Health

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves First Marijuana-Derived Drug For Epilepsy

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug derived from marijuana, which will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy. The drug, called Epidiolex, is an oral solution containing highly purified cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of scores of chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, commonly known as marijuana. The drug contains ... Read More »

Treat Mouth Ulcers With This Unique Method

Scientists have developed a novel biodegradable patch that acts as a plaster and sticks inside the mouth, thus helping in the treatment of oral ulcers. The unique patch, able to stick to moist surfaces, successfully administers steroids directly to oral ulcers or lesions whilst also creating a protective barrier around the affected area, thus accelerating the healing process. The plaster ... Read More »

Alcohol Addiction: Know The Causes And Treatments

Molecular mechanisms including lower levels of a protein in the brain may be the reason why addicts choose alcohol over an alternative reward, finds a study that may help improve treatment for alcohol dependence. The study suggested that the level of a transporter protein GAT-3, situated in the amygdala region of the brain — responsible for emotional reactions — was ... Read More »

Why men tolerate stress incontinence for years before seeking treatment

Men often tolerate stress urinary incontinence (SUI) for more than two years before seeking medical help, says a new study. One third of patients also put up with it for more than five years, it added. SUI occurs when physical activity or exertion — cough, heavy lifting, exercise — causes the bladder to leak urine. The study, published in the ... Read More »

Low-cost plastic sensor to monitor neuro-degenerative diseases developed

Researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semi-conducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neuro-degenerative diseases. The results, published in the journal Science Advances, suggest that the new device has a far simpler design than the existing ones, and opens up a wide range of ... Read More »

You may be eating a lot of salt and not even know it, here’s why

Recent studies published by Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that higher salt intake through food can be a cause for death. The study suggested that an inaccurate way of estimating sodium intake may help account for the paradoxical findings of others. Nancy Cook, a researcher in this topic said that sodium is notoriously hard to measure. “Sodium is hidden — ... Read More »

Smoking, diabetes increases risk of calcium deposits in brain

People who smoke or have diabetes may be at a high risk of developing abnormal deposits of calcium in the brain region crucial to memory, a study has found. Dementia is a major public health problem that affects tens of millions of people worldwide. One focus of dementia research has been the hippocampus, a brain structure important for both short- ... Read More »

This is the reason why you should not carry medicines when travelling

Turns out, carrying hard medicines while travelling makes people more prone to pop them, against doctor’s recommendations. According to a study conducted by the University of Helsinki, travellers carrying standby antibiotics take them more often than those travelling without such drugs. Having antibiotics packed in the bags allows their use – against recommendations – also for mild and moderate diarrhoea, ... Read More »

Here’s the real reason why hunger pangs make you ‘hangry’

Do you feel ‘hangry’ when you skip a meal and unable to focus? It’s not just about a dip in blood sugar levels, though. Scientists say the combination of hunger and anger may be caused by an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues. “We all know that hunger can sometimes affect our emotions and perceptions of the world around ... Read More »

Experts Develop New Tool To Predict Eye, Hair And Skin Color

Researchers have developed a novel web tool that can accurately predict eye, hair and skin colour from even a small DNA sample, an advance that can be used when standard forensic profiling is not helpful. The “HIrisPlex-S DNA test” system is capable of generating all three pigment traits from human biological material together using a freely available web tool. The ... Read More »