Melatonin should be avoided in kids unless prescribed: experts

Melatonin should be avoided in kids unless prescribed: experts

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is urging parents to consult a health care professional before starting their child on melatonin, according to a recent health advisory. “While melatonin can be useful in treating certain sleep-wake disorders, like jet lag, there is much less evidence it can help healthy children or adults fall asleep … Read more

‘Untreatable’ STI linked to infertility due to ‘silent spread’

'Untreatable' STI linked to infertility due to 'silent spread'

A new possible “superbug” sexually transmitted infection that has proven resistant to antibiotics thus far has scientists worried amid an “out of control” STD epidemic, with the medical community saying more screenings for the disease are needed. Mycoplasma genitalium — also known as M. genitalium or M. gen — is a sexually-transmitted bacterial infection that … Read more

Vegetarians depressed twice as often as meat-eaters: new study

Vegetarians depressed twice as often as meat-eaters: new study

Eating green and feeling blue? Vegetarians experience depressive episodes twice as frequently as meat eaters, according to a new study by Brazilian researchers published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. There’s a “positive association between the prevalence of depressive episodes and a meatless diet,” the study read. Scientists set out to investigate the potential association … Read more

‘Designer vagina’ surgeon reveals top reason women come to him

'Designer vagina' surgeon reveals top reason women come to him

This vagina designer is a cut above. Dr. Umberto Tozzi — who specializes in labiaplasty, a surgery aimed at reducing a woman’s labia minora or the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening — has operated on over 300 women in his career. And the “down there” doctor’s handiwork is improving the … Read more

These six health rules are actually myths says doctor

These six health rules are actually myths says doctor

The healthy guidelines you live by might actually be ridiculous myths. Last week, the rule that you need to get in 10,000 steps per day made news when it was reported that the number was actually a Japanese marketing ploy with little scientific basis. It’s hardly the only health fact that’s actually a fiction, said … Read more

Farmer dies after accidentally swallowing inch-long fish bone

Farmer dies after accidentally swallowing inch-long fish bone

A Sri Lankan farmer tragically perished after swallowing a fish bone, which pierced his intestine and triggered a fatal infection. A case report detailing the freak accident was published in the “International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.” The 60-year-old unnamed patient had reported to the coastal District General Hospital of Sri Lanka, after experiencing three … Read more

Mysterious pneumonia kills three people in Argentina

Mysterious pneumonia kills three people in Argentina

Fears of a new deadly viral outbreak have begun to spread after three people died in Argentina this week from a mysterious case of pneumonia. Another six people have also been infected with a “pneumonia of unknown origin,” Argentina health officials reported. Of the nine people who have been infected, eight were health workers and … Read more

Study reveals who is at higher risk for AFib

Study reveals who is at higher risk for AFib

New research has found women are at a shockingly higher risk for developing atrial fibrillation than men are — flipping conventional beliefs that males were more susceptible. Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are reporting in the journal JAMA Cardiology that women, when height is accounted for, have a 50% higher risk of … Read more

New Titanic wreckage revealed in ‘exciting,’ never-before-seen video

New Titanic wreckage revealed in 'exciting,' never-before-seen video

The research will go on. A new, high-resolution video of the Titanic wreckage was released Tuesday showing the sunken vessel shot in 8K resolution for the first time since it sank 110 years ago. The clip — released by OceanGate Expeditions — shows the hull of the sunken vessel and some brand-new features and “extraordinary” … Read more

Phones cause wrinkles, ‘detrimental effects’ from blue light

Phones cause wrinkles, 'detrimental effects' from blue light

Staring at your phone is causing you more than eye strain, it’s giving you wrinkles. Dermatologists have long understood that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage the appearance and overall health of the skin — but the harmful effects of blue light emitted by LED screens, such as on smartphones, televisions computers and other … Read more