Pregnant women consuming a relatively safe tobacco product may have children with high blood pressure, scientists say
Pregnant women consuming a relatively safe tobacco product may have children with high blood pressure, scientists say

Hugely popular in Sweden, the product has found its way into the US market and is being currently reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration

Cancer cases are expected to increase by 60% globally in 2040, based on projected population and aging alone
Cancer cases are expected to increase by 60% globally in 2040, based on projected population and aging alone

There are still 1.1 billion smokers worldwide, and tobacco causes more preventable cancer deaths than any other risk factor, says the third edition of Cancer Atlas

Children's sugar intake spikes on added sweeteners in drinks, flavored waters
Children's sugar intake spikes on added sweeteners in drinks, flavored waters

None of the top-selling sweetened drinks in 2018 met expert recommendations for healthier drinks for children

Higher testosterone levels may improve athletic performance in women
Higher testosterone levels may improve athletic performance in women

The test revealed that those given the hormone performed better during aerobic performances, they found no significant difference between the two groups during anaerobic tasks

Dog owners less likely to have cardiovascular diseases, and better chances of recovering from strokes or heart attacks
Dog owners less likely to have cardiovascular diseases, and better chances of recovering from strokes or heart attacks

Loneliness and a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for premature death, and dogs are an excellent motivation for their owners to get outdoors and walk them

Weight-loss surgery before pregnancy cuts the risk of birth defects by 30%, says new study
Weight-loss surgery before pregnancy cuts the risk of birth defects by 30%, says new study

The findings suggest that bariatric surgery and improved blood sugar control could reduce the risk of major birth defects and address concerns that such an operation could increase this risk

Physical and psychological stress that lead to less male births identified, claims study
Physical and psychological stress that lead to less male births identified, claims study

A team of scientists find that 30 percent of pregnant women report going through psychosocial stress from job strain or depression and anxiety

Amazon deforestation is significantly increasing cases of malaria
Amazon deforestation is significantly increasing cases of malaria

A 10% increase in forest clearing leads to a 3.3% increase in malaria incidence, finds analysis

Cannabis compound used in e-cigarettes or vaping products linked to lung injuries, CDC warns
Cannabis compound used in e-cigarettes or vaping products linked to lung injuries, CDC warns

Of the affected 1,299 people, the condition named "e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury" (EVALI), has claimed 26 lives in 21 US states

US STD epidemic fuelled by decline in condom use, fake clinics and fund cuts to local health programs, say experts
US STD epidemic fuelled by decline in condom use, fake clinics and fund cuts to local health programs, say experts

Gonorrhea affected 580,000 people, the highest number reported since 1991 while Chlamydia affected 1.7 million cases – the most ever reported to CDC. Among newborns, syphilis cases increased 40 percent to more than 1,300 cases.

People who regularly eat out have higher levels of chemicals found in food packaging in their body, finds study
People who regularly eat out have higher levels of chemicals found in food packaging in their body, finds study

These chemicals can hamper development, immune function and reproduction as well as injure the kidney and liver and may also cause cancer. The healthy alternative is to eat home-cooked food, suggest scientists

Only 35 percent pregnant women are getting both flu and whooping cough vaccines, says CDC
Only 35 percent pregnant women are getting both flu and whooping cough vaccines, says CDC

The CDC recommended that all pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of each pregnancy and the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) during the early part of the third trimester of each pregnancy

The Hit We'll Take: Anti-vape campaign featuring Silento that can help youth kick addictive habit
The Hit We'll Take: Anti-vape campaign featuring Silento that can help youth kick addictive habit

So far, 1,080 lung injury cases have been reported from 48 states and 16 percent of these patients are below 18 years of age.

All newborns must be tested for high cholesterol to detect rare genetic disease that can cause premature death: Experts
All newborns must be tested for high cholesterol to detect rare genetic disease that can cause premature death: Experts

Children suffering from an inherited disease called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) have high levels of cholesterol from birth and are 10 to 13 times more likely to suffer from heart attack

Number of young children exposed to lead in New York has gone down by 90 percent since 2005
Number of young children exposed to lead in New York has gone down by 90 percent since 2005

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the LeadFreeNYC plan in January this year under which the imperative is to prevent exposure to lead hazards in the first place and respond quickly and comprehensively if a child has an elevated blood lead level. 

New drug may quash chemotherapy resistance in aggressive breast cancers
New drug may quash chemotherapy resistance in aggressive breast cancers

The combination drug is currently undergoing its first clinical trials. The treatment uses cancer’s rapid growth against it, by forcing cells through cell division so quickly that they accumulate fatal errors.

Children with low birth weight more at risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study
Children with low birth weight more at risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study

A new study by West Virginia University finds that fifth-graders born with low body weight are more likely to exhibit cardiovascular risk factors

For more than 3.3 million adult US women, their first sexual experience is rape
For more than 3.3 million adult US women, their first sexual experience is rape

Women who were forced or coerced into having sex for the first time were more likely to have an unwanted first pregnancy or abortion, as well as other gynecological and general health problems

Opioid epidemic in the US fueling a steep rise in infections of the heart
Opioid epidemic in the US fueling a steep rise in infections of the heart

The disease is widespread and analysis says the new trend predominantly affects young, white, poor men, who also have higher rates of HIV, hepatitis C, and alcohol abuse.

Deadly global pathogen could kill 80 million due to countries' unpreparedness: WHO report
Deadly global pathogen could kill 80 million due to countries' unpreparedness: WHO report

Countries are grossly underprepared, warn researchers, adding that what is required is leadership and the willingness to act forcefully and effectively; Experts calls for proactive creation of systems needed to detect and control potential disease outbreaks

Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop propel vaginal steaming to top spot as most popular beauty trend of 2019
Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop propel vaginal steaming to top spot as most popular beauty trend of 2019

According to a new report put forth by Yelp, vaginal steaming or V-steaming, which as the name suggests involves squatting or sitting over steaming water containing herbs is one of the most popular beauty trends of 2019.

Excessive athletic training can adversely affect part of the brain involved in decision making
Excessive athletic training can adversely affect part of the brain involved in decision making

Results suggest a "neural mechanism" that might explain not only why overtrained athletes fail to overcome pain or fatigue signals but also why they are at risk of doping, which may help with immediate performance but compromise long-term achievements, says the study

Men becoming fathers via assisted reproduction have a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer
Men becoming fathers via assisted reproduction have a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer

Men who used sperm injection had a 60% higher risk, and those who used in vitro fertilization had a 30% higher risk compared with men conceiving naturally

Menopausal women with frequent or persistent hot flashes face increased risk of heart attack, stroke
Menopausal women with frequent or persistent hot flashes face increased risk of heart attack, stroke

Women with frequent hot flashes in early midlife or those experienced persistently over the course of the menopause transition have increased risk for clinical cardiovascular disease events later in life, Rebecca Thurston, lead author of a study, told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW)

Over 70% of hospital data breaches include confidential personal or financial information that could lead to identity theft
Over 70% of hospital data breaches include confidential personal or financial information that could lead to identity theft

Researchers analyzed 1,461 breaches of protected health information over the past 10 years to understand the types of information that were compromised in these cyber attacks

Replacing only 10% of seasonal vaccines with a universal flu vaccine could prevent 5.3 million cases and 6,300 deaths annually
Replacing only 10% of seasonal vaccines with a universal flu vaccine could prevent 5.3 million cases and 6,300 deaths annually

Influenza is responsible for considerable disease and deaths worldwide, including an estimated 291,000 to 646,000 deaths annually; Effectiveness of influenza vaccines in preventing infections has ranged from 19 to 60% over the last nine seasons

One pregnant woman or newborn dies every 11 seconds from preventable causes despite major progress made in healthcare
One pregnant woman or newborn dies every 11 seconds from preventable causes despite major progress made in healthcare

Since 2000, child deaths have reduced by nearly half and maternal deaths by over one-third, mostly due to improved access to affordable, quality health services

US adults with medical conditions like asthma or cancer more likely to smoke weed than those without
US adults with medical conditions like asthma or cancer more likely to smoke weed than those without

While a number of US states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, new study throws light on how or why adults with medical conditions use it

Smoking during pregnancy can 'masculinize girls in the womb' and damage their future fertility: Study
Smoking during pregnancy can 'masculinize girls in the womb' and damage their future fertility: Study

Cigarettes are suspected to have endocrine-disrupting properties that may increase testosterone levels and adversely affect hormone and reproductive function in the baby girls, researchers claim

As abortion rates drop across the US, experts are quick to point out that laws have nothing to do with it
As abortion rates drop across the US, experts are quick to point out that laws have nothing to do with it

According to the report released by the Guttmacher Institute, restrictive laws have very little to do with this decline in abortion rates - it is actually better access to contraceptives.  

Cesarean babies have high levels of hospital bugs in their guts, unlike vaginally-born babies who get their bacteria from mothers
Cesarean babies have high levels of hospital bugs in their guts, unlike vaginally-born babies who get their bacteria from mothers

The study is the largest to show that babies born by cesarean section have a very different gut bacteria than those born vaginally; The differences mostly even out by the time children are one-year-old

Over 100,000 cancer cases could be caused by chemical contaminants in US tap water, finds study
Over 100,000 cancer cases could be caused by chemical contaminants in US tap water, finds study

Researchers conducted a cumulative assessment of cancer risks due to 22 carcinogenic contaminants found in drinking water. The majority of the estimated cancer risk is due to contamination from arsenic, disinfection byproducts, and radioactive elements such as uranium and radium

Early anemia in pregnant women linked with significantly higher risk of intellectual disability in children
Early anemia in pregnant women linked with significantly higher risk of intellectual disability in children

The researchers also found that children born to mothers with anemia diagnosed within the first 30 weeks had a modest risk of developing autism, ADHD; Anemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same associations

Toxic carbon particles from air pollution can travel to placentas putting lives of unborn babies at risk: Study
Toxic carbon particles from air pollution can travel to placentas putting lives of unborn babies at risk: Study

The new study provides direct evidence that soot from polluted air can travel through the lungs and reach the placenta

Regular aerobic workouts could slow down brain deterioration in Alzheimer's disease
Regular aerobic workouts could slow down brain deterioration in Alzheimer's disease

The results are from a clinical trial that aims to dig deeper into potential associations between exercise and dementia

Breast cancer screening among high-risk men proves to be effective in detecting the disease in its early stages
Breast cancer screening among high-risk men proves to be effective in detecting the disease in its early stages

There are no formal screening guidelines for men in high-risk groups such as those who have a personal history of the disease, breast-cancer-linked genetic mutations or family members who had breast cancer. Hence, men diagnosed with the disease tend to have worse outcomes than women.

People who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products exposed to high levels of cancer-causing chemical pulegone
People who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products exposed to high levels of cancer-causing chemical pulegone

A potential carcinogen, pulegone is banned as a food additive but is unregulated in tobacco products. Analysis shows the additive exceeded the "thresholds of concern" in such products.

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy can put children at risk of hyperactivity and attention problems: Study
Taking paracetamol during pregnancy can put children at risk of hyperactivity and attention problems: Study

Paracetamol is widely used to relieve pain during pregnancy and is recommended as the treatment of choice

Kidneys infected with Hepatitis C virus work just as well as uninfected kidneys after transplant indicating they are safe to use
Kidneys infected with Hepatitis C virus work just as well as uninfected kidneys after transplant indicating they are safe to use

Researchers found that there has been a substantial increase in the number of transplants using HCV-infected kidneys across the US. Since September 2018, most HCV-infected organs were transplanted into patients without the infection

Suicide Prevention Week:  Suicide rates highest in rural America where guns and veterans are key factors
Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide rates highest in rural America where guns and veterans are key factors

The availability of gun shops was also associated with increased suicide rates, highlighting the potential importance of access to lethal means of suicide

Transgender people exposed to gender identity conversion are more likely to attempt suicide, says study
Transgender people exposed to gender identity conversion are more likely to attempt suicide, says study

A study has linked gender identity conversion efforts with adverse mental health outcomes. Those exposed to conversion efforts before the age of 10 are four times more likely to attempt suicide

New strain of bacteria responsible for rise in cases of scarlet fever, throat infections and sepsis, say scientists
New strain of bacteria responsible for rise in cases of scarlet fever, throat infections and sepsis, say scientists

The strain, called M1UK, has an enhanced ability to cause all types of Strep A infection and scientists recommend that its impact on public health is monitored

Malaria can be eradicated by 2050 if an extra $2 billion is spent annually, say global experts
Malaria can be eradicated by 2050 if an extra $2 billion is spent annually, say global experts

Currently, malaria spending is around $4.3 billion globally, but additional funds of $2 billion a year will make a big difference

Firefighters who arrived first at World Trade Center immediately after 9/11 attack have 44% higher risk of heart disease
Firefighters who arrived first at World Trade Center immediately after 9/11 attack have 44% higher risk of heart disease

A new study highlights the importance of long-term monitoring and screening of the health of survivors of disasters

Over 100,000 cancer patients getting diagnosed too late each year due to severe staff shortage
Over 100,000 cancer patients getting diagnosed too late each year due to severe staff shortage

If bowel cancer is diagnosed at the most initial stage over nine in 10 people will survive, but if it is diagnosed at the latest stage, just one in 10 people will survive their disease for at least five years

Vaping affects fertility in young women while use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy puts child's health at risk: Study
Vaping affects fertility in young women while use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy puts child's health at risk: Study

According to researchers, using e-cigarettes during pregnancy impairs metabolic health in daughters; Recent studies have also stated that e-cigarettes disrupt lung function and raise risk of infection

Genetic factors that raise obesity risk in adults seem to start taking effect from ages 4 to 6
Genetic factors that raise obesity risk in adults seem to start taking effect from ages 4 to 6

An indicator of body fat, body mass index or BMI in infants, children, and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age, says study

Youths with a parent in prison, juvenile justice history three times likely to get depression, PTSD than peers
Youths with a parent in prison, juvenile justice history three times likely to get depression, PTSD than peers

Study suggests exposure to the criminal justice system during childhood places individuals at risk of poor mental health conditions in early adulthood.

Testosterone does not reduce capacity to read emotions, a trait impaired in people with autism: Study
Testosterone does not reduce capacity to read emotions, a trait impaired in people with autism: Study

The results of the new study challenge the notion of autism as reflecting an ‘extreme male brain’; in the largest study of its kind, researchers found no evidence that testosterone administration affected performance on tests of cognitive empathy.