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Warning as Microplastics Escape Gut to ‘Infiltrate’ Brain

"After four weeks, the team found that these microplastics had extended far beyond the mice's guts, infiltrating tissues in their livers, kidneys and even their brains."

FDA Announces Recall of Heart Pumps Linked to Deaths and Injuries

Americans trust the FDA to make sure medical devices are safe and to act swiftly if problems arise. But a yearlong investigation by KFF Health News revealed that a series of FDA-cleared products, both implanted in the human body and used to treat chronic diseases, have been suspected of contributing to thousands of injuries and patient deaths.

Know the signs of irritable bowel syndrome

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Research suggests that about 12% of people in the U.S. have irritable bowel syndrome, and it's more common among women than men and in people younger than 50, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine. Even though the digestive tract looks normal, it doesn't function as it should. Normally, the muscles in the intestines...

Francis Collins: Why I’m going public with my prostate cancer diagnosis

THE WASHINGTON POST – Over my 40 years as a physician-scientist, I’ve had the privilege of advising many patients facing serious medical diagnoses. I’ve seen them go through the excruciating experience of waiting for the results of a critical blood test, biopsy or scan that could dramatically affect their future hopes and dreams. But this time, I was the one lying in the PET scanner as it searched for possible evidence of spread of my aggressive...

Add Five More Years with One Therapy

LIFE EXTENSION – My 40-year quest to persuade supporters to keep their blood pressure in lower ranges continues to fail! I’ll never forget a call I received from a dedicated Life Extension® supporter in the 1980s who had suffered an ischemic stroke. He was fortunate to fully recover. My first question was about his blood pressure. It was elevated. This supporter recalled our warning to keep blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg. He nonetheless thought that his healthy diet...

Why lesbians report more orgasms than straight women

Partner gender is connected to orgasm pursuit/frequency in that women expect different sexual expectations based on their partners' gender, rather than because of their sexuality.

Did you look at the solar eclipse too long? Doctors explain signs of eye damage

CBS News – Did you look up at the solar eclipse without your safety glasses? Looking at the sun — even when it's partially covered like during the eclipse on April 8 — can cause eye damage. There is no safe dose of solar ultraviolet rays or infrared radiation, said Dr. Yehia Hashad, an ophthalmologist, retinal specialist and the chief medical officer at eye health company Bausch + Lomb. "A very small dose could cause harm to...

Antidepressants and Sex Drive: What Are the Side Effects?

GREATEST – Some folks find that antidepressants cause sexual problems. However, there may be alternative options, so chat with your doctor! In the quest for mental wellness, many peeps tackle depression or anxiety head-on with the help of antidepressants. They’re a trusty sidekick in the battle against the blues. But when you thought you had the upper hand, they throw you a curveball — one that hits right in the libido department. Yep, these meds have a...

Warning Issued Over Prostate Cancer ‘Surge’

The Bulletin – Annual worldwide cases of prostate cancer are projected to double by 2040, according to new research from The Lancet Commission on the disease. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States, the American Cancer Society reports. Roughly one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, with nearly 300,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone. Your risk of...

Florida man beaten after making fun of woman with Down syndrome

Brent George is accused of being drunk and starting a fight at a bar inside Disney's Boardwalk Inn.

Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 ways to prevent head and neck cancer

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Throat cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers, and it is often linked to HPV.  Oropharyngeal cancer, or throat cancer, is a type of head and neck cancer that can be divided into two subgroups: HPV-associated cancers and non-HPV-associated cancers. And depending on the type of subgroup, they are treated differently.  Dr. Katharine Price, a medical oncologist with the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, says there are three ways to reduce your risks and help prevent head...

PCOS symptoms are still difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Here’s why

Polycystic ovary syndrome was first identified some 90 years ago, yet there are no FDA-approved drugs to treat the complex hormonal condition.

A doctor with lung cancer got a lifesaving treatment after seeing an NBC News report

NBC NEWS – As a pulmonologist, Dr. Gary Gibbon never expected to be diagnosed with lung disease himself, much less be in need of a new set of lungs. “I had no previous medical history of any significance. I was on no medication at all on a regular basis,” Gibbon, of Santa Monica, California, told NBC News. When he developed a cough and then lost weight, Gibbon got a chest X-ray and CT scan of his...

US tuberculosis cases rise for third year in a row: CDC

THE HILL – Tuberculosis rates in the U.S. rose by 16 percent in 2023, marking the third year that cases went up following nearly 30 years of decline. In the most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of TB cases in 2023 totaled at 9,615, a jump of 1,295 over 2022. The last time annual TB cases in the U.S. were higher than 9,500 was...
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