As if the fiery rash and painful blisters of shingles were not punishment enough, the average patient who suffers a resurgence of the dormant chickenpox virus known as herpes zoster — or shingles — has a higher risk of heart attack or mild stroke two decades or more after the blisters and rash recede, says a new study.
A naturally occurring hormone acts as spontaneous defense in the brain against the high caused by marijuana and could be useful in preventing addiction, researchers said Thursday.
Another medical guideline, another controversy. This time, a group of experts wants to redefine high blood pressure — it's now OK for some of us to be a little higher, they say — and other doctors are resisting the change.
Michael Bloomberg steered New York City through economic recession, a catastrophic hurricane and the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but he may always be remembered, accurately or not, as the mayor who wanted to ban the Big Gulp — a super-sized soda drink.
The chill brought by fall and winter along with air pollution are major triggers of common respiratory diseases as well as asthma attacks in Taiwan, according to Dr. Yeh Kuo-wei (葉國偉), secretary-general of the Taiwan Asthma Council (TAC), who said that most Taiwanese make two major mistakes in regulating their asthma symptoms.
The environmental group Greenpeace yesterday warned consumers of “unpredictable health risks” associated with China made garments and footwear, saying that it had found dangerously high level of residues of harmful chemicals in children's wear made in China.
The Legislative Yuan yesterday discussed amendments to the Artificial Reproduction Act, which regulates surrogate pregnancies. Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) expressed his support for all amendments proposed, but stressed that surrogate mothers must not be blood-related to the child or children they would carry. Multiple amendments have been proposed to the Act by the Kuomintang (KMT), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW).
Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.
Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, saying on Friday low vitamin D may be a consequence, not a cause, of ill health.