Eczema is a common skin condition that results in red, itchy patches on the skin. Treating severe eczema is challenging, but intensive treatment methods can improve people’s symptoms. Doctors cannot cure eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, but treatments can reduce the severity of rashes and inflammation so that a person’s quality of life
Nicotine is the primary substance in cigarettes that causes addiction, but most experts agree that it does not directly cause cancer. Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers. However, although most experts agree that nicotine does not directly cause cancer, some research suggests that nicotine
Methylprednisolone and prednisone are both corticosteroid medications. They have similar effects on the body but differ in their available forms and some of the side effects they cause. Both medications reduce inflammation, and people use them to relieve the symptoms of many health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, and eczema. In this article,
Fertility drugs can treat many issues, increasing the chances of conceiving and carrying the baby to term. These drugs treat specific problems, so a person should take them only at a doctor’s recommendation. Taking fertility drugs without a diagnosis will not necessarily increase the chances of getting pregnant. According to the Centers for Disease Control
Recent research into older adults confirms that loneliness is tied to a raised risk of developing dementia. The study also reveals that the effect ranges across a diversity of people and is independent of how much social contact they have. A large new study confirms that loneliness is a risk factor for dementia. Scientists from
A quick home improvement project or fun craft afternoon with the kids can become a major hassle if someone gets super glue on their skin. Super glue can even bind the skin to other objects or glue the fingers together. However, super glue is not usually harmful to the skin, and there is a range
The Food and Drug Administration has had “constructive” meetings with e-cigarette manufacturers since instructing them to fix “epidemic” levels of teen nicotine use, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday.
The diet can play an essential role in managing diabetes. Understanding how certain foods affect insulin and blood sugar levels can help a person make informed choices about what to eat and when. A person with diabetes can eat a balanced, healthful diet without giving up on the foods they enjoy. The key tends to
The potential benefits of eating a plant-based diet have expanded once again. A new paper concludes that, for people with diabetes, cutting out animal products improves glucose control and well-being in addition to boosting weight loss. A new analysis finds more benefits of a plant-based diet. Over recent years, vegetarianism and veganism have steadily moved
New research suggests that having a larger brain could put people at risk of developing aggressive brain cancer. The findings are likely due to the large number of brain cells involved, the researchers think. New research finds a link between brain size and the risk of brain cancer. According to current estimates, doctors will diagnose
Last quarter, Pfizer Chief Ian Read was upbeat on the Trump administration’s plan to lower drug prices, even after a Trump tweet that led to his company deferring planned price increases.
Many people use baby powder to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. This can help prevent rashes and skin irritation from chafing. Some, but not all, baby powders are talcum powder, made with talc. Talc is one of the softest minerals in the world. As a powder, it can absorb oils, moisture, and odor,
A newborn’s belly button may bleed while the cord is falling off or shortly after it does. Most often, newborn belly button bleeding is not a cause for concern but a regular part of the healing process. Occasionally though, it can signal a problem. The umbilical cord supplies a fetus with nutrients from the mother.
Stridor is a high-pitched squeaking or whistling sound, usually due to an obstruction in an airway. Stridor is a sign of an underlying health issue rather than a diagnosis or disease in itself. This article outlines the causes of stridor in children and adults, along with information on diagnosis and treatments. Symptoms Symptoms of stridor
Doctors prescribe anticholinergic drugs to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bladder conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. There are many different types of anticholinergic drug, but they all work by blocking the action of acetylcholine, a type of neurotransmitter. Blocking this neurotransmitter inhibits involuntary muscle movements and
Skin redness can have many different causes, including burns, allergic reactions, infections, and some health conditions. Certain causes are more severe than others and may require medical treatment. In this article, we discuss several possible reasons for skin redness and when a person should see a doctor. Sunburn Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause skin
A chance find in cancer research has revealed that a protein that occurs naturally in the body plays an important role in regulating metabolism. Further investigation led to the suggestion that raising levels of the protein could reverse fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, and other obesity-related conditions. Obesity can cause a range of cardiometabolic disorders,
Two new studies now suggest that a noninvasive eye scan could soon be used to catch Alzheimer’s disease early. A simple eye scan may soon detect Alzheimer’s in a matter of seconds. The world’s population is aging rapidly and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. For this reason, the need for efficient
Two recent studies detail a natural mechanism that, if harnessed properly, may be able to destroy cancer cells and their ability to become resistant to treatment — without any of the side effects of chemotherapy. When normal cells mutate into cancer cells, ‘punching in’ a kill code may cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. In
Methotrexate is a medication that doctors prescribe to treat certain conditions, including adult rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and severe psoriasis. However, methotrexate drains the body of folic acid, which may lead to folic acid deficiencies. The body needs folic acid to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver, as well as healthy bones and
Oral chemotherapy kills or weakens cancer cells, and it usually comes in the form of a pill. As with other prescription medications, people can take oral chemotherapy drugs at home. While intravenous chemotherapy can be life-saving, it can also be inconvenient and potentially painful. The individual has to go to the hospital or a clinic
Common drugs that doctors prescribe to treat heart problems, arthritis, and cancer can actually pose a threat to lung health, and this problem “affects a considerable number of people.” This is the conclusion of a new review of the literature conducted by researchers from the United Kingdom. Drug-induced interstitial lung disease affects more people than
Scientists have revealed that an enzyme that is present in the liver and kidneys limits the activity of a molecule that plays a role in cell metabolism and longevity. Their research suggests that blocking this enzyme could be a way to preserve the health of these organs. Increasing levels of a so-called anti-aging molecule may
Goop, the lifestyle brand owned by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has been reported to the U.K.’s trading standards and advertising watchdogs over allegations that it makes misleading claims about its products.
As more and more people discuss mental health issues in public forums, it seems to be lifting some of the stigma surrounding the topic. New research reveals that the number of students seeking help for mental health problems has risen considerably between 2009 and 2015. Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are on the rise among
The Trump administration is battling rising health costs by going after the incentives that help drive higher prices.
In a condition known as spina bifida, children are born with an exposed spinal cord, which causes numerous physical and developmental issues. Usually, surgeons will operate on spina bifida after birth, but a complex in utero surgery can allow the baby to develop better while still inside the mother’s womb. Prenatal spina bifida surgery can
Gary Gottlieb is in a prime spot to see how technology companies are shaking up health care.