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Mindful hypnotherapy may reduce stress

A new study shows that combining hypnotherapy with mindfulness training has a significant positive effect on stress levels. A new study proposes the use of mindful hypnotherapy for stress reduction. Mindfulness is an ancient mental technique that is an acknowledged means of helping people manage stress and anxiety. It involves learning how to stop and […]

Eye scanner can detect molecular aging

An eye scanner that Boston University Medical School developed can detect molecular aging in people. The new technique provides an accurate measure of age-related damage and could, one day, play a role in routine clinical practice. New research suggests that a novel device could detect signs of biological aging by examining the eye. Everyone ages, […]

Sedentary lifestyle linked to cancer mortality

A new study suggests that the total amount of time that people spend sitting is associated with a higher risk of death from cancer. Replacing some of this sedentary time with light physical activity appears to reduce the risk. Reducing the amount of time spent sitting may reduce the risk of death from cancer. Getting […]

Racial inequalities in health: What MNT’s experts want you to know

COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests have drawn attention to systemic racism and the inequalities in healthcare that result from it. For this Special Feature, Medical News Today asked its experts, “What do you wish people knew about health inequity?” We share their answers below. Racial inequalities plague the United States healthcare system. Image […]

Why a different way to measure ‘good’ cholesterol may be more useful

A new study has found that measuring “good” cholesterol in a different way may predict the chances of stroke or heart attack more accurately. Some researchers argue that a different way of measuring ‘good’ cholesterol could be more helpful in assessing the risk of cardiovascular events. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight […]

Blocking ‘atypical’ opioid receptor may help treat chronic pain

Researchers have discovered a possible way to increase levels of natural opioids in the brain. The new approach involves blocking an opioid receptor that normally inactivates these molecules. Exploiting a newly discovered opioid receptor might help design safer pain medication. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, naloxone, and morphine, are powerful pain relief medications. They can […]

WHO warns against use of masks during exercise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters. It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which […]

New strain of swine flu discovered in China

A new strain of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic has been discovered by Chinese researchers, this is according to a study released in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)on Monday. The disease, which researchers called the G4 virus, is genetically […]

Boosting brain antioxidants could improve psychosis outcomes

A study of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis has shown that higher levels of the antioxidant glutathione are associated with quicker responses to treatment and may improve early intervention outcomes. A new study looks at antioxidants and how they influence response to psychosis treatments. The time that it takes for somebody to respond […]

‘Nigeria may lose out on COVID-19 vaccine’

As the world races to find a wonder drug for COVID-19, the Federal Government may have to boost its game plan if it hopes to beat the pandemic, medics have warned. As at Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had disclosed 675 new cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total of […]

Egypt to ease coronavirus restrictions from end of week

Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to try to limit crowding, the prime minister said on Tuesday. Restaurants and cafes will operate at 25% capacity and shut at 10 pm from Saturday, while mosques will be open for daily […]

Do all men die equally?

Statistics show that the most common cause of death in males is heart disease. But will this hold true when breaking down the data by age or ethnicity? Why do men die? For more research-backed information and resources for men’s health, please visit our dedicated hub. Men’s health lags significantly behind women’s health, not just […]

Dogs will try to rescue their owners if they can

A new study confirms the legend that dogs rescue people they care about. New research finds that dogs will try to rescue their owners, as long as they understand what they need to do. Many of us enjoy the special bond that occurs between humans and dogs. We are two different species with different instincts […]

Gut bacteria linked to brain blood vessel abnormality

A new study shows that gut bacteria have links to an abnormality in a brain blood vessel that can increase the chances of stroke. Researchers have examined the gut microbiome and found connections with a brain blood vessel abnormality. New research has found a link between cavernous angiomas (CA), a type of brain blood vessel […]

Friendly nasal bacteria may protect against sinusitis

A bacterial strain adapted to life in our noses may help prevent the painful, chronic inflammation of sinusitis. This discovery could lead to the development of a probiotic nasal spray to treat the condition. Friendly bacteria” from the genus Lactobacillus are known to have beneficial effects in the gut, genital tract, and skin, where they […]

Men’s mental health: ‘Man up’ is not the answer

Surveys from around the world show that men everywhere find it difficult to open up about mental health, though they are significantly more at risk of attempting suicide than women. In this Special Feature, we look at why this may be and how to address this issue. In high-income countries, three times as many men […]

Human color awareness more limited than previously thought

A study of people’s color awareness has shown that we see surprisingly little color in our periphery and that the brain actually constructs much of our sense of a colorful world. Our ability to see the full color spectrum of visible light evolved about 35 million years ago, and it gives us a unique perspective […]

Hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 prevention trials incomplete: WHO

Hydroxychloroquine can be ruled out as a treatment for hospitalised COVID-19 patients — but the World Health Organization said Thursday it was aware of ongoing trials into its value as a preventative measure. A decades-old malaria and rheumatoid arthritis drug, hydroxychloroquine has been at the centre of political and scientific controversy. On Wednesday, the WHO […]

Feel happier with sleep or light activity instead

A study finds that going to bed or doing light tasks around the house helps your mood more than staying on the couch. New research suggests that replacing sedentary screen time with other activities may improve mood and body mass index. There is plenty of evidence that a sedentary lifestyle is less conducive to good […]

Chemical pollutant exposure linked to celiac disease in young people

A new study has identified a possible link between exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and celiac disease in young people. Chemical pollutants are often present in nonstick cookware. New research has found that young people with higher amounts of POPs in their blood are more likely to have celiac disease. The research, which now […]

Buhari speaks on achievements, says Nigeria looking “inward” for COVI9-19 cure

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday reeled out his administration achievements in a nationwide broadcast to commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day celebration. “We have recorded notable achievements in the course of implementing our nine priority objectives and are establishing a solid foundation for future success,” Buhari said. The president said his administration has been […]

Loneliness likely to decrease with age, study finds

A new study has suggested that loneliness decreases with age. In addition, it seems to be less prevalent in collectivist societies than in individualistic ones and less common in women than in men. New research suggests that men are more likely than women to feel lonely. New research suggests that young people are more likely […]

Alzheimer’s: Copper transport in blood provides fresh clues

Faulty regulation of copper levels in tissues plays a major role in a wide range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neuron disease. An investigation of molecules that carry copper in the bloodstream has provided new leads for diagnosis and treatment. A new study investigates copper’s role in disease. The metal copper […]

How the brain balances feelings of stress and calm

Two regions of the brain play pivotal roles in the experience of stress and the restoration of calm, an imaging study has discovered. A new study delves deeper into how the brain maintains a balance between feelings of stress and calm. The effects of stress on the mind and body, such as heightened alertness and […]

Kogi accuses NCDC of unethical practice in ‘allotting’ COVID-19 cases

Kogi State Government has accused the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) of desperation to record a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in the state; hence it violated its protocols for declaring a case. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, stated yesterday in Lokoja that some individuals were declared COVID-19 positive, even before testing them. […]

Controversy trails decline of COVID-19 cases in Kano

Dipping figures of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kano State is generating mixed feelings amid growing concern on the credibility of the results being released by the authorities. Against the astronomic rise of active cases of the deadly virus across 34 states and Federal Capital Territory, Kano is incidentally witnessing unprecedented fall in the COVID-19 […]

No masking it: Biden eyes stark contrast with Trump over virus

Joe Biden squared off with Donald Trump on Tuesday over the wearing of masks one day after the White House challenger emerged from coronavirus-imposed lockdown donning one while the president attended two events bare-faced. By wearing a mask at a Memorial Day ceremony in Delaware — and by changing his Twitter profile to a photograph […]

Japan set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world’s third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl. Compared with hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in total and […]

Childhood adversity linked to heart disease in middle age

Growing up in a challenging family environment is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality in middle age, according to a large prospective study. Lasting physiological, psychological, and behavioral changes are likely to play a role. Traumatic childhood experiences may increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease in middle age, a new study […]

Coronavirus detected in semen of infected men

Chinese scientists have detected coronavirus in the semen of infected men but further research will be needed to determine whether the virus can be sexually transmitted. The findings from a study of coronavirus patients at a Chinese hospital were published on Thursday in the JAMA Network Open medical journal. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets […]

COVID-19 likely to raise TB deaths by 1.4m

About 1.4 million more people may die of tuberculosis (TB) globally by 2025 as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. The report premised its prediction on the observation, in a study, that the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is having unintended consequences on tuberculosis cases, with lockdowns and limitations […]

Novartis backs hydroxychloroquine trial in COVID-19 fight

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Monday it would sponsor a clinical trial in the US using hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalised with COVID-19. Novartis said it had reached an agreement with the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) to go ahead with a phase III clinical trial with around 440 patients to evaluate whether the […]

Coronavirus not death sentence, say survivors

Five persons who had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) were discharged yesterday from the Infectious Diseases Centre, Yaba Mainland Hospital. The survivors, four males and a female, had been undergoing treatment for two weeks at the facility. Looking calm and stable, they expressed gladness at receiving a clean bill of health. They were also full […]

Libya battles escalate as coronavirus arrives in country

Battles erupted around Tripoli on Wednesday following intensified bombardment of the Libyan capital, defying international pleas for a truce to tackle the coronavirus after the first case was confirmed in the country. The internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an assault on several fronts early in the day, including an attack on an […]

Countries must not squander chance to control coronavirus -WHO

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can “to suppress and control” the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said U.S. President Donald Trump had displayed “political commitment” and […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic launches fundraisers to fight coronavirus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a fundraiser to help fight coronavirus and has called on fellow footballers to help “kick this virus away”. The AC Milan striker plays in Italy, the country so far worst affected by the pandemic other than China. It appears Ibrahimovic has made two 50,000 euro (£46,054) donations. “Italy has always given […]

Australia; Citizens not to travel overseas as coronavirus spreads

Australia issued its highest travel warning on Wednesday, advising citizens not to travel overseas to any country. The level four warning states that the health and safety of those who choose to travel “is at extreme risk,” according to the government. “Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at […]

Algeria bans street marches due to virus

Algeria has banned street protests over the coronavirus, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Tuesday, in a bid to end a year of unprecedented mass demonstrations that brought down the veteran president and convulsed the state. Speaking in a televised address after meeting government ministers and security officials, Tebboune said gatherings and marches were prohibited. “The […]

Armed with lessons from Ebola, Africa braces for coronavirus surge

When a passenger arriving from Brussels at Cameroon’s Yaounde Nsimalen airport on Saturday was found to have a temperature, health officials say he was whisked to a hospital and diagnosed inside four hours as the country’s fourth case of coronavirus. The central African country was doing more generalised screening for disease long before China revealed […]

Ibuprofen could impact liver health

A new study in mice suggests that ibuprofen, perhaps the most common pain relief medication, could affect aspects of liver health. According to recent research in mice, ibuprofen may be more likely to damage the liver than doctors currently suspect. Ibuprofen is a common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). In the United States, drugstores tend to […]

WaterAid urges sustained hand washing amid global pandemic

WaterAid Nigeria has restated that hand washing with soap and water can reduce the risk of people contracting Coronavirus, now recognised as a public health emergency of global concern. But the organisation raised concern that figures from the WHO/UNICEF 2019 Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) revealed that 58 per cent of homes in Nigeria lack hand […]

South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus

South Africa’s health ministry on Thursday reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus, saying a 32-year-old man had contracted it after coming into contact with a Chinese businessman. “All others (cases) have been by patients who had travelled abroad,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the number of confirmed cases […]

How transcendental meditation alters the brain

Transcendental meditation (TM) involves sitting with eyes shut for 15–20 minutes twice a day while saying a mantra. The practice has several advantages for mental health but, until now, it was unclear how those effects came about. New research sheds light on the brain alterations that transcendental meditation can induce. TM differs from other meditation […]

Measuring iron in the brain can point to dementia

Researchers have discovered a way of detecting the progression of dementia in people with Parkinson’s disease by measuring iron deposits in their brains. New research finds a strong link between iron levels in the brain and cognitive health. A team of researchers has discovered that it is possible to measure the progression of dementia in […]

Coronavirus myths explored

As the coronavirus continues to make the news, a host of untruths has surrounded the topic. In this special feature, we address some of these myths and conspiracies. A variety of myths have sprung up around the novel coronavirus. For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here. The […]

Could a protein grown in lettuce help heal broken bones faster?

Bones heal slower in people with diabetes, but researchers are working on an affordable therapy using plants that could aid healing. For now, experiments in mice show promise. Researchers suggest delivering a protein drug via lettuce leaves could help heal bones faster. People with diabetes are not only more at risk of breaking a bone, […]

Are children actually ‘as likely’ to get COVID-19 as adults

So far, reports have maintained that children appear to be less susceptible to infection with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, than adults. But some researchers now claim that this is not the case. Researchers are still uncertain how susceptible children are to SARS-CoV-2. As the new coronavirus continues to spread, the public still wonders who is […]

Combining carbs and sweeteners could affect insulin sensitivity

A new study shows that mixing artificial sweeteners with carbohydrates alters a person’s sensitivity to sweet tastes, which may impact insulin sensitivity. Combining artificial sweeteners and carbohydrates could dampen a person’s sensitivity to sweet tastes, and thereby impair their insulin sensitivity. Taste is not just a sense that allows us to enjoy gourmet delicacies — […]

How infants benefit from a bilingual home

A study finds that infants from bilingual homes pay attention to new information faster than other children. Research has shown that kids who grew up in bilingual homes may have better attention. The jury is still out on the long lasting effects of learning two languages in the home. People have credited the so-called bilingual […]

Home visits to monitor hypertension could save lives

Regular visits from community health workers to monitor high blood pressure can dramatically reduce cardiovascular mortality and disability in low- to middle-income countries, a new study suggests. Measuring blood pressure at home could slash cardiovascular mortality rates in certain countries. As a significant risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney diseases, uncontrolled high blood pressure or […]

Gut microbes could be key to treating ulcerative colitis

Scientists have linked a missing gut microbe to ulcerative colitis, opening the door to a possible new treatment. Scientists have found a family of microbes that is missing in some people, which may explain ulcerative colitis. A team of scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine, California, has identified a gut microbe that is missing […]

Cameroon, Togo confirm first cases of coronavirus

Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic to five. The outbreak has largely spared that part of Africa so far, but since last month cases have been detected in Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. North African countries have registered […]

Pescara players wear face masks to counter virus in Italian match

Players of Italian Serie B team Pescara wore protective surgical masks before their game against Benevento on Sunday in an attempt to counter the effects of the deadly coronavirus. However, they were then banned from keeping them on when the referee insisted such masks were against the rules. “Concerned about the health of our players […]

Cameroon confirms first case of coronavirus

Cameroon’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in the capital Yaounde on Feb. 24. It said the man has been quarantined in the city’s Central Hospital. “All measures have been taken by the government to contain potential risks of the virus spreading,” it said in […]

Egypt bars entry of Qatari nationals over coronavirus fears

Egypt has decided to bar the entry of Qatari nationals, including those who have valid residency in Egypt, amid fears over the coronavirus, the cabinet said on Wednesday. The measure will take effect from March 6 until further notice. Qatar had on Sunday imposed a temporary restriction on entry to its territory on visitors from […]

Coronavirus may spur drugs, medical supplies shortage in Nigeria

Medical experts have warned that there may be shortage of essential drugs and medical supplies in the country due to the global spread of Coronavirus. They, however, said the development of the petrochemical sector would have prevented over-dependence on imported raw materials for local production of drugs, adding that about 90 percent of materials needed […]

Pope ‘tests negative for coronavirus’

Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni did not respond to a request for comment on the report in the Messaggero newspaper. Francis cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his […]

Algeria confirms two more coronavirus cases

Algeria has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus infections, a woman and her daughter aged 53 and 24 years respectively, the health ministry said on Monday. The cases brought to three the number of people infected with the virus in the North African country. The two people were put in isolation in Blida province south […]

Baby, dog contract virus as new cases, deaths rise

A forty-five day old and a dog have become the latest confirmed carriers of Coronavirus pandemic. The parents of the baby in South Korea and owner of the pet in Hong Kong had earlier tested positive to the virus. By Sunday, eight countries – United States, China, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Thailand, Qatar and Lebanon […]

Coronavirus: Scientists could repurpose drugs to treat infection

New research zooms in on several antiviral drugs that scientists could repurpose to treat infections with the novel coronavirus. These drugs include teicoplanin, oritavancin, dalbavancin, monensin, and emetine. Scientists are looking to repurpose existing drugs to treat the novel coronavirus. For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here. […]

CDC say US must prepare for coronavirus spread

In a telebriefing yesterday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that the United States should prepare for the possibility of the new coronavirus spreading within local communities. What steps are there to take? In their latest telebriefing, the CDC have stated that the U.S. must prepare for the possibility of […]

Through my eyes: Surviving encephalitis

Let me start by saying that before I got sick, I went to school for social work before training to be a dental hygienist. I stayed there because I loved my job and my coworkers, and the money was just what I needed to take care of my kids. I was 31 years old, and […]

Algeria deports Italian national infected with coronavirus

An Italian national who tested positive for coronavirus on his arrival in Algeria has been transferred to his home country, Algerian official media reported on Saturday. Algeria announced on Tuesday that the 61-year-old man, who works in projects involving Milan-based energy firm Eni, had become its first confirmed case of the virus. He has been […]

Algeria confirms two more coronavirus cases

Algeria has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus infections, a woman and her daughter aged 53 and 24 years respectively, the health ministry said on Monday. The cases brought to three the number of people infected with the virus in the North African country. The two people were put in isolation in Blida province south […]

Tackling heat waves, by experts

The unrelenting heat that has characterised the dry season for some time now calls for smart and strategic lifestyle changes to considerably reduce the damaging effects. Former President, Association of Resident Doctors in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Lagos, Dr. Olubunmi Omojowolo, said the common effects of heat waves on humans is dehydration, which […]

Even a brief introduction to meditation can ease pain

New research has found that a 30-minute introduction to mindfulness can significantly reduce negative emotions and ease physical pain — even for those who have never practiced the technique before. Even people new to mindfulness meditation can reap the benefits after only a short introduction. Research has shown that mindfulness and mindful acceptance have multiple […]

Milk and breast cancer: Is there a link?

A recent study concludes that women who drink greater amounts of milk might have an increased risk of developing breast cancer than those who drink little or no milk. Could drinking milk increase breast cancer risk? According to the American Cancer Society, in 2019, there were around 268,600 new cases of breast cancer among women […]

Scientists find new way to save neurons in Alzheimer’s disease

Neurons die earlier than experts previously thought in Alzheimer’s disease, and stopping the process could prevent the disease from ever developing, finds a new study from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan. Research brings a new understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease develops. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, and as many as […]

Is migration part of the ‘skin care routine’ of whales?

For a long time, researchers had thought that Antarctic killer whales migrated once a year to tropical waters to give birth to their young. New research, however, suggests there may be a different reason behind their annual trip. Antarctic killer whales migrate to tropical waters every year, but researchers have remained uncertain as to why. […]

Anosmia Awareness Day: What is anosmia?

Chrissi Kelly founded AbScent, a charity and support group for people with anosmia, after doctors diagnosed her with the condition in 2012. Ahead of Anosmia Awareness Day (February 27), we spoke with Chrissi, and Debbie Babbitt, a member of the AbScent community, about the lack of information surrounding the condition, and their mission to create […]

Type 1 diabetes cured in mice using stem cells

‘New research uses an innovative technique to convert human stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells much more effectively. The insulin-producing cells created ‘rapidly cured’ type 1 diabetes in mice, and the benefits lasted for 9 months. Human stem cells, shown here, can turn into insulin-producing beta cells. Transplanting billions of such cells may soon cure […]

The first step in stopping the spread of melanoma

When melanoma spreads, survival rates decrease. But the tumor cells responsible have been notoriously difficult to detect. Now, researchers in Australia think they know why. New research uses artificial intelligence to detect melanoma cells more accurately. Although melanoma only makes up around 1% of skin cancers, it is responsible for a significant number of deaths. […]

Study maps gut bacteria and immune cell interactions

In a new study, researchers have analyzed human colon samples to map out the interactions between populations of gut bacteria and the immune system. Researchers have started putting together an ‘atlas’ of gut bacteria and immune cell interactions. Human bodies are made up of a complex array of cells that form different types of tissue […]

Milk: Is it as healthful as we think?

Many people include milk in their diet, but few meet the daily recommended quantities. Experts now urge us to rethink these recommendations and explain why milk may not be as healthful as we think. According to recent research, milk may not be as good for our health as we once believed. Dairy milk’s image has […]

Experts condemn ‘rumors and misinformation’ about coronavirus

Scientists from nine countries have issued a joint statement “strongly condemning conspiracy theories” surrounding the origin of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and urging those who cultivate the rumors to consider the harmful consequences of misinformation. International experts have expressed serious concern over persistent rumors regarding the origins of the new coronavirus. On Wednesday of this […]

Increased exposure to ozone may increase the risk of death

Scientists have found an association between an increase in ozone exposure and short-term risk of death. New research suggests that authorities globally should lower their recommendations for ozone thresholds. An international team of scientists has found an association between increased exposure to ozone and the short-term risk of death. The findings, which appear in the […]

Activities for brain health: It’s the variety that counts

Individuals who participate in a variety of activities are likely to have better cognitive abilities than those who do not, according to a recent study. Although the research has limitations, the findings warrant further investigation. Taking part in a range of activities might protect our cognitive abilities as we age. Although it is not inevitable, […]

Could artery fat actually improve blood vessel function?

New research in rats explores the role of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) — the fat that builds around arteries — in maintaining vascular health. The findings may have implications for conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. New research suggests that scientists should add a fourth layer to the structure of a functional blood vessel. Stephanie […]

Lyme disease treatment: 2 herbal compounds may beat antibiotics

Lyme disease — transmitted via tick bite — affects thousands of people in the United States and around the world. Currently, doctors use antibiotics to treat it, but could plant-based remedies be more effective? Japanese knotweed (pictured above) is one of the two plants whose active compounds appear to be highly effective against the bacterium […]

How walking speed and memory might predict dementia

According to the authors of a new study, monitoring changes in memory and walking speed over time may help identify those most at risk of dementia. Considered together, walking speed and memory might help predict dementia risk. Dementia is predominantly associated with advancing age. So, as the average age of humans on planet Earth steadily […]

Lagos seals off 309 health facilities

LAGOS State Government said it shut down 309 health facilities in 2019 for non-compliance to stipulated medical standards. The Executive Secretary, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Dr. Abiola Idowu, disclosed this yesterday in a statement in Lagos. She, however, noted that some of the health facilities had been reopened, adding that they had […]

Mediterranean diet linked to gut microbiome improvements

New research has found that older people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet for a year had healthier gut microbiomes and improved measures of frailty. A new study shows that older individuals who follow a Mediterranean diet have better gut health and reduced frailty. Mediterranean-type diets — rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains […]

Simple psychological ‘trick’ moderates political views

Giving people false descriptions of their political opinions depolarizes these views, a new study finds. New research may have found a way to bridge political divides. The level of polarization currently evident in the political discourse of the United States has created a climate of heightened animosity. Such a dramatic, virulent divide makes productive discussion […]
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