Breakthrough: Scientists attempt gene editing inside the human body, for the first time

If successful, the new technique could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy. Scientists have edited people’s genes before, altering cells in the lab that are then returned to patients. There also are gene therapies that do not involve editing DNA

Breakthrough: Scientists attempt gene editing inside the human body, for the first timeScientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA. On Monday in California, Brian Madeux, a 44-year-old intravenously received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a […]

Natural killers: Fruits and veggies that can be poisonous for you

Not all that we eat is beneficial for our health. Here is a list of fruits and veggies which can even kill you

Natural killers: Fruits and veggies that can be poisonous for youUnderneath its spiky exterior, the fruit is smooth, juicy and beautifully sweet. The spikes of the lychee fruit – also known as litchi – may be a deterrent for some animals, but for humans willing to break it away, it’s an exotic and tasty treat. And often, just one is not enough. But if eaten […]

Risk factors for bipolar in children

Stress can play a role in the development of bipolar in children. More precisely, how a child responds to elevated stress has been suggested as a contributor to the development of bipolar disorder

Risk factors for bipolar in childrenBipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme swings in mood and thought. A person with bipolar disorder swings between periods of mania or less severe hypomania and depression. The onset of bipolar disorder typically occurs during young adulthood, but teens and children can also be diagnosed. Similarly to many mental health disorders, there are a number of […]

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance ‘one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today’

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?Bacteria are an integral part of our ecosystem and we share our bodies with many of these tiny creatures. However, they can be the root of serious health problems. There are roughly as many human cells as bacterial cells in our bodies, and our microscopic passengers pay their way by helping our immune system and […]

Researchers find strong evidence for a link between obesity and these 11 types of cancer

We do know obesity is a cancer risk factor that you can modify, through exercise and diet. Make sure you're doing at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking. And if you're overweight, talk to your doctor or a dietician about whether you need to change your eating habits

Researchers find strong evidence for a link between obesity and these 11 types of cancerBeing obese is a known risk factor for developing some cancers. However, which kinds of are associated with obesity is still debated. A recently published study in the BMJ aims to narrow it down. European researchers combed through observational studies that looked for links between being overweight and getting cancer. Out of 36 kinds of […]

8 guilt-free ways to indulge in your sweet cravings

Although nutritionists know all about clean eating, they are humans too. So, what do they do when they feel like indulging in sweets? Here’s how they find ways to pamper themselves and tame the urge without cheating the diet plan

8 guilt-free ways to indulge in your sweet cravingsEven with all their know-how about clean eating, nutrition experts are still human. This means that they get plagued by sugary cravings just like the rest of us. What they don’t do? Let a little hankering for something sweet turn into an all-out dessert fest. Nope, they know that it’s entirely possible to tame a […]

What causes frequent belching?

Normal belching does not require any treatment. However, if belching becomes excessive, you should contact a medical professional to explore possible conditions that may be causing the problem. Treatment will depend on the cause

What causes frequent belching?Belching is the act of expelling air from the stomach through the mouth. It usually occurs when the stomach distends, or expands because of too much swallowed air. Belching releases the air to reduce the distention. Other names for belching include burping and eructation. What causes belching? Belching occurs when the stomach fills with swallowed air. […]

To rev up fitness, walking 15,000 steps a day should be new exercise target

Those mail carriers, who walked for more than three hours a day, covering at least 15,000 steps, which is about seven miles, generally had normal body mass indexes, waistlines and metabolic profiles

To rev up fitness, walking 15,000 steps a day should be new exercise targetTaking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health. But a new study of postal workers in Scotland suggests that that number could be too conservative and that, to best protect our hearts, many of us might want to start moving quite a […]

Did you know, washing raw chicken can lead to food poisoning?

Despite common practice, washing raw meat doesn't get rid of bacteria. It only spreads it around to other places. It's also a risk factor for contracting food poisoning

Did you know, washing raw chicken can lead to food poisoning?It’s a thing that many people do for cleanliness — wash their raw chicken. However, researchers are now advising against it, saying that this practice might increase the chances for food poisoning. According to the UK’s Food Standards Agency, washing raw chicken spreads campylobacter bacteria, which causes food poisoning. “Campylobacter can be spread easily and […]

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctors

At two months of age, Luis weighed 10 kilos. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos. His parents have created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctorsLike any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds). He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over $200 a month. And doctors do not yet know why […]