‘Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk’

Some research has suggested that drinking alcohol in moderation could have protective effects against stroke. However, a large cohort study in a Chinese population shows that this is not the case at all. A large new cohort study emphasizes that any alcohol intake can increase the risk of stroke. We know that alcohol consumption can … Read more

Fighting ‘superbugs’ with blue light

Researchers are hunting for innovative ways to fight ‘superbugs.’ A recent study finds that blue light can weaken these pathogens making them more susceptible to destruction by standard antiseptics.Blue light could be a new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, globally; this means that antibiotics that once treated certain infections no … Read more

Keto diet: A ‘cheat day’ may undo benefits and damage blood vessels

New research shows that people who follow a keto diet to lose weight or treat diabetes should avoid sudden spikes in blood sugar levels. New research explores the effects of having a ‘cheat’ day on the keto diet. Diets require discipline, and it is not always easy for people to follow them without indulging in … Read more

Commentary: What postnatal depression really feels like

Assumptions and expectations of motherhood are leaving many new mothers with deteriorating mental health, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast point out. (Photo: Unsplash/Kevin Liang) BELFAST: Motherhood can be a source of joy, but it can also pose difficulties and challenges – particularly, in the postnatal period. It is a time when some mothers’ emotional and physical … Read more

New nursing home patients may wait to see a doctor

(Reuters Health) – – When Medicare patients are discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility, the time it takes for a doctor or advanced-level practitioner to see them for a first evaluation can vary widely, a new study suggests. About one in six initial medical assessments occur more than four days after nursing … Read more

Hospital staff errors with gowns and gloves spread bacteria

A surgery nurse puts on gloves before procedures on a patient with MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in the operating theatre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Berlin February 29, 2008. (Photo: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch) Healthcare workers caring for infectious patients sometimes make mistakes when removing personal protective garments, resulting in contamination of clothes or … Read more

Commentary: How instant noodles became a symbol of workaholics everywhere

Originally invented to solve world hunger, the humble instant ramen has come to represent sustenance for those who are too busy to eat proper meals, says Karen Tee. (Photo: Unsplash/@charlesdeluvio) SINGAPORE: My love for instant noodles began when I was a teenager. A latchkey kid through my secondary school and junior college years, instant noodles … Read more

How Whole Grains Could Help Your Liver

Credit: Shutterstock ATLANTA — Eating whole grains and cereal may reduce the risk of liver cancer. That's according to findings presented Tuesday (April 1) here at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Eating a diet rich in whole grains and dietary fiber has been linked to numerous health benefits, including … Read more

How Doctors Treated the Thai Boys in the Harrowing Minutes After They Were Freed from Cave

Rescuers inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, where 12 boys and their coach became trapped in the summer of 2018. Credit: Linh Pham/Getty Images The harrowing rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand captured the world's attention last summer. But after the extraordinary feat to get them out of … Read more

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