Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation in both the House and Senate Tuesday that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. The odds of Congress raising the federal age limit this year are high with support from both parties in both houses of Congress.
An international working group of experts has agreed on guidelines to help increase scientific and public awareness about a brain condition that mimics Alzheimer’s disease. The condition is not new but has come to light in recent research and clinical trials. Researchers have identified a misfolded protein in the brain that may be ‘a possible
A recent study that includes data from more than 2,000 older adults finds an association between poor sense of smell and an increased risk of death. A reduction in the sense of smell is more common than most people realize. As we age, our sense of smell diminishes. However, compared with vision and hearing, we
Researchers have recently examined the link between mental health conditions and obesity in over 12,000 children and teenagers. The results show that obesity raises the risk of anxiety and depression, which is something that physicians and healthcare professionals should be “vigilant about.” Obesity raised anxiety and depression risk by 33% among young boys. According to
A scene from “13 Reasons Why” Source: Netflix Suicide rates for teens saw a sharp increase in the month following the release of the Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” according to a study published Monday. “13 Reasons Why,” based on a 2007 novel of the same name by author Jay Asher, follows a 17-year-old high
A new approach to cancer therapy suggests that doctors may be able to keep cancer in check by placing metastatic cells in a state of dormancy, thus blocking them from giving rise to new tumors. A recent study in mice has found that an existing drug could effectively contain metastatic breast cancer cells. A minimally
The team from Medcorder Medcorder David Weekly is a veteran of the technology sector who built his career at Facebook and Alphabet. He had no intention of working in health care until multiple members of his family were diagnosed with cancer. Through the experience of supporting their care, he witnessed a number of problems with
In late June the 400,000 women in the U.S. affected each year with postpartum depression will no longer be forced to endure the extreme sadness, anxiety, exhaustion and other symptoms that define this debilitating, often misunderstood condition. That’s because that’s when Zulresso, the first and only medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration to
A long-term study supports earlier suggestions that testing the blood for levels of a certain protein could be a noninvasive way to track the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Detecting a protein in the blood could track the progress of Alzheimer’s onset. The protein is called neurofilament light. It spills out of damaged and dying nerve
New research has looked at human cancer cells implanted into mice, human tumor samples, and other assays in an attempt to better understand what drives the spread of certain aggressive cancers. A ‘chemical messenger’ could be helping aggressive cancers grow and spread. A team at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, has recently conducted a
President Donald Trump on Friday urged people to get vaccinated for measles, saying it’s “so important” amid the worst year for the disease in the U.S. since it was declared eliminated from the country in 2000.
It is relatively common for newborns and older babies to have some dry skin on their faces. In most cases this dry skin is harmless, and it tends to clear up without treatment. Babies often have dry skin on their faces because their skin is more sensitive than adults. Their skin may be adjusting to
Piaget’s stages are a theory of how a child’s cognition — meaning their knowledge and understanding about the world — develops between birth and adulthood. Jean Piaget was an early psychologist who specialized in child development from the 1920s onward. Piaget developed his theories by watching children and making notes about their progress. The core
A computer that aims to translate thoughts into natural sounding speech has been hailed by its developers as an “exhilarating” breakthrough.
Food additives are a mainstay of Western diets. New research shows how a commonly used anti-mold agent alters sugar metabolism and drives insulin resistance in mice and men. Does a common preservative in bread alter our metabolism? Obesity and type 2 diabetes have reached epidemic levels, with nearly 40 percent of adults in the United
On Wednesday, Zipline International — the health-tech drone-delivery company that launched its service in Rwanda just three years ago — announced it has officially expanded its operations to Ghana, making it the world’s largest autonomous medical drone delivery service.
Diabetic shock occurs when blood sugar levels drop dangerously low. Diabetic shock is not a medical term, but people often use it to describe a state of severe hypoglycemia that requires another person’s help. People with mild low blood sugar, which doctors call insulin reaction or hypoglycemia, are usually conscious and can treat themselves. People
New research in mice, which the National Institutes of Health supported, shows how ketamine can alter brain circuits, quickly redressing depression-like symptoms. Ketamine stimulates the regrowth of dendritic spines in the prefrontal cortex, according to a new animal study. Previous studies have shown that ketamine — an anesthetic — can rapidly reduce severe symptoms of
The pancreas is the organ that produces insulin, and it plays a major role in regulating blood glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough or any insulin. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body cannot use insulin correctly. In this article, we look at how the pancreas is involved
Employers, lawyers, and medical professionals are showing increased interest in hair follicle drug tests because they can determine if a person has been using illicit drugs or misusing prescription medications. In this article, we discuss how hair follicle drug tests work, how to use a home kit, and what the results mean. We also cover
Drinking alcohol while taking Flagyl can cause serious side effects. Doctors and pharmacists advise people to avoid alcohol entirely while using the medication in any form, including oral Flagyl tablets and topical Flagyl creams. Flagyl is an antibiotic that treats many infections, including abdominal and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). While not all antibiotics interact with
A prescription drug already in use for the treatment of high blood pressure could be effective against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s, in which toxic proteins build up in brain cells. Scientists could repurpose felodipine to prevent Parkinson’s disease. Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the Guangzhou Institutes
The findings of a new study suggest that people who receive highly personalized combination therapy for treatment-resistant cancer can experience improved disease control and survival rates. Can highly personalized precision medicine bring more benefits to people with metastatic cancer? Recently, precision medicine has been gaining ground as a potentially more effective approach to treating a
Walgreens is increasing the age to buy tobacco at its drugstores to 21 later this year as the retailer faces possible sanctions from the Food and Drug Administration for allegedly selling to minors.
U.S. health officials confirmed 71 new cases of measles last week, putting this year just a few dozen cases shy of becoming the worst year on record since the disease was eradicated from the U.S. in 2000.
Rebecca Feldman would like you to get a few facts straight about measles.
Increasing muscle strength is good, but increasing muscle power may be even better for enjoying a longer life, according to a recent study. Increased muscle power can improve longevity, new research suggests. Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, who is the director of research and education at Exercise Medicine Clinic — CLINIMEX in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Starting this summer, you’ll be able to talk to a therapist through Amazon Alexa. For the many people who struggle with anxiety and depression, it’s a huge challenge to find an affordable therapist. Now, a growing group of apps, including Talkspace and The Difference, are looking to solve the problem by using technology to improve