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A man from Wisconsin has been living a non-stop nightmare due to a medical condition that causes him to have up to 100 unwanted orgasms every single day.

Why we don't have a cure for the common cold

Modern science has eradicated smallpox, extended life expectancy, and made huge gains in battling some of the world's deadliest diseases. So why can't we knock out the humble cold?

3D-printed medical marijuana inhaler first of its kind

With the help of 3D printing, an Israeli company has developed two pocket-sized, metered medical marijuana inhalers, one for use in hospital settings, and one for use in-home.

Health care system in collapse as Ebola death toll passes 3,000

As fast as clinics are built, they are filled up, leaving scores of the sick and dying to sit or crouch on the ground outside the gates. Ebola is turning into an insurmountable obstacle as health care workers labor day and night, fighting a losing battle.

Maybe entomophagy will be trending in time

Entomophagy the consumption of "bugs," may become much more prevalent in the future especially to supply protein and ensure that a food supply is available for the world's growing population.

New mosquito-borne virus spreads to Central and South America

The pain associated with the Chikungunya virus can be excruciating and last for days. The disease causes a debilitating illness that can overwhelm health care facilities and cut into economic productivity. Health officials are now on high alert.

Ebola deaths could reach 20,000

Some startling Ebola figures have been release: the WHO predicts more than 20,000 people could be infected by November, while the U.S. CDC estimates the epidemic will strike some 500,000 people by the end of January 2015.

Eating curry may boost brain repair and ward off dementia

An ingredient used in many curry dishes and favourite Indian spice meals may boost the brain's ability to heal, according to scientists in Germany.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

Link between physical and mental health

Researchers have shown how a muscle gene associated with the metabolite kynurenine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier, relieves symptoms of depression in exercising mice.

Tapeworms infest Chinese man after eating raw fish

Imagine a man's surprise, when after going to the hospital complaining of stomach pains and itchy skin, he finds out that X-rays show his body is riddled with tapeworms. This is what happened to a man from Guangdong province, China.

Washington's yoga community opposes 'yoga tax'

The Washington D.C. city council will be imposing a 5.75 percent sales tax on facilities that provide fitness services starting from October 1.

Almost 2 million young adults have chlamydia in U.S.

Nearly two million young adults aged 14 to 39 in the U.S. have the sexually transmitted disease (STD) chlamydia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials also report that most people don't know they are infected.

New skin patch monitors heart health

A new medical device has been developed. This “skin patch” is able to alert the wearer if they are having heart trouble.

Immune system of babies appears 'strong'

Most studies suggest that the immune system of new-born babies is weak. However, new research indicates that the baby’s immune cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria.

Annual telethon nearing for Comox Valley Child Development Centre

The 2014 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon will happen Nov. 4 in Courtenay, B.C., Canada. Organizers hope to raise even more than the $77,000 from the 2013 telethon. The CVCDA assists more than 800 children and their families each year.

Flu can make bacterial infections worse

New research suggests that influenza infection can result in the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae becoming more infectious, leading to a greater risk to ear and throat infections.

Op-Ed: Artificial sweeteners sabotage gut flora, cause sugar intolerance

One urban legend seems to be true according to a new study – Artificial sweeteners have damaging effects, sabotaging gut flora by promoting unhealthy flora and leading to health problems. Worse, small amounts of the sweeteners can cause the problems.

Pharmaceutical firm dumps polio virus into Belgium river

Staff working at a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) facility dumped more than 45 liters of concentrated live polio into the water at a Belgian treatment plant earlier this month.

Op-Ed: Rise of disabilities among wealthy youth not surprising

A new report finds a surge in disabilities among wealthier youth, which is surprising some analysts. This trend should come as no surprise: A combination of better diagnostic abilities and competitive gamesmanship explain the boost.

Ebola may be contained in Nigeria, Senegal, but death toll rises

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and Senegal appears to be contained, although deaths from the virus continue to rise in other areas affected by the disease.

U.S. National Food Safety Month

September is National Food Safety Education month in the U.S. The CDC has issued some new guidance to help producers and consumers to avoid food poisoning.

Uganda says fight against AIDS affected by too small condoms

A Parliamentary Committee for HIV/AIDS in Uganda has issued urgent calls for larger sized condoms in the nation's fight against AIDS.

Glaxo receives record fine in China

The Chinese government has fined U.K. pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline $490 million (3 billion yuan) after a court found the firm guilty of bribery.

Rob Ford has Toronto join 'Recovery Day in Canada' celebration

Thanks to two ambitious women and a filmmaker, each from the community of recovering alcohol and drug addicts, September 20, 2014, was Canada's 3rd Annual Recovery Day. The city of Vancouver leads the movement but Toronto is also involved.

U.S. waistlines just keep growing

Despite the best efforts of health professionals, Americans’ waistlines continue to expand, with women outpacing men. Slightly more than half of all Americans are now considered abdominally obese, according to a new study.

U.S. military joins Ebola campaign

After several weeks of international lobbying, President Barack Obama has agreed to send thousands of military personnel to Africa to streamline infectious disease-response efforts against Ebola.

Pneumonia-causing bacteria can pose heart risks

According to a new study, older adults who are hospitalized for pneumonia are at a higher risk for heart problems. This is because Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria may infiltrate the heart, causing microlesions that can lead to cardiac complications.

Whooping cough cases rise in the U.S.

Cases of whooping cough are rising across the U.S. This has been attributed to a recently altered vaccine and parents who are opting their children out of inoculations.

Barcelona hospital turns MRI into a space adventure for children

Being examined by an MRI machine tends to be scary for everyone, but particularly so for children. A hospital in Barcelona has come up with a high-tech and novel solution by turning the MRI room into a space wonderland.

Concern over hypertension drugs

A relaxation of controls for hypertension management drug may have placed millions of patients at risk, according to a new study into prescribing in the U.S.

Thousands of U.K. households at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

As winter approaches, U.K. households and businesses that use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for heating are advised to arrange inspections for their gas appliances.

Swiss doctor creates Google Glass app for paramedics (Video)

An app has been developed at the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO) in Sierre, Switzerland, which is aimed at saving precious minutes by enabling specialist doctors at hospitals to interact live with paramedics working on patients at the scene.

Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

FDA approves new device for treating migraines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the go-ahead for two new devices to be marketed for the treatment of migraines. The devices offer a different option to established treatments.

Kids with asthma at greatest risk from EV-D68 Special

Parents of children with asthma should ensure that their asthma is well controlled to avoid potential complications from contact with the respiratory virus EV-D68, according to the Ontario Lung Association.

Zero-calorie sweeteners are a risk to blood sugar levels: study

While low-calorie sweeteners like Splenda are often thought of as an important part of weight-loss regimens, a new study illustrates that they may have a serious effect on gut bacteria, and therefore blood sugar levels.

FDA publishes list of drugs with new safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a list of medicines for which there are new safety warnings or errors with the package inserts.

Inside the doctor shortage, and how it’s being solved Promoted

One of the largest challenges facing healthcare today is the difficulties that certain communities are experiencing in their quest to find individuals willing to work in the field.

Organizations demand trained interpreters for deaf Oregon inmates

Last Monday, three organizations filed a letter to the Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), Colette S. Peters on behalf of deaf inmates in Oregon.

Yoga could help veterans with PTSD

New research from the University of W-Madison has looked at how yoga can help war veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.


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