Category Archives: Health

Aging causes changes in our bodies and our cells. But a new study finds that the extent of these changes could be a lot greater than we previously thought. Middle-age and elderly people have more mutant cells in their esophagus than they do normal cells, a group of researchers reported yesterday (Oct. 18) in the Read More →

It appears that a high school student in Davis, California, baked her grandfather's ashes into sugar cookies and gave them out at school on Oct. 4. Yes, people ate them. And, yes, this is a real news story. It was reported in the Los Angeles Times. Apparently, some of the sugar-cookie-eaters knew about the ashes Read More →

Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall, a brand name, is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are central nervous system stimulants. Taking Adderall may help increase the ability to focus, pay attention and control behavior.

Leonardo da Vinci may have literally seen the world differently. The famed Renaissance artist may have had an eye condition that helped him better-depict the 3D world on a flat surface when drawing and painting, a new report suggests. The report, which analyzed six works of art that are likely portraits or self-portraits of Leonardo, Read More →

Chemotherapy can have odd effects on a person's hair and nails, but in one man's case, the cancer treatment created a particularly striking pattern. The 42-year-old man, who lives in Saudi Arabia, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that starts in a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. He underwent four cycles of Read More →

BERLIN — Earlier this year, the World Health Organization listed "Disease X" among the diseases most in need of research and development. Disease X is not a specific illness, but rather a hypothetical epidemic that could be caused by a pathogen (contagious strain of a virus or bacterium) that we don't yet realize affects humans.

A new, limited-time-only burger at Burger King has a peculiar selling point: It's supposed to give you nightmares. Yes, Burger King's Halloween-themed "Nightmare King" burger is allegedly "clinically proven" to induce nightmares, according to a press release from the company.

The role of the immune system — a collection of structures and processes within the body — is to protect against disease or other potentially damaging foreign bodies. When functioning properly, the immune system identifies a variety of threats, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, and distinguishes them from the body's own healthy tissue, according to Read More →

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops, or is first diagnosed, during pregnancy. The condition, like other forms of diabetes, involves high blood sugar levels. Often times, gestational diabetes is a temporary disorder that occurs around the second trimester of pregnancy and disappears after a woman gives birth. But women who've had gestational Read More →

Albuterol is a type of adrenergic bronchodilator prescribed for people with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other lung diseases, according to the Mayo Clinic. It works by relaxing and opening air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier, which can prevent and treat so-called bronchospasms — wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightening.