More than 26 million people — more people than in all of Australia — have shared their DNA with one of the four leading ancestry and health databases, allowing researchers to extrapolate data on virtually all Americans and raising some serious privacy concerns, according to the MIT Technology Review. Consumers purchased the same number of
New research suggests a significant link between the health of the gut and its bacterial population and mental health. For the first time, scientists have explored this link in humans. They identified some of the possible culprits. There is a link between bacterial diversity in the gut and depression. Researchers are now showing that the
Respiratory rates change based on many health and activity factors. Normal respiratory rates also differ in adults and children. The respiratory rate is the number of breaths someone takes every minute and is one of the main vital signs, along with blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. When a person inhales, oxygen enters their lungs and
An analysis of mortality rates related to breast cancer from 1989 until 2018 indicates that breast cancer screening, paired with access to better treatment, has significantly improved the health outcome for women with this type of cancer over the past few decades. Since 1989, breast cancer-related death rates have fallen exponentially, primarily due to screening
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is blaming nicotine vaping devices like Juul for single-handedly driving a spike in tobacco use among teens, threatening to erase years of progress curbing youth use. Over the course of a year, the number of high school students using tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, increased by about 38
The notion that social media has a negative impact on mental well-being is widespread. The researchers who conducted a new long-term study, however, say that this might not be the case. A new study examined the role of social media in depression. The supposed effects of social media on young people sound drastic enough to
Researchers have developed a new pill that can deliver insulin straight into the stomach wall. Will injections soon be a thing of the past? An easy-to-swallow pill could replace daily insulin injections. When type 2 diabetes is at an advanced stage, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. At this point, doctors usually recommend
An innovative new approach to cancer therapy suggests that a compound of the metal iridium could, when activated by light, target and destroy cancer cells. A newly developed metal compound could offer an effective strategy against cancer. At the moment, there are many different types of cancer treatment. These range from chemotherapy and radiation therapy
Chatbots that analyze users’ symptoms and offer advice are all the rage in Silicon Valley. But I had never actually used one — until Northern California-based hospital chain Sutter Health gave me early access to a new service they’ve developed with Ada Health, a European tech company that is bringing its symptom-checking software to the
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that usually begins in the late teenage years or early adulthood. People with bipolar disorder can experience mood shifts between depressive and manic episodes. It is important to note that many teenagers go through mood swings during puberty as their bodies adapt to changing hormones. Bipolar disorder, on
New research featuring in the journal Science Translational Medicine shows that fatty acids fuel prostate tumor growth. As blocking fatty acids seems to slow disease progression, fatty acid uptake may be a promising new therapeutic target for prostate cancer. It may soon be possible to stop prostate cancer from becoming aggressive by blocking fatty acids.
Fitbit has recently introduced a new activity and sleep tracker. But unlike it’s previous devices, this one is only available if your health plan or employer is signed up with Fitbit. There was no splashy rollout for the new Fitbit Inspire — just a website with a few details, which some users spotted on their
A healthful diet can ‘significantly reduce’ symptoms of depression. That’s the definitive conclusion from a meta-analysis of existing randomized, clinical trials. Adding more vegetables to your diet can significantly boost mood, especially for women, a new study concludes. Researchers have long suspected that a poor diet can lead to poor mental health. Although the underpinnings
Scientists have identified several cannabinoid compounds that could potentially treat colorectal cancer. Cannabis compounds may help in the fight against colorectal cancer. A team at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey tested hundreds of cannabinoids on various types of human colorectal cancer cells in the laboratory. Of these, 10 synthetic cannabinoids showed the
Finding the right medication or combination of drugs to manage bipolar disorder can be a challenging and frustrating process. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extreme changes in mood, behavior, energy, and thought patterns. A person with bipolar will experience severe highs (mania) and lows (depression) in their mood. The National Institute of
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is upping the pressure on Juul and Marlboro-maker Altria, accusing executives of reneging on promises they made to help combat teen vaping in light of Altria’s $12.8 billion investment in the e-cigarette maker late last year. Gottlieb is calling the company’s CEOs to the agency’s headquarters to explain
People sometimes confuse borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder because they can have similar symptoms, such as intense emotional responses, depression, and impulsive behavior. However, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder are two separate types of condition with different symptoms and treatment options. In this article, we discuss the primary differences between BPD and
Passion fruit is an exotic purple fruit with a healthful nutritional profile and a range of health benefits. Passion fruit is a flowering tropical vine, known as Passiflora, that grows in warm climates, including South America, Australia, South Africa, and India. Passion fruit contains a soft pulp and lots of seeds inside a hard rind.
Bacillus Calmette–Guerin is a form of immunotherapy that doctors can use to treat some forms of bladder cancer. Following surgery to remove the cancer, this treatment can help prevent the cancer from returning. In this article, we will discuss what Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG) therapy is, when doctors use it, and what to expect during treatment.
For years, many experts have assumed that spending more time in education protects against dementia. The latest study may overturn this long-held theory. A new study examines the links between education and dementia risk over time. It will have escaped no one’s attention that dementia is on the rise. The most common type of dementia
It is still unclear exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease, which is a neurodegenerative condition chiefly characterized by memory loss and other forms of cognitive impairment. However, new research is uncovering more of the factors that contribute to its pathology. According to a new study, a blood protein leaked into the brain contributes to cognitive decline.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he’s putting pharmacy chain Walgreens “on notice” for allegedly selling tobacco product to minors. The agency has already filed formal complaints seeking to block a Walgreens’ location in Miami and a Circle K Store in Charleston, South Carolina from selling cigarettes or cigars to minors for 30
Bipolar disorder is a manageable, long-term condition that affects a person’s mood. The highs and lows characteristic of some forms of bipolar may affect the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. This includes how they act in romantic relationships. People with bipolar disorder experience severe high and low moods. These are called manic (or
Recent research has linked prolonged sitting while viewing TV to a raised risk of developing colorectal cancer before the age of 50 years. According to a new study, watching TV may raise the risk of young-onset colorectal cancer. This effect, which appeared to be strongest for cancer that starts in the rectum, was independent of
New York City’s health department has ordered restaurants to stop adding CBD to food and drinks, threatening to thwart the budding trend. Bars, cafes and restaurants across the city have been increasingly adding CBD, short for cannabidiol, to cocktails, coffee and food. The compound, which comes from the cannabis plant, promises to deliver the calming
Bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two distinct health conditions. They share some similar symptoms but have several key differences. ADHD is more common than bipolar disorder. As the two conditions can coexist, misdiagnosis can occur. In this article, we compare bipolar disorder and ADHD. Read on to learn about the symptoms
New research finds that some nanomaterials that scientists use to combat cancer may have the opposite effect: to help tumors spread. The results reveal why this might occur and propose a way for us to turn this risk into a therapeutic advantage. Nanoparticles may make cancer cells (depicted here) divide and spread faster. Nanotechnology has
Starboard Value is “certainly interested in the story at Bristol-Myers,” Jeffrey Smith, co-founder and CEO of the activist hedge fund, told CNBC on Tuesday. However, Smith refused to comment on a weekend Bloomberg report about Starboard taking a stake in the embattled pharmaceutical giant, which last month agreed to buy troubled cancer drug company Celgene