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Now dentists are being blamed for the antibiotic crisis, says new study

Now dentists are being blamed for the antibiotic crisis, says new study

DENTISTS prescribing unnecessary antibiotics could be spreading an antibiotic-resistant superbug infection, researchers have claimed. Taking antibiotics can put patients at risk for developing C. diff and illustrates the importance of using the medications only when needed. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tracked community-associated C. diff infections — meaning those in patients who did not have an overnight stay in ... Read More »

New research finds increased risk of obesity in working night shifts

New research finds increased risk of obesity in working night shifts

People who work night shifts have a 35 percent higher risk of obesity because the nocturnal schedule derails their metabolism, a new study reveals. In an analysis of 28 published studies, night shift work was associated with a 29% increased risk of becoming obese or overweight. The findings, which are published in Obesity Reviews, suggest that modifying working schedules to ... Read More »

Drinking water may cut risk of UTIs in women, says new research

Drinking water may cut risk of UTIs in women, says new research

Women who drink three pints of water a day half their risk of getting urinary tract infections, a new study claims. “While doctors have long assumed this is the case and often recommended that women at risk for UTIs increase their fluid intake, it has never really undergone a prospective trial before,” said Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., lead author of ... Read More »

Watching a hockey match may stress the heart, a new study reveals

Watching a hockey match may stress the heart, a new study reveals

Watching a sports match can stress your heart just as much as playing in the game itself, suggests a small new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Scientists found that people’s pulses increased by 75 percent when they watched a hockey game on television and by 110% when watching one in person—equivalent to the cardiac stress of vigorous exercise. ... Read More »

US mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son, Report

US mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son

A Michigan mother’s anti-vaccination stance put her behind bars on Wednesday. Rebecca Bredow was sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. An Oakland County judge ordered Bredow to jail because she violated an agreement with her ex-husband to vaccinate their son. Bredow said she opted for waivers available under Michigan state law, which ... Read More »

A Strict Diet of Lamb and Cheerios Leads to Boy’s Vision Loss

A Strict Diet of Lamb and Cheerios Leads to Boy's Vision Loss

One boy’s vision problems and odd changes to his eyes turned out to be caused by a highly restrictive diet, according to a new report of the boy’s case from Canada. According to a case report published October 2 in the JAMA Paediatrics, when the doctor examined the boy, the outer layers of the child’s eyes were very dry. This ... Read More »

Research Finds Donepezil Best Alzheimer’s Drug for Improving Cognition

Research Finds Donepezil Best Alzheimer’s Drug for Improving Cognition

A new research ranking the safety and effectiveness of four drugs taken to enhance concentration, memory, alertness and moods, found that donepezil was most likely to effectively improve cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia. However, patients who took donepezil were more likely to experience side effects including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea than those who received a placebo, according to the ... Read More »

Ella Ebaugh Wins $57M Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Ella Ebaugh Wins $57M Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson must pay a Pennsylvania woman $57 million. Ella Ebaugh, 51, was forced to undergo three surgeries after the mesh eroded into her urethra. Vaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh, is implanted into women who suffer with pelvic organ prolapse or urinary problems by surgeons. Ms Ebaugh was awarded her pay out after a jury in Philadelphia ... Read More »