Many believe that childbirth can protect women against breast cancer, but new findings suggest that this benefit may take 2 decades to make an appearance. Childbirth may initially increase breast cancer risk. The risk of developing breast cancer differs between individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that several factors come into
Oxycodone is a type of pain-relieving medication that doctors may prescribe to help people manage moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an opiate (narcotic) analgesic. Opiate analgesics change how the brain and central nervous system respond to pain. These chemical changes stop a person from feeling pain in the same way as they did. This
Recent research into aging has challenged the notion that colder temperatures can increase lifespan simply by slowing metabolic rate. How much impact does a colder temperature really have on lifespan? Instead, it has revealed that genes determine the extent to which low temperature can influence a person’s lifespan. The research is the work of scientists
An ambitious project to clean up a vast tide of ocean pollution has been sidelined. The project’s 2,000-foot-long screen — which was already failing to capture plastic while stationed more than 1,000 miles off the coast of California — broke apart just before New Year’s under the constant wind and waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Femoral neuropathy, or femoral nerve dysfunction, refers to any disorder that results from damage to the femoral nerve. The femoral nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. It begins in the pelvis and separates into several smaller branches. These nerve branches control the movements of various leg muscles. The femoral nerve itself
Verily, the life sciences arm of Alphabet, raised $1 billion in fresh capital in a funding round led by private equity firm Silver Lake. Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat is also joining Verily’s board along with Egon Durban from Silver Lake, according to a statement on Thursday. The announcement comes two years after Verily
Aloe vera is a plant species with several medicinal and nutritional uses. The plant has green, gel-filled leaves. Many people use the gel to treat burns and wounds, and it is also available as juice. Aloe vera juice is a popular choice at many health food cafes and natural food stores. In this article, learn
Health-care stocks did not just survive a volatile 2018. They thrived. The S&P 500 sector ended the year up 4 percent, the only positive area of the market, while components of the XLV health-care ETF such as Eli Lilly, Merck and Pfizer ended with double-digit gains. The party might not be over yet, the sector
A federal judge in Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his ruling to allow for appeals. That means “Obamacare” remains in effect while litigation continues. In a ruling issued Sunday, Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth wrote that he stands by his earlier conclusion that the entire law is invalidated
New research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, suggests that a genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes may be a cause of erectile dysfunction. New research finds evidence that erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes are genetically linked. Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 30 million adults in the United States. There are several
An Orlando clinic is using a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop virtual reality (VR) technology for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans and emergency services workers. The University of Florida’s RESTORES clinic has been testing VR therapy, which uses the tech to expose veterans to the scenes and
At the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, the liver transplant group is busy handling an onslaught of patients who have come from all over the country in hopes of a chance at life. For many, a liver transplant is their last hope, after being diagnosed with a deadly disease sweeping the nation at epic proportions.
New research finds that magnesium may hold the key to understanding how vitamin D levels relate to health and disease. A recent study investigates the importance of magnesium in vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, has enjoyed something of a celebrity status, receiving praise for a multitude of health benefits.
Tesla is losing a battery manufacturing leader, Jens Peter Clausen, to Zymergen, a synthetic biology company funded by Softbank. Clausen’s move is the latest in a string of executive departures from Tesla. As CNBC previously reported, more than 40 executives have left this year as the company contended with a difficult production ramp-up for its
Growing up, I had the picture-perfect family. I lived in a beautiful home in the suburbs of Detroit with my parents and younger brother. I had every opportunity in the world, attended private schools, and even made it onto the honor roll. I was involved in dance, theater, and many of the school sports teams.
As an emergency room physician, Richard Zane often considers how software can help him their patients. The problem is that engineers and doctors are from different planets. Zane, who’s also the chief innovation officer at UCHealth in Colorado, said that most engineers he’s met have never seen the inner workings of a hospital and don’t
People with prostate cancer are at risk of metastatic tumors forming. A newly developed test can assess this risk more quickly than existing tests and is also cheaper to run. Researchers explain the benefits of a new test that measures the risk of metastasis in prostate cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 11.2
2018 was an important year for the booming health-technology sector. Start-ups in the space got record levels of funding from venture capitalists, and M&A activity finally picked up in the second half of the year. Also this past year, technology companies like Apple and Amazon explored opportunities to target their products to the medical sector,
The combination of a common cancer drug and another cancer medication is more effective than some standalone drugs in stopping the progression of colorectal cancer. It also reduces unpleasant side effects. A new study identifies a way to improve colorectal cancer treatment using existing drugs. Dr. Richard Goldberg, director of the West Virginia University Cancer
Certain antibiotics can cause painful and sometimes fatal damage to the body’s main artery, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics might raise the risk of an aortic dissection, and people who are already at risk should be cautious about taking those antibiotics, the FDA said. “A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The average American is getting shorter and fatter, and on the verge of matching the medical definition for obesity, according to a report this week from the Centers for Disease Control. The six new drugs to treat obesity set to release in the U.S. by 2026 can’t come soon enough. These weight-loss drugs could improve
Three compounds, connected by their mention in the story of Jesus’ birth, may provide benefits beyond their gift of seasonal joy. Here, we investigate their healing powers. We will never know whether the three wise men knew how healthful their gifts were. When writing for a medical website, creating uplifting seasonal content can be challenging.
Rates of adolescent depression and suicide are on the rise, and many parents and psychologists alike are linking this trend to the prevalence of smartphones and social media. According to a report by Influence Central, the average kid gets their first smartphone at age 10.3, and opens their first social media account by age 11.4.
In an ongoing clinical trial, researchers are using gold nanoparticles to target prostate cancer cells. So far, the results are promising, and side effects are relatively minimal. Nanotechnology may help improve prostate cancer treatment and reduce side effects. Prostate cancer affects around 1 in 9 men in the United States. Due to its high prevalence,
Antiretroviral therapy treats HIV by suppressing the virus’ activity in the body. For most people who take them, these medications are very effective at keeping HIV under control. Treatment helps to improve quality of life, and it can ensure that a person with HIV has a similar life expectancy to a person without the virus.
Ketogenic dieting has become a favorite pastime of Silicon Valley techies who want to hack their bodies to improve energy levels and performance. The regimen involves eating foods that are high in fat and some protein, while keeping carbohydrates to a minimum. The goal of ketogenic diets is to get body to a state calld
Kava kava is an herbal remedy that some people use to relieve stress and anxiety and boost sleep. This plant extract has a calming, euphoric effect that some people compare with that of alcohol. Kava kava, or simply kava, has a long history of use in alternative medicine and traditional ceremonies. More recently, it has
New research finds that a 6-month regimen of aerobic exercise can reverse symptoms of mild cognitive impairment in older adults. Just 6 months of exercise that raises the heart rate can reverse signs of age-related cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is characterized by a mild loss of cognitive abilities, such as memory and reasoning