Eye drops linked to outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in US

Eye drops linked to outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in US

NEW YORK — US health officials are advising people to stop using over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. On Wednesday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a health alert to doctors, saying the outbreak affected at least 55 people in 12 states. One is … Read more

An 81-year-old brain doctor’s 7 ‘strict rules’ to keep your memory ‘sharp as a whip’

An 81-year-old brain doctor’s 7 ‘strict rules’ to keep your memory ‘sharp as a whip’

Like any other part of your body, your brain needs daily exercise. Neglecting your brain health can leave you vulnerable to degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As a neuroscientist, I’ve spent decades guiding patients with memory problems through brain-boosting habits and exercises — most of which I also practice. … Read more

Eye drops linked to outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in US

Eye drops linked to outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in US

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are advising people to stop using over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. On Wednesday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a health alert to doctors, saying the outbreak affected at least 55 people in 12 states. One … Read more

How cancer can make you speak with an IRISH accent: An American who had never visited the island

How cancer can make you speak with an IRISH accent: An American who had never visited the island

A man with cancer has woken up to find he suddenly has an Irish accent – despite never being in the country. The American had been battling an advanced form of prostate cancer for almost two years before seeking advice for his ‘out of control brogue’. Doctors diagnosed the man in his 50s with extraordinarily … Read more

Excessive screen time in infancy may be linked to lower cognitive abilities later in childhood

Excessive screen time in infancy may be linked to lower cognitive abilities later in childhood

According to a new study, the amount of time babies spend looking at computer, TV and phone screens during their first year of life may be indirectly linked to lower cognitive abilities later in life. According to the study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, babies who watched an average of two hours of … Read more

The last drug able to fight gonorrhea begins to weaken

The last drug able to fight gonorrhea begins to weaken

To a stranger Eye, the press release from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health two weeks ago seemed rather routine. His language was perhaps a bit unnerving, but carefully worded: analysts had found a resident with a strain of gonorrhea who had a “reduced response to multiple antibiotics”, but this person – and a second … Read more

Coffee’s energy boost ‘must ALWAYS be rewarded with sleep’

Coffee’s energy boost ‘must ALWAYS be rewarded with sleep’

Why coffee does NOT give you extra energy: Scientist says pick-me-up is just a ‘loan’ that needs to be paid back with sleep Caffeine temporarily blocks a chemical called adenosine preventing drowsiness But eventually, adenosine binds to its receptor, making us sleepy and drowsy Dr Emma Beckett is a molecular nutritionist at Newcastle University By … Read more

Rare but deadly fungal infection Valley fever is spreading rapidly ‘due to climate change’

Rare but deadly fungal infection Valley fever is spreading rapidly ‘due to climate change’

A deadly fungal infection is spreading across the United States – and scientists believe it’s due to climate change. Cases of ‘Valley Fever’ – which is 10 times more deadly than the flu – have increased 20 times since the turn of the century. It is caused by the fungus Coccidioides, which releases spores into … Read more

Brief exposure to this automatic escape can alter brain function: study

Brief exposure to this automatic escape can alter brain function: study

Your morning commute could be inhibiting your brain function, according to a new study. Research published in the journal Environmental Health has found a possible link between inhaling diesel exhaust and impaired cognitive function. In the limited randomized study, researchers analyzed the brains of 25 adults using magnetic resonance imaging. After studying participants’ “functional connectivity” … Read more