Yes, everyone is sick right now. So what can you do about it?

Does it feel like everyone you know is sick right now? It’s not your imagination: It’s been a particularly fierce season for all kinds of respiratory infections, from mild colds to more serious bugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care visits for coughs and sore throats with fever were “above baseline” […]

New research highlights health and wellness potential of Chaga mushrooms

Canadian researchers have assessed available research on the health benefits and composition of the Chaga mushroom, Inonotus obliquus. With a long history of traditional use for medicinal purposes and resulting research on pharmaceutical benefits, the review suggests additional potential of the mushroom in nutrition for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antitumor potential. The research team laments […]

Latest research confirms multivitamins can enhance cognitive health in seniors

The third COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) underscores the potential of daily cocoa extract and multivitamin supplements in improving memory and slowing cognitive aging in older adults. This research included 5,000 participants, of whom 573 were subject to in-person assessments over two years, and was conducted by Mass General Brigham, the US non-profit […]

Video gamers worldwide may be risking irreversible hearing loss and/or tinnitus studies suggest

Studies suggest game sound levels often near, or exceed, permissible safe limitsGreater public health efforts needed to raise awareness of potential risks, urge researchers Video gamers worldwide may be risking irreversible hearing loss and/or tinnitus—persistent ringing/buzzing in the ears—finds a systematic review of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Public Health. What evidence there […]

2023 was the hottest year on record. It also pushed the world over a dangerous line

A new analysis shows 2023 exceeded 1.5C of warming on average for the first time, a key limit in the Paris Climate Agreement. This story is part of a Vox series examining how the climate crisis is impacting communities around the world, as the 28th annual United Nations conference on climate change (COP28) unfolds. It’s official: Month after record-breaking month, […]

Researchers identify mechanism that causes gastrointestinal problems with cancer immunotherapy

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center have identified a mechanism that causes severe gastrointestinal problems with immune-based cancer treatment. They also found a way to deliver immunotherapy’s cancer-killing impact without the unwelcome side effect. Immunotherapy has emerged as a promising treatment for several types of cancer. But immune checkpoint inhibitors can […]

WHO officially recognizes noma as a neglected tropical disease

In a pivotal move towards addressing one of the world’s most underrecognized health challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the inclusion of noma (cancrum oris or gangrenous stomatitis) in its official list of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This decision, which was recommended by the 17th meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group […]

Holiday Scroll Stress: Tips to Manage Your Social Media Use

Although the holiday season is usually a joyful and truly meaningful life-enhancing experience, social media has the power to ruin the feelings of connectedness and personal relationships that give life real meaning. Managing your online presence will ensure that social media does not overshadow the true value of the holidays. With this in mind, this […]

Urgent action needed to protect children and prevent the uptake of e-cigarettes

Urgent action is needed to control e-cigarettes to protect children, as well as non-smokers and minimize health harms to the population. E-cigarettes as consumer products are not shown to be effective for quitting tobacco use at the population level. Instead, alarming evidence has emerged on adverse population health effects. E-cigarettes have been allowed on the […]

ChatGPT struggles to answer medical questions, new research finds

ChatGPT might not be a cure-all for answers to medical questions, a new study suggests. Researchers at Long Island University posed 39 medication-related queries to the free version of the artificial intelligence chatbot, all of which were real questions from the university’s College of Pharmacy drug information service. The software’s answers were then compared with responses written […]

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