Larry Caudell

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Marijuana

More visits to the emergency room by teens in Colorado are related to marijuana use than in the past, suggesting an impact of the drug’s legalization that needs closer attention, researchers say. “Most studies evaluating the impact of marijuana legalization on adolescents’...

Fish Oil Supplement

Fish oil supplements have long been recommended to people suffering from dry eye disease, a common ailment that affects millions worldwide — but a study out Friday says they don’t work. “Omega-3 supplements are no more effective than placebo at alleviating dry...

DNA Tests Wrong 40 Percent

Popular direct-to-consumer DNA kits that promise to reveal a person’s heritage and details about their health provide false information to two in five users, a new study published in the journal Genetics in Medicine suggests. The troubling data comes from research conducted by...

Hormone

If you’re a “woman of a certain age,” you might have wondered: Where did this belly fat come from? You’re eating and exercising no differently than you did before menopause struck, but suddenly, your tummy has ballooned. Welcome to life without estrogen. “Preclinical...

Rise in Cancers

Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were avoidable – some 135,000. The charity also found that excess weight...

blindness

Surgeons in London have carried out a pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in an ongoing trial to find a cure for blindness for many patients. The procedure was performed on a woman aged 60 at Moorfields Eye Hospital. It involved “seeding” a tiny patch with...

Apple

The woman behind me at the checkout said, “Like bananas much?” I smiled as I unloaded the three bunches from my cart. “My family is like a barrel of monkeys!” That was a lie. Really, I was the banana-loving monkey. I never miss my one banana a day –...

Lassa Fever

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists. Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is...

E-Cigarette Vaper

A new warning about vaping published in Environmental Health Perspectives says there may be toxic levels of metals, including lead, that could be leaking from the heating coils of e-cigarettes. Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found metal traces in the aerosols...

tumours cancer

Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to “smarter, kinder and more effective treatments”. The study, in the journal...