Health News 

Obese couples could be risking health of future children, studies say

Couples who are obese, as well as those who smoke and drink alcohol, could be risking the health of their future children, say experts who are calling for far more awareness of the effects of modern lifestyles on babies in the womb. A series of three scientific papers in a leading medical journal spell out the consequences of poor diet and lifestyles for the next generation. They urge schools, GPs and nurses to talk to young people and those who may be planning a family about how to be fitter…

Read More
Health News 

The Poop on House Mice: They Carry ‘Superbugs’

House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied — from the wealthiest to the poorest. And some of the animals carried bacteria that cause gastrointestinal infections in humans — including salmonella, E. coli, Shigella and C. difficile. When they dug deeper, the investigators found evidence of genes that can make the bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. Does that mean house mice could…

Read More
Health News 

TODAY IS WORLD HAEMOPHILIA DAY; SOME FACTS ON THIS DISORDER

Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. This is a critical effort since with increased awareness comes better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who remain without treatment. World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday. Hemophilia facts Hemophilia is one of a group of inherited bleeding disorders that cause abnormal or…

Read More
Health News 

BROKEN HEART SYNDROME (TAKOTSUBO CARDIOMYOPATHY) IS REAL

When Joanie Simpson woke up with chest and shoulder pains one morning, she feared it was a heart attack. And when she got to the hospital, her doctor, Abhijeet Dhoble, MD, a cardiologist at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, did, too. But tests showed there was a different cause of her pain: a broken heart. In Simpson’s case, the event wasn’t triggered by the death of her spouse — who was at her side at the hospital — but by the death of her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Meha….

Read More
Health News 

Police find animal waste in counterfeit makeup — so it’s not such a bargain after all

Buyers beware! Sometimes when you spot a good makeup deal, it’s too good to be true. The Los Angeles Police Department says it confiscated counterfeit makeup that tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste. The department seized $700,000 worth of bootleg cosmetics on Thursday after raiding 21 locations in Santee Alley, a Los Angeles fashion district, said LAPD Capt. Marc Reina. “Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they’re manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom — wherever they’re manufacturing this stuff,”…

Read More
Health News 

Pharmacy Council moves to stop drugs sale by unauthorised persons

The Pharmacy Council has stepped up its effort to stop the sale of medicines by the unauthorised and the untrained to protect the safety of the people. As part of this, it has organized training for 114 newly registered over-the-counter medicine sellers from across the 11 municipalities and districts in the Upper West Region. The goal was to aid them to operate within the confines of the law – to have a clear understanding of what they could do and what they could not do – the class of medicines…

Read More
Health News 

Youth urged to donate blood to stay healthy

The youth have been urged to regularly donate blood to help save life and stay healthy. Ms Agnes Avorwulanu, the health resource person of the Adweso Trinity Presbyterian Church near Koforidua gave the advice when the Youth People’s Guild (YPG) of the Adweso Trinity Presbyterian Church organised a blood donation campaign for the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua.. She said if people do not donate blood, the body itself gets rid of the excess blood in 120 days. Ms Avorwulanu who is also a staff of the Eastern Regional Hospital,…

Read More
Health News 

U.K. Man Has World’s Worst Case of Super-Gonorrhea

The world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhea has been diagnosed in a U.K. man who was infected after sex with a woman in south-east Asia, health officials say. It’s the first case of the sexually-transmitted disease that could not be cured with the main antibiotic treatment, a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone, according to Public Health England, BBC News reported. The unidentified man picked up the superbug earlier this year and health officials are trying to track down his other sexual partners in an effort to contain the spread of the…

Read More
Health News 

No. 1 Medical Innovation for 2018: Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System

Hailed as the world’s first artificial pancreas, the hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system helps make Type 1 diabetes more manageable. Approved by the FDA in late 2016, this new technology enables direct communication between the continuous glucose monitoring device and insulin pump to stabilize blood glucose at an unprecedented level. The technology replaces the “open loop” concept that requires patient to use the information from their continuous glucose monitor to determine how much insulin to inject. The market is projected to be officially disrupted in 2018 as more patients demand…

Read More
Health News 

You may be among the 45% of normal adults who snore at least occasionally or you likely know someone who does. He (or she) may be the brunt of jokes at family gatherings (“Uncle Joe snores so loudly he rattles the windows!”), but snoring is serious business. For one, a snoring spouse often keeps the other person from a good night’s sleep, which can eventually lead to separate bedrooms. “Snoring can create real problems in a marriage,” says Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, an otolaryngologist and snoring expert at Capital Otolaryngology…

Read More