Kratom poisoning surged 52-fold in six years as more turn to the herbal opioid alternative
In 2011, just 31 calls were made to US poison control centers for kratom. By 2017, that number had soared to 286, including calls for 11 exposures that turned fatal, a Nationwide Children's study found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rates for two types of cancer-linked HPV strains have plummeted since the HPV vaccine was rolled out
A new study from the CDC found cases of women positive for HPV types 16 and 18 - responsible for about 70% of cervical cancers worldwide - fell by more than 30% from 2008 to 2014. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eat lots of onions, leeks and garlic to slash your chance of getting deadly bowel cancer
Eating 35lb of allium vegetables a year could reduce your bowel cancer risk, a study claims. It found that people that ate the most had a 79 per cent reduced risk of the cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS chronic illness patients to get £3,000 a year to spend on their own care by 2024
Up to 200,000 patients will be given their own NHS allowances to spend on care - including dogs. Ministers want to expand the ‘personal health budgets’ scheme for long-term illness patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evening exercise does NOT keep you awake and could even stop you over-eating
A study by Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia, suggests half-an-hour of high-intensity exercise between 7pm and 9pm does not affect how we sleep later that night. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teens are more concerned about anxiety and depression than drugs
Around 70 percent of 13- to 17-year-old said mental health issues are a 'major problem' for their age group, while 96 percent said it was at least a 'minor problem', a Pew Research report found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental 'missile' drug offers hope for triple negative breast cancer
Sacituzumab, is an antibody that zeroes in on cancer cells. Like a homing missile, it delivers a 'warhead' in the form of a potent chemotherapy drug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle-aged theater-goers and gym-bunnies are nearly 50% less likely to develop Alzheimer's 
A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found women with high levels of mental activities - like going to concerts - were 46 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US government may FORCE states to implement tighter vaccine laws
It's not clear what the government could do to enforce vaccinations, but FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb insisted there are 'certain rules' that could be mandated. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The world's best-selling drug costs SIX times more in the US than the UK
Drug maker Abbvie made over $18 billion on it's arthritis drug, Humira, in 2017. It has kept a monopoly on the drug by making tiny changes to the formula, which costs over $5,600 in the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Robot operates on a two-day-old baby who was born missing an esophagus
The two-day old baby was born in Chandigarh, India, on January 31 without a fully-formed esophagus, which carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach, known as esophageal atresia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Icelandair passengers warned of MEASLES after a contagious holidaymaker travelled on a flight
Icelandair customers who flew from Heathrow to Reykjavik on the February 14 flight FI455 have been told to seek medical help if they show any symptoms of the viral illness, including a fever or rash. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People with rare diseases get 'unequal treatment' from 'inflexible' NHS drug regulator, warns report
A study by MAP BioPharma found only 13 per cent of rare disease medicines made it through The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) assessments. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As asthma deaths rise by a quarter in ten years, is rising pollution to blame?
Ella Kissi-Debrah (pictured), from Lewisham, died of an asthma attack in 2013. If her doctors’ suspicions are confirmed, she will become the first to be recognised as having been killed by toxic air (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antidepressant could 'improve old age for millions' by slowing the progression of Alzheimer's
Mood-boosting drug trazodone has been shown to slow neurodegenerative conditions in mice. The UK Dementia Research Institute will start the first human trials later this year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs who dispense drugs from their own practice could be costing the NHS £7MILLION
Experts say the way the NHS works means GP practices in England which dispense on-site can buy drugs at cheaper prices but still be reimbursed the full cost by the health service. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas father-of-two who was struck down with sudden paralysis completes Half Ironman triathalon
Trent Fielder, 44, from Burleson, Texas, was paralyzed in 2011 and diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nerves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Battery-free pacemakers powered by a patient's HEARTBEAT could spare the pain of replacement surgery
Scientists at the National Key Laboratory for Science and Technology in Shanghai, China, have developed a new kind of pacemaker that generates power when a beating heart bends it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The man whose testicle pain turned out to be TUBERCULOSIS
The unnamed man, 38, was treated at Wexham Park Hospital, Frimley. Scan shows a small 3x5mm lump in his right testicle, which sparked fears he may be suffering from cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why more women die of heart attacks: Their symptoms are different
Women are more likely to present without pain or have uncharacteristic symptoms including fatigue or discomfort in the neck, jaw and back, Glen Pyle of Guelph University in Canada explains. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Filters used on beer and wine ‘transfer TOXIC metals’ including lead and arsenic into the drinks
Experts from Rochester, southern Minnesota, found that filters increased arsenic levels between 3.7- to 7.9-fold - above the safe level of inorganic arsenic in apple juice, according to the FDA. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Schoolboy, 8, ‘living with a death sentence’ because NHS won’t fund cystic fibrosis ‘wonder drug’
George Monckton, from West Midlands, could be saved from lung deterioration by Orkambi. It is unavailable on the NHS due to a deadlock on a price deal with US manufacturers Vertex. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 33, who fractured her FACE when she tripped and fell now plagued by 'seizures and paralysis' 
Emjaye Bowman, from Birmingham, was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder. She raises awareness of her 'invisible illness' with photoshoots and poetry replicating the fall. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cervical cancer will be 'ELIMINATED by 2100' thanks to life-saving HPV vaccine and improved testing
Researchers from the Cancer Council New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, made the prediction - which could see 1,000 British women saved from the disease annually. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother-of-two, 29, forced to undergo hip replacement surgery after her joint dislocated EVERY HOUR  
Emma Donaghue, from Leeds, was born with congenital dislocation - a condition undiagnosed until she was three. By her twenties she was housebound, forcing her under the knife in January. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawyer whose cough was dismissed as 'bad flu' for TWO YEARS has blood cancer
Karla Lora-Cabán, 24, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was just 16 when she lost one-and-a-half stone (21lbs) and developed asthma. Doctors prescribed syrups and iron tablets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just a half-hour workout before work is 'as good as prescription drugs' for blood pressure
Experts at the University of Western Australia, Perth, examined data for overweight and obese men and women aged 55 to 80 at the start of the study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 33, suffers seizures and paralysis after fracturing her FACE when she tripped and fell
Emjaye Bowman, from Birmingham, was treated in hospital in 2006 but suffered with blackouts, seizures and 'numbness' for two years. She was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances keeps seniors active, a new study 
Spending time with a wide array of family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers keeps seniors more active because they have to least get up to see them, a University of Texas at Austin study found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

British teenagers have the highest rate of obesity in Europe, major study finds
Researchers at the Nuffield Trust have found that British 15 to 19 year olds have the highest rate of obesity in Europe and the fifth highest in the developed world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Millions face menopause without hormone replacement therapy because of 'decades old scare stories'
Figures unveiled by the BBC’s Inside Out programme, to be screened tonight, reveal just 2.5million prescriptions were issued in England in 2017, down from 6million in 2000. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating a high-fat diet in your 20s and 30s makes you likely to get heart disease and diabetes later
According to researchers at Qingdao University, China, fatty foods cause a reduction and mutation of good bacteria in the gut, which can potentially cause diabetes, heart disease and strokes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Girl whose brain tumor left her paralyzed and blind 'cured' after treatment with experimental drug 
Kaitlyn Dorman, 17, from Baltimore, Maryland, was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a childhood brain tumor, when she was nine years old. An experimental drug has 'cured' her, doctors say. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Girl, six, has rare liver disease that causes her skin to be itchy all the time
Clara Peterson, six, from Green Acres, Washington, was diagnosed when she was an infant with a disease that causes bile salts to build up in liver cells instead of being excreted. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You CAN become dependent on Zyrtec and have itchy withdrawals from the allergy drug
Zyrtech is not addictive, but the bodies histamine receptors can become accustomed to always having it present - and itchy anxious withdrawals are 'absolute hell' - but the label doesn't warn you. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cut out an hour of sitting every day to slash your heart disease risk by 25%, study says 
A new study from UC San Diego found that women who sat for uninterrupted long periods of time had a 52% higher risk than those who sat for the same amount of time but in short, interrupted periods. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene therapy in the womb could cure rare brain disorder that causes seizures, memory loss
Using the gene-editing technology CRISPR, scientists at the University of North Carolina switched on a muted gene in mice embryos, which were then born with no trace of the disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A daily handful of nuts slashes heart attack risk by 33% 
A study found patients who ate an ounce of the snack food five days a week were 34 and 17 percent less likely to die from or develop the condition, respectively. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA warns Americans against ‘Dracula’ transfusions of young blood
A number of clinics are already offering transfusions of young blood plasma with the promise it stops aging, but the procedure is unproven and done by 'bad actors, the FDA warned Tuesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Living with a partner who doesn't listen could make you ‘more likely to DIE early’
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh questioned 1,200 people in relationships about their partners over 20 years. Psychologists said support systems were important for long-term health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Commonly-prescribed blood-pressure drug may combat PTSD
A study by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China found the hypertension drug losartan - also known by its brand name Cozaar - helps people sweat less when faced with a fear. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Documents reveal FDA efforts to limit fentanyl prescriptions are failing miserably 
A new Johns Hopkins report reveals that half of patients that got prescriptions for powerful fentanyl painkillers got them inappropriately, but the FDA never flagged or punished a single doctor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why over-65s succumb to flu despite having 'wiser' immune systems
A team at the University of Chicago has answered a question that has puzzled many for years: why are the elderly more likely to die when their immune systems are 'wiser' than anyone else's? (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman 'develops a fishy vagina' after she 'FORGETS to wash down below'
The 22-year-old woman - known only as Nu Nu - who lives in Surrey, set out to be celibate for a year after deciding 'men are trash' and her vagina is 'precious' - but lasted just six months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Violent films could make you FAT: Stress makes your body crave crisps and chocolate for comfort
Participants in a New York study had higher levels of stress, nerves and exhaustion after a scary film and therefore ate around two more items of food compared to rom-com viewers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why it’s particularly dangerous
While smiling depression is not a technical term, it is certainly possible to be depressed and manage to successfully mask the symptoms, writes Cambridge University researcher Olivia Remes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How a brain scan could diagnose autism in NEWBORNS
A study by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found premature babies have an excessive number of nerve cells in their brains, which is characteristic of those with autism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors remove 4.4lbs of stones, bottle caps and coins from stomach of man
The 54-year-old patient, from Goyang in South Korea, complained of pain in his stomach and sought help from medics. Doctors noticed his stomach was bloated and had to operate to remove the debris. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depressed teenagers struggle to remember information so will do worse in exams than happy children
Teenagers' working memory, used in the classroom and every day, was studied by the University of Reading. Researchers said parents and teachers should not dismiss children as lazy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Support worker born without a reproductive system has a vagina built from her BOWEL
Tara Gratton, 37, of Stakeford, Northumberland, suffers from Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKS), which caused her to have an 'underdeveloped' vagina. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news