A novel study published in the journal Injury Prevention has unveiled that those women who take anti-depressant drugs to curb the symptoms of menopause face increased risk of suffering from bone fractures.
As per the researchers, these women have a 76% increased risk of broken bones. Women take an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) to reduce symptoms of menopause. The study has found that the higher risk seems to continue for many years.
Therefore, the researchers have suggested a shorter period of SSRI treatment. In America, SSRI is the third most common prescribed drug and is taken for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and symptoms of menopause including hot flushes and night sweats.
According to reports, a healthy girl has been given the right to end her life by euthanasia after she claimed that she was indulged in suicidal thoughts since her childhood. The girl's name is Laura and is just 24 years old.
Authorities have allowed her to voluntarily die. As per reports, she was an unplanned baby and underwent a distressed early upbringing. She said to doctors, "Life, that's not for me". The young woman shifted with her grandparents in her native Belgium. They provided her with peace, security and structure, but in vain. She doesn't want to live anymore.
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) launched the Pride study iPhone app to look into the specific health issues faced by the LGBTQ community. It has been said that the study's framework is developed as a ResearchKit app under Apple Inc.'s umbrella.
The open-source ResearchKit has already proved successful in tapping valuable information on other risk groups with view to diagnoses such as Parkinson's, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular issues or asthma.
The open-source research framework was started during last year's 'spring Forward' Apple-powered event. It works on cohorting data from the in-built sensor of Apple devices or from user surveys.
The new Pride study app aims at giving researchers better insight into the well-being and health of the LGBTQ community.
As per researchers, fat intake is also necessary for health. They think that low-fat and no-fat foods should be considered as an option to prevent any ailment. In fact, they have asked to put an end on total dietary fat.
Later this year, an updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be published. It is expected that the guidelines will renewed assessment of the role fat plays in human nutrition. Experts said that good fats known as polyunsaturated fats found in nuts.
Limit should be applicable only on saturated fat. To cite an example, saturated fats should be just 10% of a person’s total calorie intake. Jessica Cording, a New York City registered dietitian, said that confusion will happen if restriction on fat is taken off.
Healthcare options for veterans are increasingly growing with programs like the Choice program. Veterans can get care through these programs in their area from civilian providers. But there has not been much work done in regards to veterans with dental care.
Many veterans have only one option, i.e. dental insurance, unless a veteran is eligible for the VA dental program. However, according to VA, for many veterans this is not even an option since many are not able to afford dental insurance, especially when it comes to those transitioning from the military.
A Florida man died after contracting deadly bacteria off Florida coast. The 26-year old man, Cason Yeager died within days after contracting deadly bacteria Vibrio vulnificus while he was swimming south of Pine Island.
The bacteria lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called halophilic as they require salt. V. vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood. The bacteria can enter the body through an open wound that is exposed to seawater.
Every summer, authorities concerned remind us to take preventive measures to remain safe from mosquitoes. Commonly, the mantra is ‘drain, dress and defend’. This summer also, experts ask to avoid mosquitoes by recommending preventative steps.
Mosquito Authority Founder Joey Osborne was of the view, “Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. It’s easy to forget they carry diseases like West Nile virus and Chikungunya, but the threat is real”.
Mosquito Authority’s Mosquito Awareness Guide has unveiled that mosquitoes generally attack children because they play and sweat. Mosquitoes love damp and shady areas. Experts said that mosquitoes are deadly because they can carry deadly disease like West Nile and encephalitis.
It is being said that women suffer from Alzheimer's disease more because of their longer life expectancy than men. With the new research, scientists have been revisiting this long-held belief. As per the research, around two-thirds of American patients with Alzheimer's disease are women.
Now, the researchers are planning to study more possible factors, like genetic makeup, biological differences and lifestyle factors. Maria Carrillo, an Alzheimer's Association (AA) chief science officer, said that there should be a study on other possible reasons.
On his Facebook page, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan updated about his health. He affirmed that he has completed his first round if chemotherapy and feels ‘healthy and strong’. He was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Hogan, 59, on his Facebook page said that he is happy to share that things are going great. His treatment is going well and he is not suffering from any side effects. On Monday, Hogan announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Test reports have unveiled that he has around 30 to 40 tumors in his abdomen, neck and groin. Hogan, the first-term governor, took office in January. His cancer was at an advanced stage and was also very aggressive. But things became better as it responded well to chemotherapy.
A new Scotland study has revealed smokers’ take on e-cigarettes, which are considered as a potential aid in quitting tobacco counterparts.
E-cigarettes are designed to mimic the real thing, with a glowing tip that emits a cloud of vapor. There’s a battery and heating element inside as well as a cartridge that holds nicotine and other liquids or flavorings.
According to some smokers who have quit the habit, e-cigarettes tempt them to resume the habit of smoking they fought hard to ditch.
For the study, researchers interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes.
With the arrival of summer, Americans hit beach and lie at poolside to beat the heat. However, you must always remember that sun can be dangerous.
The single biggest misconception about sun protection is sunscreen. According to Steven Wang, director of dermatological surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Basking Ridge, many people think that if they use sunscreen, they are properly protected and can stay outdoors in the sun for longer. The UV rays can easily penetrate mist, fog and even clothing.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), a coronavirus from the family of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which killed about 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002, is spreading very quickly in South Korea and scientists are trying to find the reason behind its widespread.
Most of the cases of Mers, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, have occurred in Middle Eastern countries but the virus has recently taken hold in Northeast Asia in a big way.
The recent outbreak in South Korea is the largest outside the Middle East. So far, 24 deaths and 166 cases of the disease have been confirmed.
Researchers of a study published in JAMA dermatology have shown that arthritis drug ‘tofacitinib’ can also cure vitiligo disease. Vitiligo is a skin condition where few parts of skin lose its skin color. It is not a dangerous disease but it may discourage a person from having public interactions.
Researchers conducted the study on a middle-aged woman who was suffering from vitiligo. For the trial, the woman was given 5 mg oral dose every alternate day for three continuous weeks. After three weeks, 5 mg a day was given.
The researchers found that after two months of continuous treatment the patient started experiencing restoration of few skin parts to its original color.
On Monday, Swiss drug company Novartis AG said that it has been shown in the new trial results that Cosentyx or secukinumab was much better than placebo. The trial also showed continual efficacy over one year in patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis.
The one year results of the Phase III FUTURE 2 Study have been published in the medical journal Lancet. Novartis said that secukinumab showed fast onset of action and was considerably superior to placebo, when it comes to working on signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis or PsA and efficacy was sustained over one year.
Over the last two decades, a rise has come in the both cesarean sections and autism spectrum disorder. Also, many studies have linked the rise in the autism cases with the birth by c-section. But a new research finds the link nothing and just coincidental.
In the study, the researchers have studied more than two million babies born in Sweden between 1982 and 2010. After studying them, the researchers have affirmed that there is no strong proof that c-section causes autism.
The study published in JAMA Psychiatry has also confirmed that children born from c-section were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with ASD. The researchers have affirmed that the association was not present when siblings were compared.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, presently the largest health insurer in North Dakota celebrates its 75th anniversary. The health insurer didn't have this big start when it was started in 1940.
Shortly after the company started in 1940, it had only 9,000 policyholders, largely due to the efforts of St. Luke's Hospitals and St. John's Hospital in Fargo, which sought to find a way to help patients pay hospital bills using prepaid health insurance, a novel concept at the time.
Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and its subsidiary operations insure more than 500,000 people and employ about 2,800 workers, most in North Dakota.
A team of researchers has come up with an interesting way for people interested in losing weight and to control their food intake. Researchers have developed an online computer game that will not only help you in shedding weight, but will also reduce your food intake.
Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University said that the game helped participants lose an average of 0.7kg. They also consumed around 220 fewer calories per day. The researchers said that they have developed a simple online computer game that trains people to have a control on having snack foods.
Researchers have come up with a blood test, which is found to be helpful in detection of pancreatic cancer in human patients. An Indian-origin scientist is also involved in the study. The scientists differentiated healthy participants and patients suffering from a benign pancreatic disease from patients with early-and late-stage pancreatic cancer; they detected fat called vesicles or exosomes that tumours shed.
According to their research, a protein encoded by the gene glypican-1 (GPC1) present on cancer exosomes could be used when it comes to a potential non-invasive diagnostic and screening tool for detecting early pancreatic cancer, probably at a stage acquiescent to surgical treatment.
A new American study has found that youngsters having blood pressure at the high end of the normal range should keep a tab on what are they eating and do regular exercise and even take medicine. It has been said so as they suffer from damaged heart muscles by middle age and heart failure.
People with blood pressure of below 140/90 are not considered as hypertension, but as per researchers it can still affect their hearts. The research involved 2,479 young adults and they were followed were more than 25 year period.
Oregon Health & Science University said that it received a challenge from Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight of raising $500 million. It has been able to meet the challenge and now, it is the turn of Knight, who has stated that he will donate the same amount to cancer research.
Knight is happy that the university has achieved the target. He stated that the news also reflects what is possible when people focus on a single goal. Collective amount, which is $1 billion, will be utilized to come up with the first large-scale program for early detection of lethal cancer.
The money will also be used for the fast-track recruitments of 250 to 300 scientists, who will help in launching the initiative. OSHU said that around 25 of the world's best researchers will work in the initiative.