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...

Beets

Betanin, the compound that gives beets their distinctive red color could slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease — the world’s leading type of dementia. Misfolded protein accumulation in the brain — one of the processes associated with Alzheimer’s diseases...

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...

Marquel Brumley

A 13-year-old boy from Michigan has died weeks after experiencing a headache and cold symptoms, which eventually progressed into an infection of his brain. Marquel Brumley was taken to an urgent care center in February after showing signs of a cold, but doctors told his family...

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...

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...

Childhood Obesity

New federal data published in the journal Pediatrics, says there’s been an increase in childhood obesity for kids between the ages of 2-5 years from about 9 percent to almost 14 percent. Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of population health services at Duke University...

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...

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...