The things they don’t tell you about medical studies

Approximately half of studies published on new medical treatments leave out at least some of the adverse effects they uncovered, according to a recent analysis in PLOS Medicine

The things they don’t tell you about medical studiesA team of British researchers conducted the analysis after coming across individual cases of missing side effects in medical literature, which includes studies from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and academics. To determine how widespread the problem was, they analysed 28 journal articles that together cross-checked the published data from more than 500 clinical studies with their […]

Twins born 11 minutes apart are separated by a year

Sawyer Shay was born at 11.50pm on December 31, 2016, while his brother Everett arrived at 12.01am on January 1, 2017

Twins born 11 minutes apart are separated by a yearWhen twin brothers Everett and Sawyer Shay tell the story of the night they were born, it will include an added twist: The fact they arrived in different years. Everett was Banner Health’s first Arizona baby born in 2017. He arrived at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale. His brother Sawyer […]

Scissors pulled from Vietnam man’s stomach 18 years after surgery

Ma Van Nhat underwent surgery in 1998 after a car accident and only recently discovered that doctors had left scissors inside his body when they closed him up

Scissors pulled from Vietnam man’s stomach 18 years after surgeryMa Van Nhat, now 54, underwent surgery in 1998 after a car accident and only recently discovered that doctors had left an unwelcome gift behind when they closed him up. Doctors discovered the 15-centimetre (six-inch) scissors near his colon after a recent ultrasound. He had a three-hour operation during the weekend to remove the scissors, […]

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 […]

Symptoms of menopause can often last for many years

Symptoms generally start when a woman's estrogen levels begin to drop. This generally happens in 3-5 years before menopause begins

Symptoms of menopause can often last for many yearsMenopause is a natural biological occurrence signalling the end of a woman’s ability to reproduce. This happens with the end of her last menstrual period. Medically, menopause is said to happen 12 months after a woman menstruates for the final time. Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, just like puberty. Even though […]

Silent, bloody killer: Hypertension is yet another reason to exercise

Whether you go for a daily run or brisk walk, every time you finish exercising your blood pressure goes down and stays down for many hours, which is good for your overall health

Silent, bloody killer: Hypertension is yet another reason to exerciseYes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends and the media. But an equally […]

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 […]