More than 96,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. That’s quite a scary statistic, but it’s important to remember that when melanoma is diagnosed—and how quickly it’s treated—has a lot to do with a patient’s chances of survival and recovery.
Going gluten-free is more popular than ever: A 2017 study from the Mayo Clinic found that the number of Americans following a gluten-free diet tripled from 2009 to 2014. By the end of the study period, an estimated 3 million people in the United States were avoiding gluten in their diet, researchers concluded. Several years later, the trend is still going strong.
New York City Is Going to Fine People Who Don’t Get the Measles Shot. Is It Ever OK Not to Be Vaccinated?
New York City declared a public health emergency this week in light of an ongoing measles outbreak, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that unvaccinated individuals could face fines of $1,000. Measles cases are at a five-year high in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported this week, with 465 cases across the country—many of which are occurring within Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
In much of the country, spring and summer mean warmer weather and spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, it also means that the ticks that carry Lyme disease bacteria may be out in full force, especially in wooded or grassy areas.
Now that winter has transitioned to spring and temperatures are warming up in much of the country, you’re likely to start hearing a lot about Lyme disease. Rates of this tick-borne illness have been rising steadily in the United States over the last two decades, with most infections happening in April through October.
It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, read the news, or log onto Facebook right now without reading or hearing about a woman’s experience with sexual assault. What started with celebrity accusations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to women everywhere—including, probably, many women in your own social media feed.
The keto diet hype shows no signs of slowing: The low-carb regimen is still massively popular, with celebs like Al Roker and Jenna Jameson crediting the diet for serious weight loss in recent months.
What would you do if you discovered a weird red bubble growing in your belly button? If your answer is “seek medical attention immediately,” you’ve definitely got the right idea. Because as a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine shows, that kind of symptom can be a sign of cancer that needs to be treated ASAP.
The internet is abuzz today with worries about the latest tech-fad-turned-health-hazard, with headlines warning that wireless headphones—like Apple’s trendy AirPods—are a potential source of cancer. And yes, articles claiming that the little white devices could “pump radiation into your brain” certainly caught our attention. But before we freak out too much, let’s look at all the facts.
When you think of old-timey illnesses making a comeback in recent years, mumps and measles probably come to mind. But a new report out of Oregon highlights another disease that’s been pretty much eliminated thanks to modern-day vaccines—until, that is, those vaccines don’t get administered.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, 78, shocked and saddened his fans when he announced yesterday that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although the 35-year television veteran pledged to beat his cancer, Trebek also acknowledged the “low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
Over the past 40 years, doctors have gotten a lot better at treating heart disease. In the 1960s, it wasn’t unusual for adults to die or become severely disabled from heart attacks in only their fifth or sixth decade of life. And while heart disease is still the number-one killer in the United States, it’s also no longer a guaranteed death sentence, thanks to newer medications, improved surgical techniques, and better understanding of the disease.
We’ll lose an hour of sleep as we “spring forward” this weekend, turning our clocks an hour ahead on Sunday morning. And while we’ll gain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, we’ll lose it in the morning—waking up, and maybe even heading off to work or school, before the sun comes up.
Since the beginning of this year, 159 cases of measles in 10 states have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a lot for just two months, especially for a disease that, back in 2000, was declared eliminated from the United States. (For comparison, most recent years haven’t seen that many cases in an entire 12-month span. Two exception were 2018, which saw 372 cases, and 2014, which saw 667.)
When news broke that actor Jussie Smollett was under arrest for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself in January, America reacted with shock, anger, and serious confusion. Chicago police chalked up his actions to his dissatisfaction with his salary and his role on the television show Empire. But many of us wondered: What else was going on in the actor’s head?
Everybody knows that somebody—or maybe you are that somebody—who freaks out about every new bump or blemish, convinced that it’s some harbinger of deadly disease. Of course, it’s usually not, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, right? That was certainly the case with the patient featured in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Images in Clinical Medicine series. What started as a bothersome lump on the man’s tongue turned out to be a rare form of cancer.
When you’re sick, having a stuffy nose is pretty much the worse: You can’t breathe, you can’t taste or smell, you can’t sleep … but thankfully, these symptoms only last a few days. Now, imagine having those symptoms for two years straight. Then, imagine being told by a doctor that the cause is a random tooth growing in your nasal cavity.
The colonoscopy might be the most dreaded of all health screenings. Uncomfortable and intrusive, it can be a literal lifesaver—but currently, only 60% to 65% of adults who should be up to date on this important test actually are. The procedure, in which a long, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum, detects signs of (or precursors to) colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
Doctors in California made headlines this week when they issued a statement about a recent rise in Kawasaki disease in San Diego County. Kawasaki disease is a rare childhood illness that can cause fever and a red, bumpy rash, and in a small percentage of cases, a life-threatening form of heart disease.
Mold can be pretty gross—and potentially hazardous to your health—whether it’s growing on a stale piece of food or lurking on the walls of a damp room. Now picture that same type of mold growing on your skin, or even inside your body. This week’s New England Journal of Medicine has a creepy story (complete with photos!) of an unlucky man in China who had to deal with just that.
There’s a deadly disease spreading among elk and deer in the United States, and now experts are warning that it may one day be transmittable to humans who eat meat from wild game. The infection, known as chronic wasting disease, is related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease—which explains the equally terrifying nickname this illness has been given: zombie deer disease.
When Joel Fuhrman, MD, became involved in nutritional science more than 30 years ago, the family physician couldn’t find a diet he felt was truly optimized for improving health, boosting longevity, and reducing risk of disease. Sure, some diets limited calories and shunned unhealthy fats and sugars, but many of them also allowed for other less-than-ideal food groups, he thought, or were too loose and vague with their instructions.
Soon after Melinda Nichols delivered her youngest son in 2007, she decided to get an intrauterine device (IUD) to prevent future pregnancies. But when Nichols returned to the doctor for a checkup just a few weeks after having the device implanted, the Ohio mom was told her IUD was nowhere to be found.
If you had a bruise that wasn’t going away, how long would it take you to get it checked out? One woman, featured in this week’s BMJ Case Reports, waited six years before seeing her doctor about a mysterious blemish on her left shoulder—and when she finally did, she received quite a shock: Her stubborn bruise, it turns out, was a rare type of skin cancer.
The Fertility Diet Was Created to Help Women Get Pregnant. Here’s Why It Could Also Help You Lose Weight
Every year, U.S. News and World Report ranks several dozen of the most popular diets from best to worst. Many of those diets focus on weight loss, heart health, or overall healthy living. But one eating plan has a much more specific goal than that: The Fertility Diet, which tied this year for 11th overall best diet, was designed to help women get pregnant.
Men concerned about their fertility are often warned away from marijuana use, which has been linked to lower sperm counts in previous research. But a new study of more than 600 males suggests that a little cannabis use may not actually be so bad for dudes’ reproductive health: In fact, study participants who had smoked marijuana at some point in their lives had significantly higher sperm concentrations than those who’d never used the drug.
It’s cold and flu season, which means that—like every year around this time—these two viruses are circulating throughout much of the country. Influenza is currently widespread in 36 states, the CDC reported last week. And while common cold numbers are harder to come by (since most of us don’t go to the doctor for treatment), we all probably know someone—or have been that someone—who’s fallen victim to coughing and sneezing in recent weeks.
Have you ever returned from vacation worried about what might have crawled into your suitcase or hitchhiked home on your clothing? A case report in this week’s BMJ highlights an extreme (and we really mean extreme) version of this common concern: A British woman who’d recently visited the Ugandan rainforest unwittingly brought back a tropical fly larva—burrowed in her forehead.
The news this week is all about the weather: Meteorologists are warning of deep freezes in the northeast and record low temperatures in the midwest in the coming days—with states like Illinois and Minnesota predicted to have wind chills as low as -50 and -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before there was LASIK, there was radial keratotomy—a type of eye surgery frequently performed in the 1980s and 1990s to correct nearsightedness. Back then, doctors knew it could help people see better right away, although they didn’t actually know what the long-term effects of the procedure might be.
Skin lesions and rashes are often signs of allergies or irritation, but occasionally they can signal even larger and longer-term underlying health issues. Such was the case with a 73-year-old woman’s skin condition highlighted this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, which turned out to be a symptom of anal cancer. And we’ve got to warn you, it’s one of the most bonkers rashes we’ve ever seen.
Pregnancy can be scary: Your body’s changing every day, you’ve got strange symptoms and pains, and it’s hard to know what’s normal and what’s not. Now, imagine heading to the doctor for a routine checkup and being told you have a rare complication that could be extremely dangerous for both you and your baby.
Pretty much everyone in my family is sick right now with some kind of cold and cough. So I’m sure my mother thought she was being helpful when she shared an article on Facebook this week about a novel new cough treatment we might not have tried: chocolate.
Getting a good night’s sleep in the middle of winter may seem like it should be no problem. After all, it’s the season of long nights, cozy blankets, hibernation, and snuggling up by the fire. But for all the same reasons winter and sleep go together so well, the opposite can also be true: For some people, winter can wreak havoc on sleep quality and quantity.
Chlamydia is generally thought of as a sexually transmitted disease, and one that affects the reproductive organs—causing discharge and pain during urination or sex, for example—above all else. But a photo published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine shows that the infection can also occur in a much more visible place: the eyes.
We think of flossing as a healthy habit—but according to a new study, a certain type of floss contains harmful chemicals that may be leaching into our bodies.
The Girl Scouts have added a new flavor—Caramel Chocolate Chip—to their 2019 cookie lineup. The latest cookie features “rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt,” but the biggest news is what it doesn’t have: Unlike traditional chocolate chip cookies, this one is gluten-free.
For some people, colder temperatures and shorter days bring to mind beautiful winter wonderlands and cozy nights by the fire. For others, however, winter can be downright depressing. Now, scientists say they may have a clue as to why some people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) while others don’t: According to one recent study, eye color may play a significant role.
Many Americans start off the new year with a resolution to eat healthier, lose weight, and get in shape. But with so many diets out there, it can be difficult to know which plans deliver real results.
Nearly 4,000 patients of a New Jersey medical facility received some worrying news recently when they were urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. The HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook informed people who underwent procedures between January 1 and September 7 of this year that they may have been exposed to the three viruses, due to “lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medication.”
Photographs of medical conditions aren’t usually pretty (and that’s an understatement), but they’re definitely fascinating—and they can almost always teach us something about our bodies and our health. Take, for example, photos in today’s New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrate what can happen when chronic inflammation goes unchecked throughout the body. Here’s a hint, and a warning for squeamish readers: It involves blackened fingers and toes.
If you find yourself reaching for a packet of Emergen-C every time you feel a tickle in your throat, you’re certainly not alone. The fizzy orange power—a mix of vitamins C and B, along with other nutrients—has become a mainstay of medicine cabinets, winter-weather survival kits, travel packing lists, and even wedding weekend goodie bags.
American have gotten wider in recent years, but not taller, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, published today by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that average weight, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) increased among all age groups between 1999 and 2016.
Actor and director Penny Marshall passed away yesterday at the age of 75. According to a statement from Marshall’s family, her death was caused by complications from diabetes.
A Detroit community is in mourning after a popular meteorologist for the city’s Fox television affiliate died by suicide last week. Colleagues and fans reacted with shock and sadness as they shared the news that Jessica Starr, 35, took her own life, leaving behind a husband and two young children.
A visit to the doctor’s office or hospital is supposed to help you get (or stay) healthy. But by their very nature, health-care settings are plagued with one big problem: They’re full of sick people, and sick people are full of germs.
One of the most frustrating things about mental health issues is that they are often invisible: Unlike a physical injury or ailment, it’s usually not possible to tell—just by looking at someone—if he or she is depressed, or mentally ill, or dealing with an unhealthy level of stress.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin disease that affects 18 million adults (and lots of children, as well) in the United States. Ask anyone who suffers from the itchy, chronic condition and they’ll tell you it can be unpleasant at best, and debilitating at worst.
A teenager in Malaysia was electrocuted and died earlier this month, and news reports suggest that using his phone while it was charging may be to blame. According to the New Straits Times, the 16-year-old’s mother discovered the boy lying on the floor last Monday, unresponsive and cold to the touch.
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