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Many women who are pregnant suffer from depression, with some medics putting the rate at one in seven. To assist medics in detecting the likelihood of a woman suffering from depression a biological marker has been detected.

Protecting people from viruses by adding salt to facemasks

To protect medical staff, the vulnerable or simply concerned members of the public from viruses, researchers have discovered that adding a small amount of salt to facemasks helps to eliminate viral threats.

Frozen fish and meat recalled in U.K.

Several frozen fish and meat products are being recalled from sores around the U.K. The foods are reportedly "unsafe" for human consumption.

U.S. report reviews health impact of marijuana use

A United States report on marijuana, by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, concludes marijuana use can ease chronic pain and help some sleep but it also could raise the risk of becoming schizophrenic.

U.S. woman dies of 'superbug' infection no antibiotic could treat

Instead of teetering on the edge of a cliff when it comes to the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, we have now fallen off that cliff. A Nevada woman has died of a "superbug" resistant to all known antibiotics.

CVS announces huge cost cut for generic version of EpiPen

Pharmaceutical giant CVS announced on Thursday it is partnering with Impax Laboratories to sell a generic epinephrine auto-injector for $109.99 for a two-pack. The auto-injector, a generic form of Adrenaclick will be available nationwide starting today.

New app seeks to lower stress through meditation

A new app, called Aura, combines mindfulness meditations with machine learning to fight stress and anxiety. The developers state the app to be the first meditation app to combine machine-learning with three-minute mindfulness meditations.

How stress on the brain triggers heart attacks

Scientists have confirmed the link between stress, a region of the brain and heart attacks. The research shows why stress can sometimes lead to a heart attack.

U.S. salmon may carry Japanese tapeworm, CDC scientists say

Diphyllobothriosis, a human disease caused by tapeworms, is reemerging because of the popularity of eating raw fish. The larvae or plerocercoids of the Japanese broad tapeworm have now been detected in wild salmon netted in Alaskan waters.

Woman, 25, dies of cervical cancer after begging for tests

A 25-year-old woman recently died after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. This came after she was previously refused a smear test because she was told she was too young.

Rates of depression increase among teenage girls

Depression, at least in the U.S., is increasing among teens, with the largest increase seen with teenage girls. This is based on a new assessment of medical case history over a ten year period.

Pioneering new surgery repairs baseball star's elbow damage

Seth Maness, who played for St. Louis Cardinals, has regained the chance to continue his career following pioneering elbow surgery. A serious injury ended Maness' career last season. Now, thanks to a successful operation, he is free to sign up again.

Dental drills and fillings may become things of the past

Researchers in the U.K. have discovered a drug that can help decayed teeth heal themselves without the necessity of drilling in order to fill cavities. If testing proves successful millions of people will be able to avoid the dreaded dentist’s drill.

New sensor detects inflammatory bowel disease

The world’s first sensor, able to assess inflammatory bowel disease, has been developed. The sensor will help medics to take a more personalized approach to treating the disease.

Red meat link to common bowel disease: study

A diet rich in red meat has been linked to a heightened risk of a bowel inflammation called diverticulitis, according to a study published Tuesday.

Deep brain simulation aims to treat paralysis

A clinical trial involving a human implant has been completed. The device collects data to determine whether brain stimulation can restore motor function in stroke survivors.

Safe injection sites OKed — Toronto gears up to fight drug crisis

Provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins spoke with Toronto mayor John Tory today, telling him the province backs the city's plan to open three safe injection sites, committing to fund the sites at an estimated cost of $1.6 million annually.

New antibiotic for gonorrhea developed

The therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules have been used to develop a new antibiotic to combat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea.

Reviewing the cancer-killing properties of the pepper plant

The chemical activity that could unlock the anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant has been studied. The medicinal properties of the long pepper date back thousands of years. The aim is to synthesize the chemical as an anti-cancer compound.

Lyme disease ticks detected in U.S. Eastern National Parks

Lyme disease is continuing to spread, via ticks, across the U.S. A sign of further potential disease transfer, a new study has discovered the ticks carrying the disease in eastern national parks.

Ebola detected in lungs of healthcare worker

With Ebola virus infection, with those who survive the virus, is proving very difficult to get rid of. The virus, in those who appear symptom free, has been found in the eyes, semen, amniotic fluid, and so on. A new case adds to this concern.

Toronto moves ahead with plan to tackle illicit drug overdoses

Toronto Mayor John Tory, along with City Manager, Peter Wallace, and others will meet on Monday for the first in a series of monthly meetings to build a strategy to deal with and prevent any spike in fentanyl and other illicit drug overdoses in the city.

Does running make you smarter?

Does taking exercise like running make you smarter? New research suggests that physical exercise like long-distance running results in people having better connectivity in the brain compared with non-runners.

Health app to be tested out by the UK health service

The British National Health Service is to test out an new health app. The app is designed to provide reputable health advice and acts as an alternative to people making medical calls.

Living close to major roads increases dementia risk: study

People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.

Doubt cast on role of diet drinks in weight loss

Do diet drinks make a useful contribution to weight loss? Not according to new research from Imperial College London where the drinks do not lead to behavioral changes that reduce overall calorie intake.

Your mesentery has now been reclassified as an organ

We have had the mesentery, a newly named organ, all along and we knew it as the tissue that attaches our intestine to the abdomen. But thanks to an Irish surgeon, we now know the mesentery is an organ, the body's 79th.

France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies

France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a baby who suffocated after being given the liquid supplement, health authorities said Wednesday.

Surgical forceps removed from man after 18 years

Medics in Vietnam have extracted surgical forceps from a man. The forceps had been inside the man’s body for 18 years; the man had not known he was carrying the medical equipment.

As marijuana use increases, societal perceptions are altering

A new report, seeking to understand if perceptions about marijuana use are changing with the greater liberalization in the U.S., has found the most significant affect to be among eighth- and tenth-graders.

Fingertip sensors developed for breast cancer exams

For women, regular check-ups for unusual lumps in their breasts is important and it has saved countless lives. To make this process more accurate, scientists have developed special gloves with built-in sensors.

Adding barcodes to breast implants for safety

In an attempt to protect the health of women, the U.K. is to start having all breast implants barcoded. This is to stop previous problems with implants made from dangerous materials finding their way into medical centers.

Fighting Haiti's cholera outbreak requires more funds: UN

The cholera outbreak that hit Haiti after Hurricane Matthew slammed the island has been contained but persists due to lack of funding, according to the United Nations.

CDC considers lowering lead level threshold by 30 percent

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering lowering its threshold for lead levels in children by at least 30 percent. The move would make it easier for health practitioners to identify more children affected by the heavy metal.

Frequent use of saunas prevent dementia in men

A new research, from Finland, suggests that regular sauna bathing by men can lower the risk of developing dementia. This is the outcome of a twenty-year study.

Hong Kong reports second human case of bird flu

Hong Kong on Friday confirmed its second human case of bird flu this season, days after an elderly man died of the virus.

Capsule technology designed to treat hemophilia

A biodegradable oral delivery system has been designed for treating hemophilia B, a bleeding disorder. The pill has been developed at the University of Texas at Austin.

Devastating elephantiasis disease facing elimination

The disabling parasitic disease which causes elephantiasis, and threatens around one billion people globally – Lymphatic filariasis - is close to elimination due to new research from the University of Warwick.

Dentists offer top hygiene tips for 2017

As 2017 moves ever closer many news sites are providing weight-loss tips and healthy diets. One neglected area is good oral hygiene, and Digital Journal provides hot tips from The Canadian Dental Hygiene Association.

Op-Ed: Canada's growing opioid crisis — talking about it won't help

For well over a decade, health professionals, law enforcement officials, the media and others concerned over the growing opioid epidemic in Canada and the U.S. have been calling for urgent action on what has become an epidemic in both nations.

Blind NHS patients to receive bionic eyes

The NHS, England's national healthcare system, will pay for 10 blind patients to have bionic eyes. The eyes will treat them for an inherited form of blindness.
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