Milestone in polio
The second of three forms of the polio virus has been eradicated, experts have announced. There are three types of the wild polio virus, which, while scientifically different, cause the same symptoms, including paralysis or even death, The world was declared...
CBD Oil
One of the most explored avenues of medical cannabis research is into its properties as a sedative, specifically in terms of its ability to suppress symptoms typically associated with anxiety. CBD oil for anxiety and related symptoms is now widely prescribed in states where it is legal. It is also widely taken without medical...
Woman Heartbeat Ear
Karrie Aitkens was living a typical life as a mom in California. That is, until one day sounds from that normal, everyday life turned into sheer torture for the middle-aged mom. Aitkens woke up one morning with a strange feeling in her left ear and chronic dizziness,...
NHS screening
There needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics, to increase uptake, a review says. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including...
Psychiatrist
Plans to transform mental health services in England will fail if the rise in unfilled NHS psychiatrist posts continues, the profession is warning. One in 10 consultant posts - 568 out of 5,730 - is vacant, up from one in 20 in 2013, a...
The Placenta
Particles of black carbon - or soot - can cross the placenta, a study has found. The Nature Communications research is the first direct evidence the particles can get into the part of the placenta that feeds the developing fetus. It...
Diabetes
The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes could be stabilising, or even falling, a study suggests. The analysis looked at 47 studies from the mid-1960s up to 2014, mainly from the US and Canada and countries across Europe including the UK.
Hookah Smoking
In recent decades, smoking tobacco through a water pipe, or hookah, has gained popularity worldwide, including in the U.S. – especially among young adults. Research finds that around one in five college students in the U.S. has smoked a water pipe, and its use is growing among...
Measles Vaccine
Measles has returned to four European nations previously seen as free of the illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease is no longer considered eradicated in Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UK. "We are backsliding, we...