Eastern medicine is no stranger to plagues. Epidemics have been a major contributing factor to the evolution of traditional medicines for at least the last two thousand years. There are numerous treatises on the nature of pathogens, how they invade and travel through the body, and how to treat the body so it can push them back out.
Many people in the community are wearing face masks and gloves in an attempt to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
Cluster headache is more than just a headache. It is a severe neurological condition, sometimes known as a “suicide headache” because many patients have suicidal thoughts during attacks.
The 1889 outbreak of influenza was first reported in the Russian city of Petropavlovsk in September of that year.
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All of us who have chronic pain know that it tends to change our personality. Over time, the continued struggle with pain tends to zap your energy and strength. Life is harder and more stressful when persistent pain is a central part of it. Fortunately, now there are...
Dietary practices have a major impact on arthritis. In fact, if you eat the typical American diet, it could be making your arthritis worse. The right foods can keep you free of stiff joints, swelling, and fatigue. Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel. Among the offenders are...
Since World War II, rates of depression have doubled in the U.S., and depression is now the second most disabling illness in the Western world after heart disease. I have organized a holistic program for the prevention and treatment of depression into five areas — physical self-care, mental/emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, people support, and lifestyle habits.
The UK Paediatric Intensive Care Society sent out an alert on April 27 about an increase in cases of severe COVID-19-related illness in children.
A great deal of research has been done in an effort to understand the structures and processes that are necessary for vision. What is obvious is that each eye feeds specific information through the visual pathways to the two sides of the brain.
Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to maintain 1.5 metres between people to prevent the spread of the virus.
In some respects cancer is to industrialized countries today what tuberculosis was to the 18th and 19th century: a major cause of death and misery which defeats the best efforts of conventional medicine. Then, as now, all of the emphasis was on removing the manifestation of the disease and not on enhancing the patient's ability to overcome it.
My first thoughts were that I was going crazy. I was sure of it. After all, what else could possibly be causing the sudden and unexpected onset of memory lapses, anxiety, depression, night sweats, and phobia attacks that had completely turned my life upside down? My initial visits with my internist had turned up nothing, further convincing me that I was losing my mind...
With streets deserted, hospitals full and morgues struggling to cope with the number of bodies, it isn’t surprising that some people are making comparisons with the apocalypse.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it has become clear that people need to understand basic facts about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to make informed health care and public policy decisions.
Following the emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19, several countries have succeeded in bringing local outbreaks under control.
The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed one million in early April, nearly doubling in a week.
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Like the other 200 or so respiratory viruses we know of, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the new coronavirus, infects the cells of our airways.
Doctors from around the world are reporting cases of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia.
One of the key factors in tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the globe is testing. In South Korea, for example, mass testing has been used to try and quickly identify and isolate those with the disease.
A recent study from China, which has not been peer reviewed yet, suggests a link between having blood group A and a higher risk of getting COVID-19, compared with people who have blood group O. But is this really the case?
Public health officials consistently promote hand-washing as a way for people to protect themselves from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Before vaccines were developed, infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and meningitis were the leading cause of death and illness in the world.
Vitamin C is a common remedy that some people believe will cure the common cold and flu.
Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic.
The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic”.
The UK has become the latest country to close schools in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Families everywhere are adjusting to a new way of life due to social distancing measures like closed schools, workplaces, and more.
Consider these expert tips for cleaning your home to kill the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (and the pathogens behind other deadly diseases).
As the nation adjusts to the threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, it’s only natural to worry whether a cough or aches and pains could be signs you have become infected by the virus.
As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesn’t recommend making your own supply at home.
When people are sick with a respiratory disease like COVID-19, they cough or sneeze particles into the air.
Public health officials in California’s state capital region announced this week they have stopped tracing the contacts of patients diagnosed with the novel
The U.S. government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts.
The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has created enormous anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption to our lives.
If you saw the 2011 movie “Contagion,” about a worldwide pandemic of a new virus, then you’ve heard the term “R0.”
Safety measures make risky activities less risky: seat belts for car occupants, bailouts for financial institutions. Masks and disinfectants might feel like they do the same for anyone afraid of coronavirus.
Now officially a pandemic, the virus has proven adept at crossing borders, with confirmed cases reported in over 100 countries (for the latest numbers, refer to our coronavirus mapping tool).
As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease.
The risks of psychiatric disorders and suicide attempts are substantially higher for young people from 15 to 25 years old with type 1 diabetes, a new study shows.
In June 2019, a paper by prominent US academics found that people who used e-cigarettes were at greater risk of a heart attack.
The ways in which we currently age have been programmed into us, and we have accepted this idea as a reality. We believe that we all will get old, sick, senile, frail, and die -- in that order. This does not have to be the truth for us any longer.
When certain patients “teach back” a doctor’s instructions, they’re more likely to stay out of the hospital, according to a new study.
Variable blood pressure readings could be an overlooked early warning sign of heart disease, researchers report.
Sleep paralysis is a type of REM parasomnia or abnormal behavior that takes place during the REM sleep cycle.
Life expectancy is built up out of many small pieces, one for each age, and demographers can pick those pieces apart.
We tend to notice mucus only when it’s abnormal and the sticky fluid is expelled from orifices.
Americans still choose to give birth bed-bound, on their backs, with their knees up, legs spread, feet in the air.
A recent UK study showed no significant difference in survival between men who had a single prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
Born after just 23 of the normal 40 weeks of pregnancy, the extremely preterm baby is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and weighs just one and a quarter pounds.
Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918 – more than were killed in the first world war.
In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments.
A sort of physiological clock—levels of 373 proteins in your blood—can predict your age, according to a new study.
About a quarter of children in the United States are born two to three weeks before their due date, which qualifies them as “early term.”
The antibiotic resistance threat is real. In the years to come, we will no longer be able to treat and cure many infections we once could.
America is aging rapidly. In the next 40 years, the number of people age 65 and older is expected to nearly double.
Hot flashes or night sweats — called vasomotor symptoms or VMS — might be more than just a nuisance for menopausal women.
Current estimates suggest that addictions affect one-third of the population in the United States. Of course, when most of us hear the word addict, we think crack, or cocaine, or heroin... Certainly we don't think about, say, sugar -- and yet sugar is the most prevalent addictive substance in the world!
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.
Getting five or fewer hours of sleep a night is associated with low bone mineral density and higher odds of osteoporosis, researchers report.
Monique is 77 years old. I met her when she came to the eye clinic at the University of Montréal, where I am a professor.
Humanity’s defences against infection are wearing thinner by the day, and the microbes responsible are getting stronger.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting one in 350 Australians.
Is it possible that people who are diagnosed with cancer die of a sophisticated form of voodoo? Does the victim's belief in the power of vicious cells, like belief in the power of a hex, lead to his death? 'Cancer' is a demon word -- the destructiveness of cancer begins as soon as the diagnosis is uttered. The word strikes terror to the heart...
For generations, the members of a family in Colombia have gotten early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. How one woman has resisted it could lead to future therapies, researchers say.
Whether you need to take a drug at a specific time of day depends on the medication and the condition you are treating.
You've probably noticed that there's a healing side to exercise: It can chase the blues, help fight stress, and raise your energy. Qigong, t'ai chi, and yoga were used purposefully in ancient cultures as a complement to medical treatment.
We all know our memories get worse as time goes on – your recollection of what you did yesterday is probably a lot better than for the same day three years ago.
Cancer patients most often head to the emergency department for pain, nausea, and shortness of breath, research finds.
|Antibiotic resistance is spreading fast all over the world. When infectious bacteria mutate in a certain way and then multiply, they can become resistant to even the most powerful drugs
Men with breast cancer are more likely to die than women across all stages of disease, researchers report.
Negative social attitudes, such as racism and discrimination, damage the health of those who are targeted by triggering a cascade of aberrant biological responses
Imagine that you’re a police officer. You spot a car ahead that is swerving all over the road. You pull the driver over and she’s clearly intoxicated.
If you suffer from neck pain, you’re not alone. Spinal pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and its occurrence has increased dramatically over the past 25 years.
Researchers have identified lack of sleep as a cause of serious disorders ranging from diabetes to high stress levels. The results show that it is taking a huge toll on the quality of life -- and the health -- of millions.
Autoimmune diseases, which include a range of around 80 different illnesses from rheumatoid arthritis to type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, occur when the immune system attacks the body.
More than 50m people worldwide are currently living with dementia. With an ageing population, it’s likely that this number will only continue to grow, as getting older is one of the biggest risk factors in developing dementia.
More than 7m people in the UK have high blood pressure; it is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes, associated with one in four deaths.
Decline in brain function often occurs as people age. People often worry that declining brain function is an inevitable part of growing old and will lead to dementia, but it is not. Many people do not experience age-related cognitive decline.
As the flu season gets started, what can you do to protect yourself and stay healthy?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks into what researchers are doing to combat a flurry of vaping-related illnesses.
For those in the military, high levels of dedication and commitment are expected from day one on the job – and this includes the risks that come with combat deployments.
Why do we age? It’s a question that has had scientists scratching their heads for decades, but finally, we are starting to get some answers. Here is the story so far.
Despite the many groundbreaking medical advances of the last century, there are still some conditions that continue to perplex scientists.
Vaping causes severe illness in otherwise healthy young adults and teenagers. It causes a life-threatening, life-shortening and sometimes deadly lung toxicity and injury — with apparently irreversible damage that cannot be cured
It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer. People who haven’t had cancer themselves will likely have a close friend or family member who has been diagnosed with the disease.
A 42-year-old man – a father, a husband, a son – has come to the emergency department with a splitting headache. It’s been there for months, slowly getting worse.
"Before the stroke, Ted was all business. Very serious. Since he’s recovered, he’s got such a sense of humor. He’s come almost 180 degrees now. He’s so much funnier, and all his humor—his dry sense of humor—has come out. It never came out before the stroke."
At any one time, more than 1,400 Australians are on an organ transplant waiting list. The most common organs in demand are kidneys, followed by the liver and lung.
Some of the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy are more obvious than others.
Strides in medicine have contributed to a dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last century.
Two long-standing psychological theories – the empathising-systemising theory of sex differences and the extreme male brain theory of autism
There’s a connection between post-traumatic stress disorder and the onset of mild cognitive impairment in 9/11 responders who were at the World Trade Center, a new study of 1,800 workers shows.
A test called CT lung cancer screening could save the lives of tens of thousands of American smokers and former smokers every year, but only only 4% of those eligible are getting it.
Falling asleep is a bit like flicking off a light switch. One moment we are awake, but then the switch is flicked and we fall asleep.
Physicians often fail to discuss healthy lifestyle changes with cancer survivors, according to a new study.
Married people are less likely to experience dementia as they age, according to new research.
Advanced brain imaging reveals how exposure in the womb to organophosphates changes brain activity in teenagers, a new study shows.
African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new study.