Fish Oil Eases Pain of Osteoarthritis

Fish Oil Eases Pain of Osteoarthritis


A new UK study has revealed how making simple dietary changes and exercising could help to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Carried out by researchers at the University of Surrey, the new analysis is the largest and most up to date of its kind. The team looked at 68 studies to assess the relationship between nutrition and the risk or progression of osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of arthritis in the world.

Eighteen percent of women and 9.6 percent of men aged 60 years and over are known to have been diagnosed with the condition, although many think the true number of those affected may in fact be much higher.  > >> read more ...

Glass of Red Wine Protects Against Prostate Cancer: Study

Glass of Red Wine Protects Against Prostate Cancer: Study


Moderate red wine consumption does not significantly increase the risk of prostate cancer according to new research, and in fact could have a slight protective effect.

Carried out by an international research team led by Shahrokh Shariat at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, the new meta-analysis looked at whether moderate wine consumption had an effect on the risk of developing prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in the Western world. 

Fifteen to 20 percent of men are affected by prostate cancer at some time in their lives and 2.6 percent die from the disease.  > >> read more ...

Baby Hit by Softball in Iowa Has Fractured Skull, Brain Bleeds

Baby Hit by Softball in Iowa Has Fractured Skull, Brain Bleeds


 A 7-week-old baby hit by a softball is being treated for skull fractures and brain bleeds; the injury occurred during a game in which her father played in northeastern Iowa.

Authorities say the overthrown softball struck McKenna Hovenga and her mom, Kassy, as they watched the game Wednesday in Shell Rock, some 95 miles northeast of Des Moines, The Associated Press said. McKenna’s father, Lee Hovenga, was in the game.

McKenna was taken to a local hospital then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. > >> read more ...

Kids Exposed to Smoke Have More ER Visits: Study

Kids Exposed to Smoke Have More ER Visits: Study


New US research suggests that exposing children to a combination of secondhand tobacco and marijuana smoke could increase their risk of otitis media (an infection in the middle ear that causes inflammation and a buildup of fluid behind the eardrum) and increase the number of visits to the emergency department (ED).

Carried out by Dr. Adam Johnson at Wake Forest University Baptist Health and Dr. Rakesh D.Mistry at the University of Colorado, the study set out to assess if there was a link between secondhand smoke from marijuana and the number of ED visits among children, as well as the rates of tobacco sensitive conditions including asthma, otitis media and viral respiratory infections. > >> read more ...

Oldest Human Virus Found in Bronze Age Skeleton 4,500 Years Old

Oldest Human Virus Found in Bronze Age Skeleton 4,500 Years Old


The oldest known human virus has been found by British scientists on a 4,500-year-old Bronze Age skeleton.

Traces of Hepatitis B (HBV) were found in DNA recovered from a collection of bones from parts of Eurasia, the Daily Mail reported. About 25 of 300 specimens contained evidence of HBV infection, and of those 12 skeletons had enough genetic code to analyze in detail.

“Scientists mostly study modern virus strains and we have mainly been in the dark regarding ancient sequences — until now,” Cambridge University professor and joint study author Dr. Terry Jones said of the findings, the Daily Mail reported. “It was like trying to study evolution without fossils.” > >> read more ...

Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Update: 149 Sick in 29 States

Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Update: 149 Sick in 29 States


Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states had gotten sick.

It’s unclear if new illness are still occurring. There’s a lag in reporting, and the most recent illness began two weeks ago.

Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas have joined the list of states reporting at least one E. coli illness linked to the outbreak. > >> read more ...

Duped Patients Crowdfund for Bogus Medical Care: Study

Duped Patients Crowdfund for Bogus Medical Care: Study


They’re the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments.

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on for-profit clinics that use direct-to-consumer advertising for costly unproven stem-cell treatments for conditions including chronic lung disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Treatments are often marketed as cures or with a promise for vastly improved health. > >> read more ...

Cervical Cancer Shots Backed by Major New Review

Cervical Cancer Shots Backed by Major New Review


Vaccines designed to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are effective in protecting against pre-cancerous cervical lesions in women, particularly in those vaccinated between age 15 and 26, according to a large international evidence review.
The research by scientists at the respected scientific network the Cochrane Review also found no increase in the risk of serious side effects, with rates of around 7 percent reported by both HPV-vaccinated and control groups. > >> read more ...

Genes Linked to Sunburn, Skin Cancer Risk

Genes Linked to Sunburn, Skin Cancer Risk


Certain genes can determine which people are more at risk of getting sunburnt, and possibly develop skin cancer as a result, scientists said Tuesday.

In a trawl of the genetics of nearly 180,000 people of European ancestry in Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and United States, researchers found 20 sunburn genes.

Eight of the genes had been associated with skin cancer in previous research, according to findings published in the journal Nature Communications.

And in at least one region of the genome, “we have found evidence to suggest that the gene involved in melanoma risk… acts through increasing susceptibility to sunburns,” co-author Mario Falchi of King’s College London told AFP. > >> read more ...

Runny Nose? Brain Leak, Doctors Finally Determine

Runny Nose? Brain Leak, Doctors Finally Determine


A woman’s ongoing runny nose turned out to be a brain leak, doctors finally determined years after the symptoms started. 

Kendra Jackson and her doctors thought she had bad allergies, she told KETV 7 in Omaha, Nebraska. She said she couldn’t sleep at night and carried tissues with her everywhere.

After developing frequent headaches, Jackson was finally diagnosed with a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, in which the liquid around the brain escapes through a hole or tear in the skull and drains into the ears and nose, Johns Hopkins Medicine said. > >> read more ...