Drug-resistant superbugs more widespread than previously known

© AFP/File | Close-up shows a strain of listeria bacteria in the laboratory of departmental analysis of the Channel in St Lo, western France on May 10, 2000
17 Jan 2017
When an illness-causing bug won't disappear with the usual drugs, patients are given last-resort antibiotics such as carbapenem. Still, some "nightmare bacteria" continue to thrive even when given the strongest medicines...

Seniors with memory problems may struggle with driving

A Strong Bond Between Seniors And Their Dogs Boosts Health
14 Jan 2017
Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study.   Not all patients with mild cognitive impairment, the early stage of memory loss, have...

Children born of mums who took antacids likely to show asthma symptoms

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in Bordeaux April 28, 2010.
14 Jan 2017
Children of women who take heartburn medicine during pregnancy are a third more likely to develop asthma, according to a study published recently.   However, it remains unclear whether the medication itself, or some other factor, is...

Is Nutella a health concern?

13 Jan 2017
Palm oil is considered royalty among vegetable fat because it makes food easy to spread. Derived from the fruits and kernels of palm plants, it is consumed worldwide in baked goods, convenience foods (including chips, snacks and frozen...

Human brain's face recognition develops into adulthood: studies

human brain
06 Jan 2017
The part of the human brain that is involved in face recognition keeps developing into adulthood, a pair of new studies found, surprising scientists who thought brain tissue growth stopped in early childhood.   Researchers led by...

Does a vegan diet affect your ability to heal?

Six sources of plant-based protein
04 Jan 2017
On September 19, 2008, just before midnight, two pilots attempted to abort their takeoff from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. The pilots, who thought that they had blown a tire, were unable to stop the plane on the...

Risks are serious when parents don’t cut small fruits for children

Eating dinner early gives the body a mini fast overnight. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 6, 2016
31 Dec 2016
 Children under age 5 could choke on grapes and similarly-shaped foods, and parents should cut them in half or quarters to reduce the risk, Scottish doctors say.   Although some parents may know to cut food such as grapes, cherry...

Why more heart-related deaths happen around the holidays

30 Dec 2016
DEATHS from heart-related causes tend to spike around the holidays, and the cold weather may not really be to blame, a recent study suggests. To rule out the potential influence of freezing temperatures, researchers examined data on more...

Weight loss can reduce psoriasis symptoms: Danish study

Weight loss can reduce psoriasis symptoms in the long term, study finds
24 Dec 2016
Psoriasis suffers who are also obese can reduce their inflammatory symptoms by losing weight, a recent Danish study suggests.   According to researchers at the University of Copenhagen, obese or overweight people with psoriasis can...

UK study highlights the alarming amount of sugar in soda drinks

Pepsi bottles are seen lined up at a store in New York, U.S. July 5, 2016
20 Dec 2016
A UK study out this week on the country's fizzy soda drinks has found that most contain alarmingly high levels of sugar, some up to 12 teaspoons per can.   Carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the team looked at...