Medications

Popular heartburn drugs may up odds of stomach bug

(HealthDay)—If you’re one of the millions who rely on medications known as proton pump inhibitors for relief from heartburn, you may be at higher risk of illness from a stomach bug, new research suggests. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) include medications such as Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix and Prilosec. The study from France found that people who […]

Kids Health

Umbilical cord milking may be linked to higher risk of brain bleeding in preterm infants

Milking the umbilical cord—gently squeezing the cord and pushing the contents into the newborn’s abdomen before clamping the cord—could increase the risk for severe intraventricular hemorrhage, or bleeding into the brain’s fluid-filled cavities, in extremely preterm infants, according to results of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that was halted for safety […]

Health News

Bacteria-eating viruses may reverse liver damage in alcoholics

Bacteria-eating viruses may reverse liver damage in alcoholics by killing toxic gut microbes found in patients with severe hepatitis, study suggests The liver’s attempts to process excess alcohol result in liver damage, disease, cirrhosis and hepatitis, a form of chronic inflammation  Scientists at UC San Diego and King’s College London found alcoholics have high levels […]

Health Problems

Kratom may cause liver damage: study

(HealthDay)—The popular herbal supplement kratom may cause liver damage, researchers warn. Kratom is widely available in smoke shops and online. It’s a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. At low doses, it’s a stimulant. At high doses, it has an opioid-like effect. Use of kratom has risen […]

Health Problems

Even a little exercise may bring a brain boost

Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests. “Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track,” said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine. Her team looked 2,770 participants in the Framingham Heart […]