells. A naturally-occurring strain of the common cold, coxsackievirus... 
Understanding the Microbiome of the Eye

Understanding the Microbiome of the Eye

There has been a lot of talk the past several years about the human body’s microbiome. This is the complex network of [beneficial] bacteria (and fungi and viruses even) that help to protect the body and ensure optimum function.  Most... 
New Supplement Shows Benefits For Overweight Patients

New Supplement Shows Benefits For Overweight Patients

A preliminary study is showing that people with metabolic disorders may benefit from supplements of a common gut bacterium. Researchers from the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels found that supplements containing a pasteurized... 
FDA Approves Drug To Boost Women’s Sex Drive

FDA Approves Drug To Boost Women’s Sex Drive

Women in the United States will soon have access to a new drug therapy designed to boost low sex drive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug marketed as Vyleesi to increase sexual desire for premenopausal... 
Does Fast Food Cause Dementia?

Does Fast Food Cause Dementia?

A team of researchers out of the Australian National University conducted a recent study that suggests simply eating fast food (on a regular basis) could cause dementia.  Actually, the study says it could cause “irreversible”... 
New York Changes Exemptions For Vaccinations Amid Outbreak

New York Changes Exemptions For Vaccinations Amid Outbreak

Lawmakers in New York have ended religious exemptions for immunizations as the state endures the country’s most intense outbreak of measles. The immunization bill eliminates an exemption for any parent or guardian who holds... 
The Human Brain Evolved to Appreciate Speech and Music

The Human Brain Evolved to Appreciate Speech and Music

As you probably already know, the homo sapien species is quite similar to other primates. As a matter of fact, we have so much more in common, genetically, than we have different.  Obviously, we share much with mammalian... 
The Human Body is A Mosaic of A Single Cell, Not Genetic Clones

The Human Body is A Mosaic of A Single Cell, Not Genetic Clones

The human body has approximately 40 trillion cells that all progressed out of a single fertilized egg.  But this evolution, apparently, does not result in a perfect clones, at least not in terms of DNA. According to... 
Sleep Quality Affects Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Sleep Quality Affects Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Everyone has a restless night now and then and it really isn’t a big deal, right?  Well, a new study from scientists at the University of Arizona say that lack of sleep can have a negative effect on blood pressure,... 
Magic Mushrooms Now Legal In Oakland

Magic Mushrooms Now Legal In Oakland

The possession or use of psilocybin, popularly known as magic mushrooms, is no longer prohibited in the city of Oakland, California. Oakland’s City Council has unanimously approved a ballot measure effectively legalizing the... 
Researchers Report New Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

Researchers Report New Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

A new treatment for prostate cancer has been found that could extend the lives of thousands of men with advanced cases of the disease. The new treatment, called ‘PSMA’ radiotherapy treatment, became available privately in... 
‘Burnout’ is Officially A Medical Condition

‘Burnout’ is Officially A Medical Condition

Most people would probably agree that it is important to work hard. No matter what you do, diligence and perseverance tend to go quite a long way.  Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has warned, this week,... 
Burnout To Be Recognized As Official Medical Diagnosis

Burnout To Be Recognized As Official Medical Diagnosis

The World Health Organization has defined work “burnout syndrome” as an official medical diagnosis for the first time in the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD, which catalogues... 
Eli Lilly Releases Half-price Generic Insulin

Eli Lilly Releases Half-price Generic Insulin

Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced that a cheaper version of its popular Humalog insulin is now available. The company has begun selling a generic version, sold under the chemical name insulin lispro, for $137.35 per vial,... 
New study reveals real reasons behind gaining weight when eating processed foods

New study reveals real reasons behind gaining weight when eating processed foods

A new study which was published in Cell Metabolism revealed that cost in money and time are the real reasons people gain weight when eating processed foods. The study showed that when people ate processed foods it made them... 
Study Finds Big Hospital Cost Disparities For Private Insurance And Medicare

Study Finds Big Hospital Cost Disparities For Private Insurance And Medicare

An explosive new study have found that the prices that hospitals charge patients with private insurance are considerably higher that what they are charging patients covered by Medicare, the government-sponsored health insurance... 
The Time Of Day Visiting Your Doctor Matters

The Time Of Day Visiting Your Doctor Matters

It makes a big difference as to whether you visit your doctor in the morning or later in the day a recent study has revealed. A study done by researchers at he University of Pennsylvania and published by the Journal of the... 
Anti-Vaccine Hashtags Now Blocked On Instagram

Anti-Vaccine Hashtags Now Blocked On Instagram

Facebook-owned Instagram is making a move against misinformation on its platform by blocking several anti-vaccine hashtags. According to reports, #vaccineskill, #vaccinescauseautism, #vaccinescauseaids, and #vaccinesarepoison... 
How Close Are We To A Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

How Close Are We To A Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

For those who suffer chronic fatigue syndrome, the condition is hard enough, but the bigger difficulty comes from its impossibility.  It is estimated that approximately two million Americans suffer from the condition,... 
Drugstores Restricting Tobacco Buying To People 21 And Over

Drugstores Restricting Tobacco Buying To People 21 And Over

Two of the largest drugstore chains in the country have decided that they will no longer sell tobacco products to people under the age of 21. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) announced it would raise the age requirement... 
Officials Scramble To Stop Near-Record Outbreak As US Measles Cases Rise

Officials Scramble To Stop Near-Record Outbreak As US Measles Cases Rise

50 years ago the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the triple vaccine – the MMR – for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (sometimes referred to as German measles). In the year 2000 the vaccine-preventable disease... 
US HHS Invests $350M Research to Address Opioid Epidemic

US HHS Invests $350M Research to Address Opioid Epidemic

Prescription pain-killers—opioid-based treatments—were responsible for approximately 47,600 deaths in the United States, in 2017. According to government figures, there was only a small drop last year, which means that... 
Modified CAR-T Cancer Therapy is Safer and More Accessible

Modified CAR-T Cancer Therapy is Safer and More Accessible

For as long as there has been cancer treatment there has always been dramatic risks; and the same is true for CAR-T cancer therapy.  A new approach, however, shows great promise for offering incredible benefits with... 
Adolescent and Teen Girls At Risk for Lethal Dating Violence

Adolescent and Teen Girls At Risk for Lethal Dating Violence

A new study out of the University of Washington warns that teens killed by partners, in relationships, may be on the rise.  While there has been much study on domestic violence against adult women, this study cautions... 
Putting on A Happy Face at Your Job Could Mean Heavier Drinking on your Weekend

Putting on A Happy Face at Your Job Could Mean Heavier Drinking on your Weekend

It is a common social joke that nobody really likes going to work but a new study warns that pretending to be happy in the workplace might also make more susceptible to heavy drinking, particularly among those who work with the...