Medicine


Over 22000 10 and 11-year-olds are severely obese, research finds Over 22000 10 and 11-year-olds are severely obese, research finds
- June 01, 2018

It follows figures revealed yesterday, which warned that 22,000 children were leaving primary school severely obese . The weight and height of all children in England is measured when they start and leave primary school, under the government's national child measurement programme. (more...)
Heartbreaker? Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes
- June 01, 2018

The global health agency, in the report by health experts, said spreading the message that tobacco caused deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke helped prevent "needless" loss of life. Yet in many countries, there is very low awareness that smoking significantly increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. "Governments have the power in their hands to protect their citizens from suffering needlessly from heart disease", said Douglas Bettcher, who heads WHO's ... (more...)
Purdue Pharma Knew Oxycontin Was Being Abused Since The Late '90s
- June 01, 2018

Since then, Purdue Pharma has been sued by more than a dozen states for its deceptive marketing practices, while overdose deaths from OxyContin and other opioids have continued to rise steadily. Oxycontin wasn't being used correctly by users, and this made it more appealing as a street drug than other drugs. Sales representatives were discouraged by Purdue from raising concerns about abuse, with one saying his manager told him that "his job was to sell drugs, not to determine if a 'doctor ... (more...)
You Can Exercise Harder By Chewing Gum, Says New Study You Can Exercise Harder By Chewing Gum, Says New Study
- June 01, 2018

While all ages experienced a significantly larger change in heart rate in the gum trial, middle-aged and elderly participants also had a significantly higher mean heart rate while walking compared to the control. Researchers measured participants' heart rate, walking heart rate in both legs, then the distance they covered at a natural pace, the number of steps taken and, walking speed. (more...)
Does increased protein intake elevate the risk of HF?
- May 31, 2018

In the group that eat more than 70 grams of protein daily, the proportion of deaths was nearly 2 times smaller and amounted to 18%. In general, one portion of protein is equivalent to 30g of meat, chicken or fish, one egg, one tablespoon of peanut butter, one-quarter cup of cooked beans or one-half ounce of nuts or seeds, according to the US Department of Agriculture , which recommends that over-50s eat five to seven portions of protein per day, or 150g to 200g. (more...)
Trump endorses Rep. Dan Donovan for re-election over Michael Grimm Trump endorses Rep. Dan Donovan for re-election over Michael Grimm
- May 31, 2018

Donovan represents a district in NY that voted strongly for Trump in 2016, and he faces a challenger, former congressman Michael Grimm, who is seeking to cast Donovan as less than loyal to Trump's agenda. Grimm has been endorsed by Mr. Trump's short-lived communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. The GOP primary for the 11th district is June 26. Republicans, however, have widely backed Donovan in anticipation of a fierce Democratic challenge in the November midterm elections. (more...)
Glasses wearers really are more intelligent - it's in the genes Glasses wearers really are more intelligent - it's in the genes
- May 31, 2018

However, the researchers said there was no proof of a defined link between the two factors. The participants had taken different thinking tests that were then summarized as general cognitive ability score. While the study identified trends, it did not investigate why these correlations exist and what future implications could be. The study also found that those with higher cognitive function tended to live longer, have a decreased risk of specific types of cancer , and even had healthier ... (more...)
Cockroach milk could be next superfood Cockroach milk could be next superfood
- May 31, 2018

Scientists refer to these crystals as milk because it is a liquid substance produced by the mother for her offspring which is packed with fats, sugars and protein. Maybe this is not for humans. "Think of Entomilk as a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future". (more...)
Trump breaks silence on Roseanne race row, attacks ABC Trump breaks silence on Roseanne race row, attacks ABC
- May 31, 2018

Trump wrote that Iger never called him to apologize for "the disgusting statements " that have been said about him on ABC. "When I read her social media in the very beginning, and I saw how she was so into the conspiracy stuff with Donald Trump and so how far gone she was, and the "pizzagate" and Hillary is a pedophile and Obama wasn't born here, she was, you know, a 'birther, ' and how insane that was - I just knew that this would not end well", Arnold said. (more...)
Lawsuit alleges pharmaceutical company illegally marketed fentanyl painkiller Lawsuit alleges pharmaceutical company illegally marketed fentanyl painkiller
- May 31, 2018

Food and Drug Administration in 2012 to treat cancer patients "whose existing and long-acting opioids did not adequately control their pain". In reality, the events involved free meals at expensive restaurants, and doctors were paid as speakers even if they did not speak, or if other doctors did not show up to listen. (more...)
Virginia set to expand Medicaid in policy win for Democrats
- May 31, 2018

Northam's predecessor, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), was unable to get Republicans in the state to expand Medicaid, but Democrats in the state have been gaining power and almost flipped the state's House of Delegates in November. Expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income families was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act secured by then-President Barack Obama. A tally from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows Virginia will become the 33rd state to approve Medicaid expansion. (more...)
Combining Exercise And Gum Chewing May Help You Lose Extra Calories
- May 31, 2018

And while masticating caused a measurable physical difference in participants of both genders and across all age groups, it was most pronounced in men over 40, the team reported at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. The study found that in all participants, the mean heart rate while walking as well as the change in heart rate from being at rest was significantly higher in the gum trial than in the control trial. (more...)
Taking vitamin, mineral supplements may not boost heath - Research Taking vitamin, mineral supplements may not boost heath - Research
- May 31, 2018

Clearly, we think they're good for us. The findings, published May 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , largely confirm what's already known: Supplements may be popular, but in most cases, there is no evidence they protect against heart disease . (more...)
Virginia's General Assembly passes Medicaid expansion
- May 31, 2018

But it's still very good news for up to 400,000 low-income Virginians who could become eligible for the wide array of services Medicaid provides. "Thank you", Northam tweeted following the House vote. After the passage Wednesday, Norment released a statement calling the deal "disappointing". "Today the General Assembly sent a budget to my desk that will improve the lives of all Virginians". (more...)
One million French smokers quit in a year One million French smokers quit in a year
- May 31, 2018

The ministry pointed out that tobacco kills about 200 people in France every day, some 73,000 per year. This theme focuses on linking tobacco with heart and other cardiovascular diseases like stroke . The 2012 WHO Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) carried out in Nigeria, shows that 4.2 million men and 0.5million women now use tobacco while 3.1 million adult Nigerians (7.2 per cent men and 0.3 per cent women) smoke cigarettes . (more...)
AI better at finding skin cancer than doctors
- May 31, 2018

At the same time, about 58 dermatologists from 17 countries were also shown the same photos. The artificial intelligence , a so-called convolutional neural network, has managed to be better than dermatologists at spotting skin cancer by simply scanning series of photographs, announced today the research team. (more...)
Don't Wait Till 50 for Your Colon Cancer Screening
- May 31, 2018

The American Cancer Society estimates about 50,000 people will die from colon cancer this year. "But as we saw data pointing to a persistent trend of increasing colorectal cancer incidence in younger adults, including American Cancer Society research that indicated this effect would carry forward with increasing age, we chose to reevaluate the age to initiate screening in all United States adults". (more...)
AI diagnoses skin cancer more accurately than dermatologists
- May 31, 2018

In a world first, it missed fewer cancer cases compared to 58 experienced dermatologists. It works by learning from images that it "sees" and continues to teach itself with each case to improve its performance. Most dermatologists already use digital dermoscopy systems to image and store lesions for documentation and follow-up. "One set of 300 images was built to exclusively test the performance of the CNN , Haenssle said in the statement ". (more...)
Fast food companies not tackling obesity
- May 31, 2018

Domino's Pizza was the bottom of the pack with just 3/100, scoring zero in each category except for nutrition labelling and transparency in its corporate relationships. "There's a real opportunity for fast food companies to help address the problem by introducing policies that make healthier choices, like water and fruit or salad, the automatic option for kids' meals", Mr Sacks said. (more...)
Soldier dies of suspected Nipah virus infection in Kolkata
- May 30, 2018

The 27-year-old soldier, a native of Palakkad district in Kerala, had joined back for duty in Kolkata on May 13 after a month-long leave at home. Meanwhile, his samples were sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune to see if it was a case of Nipah virus . (more...)