Probiotic use linked to brain fogginess & bloating

Probiotic use can result in a significant accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine that can result in disorienting brain fogginess as well as rapid, significant belly bloating, investigators report. In a published study of 30 patients, the 22 who reported problems like confusion and difficulty concentrating, in addition to their gas and bloating, were … Read more

Obese people can reduce risk of atrial fibrillation with exercise

Obesity is known to increase the risk of heart failure, but new results indicate that physical activity can reduce the risk. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. It’s more common in older people, and as it happens, in … Read more

Women doctors best for women with heart attacks

If you’re having a heart attack and you’re a woman, hope a female doctor greets you in the emergency room. A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when a woman treated them in the ER, according to Seth Carnahan of Washington University … Read more

Montmorency tart cherries may enhance gut health

Montmorency tart cherries may play a role in improving gut health, suggests a first-of-its kind human trial of nine adults combined with a parallel laboratory study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. In the human trial, these nine healthy adults, 23-30 years old, drank 8 ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice (from concentrate) daily … Read more

Azedra injection – first treatment approved for rare adrenal tumors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Azedra (iobenguane I 131) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of adults and adolescents age 12 and older with rare tumors of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma) that cannot be surgically removed (unresectable), have spread beyond the original tumor site and require systemic anticancer therapy. This … Read more

Stem cell transplants can cure Crohn’s disease patients

A clinical trial has begun which will use stem cell transplants to grow a new immune system for people with untreatable Crohn’s disease – a painful and chronic intestinal disease which affects at least 115,000 people in the UK. The study, led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS trust, is funded … Read more

Healthy diet reduces asthma symptoms by 30 percent

People who eat a healthy diet experience fewer asthma symptoms and better control of their condition. Healthy diet means greater consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals, and less consumption of meat, salt and sugar. This new study strengthens the evidence on the role of a healthy diet in managing asthma symptoms, and offers … Read more

Epidiolex derived from marijuana to treat epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It … Read more

ASD or autism increases in children of diabetic mothers

Risk of ASD was higher in children exposed in utero to maternal preexisting T1D, T2D and gestational diabetes diagnosed by 26 weeks compared with no maternal diabetes exposure, revealed by medical researchers in a study being presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 78th Scientific Sessions. Maternal preexisting type 2 diabetes (T2D) and gestational diabetes mellitus … Read more

Vegetarian diet lowers chronic diseases & weight gain

Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet is associated with a variety of health benefits. But simply being vegetarian is not enough to reap those benefits–the quality of the food matters, too. Researchers are working on a new research into the health impacts of eating a plant-based diet and how dietary quality influences those impacts. … Read more

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