Medicine

An alternative to opioids Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever

An alternative to opioids Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever

A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks pain...
Many people with an ‘allergy’ could take penicillin

Many people with an ‘allergy’ could take penicillin

Many people who believe they’re allergic to this antibiotic may not actually be allergic at all, explains allergist Thomas Leath. “Hypersensitivity reactions are the major...
Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns...
Gene variants associated with body shape increase risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

Gene variants associated with body shape increase risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has found that a pattern of gene variants associated with an "apple-shaped" body type. In this body...
Limiting salt consumption lowers blood pressure in patients with kidney disease

Limiting salt consumption lowers blood pressure in patients with kidney disease

In a study of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), simple advice from dieticians on limiting salt consumption led to reduced blood pressure. The findings,...
Are older adults more prone to chronic pain?

Are older adults more prone to chronic pain?

When older adults experience pain, inflammation occurs more quickly and at a higher magnitude than when younger adults feel pain. Further, the pain stays...
Study links prediabetes, diabetes in healthy weight adults to sedentary lifestyle

Study links prediabetes, diabetes in healthy weight adults to sedentary lifestyle

Add one more to the long list of reasons to keep active: A new University of Florida study demonstrates that low levels of physical...
Statin side effects are strongest predictor of failure to meet cholesterol targets

Statin side effects are strongest predictor of failure to meet cholesterol targets

Statin side effects are the strongest predictor of failure to meet low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol targets, according to research published today in the European Journal...
Premature ventricular contractions could lead to a more serious heart condition

Premature ventricular contractions could lead to a more serious heart condition

If you’ve ever had a fluttering heart, or noticed that your heart seems to skip a beat, you might be experiencing premature ventricular contractions...
How cancer genetic testing can save lives

How cancer genetic testing can save lives

Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes significantly increase the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Genetic testing can help reveal whether such a mutation...