Report: Lead exposure linked to uptick in annual heart disease deaths in the US

Lead exposure may be driving cases of heart disease in the United States, a study published in the Lancet said. The study, which analyzed data on 14,000 adults, noted that the heavy metal contributed to as many as 412,000 premature deaths each year in the United States – a number estimated to be 10 times larger than the figures mentioned in … Continue reading Report: Lead exposure linked to uptick in annual heart disease deaths in the US

Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

Some microorganisms can raise a person’s blood alcohol to dangerously high levels, even if he hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol his whole life. In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, certain types of gut bacteria can ferment carbohydrates into alcohol within the body — a condition known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS). A team of researchers from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in … Continue reading Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Brazil are suggesting that lithium could potentially halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study published in the journal Current Alzheimer Research, they wrote that the memory of Alzheimer’s patients stabilized after taking small doses of lithium. The team also reported that lithium was able to slow down the aging of brain cells. While research is still ongoing, they … Continue reading Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease

Panax ginseng, commonly known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng, is one of the most widely used and extensively studied species of ginseng. Sometimes referred to as the “true ginseng,” Asian ginseng has been a staple herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is still used today to boost immunity, increase strength and blood volume, lower blood … Continue reading The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease

Traditional Chinese medicine as a complementary treatment for mild and serious diseases

A recent study by researchers at the China Medical University in Taiwan and the University of Chicago discussed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its application in the treatment of acute and critical medical conditions. In developed nations as well as in many Eastern countries, modern medications developed in the West are routinely used for clinical treatments while traditional medicines are only used by a … Continue reading Traditional Chinese medicine as a complementary treatment for mild and serious diseases

Essential oils for the treatment of fungal diseases

Essential oils are known for their use in aromatherapy and massage therapy. When inhaled or applied topically, these natural products exert beneficial effects on mental health. Essential oils can also be used as remedies for common health problems, such as headache, constipation, sinus infections and skin infections. In fact, various essential oils are well-known for their antimicrobial properties. In … Continue reading Essential oils for the treatment of fungal diseases

Pill pushers: Today’s medical students are not taught about nutrition despite growing burden of diet-related disease

Future medical professionals are at risk of becoming “pill-pushers” – healthcare experts unfit to provide nutritional support to patients. A review published in the Lancet analyzed previous studies on medical education and found that nutrition education isn’t adequately incorporated in current medical curricula. Many students and professionals lacked the necessary expertise in nutritional care. Meanwhile, existing nutrition courses are marked by poor quality. … Continue reading Pill pushers: Today’s medical students are not taught about nutrition despite growing burden of diet-related disease

Instead of preventing the disease, polio vaccinations CAUSE polio

Many people believe that if they get a vaccine against a certain disease, they won’t get that disease. After all, that is the point of vaccines, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case when it comes to polio in some countries. In fact, there has been a concerning surge in cases of vaccine-derived polio in Africa. Polio … Continue reading Instead of preventing the disease, polio vaccinations CAUSE polio

Colorectal cancer is a microbial disease: Changes in the gut microbiome can be used for early detection

A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found an increase in specific microorganisms in the gut which are linked to colorectal cancer. The researchers said that these microorganisms can potentially be used to detect the disease long before it progresses to late-stage cancer. “Our results show that changes in the gut microbiome are present at the very early … Continue reading Colorectal cancer is a microbial disease: Changes in the gut microbiome can be used for early detection

Sugary drinks and disease: Chugging 2 sodas per day increases your risk of premature death

The added sugar in soda makes it one of the unhealthiest drinks in the world. On top of raising blood sugar and contributing to abdominal fat, European researchers found that soda can also lead to an earlier death. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study demonstrates that daily consumption of two or more sodas – diet or not – and … Continue reading Sugary drinks and disease: Chugging 2 sodas per day increases your risk of premature death