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…

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…

How to Become a Natural Health Consultant

Alternative medicine has been used to treat illness for years throughout areas of the world. Recently, holistic medicine and living has gained traction in the U.S. People want more options to treat pain and inflammation, and the healthcare industry is adapting to consider the whole…

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…

Man’s ‘Cold’ Was Actually Massive Heart Attack

Ed Covert, 46, thought he had a cold coming on when he stopped by the nurse’s station at work. His symptoms felt like chest congestion. “I was having the full feeling in my chest, like when you’ve got a chest cold,” he said. “I was coughing…

Sepsis Test Could Show Results ‘In Minutes’

A new rapid test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis is being developed by University of Strathclyde researchers. The device, which has been tested in a laboratory, may be capable of producing results in two-and-a-half minutes, the Biosensors and Bioelectronics journal study suggests. Diagnosing sepsis can…