Medicines

Holidaymakers are being warned to check the rules on carrying medicines abroad to avoid falling foul of local laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said some commonly-prescribed medicines were “controlled drugs” in certain countries. In Japan, some cold remedies...

Opioid

Men represented nearly 70 percent of all opioid deaths by 2016 while the 24-35 age group experienced the highest burden, researchers from Canada found. Opioids are responsible for one out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States, according to a new study led...

Ebola Vaccine

The World Health Organization said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital of 1 million people. Congo reported the outbreak on Tuesday, with 32 suspected,...

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...

Fish Oil Supplements

Taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby’s risk of food allergy, research suggests. According to a large analysis of past trials by Imperial College London, this led to a 30% reduction in egg allergy risk...

The Flu

Considering the severity of this year’s flu season, it’s tempting to think every cough, muscle ache, and hint of a fever is a sign you caught the flu. The confusion is totally understandable: There are a ton of other illnesses with copy-cat flu-like symptoms. The only way to...

Supplements

One of the most contentious questions in nutrition science over the past decade has been whether older adults should be taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium. As the world’s population ages and broken bones and fractures become even more of a public health concern, with...

Contact Lenses

Doctors recently found 27 contact lenses in a patient’s eye while they were prepping her for surgery. In a write-up in the British Medical Journal, the authors said the 17 of the lenses were stuck together in a “bluish . . . hard mass” and were “bound together by mucus.”...

Aspirin

Anywhere from 40% to 60% of older people take daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Studies have shown that low doses of the blood-thinner can significantly lower the risk of heart problems, especially among people who have already had a heart attack or stroke. But...

joint pain

An alternative medicine approach to joint pain that typically uses injections of sugar or sodium may be worth trying for knee osteoarthritis after traditional approaches fail, a recent review suggests. Knee osteoarthritis, a leading cause of pain and disability in older adults,...