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,…

Pregabalin/Lyrica Reclassified To A Class C Drug

A prescription drug linked to 33 deaths in 2017 in Northern Ireland will now be treated as a class C drug. Pregabalin – also known by the brand name Lyrica, or the street name bud – is an anti-epileptic drug also used to relieve chronic…

9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash

Having a skin rash can feel like you’re in a bizarre, dermatological version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Your skin is unhappy for some reason, and instead of doing the polite thing—chilling out—it’s going to express its displeasure. Boldly. Meet your new rash. 1….

Cancer’s ‘Internal Wiring’ Predicts Relapse Risk

The “internal wiring” of breast cancer can predict which women are more likely to survive or relapse, say researchers. The study shows that breast cancer is 11 separate diseases that each has a different risk of coming back. The hope is that the findings, in…

Flu Season Has Peaked, But Nasty Strain Is On Rise: Report

Flu season may be nearing its end, but health officials are warning of recent wave of a stronger strain of the virus that is more likely to cause hospitalizations and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that widespread prevalence…

UK Patient ‘Free’ Of HIV After Stem Cell Treatment

A UK patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant – in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature. The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and…

Philippines Says 136 People Have Died In Measles Outbreak

The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may…