One in six Black men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime versus one in eight white men. Black men are more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age, with more aggressive disease, and are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer. New findings from Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)-funded investigators shed light on the genetic underpinnings of this racial disparity and point the way toward more effective screening strategies. Continue reading
Category Archives: Healthcare
Faeces, urine and sweat – just how gross are hot tubs? A microbiologist explains
Primrose Freestone, University of Leicester
For many centuries we have bathed in communal waters. Sometimes for cleanliness but more often for pleasure. Indeed, in ancient Greece, baths were taken in freshwater, or sometimes the sea – which was thought of as a sacred place dedicated to local gods and so was considered an act of worship.
BrandSpark International announces its 15th annual 2023 Best New Product Awards winners, honoring the Best New Food, Beverage, Beauty, Health, Personal Care, and Household products, based on a nationwide survey of American consumers
BrandSpark has also released some key highlights from its BrandSpark American Shopper Study – health & wellness, value for money and sustainability are top of mind with Americans. 56% of consumers say they don’t mind spending a lot to get health products that really work, sleep is number one priority in health management, and almost half say they want to be leaders in reducing environmental impact. 66% believe that research and development is continuously leading to better household care products. Not surprisingly, 8 in 10 believe taste remains the most important factor in their food purchases. Continue reading
UK Nurses can now apply for USD $ 250,000 award till 10th January, 2023
Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award, an initiative by leading integrated healthcare provider Aster DM Healthcare, to recognize the contribution of nurses to the community, has announced an extension of the deadline for nurses based and working in the UK till 10th January 2023, given that London will be hosting the awards ceremony on International Nurses Day – 12th May, 2023. Applications from all countries, except UK, closed on 12th December. Continue reading
‘It’s like being in a warzone’ – A&E nurses open up about the emotional cost of working on the NHS frontline
Kate Kirk, University of Leicester
As nurses prepare to strike for the first time, an A&E nurse and lecturer in Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare writes about the stress, fear, grief and guilt they feel every day working on the frontline of an NHS in crises.
Mozzies are everywhere right now – including giant ones and those that make us sick. Here’s what you need to know
Cameron Webb, University of Sydney
Like all insects, mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. But what they really need is water. La Niña rainfall and flooding are providing the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, with numbers exploding in recent weeks.
What long-term opioid use does to your body and brain
In his new autobiography, Matthew Perry reveals that his colon burst as a result of his addiction to opioid painkillers. The 53-year-old actor, who played Chandler Bing in Friends, was in a coma for two weeks following the incident and had to wear a colostomy bag for nine months.
New Initiative Launches to Address Neglected Global Health Crisis of Alcohol
Alcohol consumption is a top-ten driver of death, illness and injury, with wide-ranging social and economic harms. Many of the harms related to alcohol disproportionately affect young adults, and surveys from multiple countries suggest that the Covid-19 pandemic has further increased drinking. Today, Vital Strategies announced RESET Alcohol – a groundbreaking new $15 million initiative to reduce alcohol-related harms in hard-hit countries through policy change. Continue reading
Flu is set for a big comeback now COVID restrictions are lifted – here’s what you need to know
Michael Head, University of Southampton
The flu seasons of 2020 and 2021 were mild, mostly thanks to measures people took against COVID, such as wearing masks, social distancing and using copious amounts of hand gel. 2022, however, looks like a whole different kettle of fish.
Quest Encourages Consumers to “Put Your ____ To The Test” in Bold and Disruptive New Ad Campaign
Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the leader in diagnostic testing, unveiled a nationwide campaign, titled “Put Your ___ To The Test.” The unexpected, provocative, and fresh campaign empowers consumers to take control of their health with more than 50 lab tests available for purchase directly from questhealth.com, quickly, conveniently, and confidentially, without a doctor’s visit. Continue reading