Taking ibuprofen or paracetamol in pregnancy raises premature and stillbirth risk by 50%: study

Pregnant women who take painkillers are more likely to have complications, a study has found. Aberdeen University researchers found there were higher rates of preterm birth and stillbirth among women who took over-the-counter pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Premature birth was roughly 50 percent more likely among women who took one of five … Read more

People in ‘high-risk’ New York counties should wear masks indoors in public settings, Health Department says

NASSAU COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) — The New York State Health Department is recommending that people regardless of high-risk counties wear masks in all indoor public settings, vaccination of their status. According to the CDC, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Ulster counties are now considered high risk. Most of New York City … Read more

Bay Area health officers recommend masking indoors; region has highest infection rate in California

Bay Area health officers recommend masking indoors; region has highest infection rate in California Twelve Bay Area health officers on Friday recommended that people wear indoor masks amidst a newswell of COVID cases and hospitalizations. The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID infection rates fueled by omicron subvariants, according to a joint news release. … Read more

‘This is not my kid’: Mysterious hepatitis wreaked havoc in healthy child with shocking speed

“Her eyes didn’t look like they were attached to her head anymore,” her mom, Kelsea Schwab, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “They were just rolling all over. “She would still ask for bananas and ask for juice and ask for snuggles, kind of like she’s still there, but not really,” she said. … Read more

Half a cup of blueberries a day could stave off dementia in older adults, study finds

Eating a half cup of blueberries every day in your late 50s can stave off dementia later in life, study finds Eating just a half-cup of blueberries every day in a person’s 50s can help them avoid devastating cognitive decline later in life, a new study finds Researchers found that people in their 50s who … Read more

There’s a Major Issue With How We Treat Lab Mice, And It Could Affect Study Results

Over 120 million laboratory rats and mice are used worldwide each year. Many are used to study distressing conditions like cancer, arthritis and chronic pain, and nearly all spend their lives in small, empty box-like cages: a kind of permanent lockdown. Our new analysis shows that this restrictive, artificial housing causes rats and mice to … Read more

Can Adults Get Ear Infections?

photo: Andrey_Popov (shutterstock) Some medical incidents are inextricably linked to the childhood experience: Kids throw up a lot for some reason, they skin their knees, they have their tonsils removed, and they get ear infections. Of course, these things can happen to grown-ups, too, but it’s much less common. Still, because some maladies are so … Read more

Obesity Health Expert Claims Meal Deals Should Be Banned From Supermarkets

An obesity expert has said that supermarket meal deals should be ‘illegal’. Dr Donal O’Shea, the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) clinical lead, made the comments on The Pat Kenny Show on Wednesday (11 May) and suggested shop staff are ‘trained’ to try and upsell snacks to customers. O’Shea urged the public to be ‘super aware’ … Read more

Octopuses Tragically Destroy Themselves After Mating. We May Finally Know Why

Octopuses are doomed to be orphans from a very young age. After a female octopus lays her eggs, she stops eating and begins self-mutilating, tearing off her skin and biting off the tips of her tentacles. By the time a young octopus wriggles out of its egg, its mother is already dead. A few months … Read more