Monthly Archives: July 2012

About Diverticulitis

 About Diverticulitis There is some recent news about diverticulitis or diverticulosis, which is a condition wherein small pouches appear in the large intestine and has been graphically likened to weakened portions of a tyre that protrude outwards under pressure. An article in the New York Times explains the appearance of this condition which has only happened in modern times. It says: “People living in industrialized countries have paid some hefty health-related prices for their relatively affluent lives, like high rates […]

Erectile Dysfunction Symptom Screening

Erectile Dysfunction Symptom Screening   Erectile dysfunction is psychologically disturbing for men, especially younger men, but may be an indicator for other more serious problems of coronary disease, and experts have recently suggested erectile dysfunction symptom screening be carried out on a much wider basis. Researchers and doctors at the Miriam hospital have concluded that: “It’s now time to expand ED symptom screening to include younger and middle-aged men.” A recent article explains the significance:  “As many as 30 million […]

A New Treatment for Nail Fungus

A New Treatment for Nail Fungus   There are a couple of reports such as this one of a new treatment for nail fungus involving the use of a laser. Like many new treatments, however there is not yet sufficient real evidence to convince everyone of its efficacy. Nail fungus is a troublesome and disfiguring infection that causes a lot of embarrassment for sufferers. The report in the Washington Post explains the current situation thus: A New Treatment for Nail […]

What are Antioxidants?

What are Antioxidants?   You may have heard the term “antioxidants” and that they are good for us but you may wonder exactly what are antioxidants and what do they do? An excellent article in News Medical explains all:  “An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent.” What are Antioxidants? “Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start […]

Whether you Should have Surgery for Prostate Cancer

 Whether you Should have Surgery for Prostate Cancer One of the problems with prostate cancer is that there is no easy way to tell if it’s going to progress very slowly or whether it may be aggressive and this leads to the dilemma of whether you should have surgery for prostate cancer in the early stages. A recent article suggests that for men over 65 surgery may not confer any real advantage in terms of life expectancy. The article says: […]

New Treatments for Baldness

New Treatments for Baldness   Hair loss, is like weight loss, in that it’s a massive area of concern for many people and a big market for commercial products; and it’s of interest to many when there is news of new treatments for baldness, An article here describes how:  “Yale researchers have discovered the source of signals that trigger hair growth, an insight that may lead to new treatments for baldness.” “The researchers identified stem cells within the skin’s fatty […]

The Hidden Danger to Vision

The Hidden Danger to Vision There are so many complex chemicals used in the modern world that it is almost inevitable that there will be health hazards from at least some, and a recent report shows the hidden danger to vision of exposure, especially early in life, to the chemical solvent tetrachloroethylene, also known apparently as PCE. The chemical is an organic solvent and widely used in dry cleaning, despite the statement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer […]

Latest Findings on Acid Reflux

Latest Findings on Acid Reflux Acid reflux has commonly been considered as a purely physical phenomenon but there is a type of oesophageal inflammation which may not be due primarily to regurgitation of acid stomach contents, as some latest findings on acid reflux suggest it may not be quite as simple as that. The condition known as eosinophilic oesophagitis is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the oesophagus as a result of an allergic reaction, possibly to certain foods. […]

A Vaccine for Quitting Smoking

Vaccine for Quitting Smoking A vaccine for quitting smoking may seem to be science fiction but addiction to nicotine is the major problem smokers face when trying to quit, but now it seems as though it may be possible to develop just that, a vaccine for quitting smoking . An article here explains the results of research carried out at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Apparently the vaccine for quitting smoking would block the pleasurable effects of nicotine by producing antibodies. […]