Those who smoke hookahs and other water pipes may inhale toxic levels of benzene with every puff, according to a new study from researchers at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health at San Diego State University. For the study the researchers analyzed the urine of 105 hookah smokers and 103 non-smokers who had been exposed to hookah smoke.
People in unhappy marriages may be more likely to suffer from poor cardiovascular health, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University. For the study the researchers reviewed health data from 1,200 married couples who were surveyed as part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project.
Nine out of ten excessive drinkers are not alcohol dependent, according to a new report from the CDC. The government agency defines excessive drinkers as women who consume more than 8 drinks a week and men who consume more than 15 drinks per week. "Contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics," said Robert Brewer.
Aside from being a nuisance, bedbugs may also carry Chagas disease causing parasite trypanosoma cruzi. The parasite is transmitted through the feces of the bug into the bite it makes. Chagas symptoms often don't appear for 20 years after the infection is made. "We've shown that the bedbug can acquire and transmit the parasite."
Thirty percent of those who have diabetes are not aware that they have it, according to research conducted at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The study surveyed data on 30,000 adults, 66.5 percent of whom said that they'd had two or more visits to a health care provider in the past year. "About 80 percent of those people are linked to a health care provider . . ."
A pair that engages in just ten seconds of smooching exchange up to 80 million bacteria, according to research conducted at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The study, published in the journal Microbiome, surveyed data on 21 couples, who answered a questionnaire on kissing habits and had their mouths swabbed.
Those who suffer from asthma may be at an increased risk for heart attacks, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 543 heart attack patients as compared to another 543 non-heart attack patients. Between the two groups those who suffer from asthma were about 70 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks.
Beat deafness explains why some are unable to clap or nod their heads along with a rhythm, according to research conducted at McGill University. The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transaction: Biological Sciences, surveyed data on a group of 32 individuals, looking for rhythmic aptitude and ineptitude. The study participants were given several tasks.
Marijuana users may be at an increased risk of suffering from abnormalities in the brain, according to research conducted at the University of Texas at Dallas. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used MRI scans to compare the brains of 48 adults who smoked weed three times a day for 10 years, and 62 adults who had no such habit.
The kissing bug, otherwise known as chagas disease, a parasitic infection, is on the rise in the southern U.S., according to research conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The study looked at 17 blood donors in Texas who tested positive for the disease. "We were surprised to find that 36 percent had evidence of being a locally acquired case."
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.
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.
All travelers who return from the West African countries plagued by the Ebola virus will be tracked by U.S. health officials. The program, which requires affected parties to have their temperature checked twice daily and report to a local public health department, applies to those who return to the country from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.
The FDA has ruled that there is a lack of evidence to prove that testosterone replacement therapy is effective in treating reduced testosterone levels in aging men. The agency says that use must be more strictly regulated, while ordering further tests on the risk of heart attack and stroke. Over the summer, the FDA required testosterone replacement therapy makers to include a general warning.