Medical Reading. Your HealthGuard.

Analysis Of Ancient Nubian-Era Mummies Finds New Evidence That Disease Spread From Altering Environment

November 22, 2017

Mummies from along the Nile are revealing how age-old irrigation techniques may have boosted the plague of schistosomiasis, a water-borne parasitic disease that infects an estimated 200 million people today. An analysis of the mummies from Nubia, a former kingdom that was located in present-day Sudan, provides details for the first time about the prevalence of the disease across populations in ancient times, and how human alteration of the environment during that era may have contributed to its...

Human Medication Can Be Dangerous For Pets

November 21, 2017

What do you do when you have a stuffy nose, an aching back or an upset stomach? Many people reach for the over-the-counter medicines to alleviate the discomfort. What should you do when your pet appears to be suffering the maladies as you are? Do not reach for the human medicines until you talk to your veterinarian, said Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian. "Administration of human medications should only occur with the recommendation and superv...

Effect Of Medical Management On Recurrent Stone Formation Following Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

November 20, 2017

UroToday- Patients undergoing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), regardless of the presence of residual stone fragments, should be treated with patient specific metabolic therapy. This was clearly demonstrated in this important retrospective study from Glenn Preminger's group at Duke University. They showed that 34 of 49 (69%) patients selecting medical therapy following PCNL remained stable or had decreased stone burden of their residual stone disease with an average follow-up of 31.4 months...

E Coli In The Countryside, Whose Problem Is It Anyway?

November 19, 2017

E. coli O157 is the most common of the harmful strains of the bacteria and this interdisciplinary research has investigated not just its characteristics, but also how people understand E. coli O157 and how their behaviour affects the threats that it poses. E. coli O157 must be swallowed to infect people it can be contracted from food, water or by contact with farm animals, particularly sheep and cattle, and their faeces. In one-to-one interviews, the researchers found that people believed other...

Climate Change Could Bring Malaria And Other Infectious Diseases To The UK

November 18, 2017

Frequent floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather conditions could have huge health impacts for the UK, the BMA said in a new online report1 on climate change. The BMA report, 'Health professionals - taking action on climate change', is calling on health professionals to take the lead on this issue. The online report states that doctors have the opportunity and responsibility to highlight the public health risks associated with climate change. The BMA's Head of Science and Ethics, Dr Vivien...