Smoking tobacco leaves chemical traces on DNA

Smoking tobacco leaves chemical traces on DNA

Smoking tobacco leaves the chemical footprints on DNA. Tobacco smoke leaves its mark on DNA by changing a chemical code on the DNA molecule that can sometimes change gene activity, according to a new study. Some of these molecular changes revert to their original state when a smoker quits, but others persist in the long term, the researchers found. Experts have known for some time that smoking causes changes of the DNA molecule, but they are now learning more about how widespread the changes are, and what they may mean, said…

Weaker Bones Related to Milk Allergy

Weaker Bones Related to Milk Allergy

A new study shows a possible correlation between childhood milk allergies to weaker bones as an adult. This allergy is the most common food allergy among children in the United States, affecting 3% of children. The main form of treatment is avoidance of not only cow’s milk but also dairy products as a whole, which is problematic because such products are a major source of calcium. The study found low bone density in 6% of children in a 52 child study who suffered from a long-term allergy to milk. Study…

Medical Mistakes Are The Third Leading Cause For Deaths In The U.S. – Study

Medical Mistakes Are The Third Leading Cause For Deaths In The U.S. – Study

Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study contends. Johns Hopkins University researchers analyzed eight years of U.S. data and concluded that more than 250,000 people died each year due to medical errors. In a new study in the latest edition of BMJ suggests that most of the medical errors go unobserved, at least in the official record. The story scares you when in a hospital the surgeon operates on the wrong patient or accidentally leaves medical equipment or removes the…

How badly we are addicted to the mobile phones!

How badly we are addicted to the mobile phones!

Boston – In a poll conducted on 1,240 parents and children by Common Sense Media, about 50 percent of teens feel they depend too much on their mobile devices. The survey suggests this behaviour is causing friction between parents and children. The poll found 52 percent of teenagers and 66 percent of their parents feel the teens spend too much time on mobile devices. The survey indicates nearly 80 percent of teens check their phones hourly, 72 percent feel the need to respond to messages right away, and more than a…

Johnson & Johnson faces another big verdict on the baby talcum powder

Johnson & Johnson faces another big verdict on the baby talcum powder

St. Louis — A Sioux Falls woman is making national headlines after a well-known company was ordered by a Missouri jury to pay her $55 million. The woman claims she developed ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder. This is the second lawsuit Johnson & Johnson has lost in three months. In February, a jury awarded 72 million dollars to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer. The common link: both claim the company’s baby powder containing talc is to blame…

Why Screening for Celiac Disease is Not always Recommended?

Why Screening for Celiac Disease is Not always Recommended?

Washington – Celiac is an autoimmune disease in which the body reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat. This disease affects approximately 0.40 percent to 0.95 percent of adults in the U.S., and the symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and malnutrition. The nation’s top experts on preventive health do not recommend routine testing for Celiac disease, unless symptoms suggest it. Although blood tests exist to screen for Celiac disease, proper diagnosis relies upon biopsy — an invasive procedure. The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that…