The average global life expectancy has increased by about six years to 71.5 in the last two decades. The study, which was published in The Lancet, found that deaths from cancer (down by 15 percent) and cardiovascular disease (down by 22 percent) and deaths from diarrhea and neonatal complications have declined.
Acute gout attacks are twice as likely to happen at night and in the early morning, according to research conducted at Harvard Medical School. The study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included 700 sufferers of gout over a period of one year. During the time, the team recorded 1,500 attacks: 700 occurred between midnight and 7:59 AM.
Drinking beverages from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be linked with increased blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. For the study the researchers examined 60 men and women, aged 60 and up, by having them drink soy milk from BPA-lined cans.
A new study shows that a common type of knee surgery can result in cartilage loss, thereby increasing the risk of arthritis. Scientists examined the MRI scans of 355 patients suffering from arthritis in the knee. They found that 81 percent of the knees which had undergone surgery to repair a meniscus tear had cartilage loss, with all 31 knees that underwent operations developing arthritis.
HIV has gradually become less deadly and less effective, according to research conducted at the University of Oxford. The study found that the rapid evolution of HIV is the source of its slowing capability to develop AIDS. "Twenty years ago the time to AIDS was 10 years, but in the last 10 years in Botswana that might have increased to 12.5 years."
Those who are circumcised are at a lower risk for sexually-transmitted diseases, penile cancer and urinary tract infections, according to the CDC. The government agency has recommended that health insurers should pay for the operation, based on the evidence. "Our role is to provide accurate information so people can make informed decisions," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin.
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.