Low-carb, high-fat diets can help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat otherwise. Researchers analyzed five studies on ketogenic diets, which focus on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, and found that 32 percent of the epilepsy patients on ketogenic diet had a decrease of 50 percent or more in the frequency of their seizures.
A new vaccine for meningitis has been greenlighted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine, Trumenba, is approved for protection in people 10-25 years of age against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B bacteria, of which there were outbreaks last year at Princeton University and the University of California Santa Barbara.
A new study has found out why scratching an itch can make the itch stronger. Researchers at Washington University's Center for the Study of Itch examined serotonin levels in mice and found that scratching an itch produces pain signals that disrupt nerves from carrying itch signals. The itch signals trigger serotonin to be released to control the pain.
A new study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have significant brain differences from healthy people. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine used three types of scanning technologies to scan the brains of healthy patients and those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The findings are published in the October 28 issue of "Radiology."
Exposure to the common plastics' chemical, phthalates, may have a negative impact on the genital development of baby boys, according to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured metabolites of five phthalates in the urine of pregnant women during the first trimester.
Type 1 diabetes is on the rise among white kids in the U.S., according to research conducted at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, found nearly 6,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in kids (aged 19 and younger) between 2002 and 2009. Most of the increase came in the 5 to 9 age range.
Health experts warn that a rise in diabetes cases worldwide may result in a rise in tuberculosis. Anthony Harries of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease told Reuters that his organization is raising the alarm so "that we don't watch history repeat itself with TB-diabetes." Those who have diabetes are at a greater risk to get sick from a latent TB infection.
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has been recalled in Norway, Sweden and Finland after a batch of the booze, meant to be shipped to North America, was shipped there. The drink contains propylene glycol, a substance used in antifreeze, in higher levels in its North American batches than in its European batches.
Over 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss; yet, screening for the infection is not routine, according to research conducted at the University Hospital Ghent in Belgium. The study, published in the journal pediatrics, found that CMV is the most common non-inherited cause of hearing loss in children.
Brain injuries in adults 55 and older may result in an increased risk of dementia, according to research conducted at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on nearly 52,000 emergency room patients in California from 2005 to 2011. They found that 8.4 percent of those suffering a traumatic brain injury went on to develop dementia.
Nutek Disposables has issued a recall for baby wipes after some customers complained of wipes giving off odor and showing discoloration. A subsequent test revealed that the wipes hosted the bacteria Burholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The wipes are sold under the following brand names: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and others.
Kids with nagging coughs may have their conditions improved by a placebo, according to research conducted at Texas A&M University. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed data on three groups of 120 kids under the age of four. The first group got no treatment, the second group got a placebo, and the third group was given pasteurized agave nectar.
Murray's Inc. has recalled over 31,000 pounds of breaded chicken products that were shipped to retail outlets across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the chicken may be infected with Staphylococcal bacteria, a type of bacteria commonly implicated in food-borne illnesses and Staph infections.
Children who fracture bones should be treated with ibuprofen not morphine, according to research conducted London Health Sciences Center in Ontario. The study, published in the journal CMAJ, surveyed data on 134 children, aged 5 to 17, who suffered broken bones but did not have surgery. One group was treated with ibuprofen, while the other group was treated with morphine.
A compound found in cocoa may help reverse the effects of aging-related memory, according to research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, gave high doses of a cocoa drink, prepared by Mars, Inc., to study participants in the 50 to 69 age range.