The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.”
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.
That’s scary and serious. But it also cries out for context.
This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
After a dozen years studying the role oxytocin plays in human behavior, I thought I’d share an answer to the question I am most often asked about oxytocin: How can I raise my levels? As the paperback version of The Moral Molecule hits the shelves, this seems an appropriate time to unveil my top 10 list.
Before I can tell you how to raise oxytocin, we need a short neuroscience digression. The effect of oxytocin, like other signaling chemicals in the brain, is more dependent on changes than absolute levels. Oxytocin helps us respond appropriately to our social environment by changing amounts in the brain second by second. So, rather than focus on oxytocin levels that are near zero for most people without a positive social interaction, the question is how can one increase the surge in oxytocin when interacting with others and thereby increase our empathy and compassion towards them.
The gym can be an intimidating place for the inexperienced. But in some cases, it’s the overly confident gym-goer to be wary of. Fitness fanatics don’t always take the time to reevaluate their routine, learn new techniques or prioritize health and safety.
Try as they might to set the record straight, fitness experts can’t be everywhere at all times, dispelling efficacy myths or correcting form. That’s why we decided to ask them to share the fitness pet peeves they’re tired of seeing.
The worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history — happening now in West Africa — has claimed more than 700 lives, according to the latest count from the World Health Organization. The deaths occurred in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.
“This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Margaret Chan, chief of the World Health Organization, said at a meeting, as reported by Reuters.
Last we checked, ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn’t kept chilled.
But Walmart’s store-brand ice cream sandwiches don’t even melt in the sun, according to a report from WCPO Cincinnati.
The discovery was made by a local mom, Christie Watson, who noticed that a Great Value ice cream sandwich her son left out on their patio table hadn’t fully melted — even though it had been sitting out for 12 hours on an 80-degree day. Watson left a second ice cream sandwich out overnight with the same results, WCPO reports.
Ian Burkhart had barely finished his freshman year of college when he broke his neck.
Standing on top of a cliff in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which overlooked an orange sandbar jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, he dove hands-first toward the deceptively shallow water below.
“It happened so fast. There was this loud snap,” he says.
The impact with the sandbar broke his vertebrae at what’s called the C5 level, paralyzing his body from the elbows down. He spent the next four months recovering. Doctors told him he’d never be able to use his arms again.
Nature has always availed the best cure for cancer treatment better yet nature has provided best foods and fruits that can help in preventing cancer. Most alternative cancer treatment are diet based and are performing better in treating cancer patients without leaving any serious side effects as opposed to the conventional cancer treatment methods.
Some of these diets can be used alongside chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy to ease the side effects of chemotherapy during cancer treatment. Good nutrition has always been emphasized by doctors and other nutritionists as a better way to prevent or treat cancer.
Battling cancer can have long-term effects on the heart.
Treating cancer isn’t yet a precise science. Although doctors are getting better at targeting tumors, there’s still no magic bullet that homes in on cancer cells and destroys them without risking collateral damage to other parts of the body. The outward signs of off-target destruction include classic side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy such as hair loss, nausea, and fatigue. But there can be silent inner damage, too, sometimes to the heart and arteries. These injuries can appear immediately during therapy; other times they don’t surface for years.
“Important advances in our ability to fight cancer over the last few decades have translated into improved survival,” says Dr. Erica L. Mayer, an oncologist at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “But we are also learning that many of these lifesaving therapies have the potential to affect the heart and other parts of the body.”
Once relegated to the back burner, the late effects of cancer care are gradually getting more attention. One turning point was the publication in 2005 of From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition. This influential report from the Institute of Medicine put a spotlight on the disjointed care often received by the 12 million-plus cancer survivors in the United States after their cancer treatment has ended.
It is one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease?
Now, a series of studies by suggests a possible answer, one that could lead to new treatments if confirmed by other research.
The memory and thinking problems of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect an estimated seven million Americans, may be related to a failure in the brain’s stress response system, the new research suggests. If this system is working well, it can protect the brain from abnormal Alzheimer’s proteins; if it gets derailed, critical areas of the brain start degenerating.
An Alzheimer’s patient receiving help in Noblesville, Ind. It is not yet possible to measure the levels of a protein that is the focus of a study, a gene regulator called REST, in living people.
Health officials are warning that ingredients in some popular acne products including brands such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean & Clear have been linked to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.
Products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but potentially dangerous reactions or severe irritation, Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
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