Does loss in sleep increase your desire for sugar and fatty foods?

It is not well understood what role sleep loss plays in affecting areas of the brain that control the desire to consume unhealthy foods. A new paper published on December 6 in the journal eLife finds that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss leads to increased consumption of unhealthy foods, specifically sucrose and fat. The […]
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Most of us have consumed energy drinks at one point or another, either because of a looming deadline or during a fun night out. Although energy drinks are often perceived as harmless, a new case report links the beverages to liver damage, after a previously healthy man developed hepatitis from consuming too many. In the […]
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Antibodies can help break leukemia’s hold

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer known for drug resistance and relapse. In an effort to uncover new treatment strategies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center discovered that a cell surface molecule known as CD98 promotes AML. The study, published October 27 by Cancer Cell, […]
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Young football players show brain changes after just a single season

When it comes to head impact in youth football, it is not just concussion that affects the brain. In a new study, researchers identified white matter changes in the brains of children after just a single season of playing football, even in the absence of a concussion diagnosis. It is estimated that around 30 million […]
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Evolution of spider venom in improving human health

This Halloween, you’re not likely to see many trick-or-treaters dressed as spiders. Google Trends pegs “Spider” as the 87th most searched-for Halloween costume, right between “Hippie” and “The Renaissance.” But don’t let your guard down. Spiders are everywhere. More than 46,000 species of spiders creepy crawl across the globe, on every continent except Antarctica. Each […]
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Brain structure’s role in a successful diet

Dieting has increased in recent decades, but interestingly, so has obesity. In the midst of so many people struggling to lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests that the problem may lie in the brain. Results show that the ability to self-regulate body weight could be down to each individual’s brain structure. […]
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Exciting advance in treatment for Breast cancer

Thousands of women with the most deadly form of breast cancer could be given hope by a breakthrough treatment which could make chemotherapy effective. Charities hailed the advances as “hugely exciting” and said they could help cancer patients with few other options. The drug – already in trials as a leukaemia treatment – attacks cancer […]
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Stroke Pregnancy / Obstetrics Women’s Health / Gynecology Stroke risk higher for younger than older pregnant women

Researchers found that pregnant older women had a similar stroke risk as their non-pregnant counterparts, while younger pregnant women were found to be at more than double the risk of stroke than non-pregnant women of the same age. Lead study author Dr. Eliza C. Miller, of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center […]
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New safe sleep guidelines for Sudden infant death syndrome

The AAP have issued new safe sleep guidelines with the aim of protecting against SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome – also referred to as a “cot death” – is defined as the unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby aged 12 months and under, most often during sleep. Each year, around 3,500 infants in the […]
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What are Most Expensive Medical Procedures

Many people have been speculating that healthcare costs are going up, and they’re right. In recent years, out-of-pocket healthcare costs have been rising as companies ask employees to foot more of their healthcare bills. Insurance costs more, but provides less coverage — not ideal. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average deductible has tripled […]
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6 Signs your body shows before a heart attack

Your body Weakness Feel Dizziness get Cold Sweats Chest Pressure Cold or Flu Fatigue Shortness of Breath Heart attacks are a huge concern in the United States. In fact, it’s the number one cause of death, which means everyone should know what symptoms to look for before becoming a victim. The average American’s sub-par diet paired […]
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Stent Retrievers Can Provide Benefits More Than 7 Hours After Stroke Onset

The time window in which Endovascular Thrombectomy confers benefit in acute ischemic stroke is at least up to 7.3 hours after onset, an extension beyond the current guideline recommendation of up to 6 hours, according to a new meta-analysis. The study also found that within these first 7 hours, earlier treatment is much better than […]
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New Tool Predicts Chance Of Recovery Following LVAD

A new study finds that although few patients recover after receiving a left ventricular-assist device (LVAD), a new risk score may be able to foresee how likely these patients are to recuperate. A team of researchers evaluated the incidence of cardiac recovery with an a priori LVAD implantation strategy of bridge-to-recovery (BTR) and constructed I-CARS, […]
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Dubai Expats should not ignore mental health

Dubai: An unfortunate fallout of urbanisation and rapid progress is often the deteriorating mental health of people who hold the seams of a city together. According to the World Health Organisation, mental health issues could be a major cause of death and disability by 2020. As a fast-growing city like Dubai reaches new heights of urbanisation, […]
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Study on biology of chronic fatigue illness stirs debate

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A team of scientists said on Friday they had found “robust evidence” that a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings. The team from Columbia University in the United States identified in their research distinct immune […]
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