02-year-old girl with world’s rarest blood type, prompts global search for donors

Zainab Mughal, a 02-year-old girl from Florida, is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway for a compatible blood donor. Earlier this year, Zainab was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children

02-year-old girl with world’s rarest blood type, prompts global search for donorsZainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. That’s because they are as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same […]

Scientist inching closer to the next promising frontier in type 1 diabetes treatment

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Neuherberg, Germany have mapped the signals that determine the destiny of progenitor cells in the pancreas

Scientist inching closer to the next promising frontier in type 1 diabetes treatmentRecent research has broken new ground in the quest for a type 1 diabetes treatment that generates insulin-making cells These immature cells can develop into either islet cells that make insulin or another type of cell. The journal Nature features a paper on the findings. This research reveals that pancreatic progenitor cells bounce around and […]

10 slimming foods to eat if you have an all day sitting job

Prolonged sitting has been linked to everything from increased hunger and inflammation (which both lead to obesity and belly fat) to high blood pressure and high blood sugar. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking,” now you know where it stems from

10 slimming foods to eat if you have an all day sitting job“Wanna take a sit break?” said no desk-bound employee, ever. Most of corporate America is already sitting for eight to 10 hours daily, so instead, we stretch our legs, step out for air, or take a walk around the block. Basically, we do anything we can to get the blood moving, because sitting all day […]

Dog lover, loses all his limbs due to his pet licking him

Greg Manteufel, from West Bend, Wisconsin, USA began developing flu-like symptoms last month. The 48-year-old went to the emergency room where he was told he had a blood infection from a bacterial pathogen called capnocytophaga canimorsus. It is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats but can lead to infection in humans who are immunocompromised

Dog lover, loses all his limbs due to his pet licking himA Wisconsin man had to have all his limbs amputated after he contracted a severe infection, likely from a lick from his pet dog Ellie. Last month, Greg Manteufel, from West Bend, started experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. However, when bruising appeared on his arms and legs, the 48-year-old was rushed to […]

Father plays role of ‘mom’, breastfeeds newborn daughter

When a Wisconsin couple went into hospital for the birth of their baby it was not just mum who had an eventful night, dad had to step up in a way he never imagined

Father plays role of ‘mom’, breastfeeds newborn daughterWisconsin couple Maxamillian and April Neubauer just welcomed a baby girl into their lives. When April was unable to breastfeed immediately after birth, Maxamillian stepped in to help, and images of the ‘breastfeeding’ dad have gone viral. April had an emergency C-section to deliver their daughter, Rosalia, in June. The new mother thought she would […]

Amazon, J.P. Morgan, Berkshire name Dr Atul Gawande as CEO of healthcare venture

Three of the America’s best-known business leaders have turned to Dr Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and best-selling author, to head their new company aimed at reinventing how healthcare is delivered

Amazon, J.P. Morgan, Berkshire name Dr Atul Gawande as CEO of healthcare ventureDr Atul Gawande will lead the joint healthcare venture between Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway, the three companies announced Wednesday. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a partnership in January to tackle rising health-care costs. They will form a new company for the venture, […]

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers

The research states that the risk of early death associated with loneliness, social isolation, and living alone was equal to or greater than the premature death risk associated with obesity and other major health conditions

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchersTwo new meta-analyses from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, reveal that loneliness and social isolation may increase the risk of premature death by up to 50 per cent. Study co-author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, a professor of psychology at BYU, and colleagues recently presented their findings at the 125th Annual Convention of the American […]

Doctors remove 60kg tumour from woman’s abdomen after five-hour surgery

Doctors at a Connecticut hospital say they removed a 60kg tumour from a woman’s abdomen, and she is expected to recover fully. The ovarian tumour was diagnosed after the 38-year-old woman reported rapid weight gain of about 4.5kg per week over a two-month period

Doctors remove 60kg tumour from woman’s abdomen after five-hour surgeryA woman has had a 132-pound (60kg) tumour removed from her abdomen by doctors in the US. The 38-year-old had been gaining weight at a rate of about 10 pounds a week for two months before she first went to her doctor seeking help. She was malnourished because part of the ovarian tumour was on […]

Woman breaks rib due to severe bout of whooping coughing

The 66-year-old, from Massachusetts, went to her doctor suffering pain in her right side when her cough wouldn't subside

Woman breaks rib due to severe bout of whooping coughingLaughing so hard your sides split is one thing, but one woman has actually coughed so hard she broke a rib. When the 66-year-old woman, from the US state of Massachusetts, who has not been named in the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, first went to see her doctor, it was […]

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 […]