Respiratory viruses could surge following the holidays, public health experts warn

It is “highly likely” that respiratory viruses could spread even more following holiday gatherings, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Monday. “These are highly contagious viruses – and people have generally put…

The biggest medical breakthroughs of 2022

The past year has been renowned for inspiring medical and health advances, from new research into multiple sclerosis and lupus, to innovative treatments for hair loss and obesity. The year 2022 has seen several life-changing developments that are already making a difference. Pig organ transplantation Over the past year and a half, researchers have made…

Cholera: Will History Repeat Itself?

Fear has surfaced again. Just as we were about to heave a sigh of relief after the chaos of Covid 19 and Monkeypox subsided, “Cholera” emerged threatening to end more lives! But will history repeat itself? And to what extent shall we be worried about this new disease? Hence, here is everything you need to…

Dye E129 may provoke some health problems

Prolonged consumption of food containing the red dye E129 contributes to the development of mild forms of colitis intestinalis, Canadian scientists have found. There are several chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, for which there are no effective treatments, McMaster University Press reported. Many of these diseases are genetic in…

Scientists name safest blood thinning drug

Scientists from University College London have named apixaban as the safest blood-thinning drug, Annals of Internal Medicine reported. Patients with atrial fibrillation are prescribed anticoagulants to prevent blood clots and strokes. One of the most common side effects of taking them is gastrointestinal bleeding. In a large-scale new study, researchers looked at data from nearly…

“Bad” cholesterol is dangerous for patients with hypertension

High concentrations of lipoprotein-A, one of the “bad” variations of cholesterol, doubles the risk of strokes and heart attacks in patients with hypertension or persistently high blood pressure, American scientists have found. The work was published in the journal Hypertension, the press service of the American Heart Association (AHA) reported. The researchers monitored the health…

Compounds found in potatoes might treat cancer

Promising compounds for cancer treatment have been found in potatoes. The results of a study by Polish experts from Adam Mickiewicz University were published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology. Scientists analyzed the bioactive composition of potatoes and tomatoes. They found substances called glycoalkaloids, such as solanine, chaconine, solasonine, solamargin and tomatin, in crude plant…