Preparing To Be Scanned

If there is something medically wrong with you that can’t be detected through blood work or on an X-ray, then your doctor might send you to have an MRI or CT scan done. These digital scans are not invasive, and they don’t take long to complete. Results are usually available the same day or the…

Researchers Decode The Link Between TB And Parkinson’s

Researchers have uncovered a potential cause of Parkinson’s disease which may also help combat drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB). The biological causes of Parkinson’s remain largely unknown, making it more difficult to develop and improve treatments. The study, to be published in The EMBO Journal, showed that the mechanism our immune cells use to clear…

Eczema Drug May Help Treat Severe Asthma Symptoms

An eczema drug may help alleviate asthma symptoms as well as improve patients’ lung function better than standard therapies, results from twin studies have shown. Dupilumab, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug, was approved in 2017 by the US Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for eczema, a chronic skin disease. The findings showed that the…

Scientists Identify Neurons That Can Trigger Aggression

Scientists have identified the brain neurons that evoke aggression, setting the stage for formulating new strategies to prevent damaging actions triggered by arousal of such a feeling. According to the researchers, a group of neurons in the ventral premammillary nucleus (PMv) of the hypothalamus — an evolutionarily well-preserved part of the brain that controls many…

Alcohol Consumption May Worsen The Condition Of Heart Failure Patients

Even moderate level of alcohol consumption may worsen the condition of heart failure patients with a faulty versions of a gene called titin, new research has found. Titin is crucial for maintaining the elasticity of the heart muscle. But faulty version of the gene may cause dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)– a type of heart failure where…

Beware! Outdated Sunscreens Can Increase Risks Of Cancer

Dermatologist Steve Wang treats skin-cancer patients all day at a Sloan Kettering hospital in New Jersey, so he knows better than most that U.S. sunscreens aren’t up to the job. The oily stuff Americans are slathering on before heading to the beach this summer probably won’t give them as much protection as the products sold…

Being fat may actually be good for you, here’s why

With growing awareness about fitness, obesity is considered to be harmful for health. Numerous studies have linked obesity with diabetes and heart disease, among other illnesses. And the numbers of people struggling with obesity are rising at an alarming rate. But, it turns out, obesity can also be good for you. A study conducted by the European Association…

Obesity and depression, dependence on antidepressants may make you fat

Prolonged use of antidepressant may lead to increased risk of weight gain associated with high risk of many diseases including diabetes, heart disease and even cancers, say researchers. The study showed that normal weight and overweight people who took antidepressant for long time had a higher risk of being overweight or obese. “It’s important to…

Switch off the TV, too much screen time can cause heart disease and cancer

Spending too much time watching TV can be injurious to health. A new study done by the University of Glasgow and published in BMC Medicine reveals a link between higher risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease. The effect was more among those with low fitness, low muscle strength or physical activity levels. Previous studies linked increased…

New Yorkers are paying to sleep at luxurious, spa-style nap clubs

New York is the city that never sleeps, but arduous commutes, hellish hours and ultra-competitive jobs mean even the most wired of party animals or dedicated employees have to recharge their batteries. But instead of knocking back a coffee or quaffing an energy drink, a growing number of New Yorkers are opting for a quick…