Is Bee-Sting Acupuncture Safe? Spanish Woman Dies After Apitherapy

Is Bee-Sting Acupuncture Safe? Spanish Woman Dies After Apitherapy

A woman in Spain died after undergoing apitherapy, an alternate form of acupuncture where bee stings are used instead of needles to perform the treatment, a recent report claimed. “Apitherapy is the use of substances from honeybees (eg, honey, propolis, royal jelly, or even venom), to relieve various medical conditions. One type of apitherapy is […]

How Obesity Kills Taste Buds

How Obesity Kills Taste Buds

Taste buds may be the tiniest victims of the obesity epidemic. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) In the long list of ways that obesity is bad for the body—hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, to name a few—a diminishing sense of taste can seem almost trivial. But the loss of taste could be fueling obesity itself—or at least […]

Racial gap in heart health down due to declining health of white Americans: Study

Racial gap in heart health down due to declining health of white Americans: Study

A new study out of UCLA has shown that health disparities between black and white Americans have decreased because overall heart health for white Americans has declined. Researchers looked at health records 40,876 adults — white Americans, African-Americans, and Mexican-Americans — and sorted them as having either “optimal,” “suboptimal” or “poor” cardiovascular health, using a […]

Fasting diets reduce important risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Fasting diets reduce important risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Intermittent energy restriction diets such as the 5:2 diet clears fat from the blood quicker after eating meals compared with daily calorie restriction diets, reducing an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports. In the first study of its kind, researchers from […]

White House vetting top AIDS researcher to lead health agency

White House vetting top AIDS researcher to lead health agency

One of the nation’s leading AIDS researchers and an expert in the treatment of heroin addiction is the leading candidate to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A formal announcement about the candidate, Robert Redfield, could come as early as Tuesday, once the vetting has been finished, said an administration official with knowledge […]

Stroke prevention drugs may help reduce dementia risk for atrial fibrillation patients

Stroke prevention drugs may help reduce dementia risk for atrial fibrillation patients

Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018. The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and Journal […]

Mice Eventually Change Their Appearance After Frequent Exposure To Humans

Mice Eventually Change Their Appearance After Frequent Exposure To Humans

Humans have been taming and domesticating wild animals over the past 15,000 years, either to put them in a farm or keep them as good ol’ pets. In domestication, an animal’s behavior changes, becoming less wild and more subservient to its owner. However, another thing changes apart from behavior: appearance. For instance, dogs, rabbits, and pigs […]

Baltimore's medical students celebrate years of hard work at Match Day

Baltimore's medical students celebrate years of hard work at Match Day

Rebka Tekeste and her husband planned on having children later in life. The 28-year-old was in a grueling medical program that left her little time for anything else. But sometime life throws you a curve ball. Tekeste found herself pregnant during her third year at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She gave birth […]

Startup offering to preserve brain with '100 percent fatal' procedure for $10000

Startup offering to preserve brain with '100 percent fatal' procedure for $10000

Need a way to hold on to your memories forever? One startup is offering a special, but fatal, procedure to help you keep your brain active.  » RELATED: Sleep deprivation could cause the brain to eat itself Researchers at Nectome, a medical company founded by MIT graduates, have discovered a way to maintain brain functionality after […]