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‘Christmas Brain’ Can Give You Long-Term Health Problems, Experts Warn

December 12, 2018

Your brain is in overdrive and you are in a state of panic. You still haven’t found the perfect Christmas gift for your partner or finalised how many people are coming over for Christmas lunch.
By this point, your blood pressure is increasing and brain is going haywire.
Experts are calling this …

Gene Editing Babies was Irresponsible, Risky and Unnecessary, Say Experts. Why?

Whether the scientific community was ready or not, the first genetically edited babies were reportedly born in China earlier this month.
The biologist responsible, He Jiankui, said he used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to confer HIV resistance to twin girls named “Lulu” and “Nana”.
While the claims are yet to be verified, …

Two Compounds in Coffee May Team up to Fight Parkinson’s

Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia – two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration.

The discovery, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests these two compounds combined may …

ADHD Scripts on the Rise but that’s Not a Bad Thing

The rate of medications dispensed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 17 and under increased by 30% between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
The Australian Atlas for Healthcare Variation, released today, shows around 14,000 prescriptions were dispensed per 100,000 children aged 17 and under in 2016-17, compared with around 11,000 in …

Body Fat more Important than BMI in Breast Cancer

Women with a normal BMI can no longer tick off weight as breast cancer risk factor, US researchers say.
According to their study, published in JAMA Oncology, it’s body fat that increases the risk even if the woman falls into a healthy weight range.
The study was in fact a secondary analysis …

New Universal Cancer Test Takes Only Ten Minutes. The Secret Ingredient? Gold

December 05, 2018

A new approach to detect cancer could take just ten minutes, a mobile phone and may be substantially cheaper than currently available ‘liquid biopsy’ tests, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Queensland discovered a unique DNA structure, which appears to be present in all cancer cells they …

Celiac Disease May Be Treated with Cystic Fibrosis Drugs

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in 141 people in the United States.
The condition is triggered by the consumption of gluten — a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, and rye and in foods such as bread, pasta, and baked goods.
In a person with celiac …

Researchers Classify Alzheimer’s Patients in 6 Subgroups

Researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments.
“Alzheimer’s, like breast cancer, is not one disease,” said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor in general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of …

Health Check: How Long Should I Wait Between Pregnancies?

Women often wonder what the “right” length of time is after giving birth before getting pregnant again. A recent Canadian study suggests 12-18 months between pregnancies is ideal for most women.
But the period between pregnancies, and whether a shorter or longer period poses risks, is still contested, especially when it …

Child Too Short? Too Tall? What to Do

Short or tall stature is considered to be height below or above the 3rd or 97th percentile respectively.
Abnormal growth velocity, showing on serial height measurements, is also an important finding.
Growth charts based on the US NHANES study are available from www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/charts.htm. Copies of growth charts, together with height velocity and …

New Obesity Procedure also Reduces Muscle Mass

November 28, 2018

A study about a new procedure for the treatment of obesity has raised some concerns. This is because, while the treatment leads to weight loss, the pounds a person sheds consist of skeletal muscle as well as fat. Also, body fat loss seems to be mainly of the subcutaneous — …

Vaginal Seeding: What Is It, And Should You Do It?

The human microbiome has become a recognized entity unto itself, thought to provide necessary genetic material from bacteria in our bodies to help fight infection and regulate bodily functions, particularly the immune system and gastrointestinal system. There has been increasing interest in creating a more robust microbiome for newborn infants. …

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