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10 Unexpected Signs Of Liver Failure That Everyone Should Know About

Chances are good that liver failure probably isn't something you think about too often. It might seem like liver disease is something that only …

Liver Disease

Here's How Long Common Drugs Stay in Your Body

Just in case you were wondering.<p>Contrary to what many advertised drug tests might promise, not all substances leave their telltale chemical signature …

Morphine

Study identifies stem cell that gives rise to new bone, cartilage in humans

Identification of the human skeletal stem cell by Stanford scientists could pave the way for regenerative treatments for bone fractures, arthritis …

Stem Cells

Skeletal stem cells found in humans for first time, promising new treatments for fractures and osteoporosis

Researchers have finally triumphed in a decadeslong quest to identify human stem cells that reliably develop into the bone, cartilage, and other …

Stem Cells

5 Stretches to Loosen Your Hamstrings and Relieve Lower Back Pain

You probably already have a plan in place for what to do when your lower back is bothering you, but there may be something else you can try: stretching your legs. While there are many causes of low back pain, research shows that having tight hamstrings—the muscle at the back of the thigh—is linked …

Back Pain

Lose your belly fat with just two exercises

We asked Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.—one of the world’s top trainers—to create a cutting-edge fat loss workout. And, of course, he obliged.<p>But here’s a …

Workouts

The 6 new rules of bodybuilding

Bodybuilders are notorious for using extreme methods to get ripped. However, emerging research shows that not all traditional bodybuilding principles …

Exercise

Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the most common but least effective surgeries

<i>From time to time, we hear or read about medical procedures that can be ineffective and needlessly drive up the nation’s health-care costs. This</i> …

Osteoarthritis

An antioxidant might lead to new therapies for bone arthritis

An antioxidant food supplement widely used to treat conditions including paracetamol poisoning has shown promise in helping mice with osteoarthritis, …

Osteoarthritis

Eczema Is The Latest Condition to Potentially Benefit From a Bee Venom Treatment

Ouch?<p>People who suffer from atopic dermatitis – a common form of eczema – might one day find relief in a treatment based on the compound that makes …

Do you really need to stretch? Science weighs in.

Myles Schneider, 74, a semiretired podiatrist who lives in Reston, stretches for 60 minutes, six times a week. Schneider, who also walks briskly for 45 minutes twice weekly and runs three times a week for 45 minutes in the deep end of a pool, spends more time stretching than he does in actual …

Exercise

How Many Weightlifting Sets Is Enough?

How much weight do you need to lift to get stronger? A new study suggests it’s not as much as you think—but more is still better when it comes to …

Exercise

Probiotics 'not as beneficial for gut health as previously thought'

Probiotics, hailed by some as a cure for all kinds of digestive ailments and recommended by many GPs alongside antibiotics, may not be as universally beneficial for gut health as previously thought.<p>The gut microbiome is the sum total of all the micro-organisms living in a person’s gut, and has been …

Microbiome

90 years after penicillin: Artilysin could replace antibiotics

On September 3, 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by chance. Even then he warned of possible resistance. Now there are antibacterial …

Immune System

Forget the Dumbbells! These Intense Workouts Use Just a Wall

Feel like you can't work out because you don't have a gym or equipment? That's no excuse, because these intense, effective moves use a wall. Burn calories and and build strength in ways you never imagined. Yes, one of these videos even shows how to do burpees using a wall! Find a wall, and give …

Workouts

Growing new immune system could end misery of Crohn's disease

Stem cell transplants could the end misery of Crohn's disease, scientists hope.<p>A clinical trial has begun which will use stem cells to grow a new immune system for people with the condition which causes inflammation in the digestive system, leading to chronic pain and extreme tiredness.<p>Around …

Now We Understand How Marijuana Makes Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bearable

No wonder people with IBD often turn to the drug.<p>People who live with inflammatory bowel disease deal with a lot of physical discomfort, and for some …

Elusive mitochondrial connection to inflammation uncovered

PINK1 and parkin proteins help to degrade damaged mitochondrial organelles, and abnormalities in these proteins are linked to Parkinson’s disease. …

Medical Research

Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age

“Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it. I certainly thought <i>I</i> was. I usually do two physical activities a day, alternating among walking, cycling and swimming. I do floor exercises for my back daily, walk up and down many stairs and tackle …

Muscle

Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science

In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping past you wearing a FitBit; when Jeremy Hunt was health secretary, he was often pictured with his poking out from his shirtsleeves. It has become a …

Diabetes

Stunning anti-ageing breakthrough could see humans live to 150 and regenerate organs by 2020 'for the price of a coffee a day'

An extraordinary new anti-ageing technique could see humans live to 150 years old and allow them to regrow their organs by 2020.<p>Harvard Professor …

Anti-aging

Hidden Medieval Door Leading to Smugglers’ Caves Discovered Underneath Scottish Castle

Legend has it that a piper and his dog once ventured into the caves below Scotland’s Culzean Castle, determined to refute locals’ belief that the …

Archaeology

Scientists Test an Experimental Painkiller That's More Powerful Than Morphine But Non-Addictive

It just passed an important milestone.<p>It's no secret America is hurting right now. Life expectancy is in decline, fuelled by a deadly national …

Medicine

Anti-inflammatory meal plan: 26 recipes to try

For people who struggle with chronic inflammation, making key dietary choices can make a real difference.<p>The anti-inflammatory diet can help relieve …

Healthy Eating

New cancer treatment uses enzymes to boost immune system and fight back

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new approach to treating cancer using enzyme therapy.<p>The enzyme, PEG-KYNase, does …

Immune System

The culture of respect for religion has gone too far | Polly Toynbee

The pope has flown home after a roughing-up in Ireland. Just a few years ago it was unimaginable that a gay taoiseach would dare berate a visiting pontiff face-to-face about the “dark aspects” of Ireland’s history and “brutal crimes perpetrated by people within the Catholic church”.<p>Leo Varadkar’s …

Same-sex Marriage

This fix for nerve ‘insulation’ could prevent MS progress

Researchers have found a way to rebuild damaged nerve coverings that cause multiple sclerosis.<p>Finding ways to restore the myelin sheath is recognized …

Immune System

Can strawberries help cure intestinal inflammation?

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have found that strawberries are not only delicious, rich in vitamins and low in calories — they can …

New antibiotic candidates were inside us all along

With bacteria rapidly evolving resistance to our best antibiotics, scientists are searching high and low for new ones. In recent years promising drug …

How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and What To Do

Sitting wreaks havoc on the spine and the chain of muscles that supports it.<p>There's a reason why sinking into a low runner’s lunge always makes you sigh <i>“ahhh”</i> with relief. Our hips and backs are feeling tighter than ever, thanks to our largely sedentary work lives. You may already know that …