Medicine

A Diabetes Drug Has Shut Down Cancer’s Primary Way of Making Energy

A WELCOMED SIDE EFFECT While the typical side effects noted along with medications include upset stomach, headache, and difficulty operating heavy machinery, one medication used to treat diabetes has shown a… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Kristin Houser Futurism Researchers have observed that diabetic patients whose diabetes was being treated with the… A Diabetes Drug… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

Depression could increase risk of cancer death, research says

People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. French Press Agency npr Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more likely to succumb to cancer, especially of the colon, prostate and pancreas. Leukaemia and cancer of… Depression could increase risk of… Read More »

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

When Ali Andrew Li was born on Jan. 7, he was gently placed on his mother’s chest, where doctors cleaned and examined him and covered him with a warm blanket. npr “I just loved it,” his mother, Salma Shabaik, a family physician who lives in Los Angeles, says. “It was really nice to… Kangaroo Care Helps… Read More »

How to treat an opioid epidemic

The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. Sally Satel AEI More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children. With an estimated 2.6 million… How to treat an opioid… Read More »

The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

There is a long-standing idea that it is because we walk upright, but new research suggests that might not be the whole story BBC News Colin Barras Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates… The real reasons why childbirth is so… Read More »

Losing sleep over discrimination? ‘Everyday discrimination’ may contribute to sleep problems

December 22, 2016 – People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. Eurek Alert Wolters Kluwer The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Discrimination is an important… Losing sleep over… Read More »

Mobile phones, wifi and power lines

What is non-ionising radiation? Non-ionising radiation is a specific type of radiation. Cancer Research UK Most non-ionising radiation has less energy than ionising radiation, this means it doesn’t have enough energy to change our cells in the same way as ionising radiation. Non-ionising radiation is used in a wide range of communications, electronic and other devices, including mobile phones, radio and TV. Different types of non-ionising radiation – such as microwaves, radio frequency waves and electromagnetic fields – are linked with ... Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

Drug gives lung cancer patients four extra months

Most lung cancer patients survived four months longer on an immunotherapy drug than those treated with chemotherapy, according to trial results published Monday. Daily Nation Importantly, they also experienced fewer side-effects, researchers reported in The Lancet medical journal. Patients with non-small-cell lung… Drug gives lung cancer patients four… Read More »

Egypt pivots to medical tourism

“Tour n’ Cure, what are you waiting for?” Al Monitor Ahmed Hidji With these words, English journalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Coleman ended a video message June 12, in which he relays his journey to being treated for the hepatitis C virus in Egypt, after having contracted it over 30 years ago. Coleman said in the video that his particular.. Egypt pivots to medical… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Making vaccines work in Timor-Leste: a small country with a big future

It is seven o’clock in the morning, and as the cool night gives way to the heat of the day, a winding road stretches ahead of us towards the town of Gleno in Ermera province. On our way, we’re treated to unparalleled views of the jungle and the ocean. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Timor-Leste is a very young country, which is still recovering from the… Making vaccines work in… Read More »