Devastating elephantiasis disease is facing elimination

A large proportion of the billion people living with the threat of transmission are in India, Indonesia and Myanmar where the triple drug combination could be used

Devastating elephantiasis disease is facing eliminationA disabling parasitic disease which causes elephantiasis, and threatens around one billion people globally – Lymphatic filariasis – could be eliminated more quickly, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth, who leads the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Modelling Consortium, led an international team that has discovered that if a recently proposed […]

Five countries with the worst health care in the world

Countries listed have been ranked broadly by five criteria: quality care, access, efficiency, equity, and the number of people living healthy lives

Five countries with the worst health care in the worldIn 2000, the World Health Organization embarked on an exhaustive mission to rank the health care systems of 191 countries, with the African nation Sierra Leone ranking dead last and the United States ranking 37th at the time. Since then, however, the WHO has declined to update its rankings. In its stead, The Commonwealth Fund […]

Why burning more fat and less glucose is bad for your body

Glucose is the main fuel of muscle, so if a condition limits its use, it may lead to insulin resistance which most likely will cause diabetes

Why burning more fat and less glucose is bad for your bodyMaking muscles burn more fat and less glucose may increase exercise endurance but simultaneously cause diabetes, a new study has warned. Mouse muscles use glucose (carbohydrate) as fuel when the animals are awake and active and switch to fat (lipid) when they are asleep. Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in the US discovered that […]

Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercise

While many people are aware of the benefits of physical activity in theory, many of us find it particularly hard in practice to stay physically active. New research may help to explain why this is so

Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercisePerhaps you have told yourself many times that, as of next week, you will start exercising more. Perhaps next month, maybe even next year. For many of us, however, sticking to a disciplined program of physical exercise is one of the hardest New Year’s resolutions. New research offers clues as to why finding the motivation […]

Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?

In this syndrome, a part of the heart muscle is suddenly weakened and the heart isn't pumping, becoming ineffective. However, the condition is usually treatable, and rarely fatal

Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?The death of Debbie Reynolds just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away is a reminder of the crushing effect grief can have on the body. The 84-year-old Oscar-nominated performer reportedly suffered a stroke Wednesday. The official cause of death has not yet been disclosed. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son […]

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant women

Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or ACOG, shot back its objection

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant womenRepeated or lengthy use of general anaesthetic and sedation drugs in infants, toddlers and pregnant women in their third trimester might damage children’s developing brains, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this month. Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or […]

New guidelines urge doctors to wait for a minute before cutting a baby’s umbilical cord

The short increase in time could mean a lot, because “much of the placental blood transfers in that first minute — and there's increasing evidence that it has some health benefits"

New guidelines urge doctors to wait for a minute before cutting a baby’s umbilical cordCutting the cord is a tradition for parents right after they deliver their baby, but holding off a little may be better for the infant. According to an Associated Press report, waiting a minute could give the baby an extra rush of oxygen-rich blood, so new recommendations for obstetricians in the U.S. call for waiting […]

How this surgery helps in bearing weight on your knees safely

People with damaged cartilage in their knees can undergo so-called matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation, or MACI, surgery to fix the defects that cause pain and swelling

How this surgery helps in bearing weight on your knees safelyPeople receiving a graft of their own knee cartilage cells may be better off returning to full weight bearing after six weeks instead of the standard eight, a small study suggests. Knee surgery patients put on a six-week recovery track were able to get back to work and other activities like sports more quickly, and […]

Rare surgery done by robot helps pluck out 450gm tumour

Conventional surgery would have required cutting open the chest to remove the tumour, doctors said

Rare surgery done by robot helps pluck out 450gm tumourIn a rare surgery, doctors at Apollo Hospital recently removed a large tumour, weighing 450gm, from the chest cavity of a 57-year-old woman. They used three small keyholes and robotic arms to pull out the abnormal growth that was surrounded by the heart and blood vessels. Conventional surgery would have required cutting open the chest […]

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questions

Studies show heart-related deaths are five percent more likely around Christmas and New Year’s, perhaps due to factors like excess food, alcohol, stress and lack of exercise this time of year

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questionsA day after the sudden death of long-time pop icon George Michael, many fans are struggling to understand how the fit-looking 53-year-old singer suddenly died of a heart condition. Confirmed by his London-based publicist on Christmas Day, Michael died in his sleep of heart failure. Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, happens […]