Poor diagnosis driving global multidrug-resistant TB, WHO warns

(Reuters) – Half a million people fell sick with dangerous superbug strains of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012, but fewer than one in four were diagnosed, putting the rest at risk of dying due to the wrong medicines or no treatment at all. Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which says drug-resistant TB is a “global health security risk”, showed a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB in any form […]

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings (Reuters Health) – Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and distancing oneself from certain thoughts – without judging them – weakened chocolate cravings among people with a self-declared sweet tooth, Canadian researchers say. “There is now good evidence that mindfulness strategies […]

No clear winner for neck pain treatment: study

By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK Thu Mar 6, 2014 3:09pm EST (Reuters Health) – Exercise and strengthening may not be the best approach for all kinds of neck- and whiplash-related pain, according to a new analysis by Canadian researchers. The results directly contradict a 2008 recommendation by the Neck Pain Task Force in Canada. Instead, the new research “suggests that people with neck pain have many options when choosing how to improve it,” Janet Freburger […]

Removing playground benches may get adults moving

By Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn NEW YORK Thu Mar 6, 2014 2:04pm EST (Reuters Health) – Getting adults to be more active on visits to children’s playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit, a small new study suggests. Inspired during his daily lunchtime walks by the sight of parents sitting on playground benches, a U.S. researcher has shown that moving the seating away from the area increased the amount of exercise that parents […]

Older adults may struggle with excess possessions

By Allison Bond NEW YORK Thu Mar 6, 2014 2:03pm EST (Reuters Health) – A lifetime’s worth of acquisitions and mementos may bring comfort to older adults, but this “material convoy” can also become more burdensome with age, U.S. researchers say. Based on a national survey, a new study finds that after age 50, people become less and less likely to sell or donate items they no longer need – possibly because doing so becomes […]

Researchers Cure Diabetes In Mice

  (Reuters)– Using the power of regenerative medicine, a team of scientists have been able to effectively cure a mouse of diabetes. The research, led by Dr. Sheng Ding of the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, uses a new method to decode and genetically modify skin cells into insulin producing beta cells. Type 1 diabetes, which usually manifests during childhood, is caused by the destruction of beta-cells, which normally reside in the pancreas and produces a hormone called insulin. Without insulin, […]

Nine-month-old baby may have been cured of HIV, U.S. scientists say

(Reuters) – A 9-month-old baby who was born in California with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS may have been cured as a result of treatments that doctors began just four hours after her birth, medical researchers said on Wednesday. That child is the second case, following an earlier instance in Mississippi, in which doctors may have brought HIV in a newborn into remission by administering antiretroviral drugs in the first hours of life, […]

Why You Should Quit Smoking?

Reasons Why You Should Quit Smoking Now By: Natalie Kate Ann Juntado   Once you have stopped the habit of smoking, you’ll soon realize how good it is for your health. Some may find it difficult to quit, but as you start doing the right thing for your health, by starting off with yourself, you’ll feel great from within. Here, we share you the reasons why you should quit smoking right now, yes right now, […]

Springing out of the gym into the sun? Take time to thaw out

(Reuters) – Fitness warriors eager to step out of the gym at the first sign of spring should exercise caution, fitness experts say, noting that hitting the open road is more taxing than running on a treadmill, and mountain trails are bumpier than a spinning class. Even conditioned people may need a period of adjustment to transition safely into working out in the open air. “The harsher the winter, the more we have to be […]

U.S. insurers say proposed Medicare cuts less than feared

By Caroline Humer Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:46pm EST (Reuters) – U.S. health insurers including Humana Inc said on Monday that the government’s proposed cuts to privately run Medicare programs appear to represent a funding decline of around 4 percent, less than the possible cuts of 7 percent or deeper that analysts had been expecting. Shares of most insurers rose on Monday, with Humana leading the pack, up 9.2 percent at $112.29 on the New […]

U.S. government seeks to cut Medicare payments to insurers

By Caroline Humer Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:51pm EST (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday proposed a cut in payments to private health insurers for 2015 Medicare Advantage plans, a move Republican lawmakers said would hurt benefits for the elderly and disabled. The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, appeared to cut payments by more than the 6 to 7 percent the insurance […]

Loving Your Skin: The Natural Way To Beat Acne

By Natalie Kate Ann Juntado Every girl’s enemy and burdensome problem is to find out that another acne is showing up on her face. Acne has never been treated as a gift for us girls, rather, as an embarrassment. After trying all the creams and facial wash solutions, still it is not enough to control the power of acne. There are certain natural ways to prevent acne that won’t bring any harm on our skin, […]