Mom baffled to learn there was a spider living in her ear, giving rise to odd symptoms

Angela Colborn aged 38, was left stunned when doctor peered into her ear and spotted a spider’s legs deep inside her ear canal

Mom baffled to learn there was a spider living in her ear, giving rise to odd symptomsA mom has recalled the horrifying moment she realised her face was swelling up because she had a spider living in her ear. A mother-of-two recently recalled the horrifying moment when she realised her face was swelling up because a spider had been living in her ear Angela Colborn was rushed to the accident and […]

Unexpected link between glioma and blood sugar levels helps understand brain cancer

Glioma is one of the most common cancers that arise in the brain and is usually diagnosed in middle age. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all primary brain tumors and three quarters of all malignant tumors

Unexpected link between glioma and blood sugar levels helps understand brain cancerHaving high blood sugar or diabetes is linked to a higher risk of developing most cancers. However, studies have found that brain cancers such as glioma are less common in people with diabetes and high blood sugar. Now, a new study begins to shed light on this surprising link. Could it be, the researchers ask, […]

Giving your baby gadgets to play with can hamper their speech development

Twenty percent of the children spent an average of 28 minutes a day using screens, the study found. Every 30-minute increase in daily screen time was linked to a 49 per cent increased risk of what the researchers call expressive speech delay, which is using sounds and words

Giving your baby gadgets to play with can hamper their speech developmentParents who are raising children in today’s times have likely to have fretted about screen time and wondered what impact these devices could have on kids. Will the technology affect their brains? Does it limit social development? Would it harm them emotionally? Could it delay when they start talking? A study was released on Thursday […]

Aspiring doctors learn empathy from virtual humans

Virtual human simulation was an engaging and effective tool to teach medical students advanced communication skills. Such intuitive interactions could help aspiring doctors better prepare for difficult and emotionally charged encounters with patients and hospital colleagues

Aspiring doctors learn empathy from virtual humansIt was Katie Goldrath’s first time when she had to give out difficult health news to a young woman named Robin and her mom, Delmy, that Robin had leukemia. As a medical student, Goldrath broke the news, while she was not only conscious of her words, but also her body language: Was she leaning in, […]

Blood test can help target better treatment for prostate cancer

The drugs abiraterone and enzalutamide are given to men whose cancer are no longer responding to traditional hormone therapy and have started to spread. Though the researchers hope that the test could prevent thousands of men undergoing unnecessary treatment and for allow more personalised care, more tests are still needed

Blood test can help target better treatment for prostate cancerAfter analysing 265 blood samples of men with prostate cancer researchers from Europe found there are multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond to drugs commonly used to treat advanced cases of prostate cancer such as abiraterone and enzalutamide The researchers say more trials are needed but the team hope that the test […]

Except O, all other blood groups linked to higher heart attack risk

The findings could help doctors better understand who is at risk of developing heart disease. People with a non-O blood group type - AO, BO and AB - need to take the same steps as anyone wanting to reduce their cardiovascular disease risk (CVD)

Except O, all other blood groups linked to higher heart attack riskPeople with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests Scientist believe that the reason for this occurrence would have to do with the presence of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein in the other blood groups, namely A,B and AB blood types Researchers say the findings […]

Exercise can be helpful to people with ‘obesity gene’ to lose weight

Study shows that exercise can reduce the effects of the most-well known obesity-associated gene, called the FTO gene, by about 30 percent. This research confirms previous findings that conclude physical activity is still beneficial even for people with genetics that predispose them to weight gain

Exercise can be helpful to people with ‘obesity gene’ to lose weightAccording to a new study, exercise can help offset weight gain even for people with obesity-related genes Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Copenhagen, and other institutions came together to analyse 60 previous studies to understand how physical activity and obesity genes work together to influence weight gain. Their […]

New study takes researchers a step closer to ‘exercise-in-a-pill’

For individuals with limited mobility, engaging in regular exercise is not an easy feat. A new study may have brought us one step closer to a solution: "exercise-in-a-pill." Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, have discovered a chemical compound that can activate a gene normally stimulated by running

New study takes researchers a step closer to ‘exercise-in-a-pill’It goes without saying that physical activity is crucial when it comes to improving and maintaining health. However, for individuals with limited mobility, engaging in regular exercise is not an easy feat. A new study may have brought us one step closer to a solution: “exercise-in-a-pill.” Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in […]

In a first, triplets with rare skull condition get operated upon

Craniosynostosis is a congenital premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby’s skull that threatens vision and brain growth. Craniosynostosis occurs in 1 in 2,500 births, meaning a diagnosis in all three babies was incredibly rare

In a first, triplets with rare skull condition get operated uponA couple from New York were in for a shock when they learnt that their triplet boys have a rare skull condition called Craniosynostosis and their children spent the first few weeks of their life in a neonatal intensive care unit. Nine weeks after their babies’ birth, the first-time parents Amy and Michael saw them […]

Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

Although eating sugar is not directly linked to developing diabetes, some evidence suggests that increased overall availability of sugar makes diabetes more common. A 2013 study that looked at 175 different countries found that more sugar in food supply increased diabetes rates

Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?Sugar consumption will not directly cause diabetes. However, excess sugar consumption can cause weight gain. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes. Once a person has diabetes, eating too much sugar can make symptoms worse, since diabetes makes it more difficult for the body to manage blood sugar levels In a modern world, however, where food […]