HEALTH A-Z

Parkinson’s: Targeting new compound slows disease in rats

New research finds that acrolein, a byproduct of oxidative stress, is key in the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Targeting the compound was found to slow down the condition in rats — a discovery that may soon lead to new drugs for the illness. Blocking a newly discovered compound may slow down the degeneration of dopaminergic […]

Can Karo syrup be used for treating constipation?

Constipation occurs when someone experiences a high level of difficulty in emptying their bowels. The resulting stools may be difficult to pass as they are not well lubricated while moving through the rectum. Constipation affects at least up to 30 percent of the general population at one time or another. With such a widespread disorder, […]

1600 people taking PrEP in Scotland and Wales, almost all are gay men

  “Welcome to a country where we do have a full NHS-delivered programme for PrEP, with no upper limit,” began Dr Rak Nandwani of NHS Glasgow and Clyde as he outlined Scotland’s experience to the joint conference of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) in Edinburgh yesterday. […]

Psoriasis: Everything You Need to Know

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes plaques, which are itchy or sore patches of thick, red, dry skin. While any part of your body can be affected, psoriasis plaques most often develop on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet. Like other autoimmune diseases, psoriasis occurs when your immune system — which normally attacks […]

Psoriasis and Other Autoimmune Diseases: Are You at Risk?

Having psoriasis makes you more likely to have certain other diseases. Find out about the connection. Despite its very visible appearance on your skin, psoriasis is fundamentally an autoimmune condition, not a skin woe. Autoimmune diseases share certain traits. With all autoimmune diseases, your body’s internal protection system misfires, and your body essentially begins attacking itself. […]

Can Fasting Improve Chemotherapy’s Effects?

Feed a cold, starve a cancer? little over three months after completing a staggering 104-mile marathon swim in Lake Champlain, Sarah Thomas, 35, of Conifer, Colorado, got some frightening news. Despite being in the best shape of her life and still riding high on the success of her world-record swim, the otherwise extraordinarily healthy athlete […]

Low Vitamin D Linked to Metabolic Syndrome in Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women with vitamin D deficiency have greater risk for metabolic syndrome than those with sufficient levels, data from a cross-sectional cohort study suggest. Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin-D [25(OH)D] below 20 ng/mL were also linked to a greater likelihood of high triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. “These results suggest that the maintenance of adequate […]