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 […]

There’s a Respiratory Disease Outbreak in China, Why Experts Aren’t Very Worried

A recent surge in respiratory illnesses — primarily in children — in China has drawn attention from the World Health Organization (WHO)Trusted Source, other health experts around the globe, and Western media. In mid-November, China’s National Health Commission announced a significant rise in influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), Mycoplasma pneumonia (a bacteria that causes pneumonia), and respiratory syncytial virus […]

World AMR Awareness Week 2023

World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week is marked annually from 18 to 24 November to raise global awareness on antimicrobial resistance and encourage rational use of antimicrobials to reduce further emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections […]

Antibiotic consumption in Europe rebounds to pre-pandemic levels

This year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) focuses on the targets outlined in the 2023 Council Recommendation to step up efforts in the European Union (EU) against antimicrobial resistance in a One Health approach. Those recommendations formulate the 2023 goal to reduce total antibiotic consumption (community and hospital sectors combined) by 20%, using consumption data […]

TikTok Users Say Vitamin D and Magnesium Can Help Treat Anxiety

TikTok users claim that supplementing with magnesium and vitamin D can help alleviate anxiety. While it pays to be cautious when following TikTok trends, a recent viral video from user @tylerjohnwesley that’s currently sitting at 16.3 million views may just be on to something. His followers are raving about what he calls “500 milli vanilli grams of peace.” […]

Diabetes Awareness Month 2023

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin helps glucose get into the cells. World Diabetes Day – marked every year on 14 November – was proclaimed by the United Nations in […]