Heart Scan ‘Could Pick Up Signs Of Sudden Death Risk’

Scientists say a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition. Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be picked up after death. But University of Oxford researchers used microscopic imaging to…

6 Gross Reasons Why You Should Wash Your Hands More Often

While everyone seems to be having a debate about whether or not they wash their legs in the shower, it’s probably a good time to remind you of how important it is to wash your hands. It was also World Hand Hygiene Day earlier this month. According to the CDC,…

Bowel Cancer Rates Rising ‘Among Young Adults’

More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Although total numbers of cases in young people remain low, the studies highlighted a sharp rise in rates in 20 to 29-year-olds. Researchers are not clear why…

US States File Lawsuit Accusing Drugs Firms Of Inflating Costs

More than 40 US states have filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical firms of conspiring to artificially inflate the cost of common medicinal drugs. The lawsuit alleges that as many as 20 companies have been involved in fixing prices for over 100 drugs, including treatments for diabetes and cancer. One of…

What Causes Heart Palpitations?

Seemingly out of nowhere, it feels like your heart is skipping beats. Or, as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute further describes, it’s “fluttering, pounding, or beating too hard or too fast.” You’re not sure what to think and it freaks you out. You don’t know it, but you’re…

Does Having Your Appendix Removed Cause Parkinson’s?

There’s a link between appendicitis and Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published this week. The new research, set to be presented at a conference next weekend, says a person is nearly three times as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease if they’ve had their appendix removed. Appendicitis, or inflammation of…

The Importance of Having a Good Dentist

It is so important to maintain proper oral health. While this begins at home with a daily regime of brushing and flossing, there is also a need to see a family dentist on a regular basis. This is an individual with the training and knowledge necessary to help spot any…

Smoking and Chronic Back Pain

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to stop smoking, chronic back pain sufferers – and those who want to avoid chronic back pain (and who wouldn’t?) – may have one more. Smoking is associated with an increased incidence of chronic pain, particularly back pain, according to research to date….

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