NASA astronaut on board ISS develops blood clot in space, gets treated by doctors on Earth
NASA astronaut on board ISS develops blood clot in space, gets treated by doctors on Earth

This was the first time a blood clot had been found in an astronaut in space, so there was no established method of treatment in zero gravity; Blood clot expert Dr. Stephan Moll, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, consulted NASA on how to treat the US astronaut.

Weight of American beauty: Victoria's Secret models shrink as average US woman's size increases over 2 decades
Weight of American beauty: Victoria's Secret models shrink as average US woman's size increases over 2 decades

In parallel with this trend, the percentage of women seeking cosmetic surgeries has gone up dramatically, with butt and lower body lift increasing by 4295% and 256%.

Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth
Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth

The announcement has public health experts worried who believe flavors attract kids, and that even menthol is a flavor

Opioid crisis: Number of children ending up in emergencies with acute painkiller poisonings goes up
Opioid crisis: Number of children ending up in emergencies with acute painkiller poisonings goes up

This trend of children ending up in intensive care is being fuelled by suspected suicide cases among under-19s who have overdosed on legal or prescription opioid drugs

Obesity in pregnant women can lead to lower IQ and impaired development in boys later, study shows
Obesity in pregnant women can lead to lower IQ and impaired development in boys later, study shows

The researchers measured the children's motor skills and found that maternal obesity during pregnancy was strongly associated with lower motor skills in boys

California woman suffers severe neurological damage from highly toxic mercury in skin lightening cream
California woman suffers severe neurological damage from highly toxic mercury in skin lightening cream

The cream contained methylmercury, a form of organic mercury, making it the first known case of such poisoning in the US

Air pollution from traffic increases risk of hypertension among pregnant women, finds study
Air pollution from traffic increases risk of hypertension among pregnant women, finds study

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy refer to a range of clinical conditions, all of which include high blood pressure during pregnancy. Such disorders complicate more than 10% of pregnancies worldwide and are a leading cause of maternal and fetal illness and death

Stomach cancer cases increasing among younger Americans as study finds it spreads slower in older patients
Stomach cancer cases increasing among younger Americans as study finds it spreads slower in older patients

Traditional risk factors for developing stomach cancer among older Americans, such as smoking tobacco or binge drinking, did not appear to correlate with its early onset counterpart

Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of autism in children: Study
Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of autism in children: Study

Mutations were present in up to 15% of the sperm cells in fathers, information that could not be determined through other means, such as blood samples, say experts

Brisk walking and other physical activities for 2.5-5 hours every week reduces risk of 7 types of cancer
Brisk walking and other physical activities for 2.5-5 hours every week reduces risk of 7 types of cancer

Engaging in recommended amounts of leisure-time physical activity was associated with a significantly lower risk for breast, colon (men only), endometrial, kidney, myeloma, liver cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (women only).

US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous
US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous

Health authorities link the US outbreaks to travelers who brought measles back from other countries, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines

Opioid crisis: 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has to be treated for opioid withdrawal
Opioid crisis: 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has to be treated for opioid withdrawal

The US spent $572.7 million in 2016 to treat children born with this condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when a baby withdraws from certain drugs he/she was exposed to in the mother’s womb.

Vaping patients at risk of death and rehospitalization, warns CDC after 7 deaths and 31 readmissions
Vaping patients at risk of death and rehospitalization, warns CDC after 7 deaths and 31 readmissions

CDC has issued an updated clinical guidance which recommends that patients be clinically stable before discharge and calls for follow-up with a clinical provider within 48 hours of hospital discharge

Giving antibiotics like penicillin to infants can increase the risk of developing allergies later in childhood, finds study
Giving antibiotics like penicillin to infants can increase the risk of developing allergies later in childhood, finds study

Researchers found that every additional exposure to a unique class of antibiotics significantly increased the associated development of allergic disease. The reason could be that exposure to multiple antibiotics may negatively affect the gut bacteria of an infant

Mononucleosis: Everything you need to know about the 'kissing disease' that killed a Florida teenager
Mononucleosis: Everything you need to know about the 'kissing disease' that killed a Florida teenager

The disease spreads through exchange of body fluids, especially saliva, giving it the name 'kissing disease'. It is usually not fatal, and no treatment other than rest is needed in most cases

Nearly all US states face shortage in therapists despite alarming rise in number of autistic kids
Nearly all US states face shortage in therapists despite alarming rise in number of autistic kids

The supply of certified applied behavior analysis providers fell below the benchmark in 49 states, with only Massachusetts exceeding the required numbers, shows analysis.

Metals from vaping devices may have left California woman with scarred and permanently damaged lungs
Metals from vaping devices may have left California woman with scarred and permanently damaged lungs

The damage to the patient's lungs is caused by a rare lung disease, typically seen in industry metal workers, according to doctors who treated the patient.

1 in 5 adolescents in US are prediabetic, condition goes undetected for years until severe problems show up
1 in 5 adolescents in US are prediabetic, condition goes undetected for years until severe problems show up

The condition, which also affects 1 in 4 young adults, can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials
New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials

The vaccine, which combines two drugs, cleared mice brain of proteins and plaque responsible for memory loss and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study
'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, claims regarding abortion 'reversal' treatment are not based on science and do not meet clinical standards.

Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study
Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study

These man-made chemicals are found all over the world, even in places far away from industrial sites or from agricultural areas, such as the Arctic circle

Chinese scientist who made genetically-edited babies sent to prison for 'crossing an ethical line'
Chinese scientist who made genetically-edited babies sent to prison for 'crossing an ethical line'

He Jiankui, who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, was also fined 3 million yuan ($430,000) by a court in the southern city of Shenzhen

Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women
Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women

The research team, however, warns that the study is not a clinical trial and they do not recommend these medications to all women

Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study
Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study

The drug replenished the levels of dopamine, a chemical that is lost in Parkinson's patients, leading to issues with movement, say researchers

Healthcare costs in the US are the highest in the world, but what's driving this huge difference in spending?
Healthcare costs in the US are the highest in the world, but what's driving this huge difference in spending?

Prices for US private insurance are significantly higher than those seen under other kinds of health systems, say experts. Americans have spent $3.65 trillion on healthcare in 2018 alone

People born in spring and summer have a greater risk of dying from heart disease, claims study
People born in spring and summer have a greater risk of dying from heart disease, claims study

According to researchers, compared to women born in November, more women died from heart disease if they were born between March and July, peaking in April, while those born in December had the lowest cardiovascular disease-related death

Long midday napping or sleeping for more than nine hours at night could increase your risk of stroke, shows study
Long midday napping or sleeping for more than nine hours at night could increase your risk of stroke, shows study

People who are both long nappers and long sleepers are 85% more likely to later have a stroke than people who are moderate sleepers and nappers, shows analysis.

Vegans must take vitamin B12 supplements to avoid risk of deficiency, warn experts
Vegans must take vitamin B12 supplements to avoid risk of deficiency, warn experts

Vegans do not get enough vitamin B12 in their diet, a nutrient crucial to prevent irreversible nerve damage and other movement issues

Half of US adults will be obese by 2030 with a quarter projected to have severe obesity: Study
Half of US adults will be obese by 2030 with a quarter projected to have severe obesity: Study

Researchers also found that the prevalence of obesity will approach 60% in some states and no state will have an obesity prevalence of less than 35%

NUTRITION TIPS: Including chili peppers in your diet may reduce your chances of dying from a heart attack or stroke
NUTRITION TIPS: Including chili peppers in your diet may reduce your chances of dying from a heart attack or stroke

These protective benefits extend to a variety of chili peppers — belonging to the capsicum species — consumed in different ways throughout the world, say researchers

Vaping Crisis: US may increase age limit for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21, hopes to curb vaping among teens
Vaping Crisis: US may increase age limit for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21, hopes to curb vaping among teens

Experts have observed a spike in e-cigarette use among teens with the percentage of teen users jumping to 28% in 2019 from 20% last year.

Shedding weight may help women over 50 reverse their risks of breast cancer: study
Shedding weight may help women over 50 reverse their risks of breast cancer: study

In the United States, more than two in three adult women are overweight or obese. These women are more prone to developing breast cancer because fat produces a hormone called estrogen, which, in turn, drives the growth of tumors, say scientists.

Infertility in men is linked to their weight at birth, study shows babies below 6.6 lbs are at an increased risk
Infertility in men is linked to their weight at birth, study shows babies below 6.6 lbs are at an increased risk

Among the men who were born small, researchers found that 8.3% had been diagnosed or were being treated for infertility as compared to 5.7% of men born with the appropriate weight

Big Dick Energy: Is BDE a real thing? How Pete Davidson made Anthony Bourdain's tribute famous
Big Dick Energy: Is BDE a real thing? How Pete Davidson made Anthony Bourdain's tribute famous

Most of the world heard about Big Dick Energy or BDE after Ariana Grande, the then-fiancee of Pete Davidson, went on to talk about his organic meat.

Mental health: Most disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia arise from a set of common genes
Mental health: Most disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia arise from a set of common genes

The analysis identified 109 gene variants that affect the risk for more than one psychiatric disorder. Researchers found evidence that genes associated with multiple disorders also show increased expression beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy

Abortion rights: Access under threat as a third of independent clinics have shut down in the last five years
Abortion rights: Access under threat as a third of independent clinics have shut down in the last five years

As of 2012, the US had 510 independent abortion clinics open. Fast forward to November 2019, the numbers have plummeted to 344

Many Americans are carriers of deadly superbug C. diff that causes nearly half a million illnesses in US each year
Many Americans are carriers of deadly superbug C. diff that causes nearly half a million illnesses in US each year

It has generally been assumed that patients get the bacteria during their stay in the hospital, but the study suggests that there is a large pool of people who carry the organism that goes unrecognized and may pass it on to others and/or develop an infection themselves.

Children born from frozen embryos twice as likely to develop cancer, particularly leukemia and neuroblastoma, says study
Children born from frozen embryos twice as likely to develop cancer, particularly leukemia and neuroblastoma, says study

The risk is higher among women who use the frozen embryo transfer method -- the incidence being 44.4 per 100 000 -- which is more than two-fold higher than children born to fertile women

Vaping crisis: CDC releases full list of vape brands that may have killed 48 people
Vaping crisis: CDC releases full list of vape brands that may have killed 48 people

About 56% of vaping-related lung injury victims used Dank Vapes, which can be easily found in the black market

Man born without testicle gets one from identical twin brother so he can have children of his own
Man born without testicle gets one from identical twin brother so he can have children of his own

After the surgery, the man's testosterone levels reached the normal range and his testicles will now carry sperm, say doctors. He can father children — but through in vitro fertilization for now

Nevada cancer survivor found to have two different sets of DNA after bone marrow transplant 4 years ago
Nevada cancer survivor found to have two different sets of DNA after bone marrow transplant 4 years ago

The procedure had replaced the patient's blood DNA with that of his donor. The foreign DNA managed to find its way into the patient's cheeks, lips and semen.

Flu outbreak is peaking earlier this year in US and is about to get worse driven by an unusual virus, warn experts
Flu outbreak is peaking earlier this year in US and is about to get worse driven by an unusual virus, warn experts

The CDC predicts that flu activity might peak between December and February, showing a 40% chance of a peak in December, a 30% chance of a peak in January, and a 25% chance of a peak in February.

Major political events such Trump's election and inauguration as president caused massive mood drop among young doctors
Major political events such Trump's election and inauguration as president caused massive mood drop among young doctors

Women experienced more than twice the mood decline as men following both 2016 US election and 2017 presidential inauguration, suggesting that the political discourse surrounding issues of gender and sexism throughout the presidential campaign may have disproportionately affected women.

Air pollution in US could substantially increase risk of death from infections in heart transplant recipients 
Air pollution in US could substantially increase risk of death from infections in heart transplant recipients 

Heart transplant recipients with long-term exposure to air pollution over several years had a 26% greater risk for death due to infection for every 10 microgram per cubic meter increase in PM2.5 levels, says a new study

Restricting eating to a daily 10-hour window could help ward off diabetes and heart disease in people with metabolic disorders
Restricting eating to a daily 10-hour window could help ward off diabetes and heart disease in people with metabolic disorders

The 10-hour time-restricted eating resulted in weight loss, reduced belly fat, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and more stable blood sugar and insulin levels for participants, shows a clinical study.

Children born by C-section not at increased risk of developing obesity, finds study which debunks notions about such an association
Children born by C-section not at increased risk of developing obesity, finds study which debunks notions about such an association

Based on the analysis, researchers conclude that the method of childbirth does not play a significant role in determining the risk of obesity in the child.

'Pregnancy reversals' as  practised in some US states could lead to profuse bleeding and hemorrhaging, study finds
'Pregnancy reversals' as practised in some US states could lead to profuse bleeding and hemorrhaging, study finds

In states like Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma, doctors are required to tell patients that a treatment of progesterone can help the pregnancy continue after they have taken abortion medication

Scientists work on oral contraceptive capsules as study finds brains in women may shrink with usage of birth control pills
Scientists work on oral contraceptive capsules as study finds brains in women may shrink with usage of birth control pills

Almost half of the pregnancies in the US are unplanned, and about 12% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 use birth control pills. Despite this, about 9% of them become pregnant each year.

Black infants born near police shootings of unarmed African Americans more likely to be born prematurely and have lower birth weight: Study
Black infants born near police shootings of unarmed African Americans more likely to be born prematurely and have lower birth weight: Study

Harvard University sociologist says in utero exposure to police killings of unarmed blacks in the residential environment markedly reduced the health of black infants but not for other groups.