Medicine


Kale, strawberries, spinach top ‘Dirty Dozen' list for pesticide contamination Kale, strawberries, spinach top ‘Dirty Dozen' list for pesticide contamination
- March 22, 2019

More than 92 percent of kale had residue from at least two pesticides after washing and peeling the appropriate vegetables, according to the report. "When organic versions are unavailable or not affordable, EWG advises consumers to continue eating fresh produce, even if conventionally grown", they said in the report's press release. (more...)
Daily or high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychotic disorder, study says Daily or high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychotic disorder, study says
- March 22, 2019

The biggest link between daily cannabis use and having a psychotic disorder was in Amsterdam, where the chances were seven times higher than for those who had never used the drug: nearly all cannabis sold in "coffee shops" in Amsterdam is high-strength, while varieties with 67% THC have been found in the Netherlands. (more...)
Drinking More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Could Result in Premature Death Drinking More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Could Result in Premature Death
- March 22, 2019

They found that carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in the USA diet , Xinhua reported . "Our findings give further support to restrict the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and replace them with other beverages, ideally water , to improve longevity and overall health", said Harvard T.H. (more...)
Why new treatment for postpartum depression could be a 'game-changer' Why new treatment for postpartum depression could be a 'game-changer'
- March 22, 2019

U.S. media say the treatment will cost $34,000 a year for people without health insurance. It often ends naturally within a couple of weeks, but for some, it can also continue for months and even years. While most treatment options are still antidepressants, the report says pharmaceutical companies working to develop drugs specific for PPD will push the market's growth. (more...)
Chinese Woman Nearly Dies After Injecting Fruit Juice To Chinese Woman Nearly Dies After Injecting Fruit Juice To "Stay Healthy"
- March 21, 2019

Zeng was then sent to another institution, the Affiliated Hospital Xiangnan Hospital, where she was admitted to intensive care, the report said. Feng tried to keep it a secret but her husband could see that she was in distress and eventually convinced her to go to hospital. (more...)
Drinking Very Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk Of Cancer Drinking Very Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk Of Cancer
- March 21, 2019

In the United States and Europe, tea is rarely consumed at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) - but in places like Russia, Iran, Turkey and South America, it is common to drink tea that hot or even hotter. It is usually caused by repeated injury to the esophagus due to smoke, alcohol, acid reflux and - maybe - hot liquids. A new study uncovers a correlation between hot tea and cancer, but you don't have to worry if you drink your tea at a reasonable temperature. (more...)
Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Study Finds Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Study Finds
- March 20, 2019

These severe mental disorders are defined as having abnormal thinking and perceptions or a loss of touch with reality. High-strength cannabis, such as skunk, has levels of the psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) above 10%. If high-potency marijuana was no longer available, researchers predicted the incidence of psychosis in Amsterdam would be slashed in half. Experts have previously flagged a link between cannabis use and psychosis, particularly among vulnerable people ... (more...)
Two fizzy drinks each day ‘boost early-death risks’ Two fizzy drinks each day ‘boost early-death risks’
- March 20, 2019

For the study , the team analysed data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men. In a study published Monday in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation , they also found sugary drinks were associated with a moderately higher risk of dying from breast cancer or colon cancer. (more...)
Are Eggs Bad for You? New Study Rekindles Debate Are Eggs Bad for You? New Study Rekindles Debate
- March 20, 2019

The finding is likely to rekindle the debate on eggs and heart health. Whether eating dietary cholesterol or eggs is linked to cardiovascular disease and death has been debated for decades. The link between egg consumption and poorer health went away after accounting for a person's cholesterol intake, suggesting their high cholesterol content was the principle reason behind the increased risk. (more...)
Drinking Sugary Beverages Linked with Early Death Drinking Sugary Beverages Linked with Early Death
- March 20, 2019

Chan School of Public Health has found that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) may increase the risk of premature death, particularly for women. Common sense tells you that downing a lot of sugary drinks is not good for you. In the study, published today (March 18) in the journal Circulation , researchers analyzed information from more than 80,000 women and 37,000 men in the health profession who were followed for about three decades. (more...)
New guidelines advise against aspirin to prevent heart disease New guidelines advise against aspirin to prevent heart disease
- March 20, 2019

New guidelines , though, suggest that aspirin should not be prescribed to most adults who are in good cardiovascular health and that the risk of internal bleeding often outweighs the benefit. Cardiologists delivered some surprising news over the weekend: Contrary to previous recommendations, most healthy people should not be taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, according a report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association . (more...)
Stanford's Apple Heart Study Finds Wearables Can Detect Irregular Heart Rates 03/18/2019 Stanford's Apple Heart Study Finds Wearables Can Detect Irregular Heart Rates 03/18/2019
- March 20, 2019

Of the participants who only used the ECG patch a week after receiving an irregular pulse notification, only 34 percent were found to have atrial fibrillation , however the intermittent nature of the condition makes this result unsurprising, while also emphasizing the importance of the Apple Watch - a device that a user wears nearly constantly during waking hours - at detecting atrial fibrillation. (more...)
Sugary Beverages Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death Sugary Beverages Linked With Increased Risk of Premature Death
- March 19, 2019

And what about replacing sugary drinks with artificially sweetened drinks? But they also found a high intake of artificially-sweetened drinks (four or more per day) was linked to a slightly increased risk of overall and cardiovascular-related death among women, so they cautioned against overimbibing those types of drinks. (more...)
Docs Back Off Aspirin to Prevent 1st Heart Attack Docs Back Off Aspirin to Prevent 1st Heart Attack
- March 19, 2019

Kevin Campbell to CNN . The guidelines say doctors may consider aspirin for certain older high-risk patients including those having trouble lowering their cholesterol or managing blood sugar . Sticky platelets contribute to heart attack and stroke - aspirin works by keeping platelets from sticking together. Using aspirin in younger age groups "is now a class 2b recommendation", Campbell said, "meaning that it is not necessarily the best course of action; there is much debate among ... (more...)
Test for HIV when you are pregnant - Aisha Buhari to Nigerian women Test for HIV when you are pregnant - Aisha Buhari to Nigerian women
- March 17, 2019

He stated this on Wednesday when he attended the announcement of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS indicator and impact Survey results in Abuja. At the national level, viral suppression among people living with HIV aged 15-49 years stands at 42.3% (45.3% among women and 34.5% among men). (more...)
'25 Million Nigerians Living With Chronic Kidney Disease' '25 Million Nigerians Living With Chronic Kidney Disease'
- March 17, 2019

The symposium aims at enhancing the knowledge on the nutritional management of chronic kidney disease , kidney transplantation, chronic respiratory diseases and association between nutrition and immunity among post graduate students studying food science and nutrition and practicing dieticians from various hospitals in Mysuru. (more...)
New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health
- March 16, 2019

Whether eating eggs or cholesterol , which is also found in products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products, is linked to cardiovascular disease and death has always been a subject of debate, the researchers said. The study focused on eggs because they're among the most commonly eaten cholesterol-rich foods. Earlier versions of the dietary guidelines have advised Americans to keep their cholesterol under 300 milligrams daily. (more...)
Chief health officer takes aim at misinformation in measles outbreak Chief health officer takes aim at misinformation in measles outbreak
- March 15, 2019

Measles cases are rising in the Philippines with the Department of Health (DOH) declaring outbreaks in six regions in the country, including Metro Manila. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease most often spreads before people even know they are sick. Sadly, as a paediatric infectious disease specialist, I have witnessed the devastating effects of vaccine preventable diseases on the lives of children and their families. (more...)
Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments
- March 14, 2019

US president Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal released Monday is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House and is set to create yet another major political battle, experts have said. However, the budget is unlikely to affect public spending levels, which are controlled by Congress. "We've got to make some tough choices and these tough choices are going to step on some toes". (more...)
Justin Bieber says he's 'struggling,' asks fans to pray for him Justin Bieber says he's 'struggling,' asks fans to pray for him
- March 14, 2019

Singer Justin Bieber has broken his silence about his mental condition and is reaching out for help from friends, family and fans, reported E! "He really wants to get better", the insider said. In a Vogue magazine interview last month, the singer said his mental health spiralled in the midst of his 2017 world tour for the album objective. (more...)

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