‘Sesame Street’ to bring on board its first autistic Muppet

Since its launch in 1969, long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" has tackled issues such as divorce, disability, race and death alongside its role in teaching young children to read, count and learn colours

‘Sesame Street’ to bring on board its first autistic Muppet  Long-running children’s television show “Sesame Street” is welcoming a new kid to the block – a Muppet with autism called Julia. A redhead who loves to sing and remembers the words to lots of songs, Julia will debut on the show for pre-schoolers on April 10 after a five-year outreach effort to families and […]

Coffee shops, ATMs ideal locations for defibrillators?

The electrical malfunction of the heart, leading to arrhythmia, can often be avoided if the heart receives an electrical shock from an automatic external defibrillator, or automatic external defibrillator (AED)

Coffee shops, ATMs ideal locations for defibrillators?Coffee shops and ATMs could play a major role in helping reduce deaths caused by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers say. The electrical malfunction of the heart, leading to arrhythmia, can often be avoided if the heart receives an electrical shock from an automatic external defibrillator, or AED. On Monday, researchers published a list of Toronto […]

Too much emotional intelligence increases stress

Emotional intelligence is a useful skill to have, as long as you learn to also properly cope with emotions — both others' and your own. For example, some sensitive individuals may assume responsibility for other people's sadness or anger, which ultimately stresses them out

Too much emotional intelligence increases stressRecognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings may sometimes come with an extra dose of stress. This and other research challenge the prevailing view that emotional intelligence is uniformly beneficial to its […]

School lunch can shape a healthy diet habit for your child

You must teach your child to make healthy choices. Remember to start by setting a good example at home with your own eating habits

School lunch can shape a healthy diet habit for your childWorking all morning at school burns up a lot of energy, so children need healthy lunches to refuel. Children also need lunch to provide enough energy and nutrients to keep healthy and grow as well as possible. Be sure you encourage your child to eat a nutritious lunch every day, either from the school cafeteria […]

Newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs notably cuts risk of death, claims study

The study, which analyzed data from over 300,000 type 2 diabetes patients collected from six countries, found SGLT-2 drugs slashed combined risk of hospitalization for heart failure and death from any cause by 46 percent

Newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs notably cuts risk of death, claims studyA newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs significantly cut the risk of death and hospitalization for heart failure compared with other medicines for the disease, according to data released on Sunday from a so-called real world study sponsored by AstraZeneca. The drugs, known as SGLT-2 inhibitors, work by removing blood sugar via the urine […]

Can DNA testing help determine the best medications for you?

Pharmacogenomic testing can be informative and can help caregivers and patients make safer decisions. However, promoting pharmacogenomic testing with application to only one disease state or with questionable testing practices can cause more harm than good

Can DNA testing help determine the best medications for you?The saying “if it seems too good to be true, it likely is” applies to so many things in life. As the director of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, I spend a significant amount of time discussing what pharmacogenomics testing cannot tell us. I am sure you are wondering why I would […]

People with healthiest hearts live in the forests of Bolivia

There are around 16,000 Tsimane people who hunt, fish and farm on Maniqui River in Amazon rainforest in Bolivian lowlands. Their way of life has similarities to human civilisation thousands of years ago and researchers found that they have the best indicators of cardiovascular health ever reported

People with healthiest hearts live in the forests of BoliviaThe healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries – even well into old age – a study in the Lancet showed. “It’s an incredible population” with radically different diets and ways of living, said […]

‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killer

An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors

‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killerThe results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions. The British Heart Foundation said the findings were a significant advance in fighting the biggest killer in the world. Around 15 million people die each year from heart attacks or stroke. Bad cholesterol is the villain […]

What is non-small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?

The main risk factor is smoking. Around 80 percent of lung cancer deaths occur as a result of smoking. This includes cigarette smoke, pipe smoking, and cigar smoking

What is non-small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?According to the American Cancer Society, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) makes up 80 to 85 percent of lung cancers in the United States. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) makes up between 10 and 15 percent of lung cancers in the U.S. NSCLC usually grows and spreads more slowly than SCLC. Types There are several […]