Can Daith Piercing Help Alleviate Migraine Symptoms?

Migraine attacks can occur at any time: they can be triggered even by smells. Severe pain, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms are debilitating, so migraine sufferers go to any lengths to relieve them. Some treatments may seem to be quite exotic, but there are patients who claim they are effective. One of such fad treatments is daith piercing. Image Credit: premierhealth.com About 12 percent of Americans suffer from migraines. Intense pain forces people to seek new solutions that would bring relief, even i...

Skip Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements and Exercise Instead, Say Researchers

According to a recent research, many older adults take calcium and vitamin D supplements in vain, and those who take large doses even harm their health. A review of latest studies showed that such supplements are useless, as far as fall and fracture prevention is concerned. It is another piece of evidence demonstrating that dietary supplements are not beneficial. Image Credit: pinsdaddy.com As the population is aging rapidly – and US citizens are no exception – more and more seniors fall, which leads to injurie...

What Is Coxarthrosis?

While the term is rarely used on this side of the pond, coxarthrosis is something that no patient would like to overlook. It is another name for arthrosis of the hip joint, which can eventually lead to disability if left untreated. Read on to find out what the symptoms of coxarthrosis are, what causes can be behind it, and how it is treated. Image Credit: Everyday Health What is coxarthrosis? Coxarthrosis is a disease that leads to hip joint destruction. It is more likely to affect those aged 40 or older, with...

Scientists Have Discovered a New Stem Cell That Can Heal Brain Damage

A new type of brain stem cells was discovered by Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute scientists. This study gives a hope to recover to people with brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's: a new type of stem cells can repair damaged brain cells. Stem sells The discovery of stem cells by Jameson Thomson from Wisconsin University in 1998 was a tremendous event in medicine. These cells are able to transform into any necessary cell instead of the same damaged one. Free stem cells receive a body sign...

Young Women are Prone to Serious Diseases: Why Don’t You Believe?

We are used to hearing that young ladies are beacons of health; they are strong and never experience anything worse than flu once a year. However, it turns out it’s another myth, and a rather debilitating one. There are quite many conditions and diseases that target young ladies, and the fact that few people believe them when they say everything hurts – including doctors – aggravates the situation. Image Credit: Spencer Platt/ gettyimages.com Heart attacks We always consider heart attacks, cancer and the like ...

Dysbacteriosis: Condition Almost Everyone Has That Does Not Exist

You have probably heard of it, and many of us have it. Meet dysbacteriosis, a condition that is not listed in guidelines. More popular among doctors from Eastern Europe, the diagnosis is sometimes given on this side of the pond. What are the symptoms of this curious condition? And what are the causes behind it? Let’s find it out. Image Credit: soc.ucsb.edu Dysbacteriosis, or dysbiosis, occurs when some changes happen to your microbiome. The myriads of bacteria living inside everyone’s gastrointestinal tract are...

New Dietary Supplement Can Help Improve Blood Pressure

The newly developed dietary supplement that mimics calorie restriction can help fight hypertension and improve arterial health, researchers report. The study, albeit small, demonstrated that the supplement intake is associated with a reduction in diastolic pressure of 10 points, meaning a 25% heart attack risk reduction. Image Credit: google images Calorie restriction intake can bring multiple health benefits, but nutrition is such a complex issue that you cannot just advise cutting down on food – the consequenc...

Why Do I Have Nausea While Exercising?

Exercise-induced nausea is a thing which is experienced by both novices and experienced athletes. There are many reasons why exercising can cause sickness, and if you experience such effects, you can make changes to your training rules to avoid nausea and vomiting. Image Credit: MilanMarkovic / de.depositphotos.com There are so many reasons why you can feel nauseous while exercising that it’s difficult to say which ones are more likely to cause the sensation. From eating before starting to move to drinking too ...

Why You Shouldn’t Do Rice for Sprains

Ankle sprain is a very common injury. Several thousand people sprain ankles every day. It can happen while you are doing sports, playing games or just walking uneven surface. If you don’t treat your ankle properly, it can cause bigger problems. Photo Credit: zoff-photo / iStock / Getty Images Do you know exactly what the best treatment is? Almost each doctor or sports trainer will tell you that RICE is the thing you need to do (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevate.) It has been a common thing to treat sprained ankle, ten...

Top 5 Reasons to Get a Second Opinion

When you facу any health issue, it is very important to choose a treatment plan. To be sure you’re aware of all your possible options you can get an alternative opinion from another doctor. Image Credit: Pressmaster / Dreamstime.com When you or somebody from your family gets a new medical diagnosis, it’s easy to become very confused. And making decisions regarding the treatment can be not easy. Modern healthcare system is very difficult to understand for ordinary people. Especially we understand this when we need...

Drink More to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections

According to researchers, any women can reduce recurrence of urinary tract infections easily just by consuming larger amounts of water on a regular basis. The approach is simple yet effective: removing bacteria in a natural way is also beneficial for other body systems, so the good old advice to increase water intake is now supported by another piece of evidence. Image Credit: fitgirlcode.com Urinary tract infections, which are often abbreviated as UTI, are widespread: according to statistics, the average woman...

How Do Solar Storms Affect Our Health?

Weather forecasts sometimes feature mysterious solar storms, and the term sounds kind of scary. Some people, especially those who suffer from hypertension, can feel there is something like this happening on the Sun surface even without somebody telling them, as they don’t feel well in such periods. What are these storms? In what way do they affect our health? Let’s find it out. Image Credit: WizScience.com What are solar storms? Actually, it’s not the solar storms, of flares, that appear to affect health, but th...

When Your Body Loses Myelin

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that is really common nowadays. Statistics says that nearly 400 thousand people suffer from this disease in the USA and about 2.5 million of people around the world. This is enough to say that this disease is widespread. And because of that we have to know more about multiple sclerosis. Image Credit: neurogum.com Usually, multiple sclerosis is diagnosed in the age of 15 – 40. Unfortunately, in most cases it is impossible to diagnose multiple sclerosis when it just starts to develop...

MS Fatigue: Simple Ways to Deal with It

Almost 80% of all people with MS (multiple sclerosis) diagnosis are suffering from fatigue, lack of energy from day to day. This leads to disruption of normal human activity and worsens the quality of life. What to do to minimize or avoid that state? Image Credit: Medicalxpress.com People with MS often face 3 types of fatigue: emotional (when it is difficult to force themselves to do something, motivation is insufficient); mental (inability to keep information in mind and concentrate on the task); ph...

How Do We Know We are Thirsty?

We normally do not ponder what the mechanisms that let us know we need fluid are. We just want to drink. Period. How the body understands there is not enough water has been a mystery for a long time, and it actually remains to be one, but now researchers have found that our brain can detect when we are drinking. Image Credit: Kaboompics / Karolina / Pexels.com Have you ever seen an animal drinking? When cats (or any other creature) start drinking, they do it because their bodies are dehydrated – there is not eno...

Swollen Lymph Nodes: When you Should be Worried

It's normal to be worried or scared the first time you discover a swollen lymph node on your body. However, in a vast majority of cases swollen glands do not portend anything sinister - but you need to be able to recognize those that do. Image Credit: healng.com The network of nodes Your lymphatic system is your best ally against infections. You have over 600 lymph nodes all across your body, connected one to another with special channels, forming complex chains. As your lymphocites, macrophages, and fibro...

Why Does My Jaw Click?

Jaw popping, which is sometimes called jaw clicking, is an irritating sensation that you can have when chewing, talking or yawning. In most cases, it is not a sign of something dangerous, but a temporary inconvenience. However, in some people it can be a symptom of TMJ and may require treatment. Image Credit: dolgachov / tr.123rf.com So what makes this popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth? It’s a couple of joints called temporomandibular joints, which are found on either side of your jaw and conn...

Once Again about Cats: is Toxoplasmosis Dangerous?

Every few months, there is a wave of scary articles about yet another nasty virus or bacterium that presumably can kill you. Toxoplasmosis is one of such scares, but is it a real threat? Image Credit: amazonaws.com Look what the cat dragged in We have already written about the cat-scratch disease (ссылка!), caused by the parasite bartonella. Much more common, though, is toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii: more than 30% of people have it! Before we proceed to symptoms and risks, let's take a closer look ...

Can your Kitten Kill You? The Cat-Scratch Disease

Did you know that a cat scratch can produce symptoms that mimic those of some cancers - and that it can land you in a hospital? Meet bartonellosis, or the infamous cat-scratch fever. Image Credit: hewallpaper.co Does your cat have bartonella? According to statistics, 40-50% of all cats carry the Bartonella henselae bacterium at some point in their life. To be precise, it is not cats who are true carriers, but cat fleas. Bartonella is found in flea feces, which often get stuck under the cat's nails or even in it...

Dominant and Recessive Genes

If you attended biology classes in vain, you may be surprised to learn that not all recessive genes are rare, and some genetic disorders have a dominant inheritance pattern. Sounds like rocket science? Then read on to find out what these terms denote and whether it is possible to say an allele is definitely dominant or definitely recessive. Image Credit: wikipedia.org Confusing terms When most of us hear the terms in question, the first thing that comes to our mind is red hair versus dark hair, blue eyes versus ...