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What is pancreatitis: symptoms, causes, and treatment

Earlier this week, Travis Barker, the longtime Blink-182 drummer and husband to Kourtney Kardashian, was carried out of his Los Angeles mansion on a stretcher to a local hospital after being diagnosed with pancreatitis. Barker’s pancreas became inflamed following a colonoscopy procedure. The musician’s health scare has left many wondering what pancreatitis is and how to treat it. … Continue reading What is pancreatitis: symptoms, causes, and treatment

AstraZeneca gets EU backing for targeted breast cancer therapies

AstraZeneca said on Monday two of its existing therapies were recommended for treating patients with some forms of high-risk breast cancers in the European Union, in a boost to the company’s oncology portfolio. Lynparza, a cancer drug developed jointly with U.S.-based Merck, was backed for standalone use or in combination with endocrine therapy in adults with … Continue reading AstraZeneca gets EU backing for targeted breast cancer therapies

COVID-19 may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke: study

A new Danish study found COVID-19 outpatients had a higher risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke and bleeding into the brain when compared with COVID-19 negative patients, but most neurological disorders were not more frequent after COVID-19 than after other respiratory infections, according to a recent study published in Frontiers in Neurology this June.   “More … Continue reading COVID-19 may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke: study

World’s mental health care needs urgent makeover: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its most comprehensive review of the world’s mental health in over 20 years with an action plan that every WHO state member has signed to transform mental health care, according to a recent press release.   “Everyone’s life touches someone with a mental health condition. Good mental health translates to good … Continue reading World’s mental health care needs urgent makeover: WHO

‘Forever chemicals’ in water and packaging can risk health, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds found in drinking water are more dangerous than previously thought — and pose health risks even at levels so low they cannot currently be detected. The two compounds, known as PFOA and PFOS, have been voluntarily phased out by U.S. manufacturers, but there are a … Continue reading ‘Forever chemicals’ in water and packaging can risk health, EPA says

Diabetes drug lead to significant weight loss in people with obesity: study

A diabetes drug taken once a week lead to dramatic weight loss in people who have obesity, according to a recently published study in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study authors said that participants in the 72-week trial lost up to 20% of their body weight.  “The findings indicate tirzepatide may be a potential therapeutic option for individuals living … Continue reading Diabetes drug lead to significant weight loss in people with obesity: study

Overeating isn’t fueling obesity, it’s too many carbohydrates in our diet, researchers say

Carbohydrates may be your worst enemy if you are trying to lose weight.  The “Today” show recently highlighted a perspective piece that suggests the key to losing weight is more about cutting carbohydrates rather than worrying so much about balancing the calories we eat and burn, according to paper published this past December in the American … Continue reading Overeating isn’t fueling obesity, it’s too many carbohydrates in our diet, researchers say

Melatonin poisoning in kids sharply increased during coronavirus pandemic, study says

Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin – including a big jump during the pandemic. Last year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement – a six-fold increase from about a decade earlier. Most such calls are … Continue reading Melatonin poisoning in kids sharply increased during coronavirus pandemic, study says

NYC Legionnaires’ disease outbreak: Second death reported

New York City health officials report that two people have died and least 24 have been infected with Legionnaires’ disease in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella that are found usually in water.  People catch the disease when they breathe in … Continue reading NYC Legionnaires’ disease outbreak: Second death reported

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