Health

Data from landmark NIH blood pressure study supports important part of new AHA/ACC hypertension guidelines

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This is a field of blood cells. The bi-concave disks are red blood cells or erythrocytes. The white cell...

Antibiotic resistance is ‘crisis we cannot ignore,’ UN warns, calling for responsible use of these medicines

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Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection.

Obesity during pregnancy may lead directly to fetal overgrowth, NIH study suggests

Obesity during pregnancy — independent of its health consequences such as diabetes — may account for the higher risk of giving birth to an atypically large infant, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Launch of special initiative to address climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States

On November 12, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), WHO, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), has launched a...

NIH study finds donor corneas can be safely preserved for longer period

Results from a large, national clinical trial show that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days without negatively impacting the success of transplantation surgery to restore vision in people with diseases of the cornea. The cornea is...

One in five US adults still using tobacco products in 2015

About 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some form of tobacco product in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and...

Cellphone-based microscope leads to possible strategy for treating river blindness

River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm found primarily in Africa. The worm (Onchocerca volvulus) is transmitted to humans as immature larvae through bites of infected black flies. Symptoms of infection include...

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance

WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.

Higher brain glucose levels may mean more severe Alzheimer’s

For the first time, scientists have found a connection between abnormalities in how the brain breaks down glucose and the severity of the signature amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain, as well as the onset of eventual outward symptoms, of...

Lao PDR to Improve Health and Nutrition Coverage

More than one million people across 14 provinces in Lao PDR will benefit from the expansion of the Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project (HGNDP).