Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is often used to lace other drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, to increase their potency and addictiveness. Fentanyl is also sometimes sold on its own, as a white powder or pressed into pills that look like other prescription opioids. Continue reading
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Ways to keep your brain in top form as you age
April 26, 2023 /Lifestyle/ — The most important changes in cognition with normal aging are declines in performance on cognitive tasks that require one to quickly process or transform information to make a decision, including measures of speed of processing, working memory, and executive cognitive function.
However, not all thinking abilities decline with age. In fact, vocabulary, reading and verbal reasoning remain unchanged or even improve during the aging process.
There are many lifestyle choices that can help to maintain cognitive function as we age. Some of the most important include: Continue reading
Oral sex is now the leading risk factor for throat cancer
Hisham Mehanna, University of Birmingham
Over the past two decades, there has been a rapid increase in throat cancer in the west, to the extent that some have called it an epidemic. This has been due to a large rise in a specific type of throat cancer called oropharyngeal cancer (the area of the tonsils and back of the throat). The main cause of this cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are also the main cause of cancer of the cervix. Oropharyngeal cancer has now become more common than cervical cancer in the US and the UK.
Why are so many COVID19 vaccinated people getting shingles?
April 17, 2023 /Healthcare/ — There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes shingles. However, there is some evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine may trigger shingles in people who are already at risk for the condition. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body. It can reactivate later in life, causing shingles.
There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of shingles, including: Continue reading
This Week in Health News: Top Stories You Need to See
NEW YORK, April 14, 2023 /Health/– Here are some of the top health news stories from this week:
New COVID-19 variant BA.2 spreads rapidly in Europe and the US
US Supreme Court to hear case on abortion rights
WHO reports more than 1 million deaths from COVID-19
New study finds that obesity can increase risk of dementia
Researchers develop new drug that could treat Alzheimer’s disease
New Research in JNCCN Highlights the Negative Impact of Continued Exclusion of Racial Groups from Research on Cancer Genomics
New research in the March 2023 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network highlights how the lack of genomic research for people with African ancestry, particularly those from the Sub-Saharan region, is hampering efforts to reduce disparities for people with cancer. In a first-of-its-kind study, the researchers evaluated molecular genetic results for 113 Black South African men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer to find evidence for increased and potentially unique genetic testing recommendations. Continue reading
PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION-FUNDED GENETIC STUDY OF MEN OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY FINDS NEW RISK FACTORS FOR PROSTATE CANCER
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
Artemis Aerospace: how to cure a fear of flying – six tips for stress free travel
As a former commercial pilot, it wasn’t unusual to hear of passengers experiencing anxiety or panic attacks during a flight. While cabin crew are trained to calm and reassure passengers, it can be a distressing experience for the sufferer, and unsettling for fellow travellers. Continue reading
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.
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.