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After Smelling Your Breath, New Device Can Diagnose 17 Diseases Including Cancers, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease

After Smelling Your Breath, New Device Can Diagnose 17 Diseases Including Cancers, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease Imagine finding out what’s making you feel sick just by breathing. That idea is the goal of a new technology that researchers are saying can detect 17 different diseases just by “smelling” a patient’s breath. The Na-Nose device has been compared to a breathalyzer, and according to a study published in the journalACS Nano, it can determine whether someone has certain diseases with 86 percent accuracy. Those medical conditions include are as varied as certain cancers, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease, among others. Read: Lasers and Ocean Bacteria Kill Cancer The device is able to distinguish between the diseases because it picks up on something called volatile organic compounds that the diseases cause to be emitted in a person’s breath. According to the researchers, the 17 conditions all resulted in 13 specific compounds being released, but…

Study: Many Paramedics Ignore Hand Hygiene Rules

Study: Many Paramedics Ignore Hand Hygiene Rules
By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Paramedics have a "remarkably low" rate of compliance with hand hygiene standards, which could put patients at risk for deadly infections, according to a new report. For the study, researchers observed 77 paramedics in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia as they dealt with 87 patients. The paramedics' compliance with basic hygiene was high: short, clean nails (83 percent); hair short or tied back (99 percent); no jewelry worn (62 percent). But many ignored World Health Organization guidelines in five situations when cleansing with soap and water or an antiseptic rub is needed. Too many relied instead on gloves, suggesting they care more about protecting themselves than patients, the study authors said. "[Hand hygiene] is about preventing the spread of microbes and thus protecting the patient. Whereas the use of gloves primarily is about pro…

Knee Arthritis Rates Have Doubled, But Scientists Can’t Figure Out Why

Knee Arthritis Rates Have Doubled, But Scientists Can’t Figure Out Why Individuals born after World War II are twice as likely to develop knee arthritis, also known as knee osteoarthritis, than those born in generations before them, a new Harvard study suggests. However, the reason for more arthritis cases is not clear, and researchers are racing to find the cause in order to prevent the problem from spreading. Logical culprits, such as rising obesity rates and longer lifespans, do not appear to be behind the arthritis increase. Instead, something else, likely related to our modern environments, is behind Americans’ failing knee health, and researchers are reviewing human fossil records to figure out what it is. Ancient Disease For the study, researchers looked at more than 2,000 ancient human skeletons dating as far back as 6,000 years ago. This data was then combined with information on human knee health from early industrial times (such as the 1800s) and from post-modern era peopl…

5 Potential Health Benefits Of Blue Green Algae, The Newest Food Craze

5 Potential Health Benefits Of Blue Green Algae, The Newest Food Craze The latest Instagram food trend isn’t an outrageous cake-topped milkshake or a rainbow-colored bagel. Instead, social media is going crazy over blue green algae toast, or Mermaid Toast, as creator Adeline Waugh of IG account Vibrantandpure calls it. ReadEssential Oils That Kill Bacteria: How To Use Lavender, Cinnamon, Tea Tree And More According to Waugh’s post, blue green algae powder was mixed with almond milk cream cheese for the ocean-inspired creation. Mermaid Toast is undoubtedly eye catching, but what exactly is green algae and why would you want to eat it? First, it’s not really algae, but a type of plant-like bacteria that grows in fresh and salt water. Blue green algae is sort of a general term for the group of organisms that includes several varieties including Spirulina (which you’ve probably heard of). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, blue green algae has been used as food or medic…

Run For Your Life: 6 Health Benefits Of Running Just 5 Minutes Every Day

Run For Your Life: 6 Health Benefits Of Running Just 5 Minutes Every Day Non-runners view running as a painful, tedious, and exhausting form of exercise that should be avoided unless you’re trying to get in shape and lose weight. The post-workout panting and muscle soreness may do more for your health, though, than just shed the pounds and tone you up. Running just five minutes a day can actually reduce your all-cause risk of mortality and let you breathe in three more years of life. Currently, only five percent of American adults do some sort of physical activity on any given day, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These vigorous physical activities include using cardiovascular exercise equipment and running. The average healthy adult should actually be doing at least two hours and 30 minutes each week or aerobic physical activity at a moderate level, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or one hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical …
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Adderall Side Effects: Short- and Long-Term Risks Of Amphetamine Use And Abuse

Adderall Side Effects: Short- and Long-Term Risks Of Amphetamine Use And Abuse For people who have real, clinical difficulties with their concentration, Adderall can help them function well enough to get through a workday or classes in school. But this drug, commonly prescribed for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is often abused. For example, some may take it because they need to cram for an exam though they don't really have trouble focusing. Although it may seem like a good idea to pop an Adderall to ace a test, it is a powerful drug with many potentially dangerous side effects. Read: How Much Ibuprofen Can You Take In One Day? In addition to assisting overactive or distracted people with ADHD, Adderall is a stimulant that is also prescribed for narcolepsy, a condition in which people cannot control when they fall asleep. But the same benefits that make it a solid treatment for those disorders — increased attention and decreased restlessness — have made it a…

Why Autism Diagnosis Varies By Race: Scientists Compare Black And White Parents

Why Autism Diagnosis Varies By Race: Scientists Compare Black And White Parents Researchers may have gotten to the bottom of why black children are diagnosed with autism differently from kids of other races. A study in the journal Autism says black parents less likely to report autism symptoms than white parents, and that could affect how well or how early doctors are able to diagnose the developmental disorder, which is marked by issues with social interactions, emotional control, motor skills and communication. The scientists collected their data from surveys of dozens of parents whose toddlers were identified as being at risk for autism spectrum disorder but had not yet been diagnosed with the condition. They were looking at what sorts of issues parents reported concerns about, from autism-specific symptoms like poor social skills and repetitive behaviors to non-autism issues like “general developmental and disruptive behavior concerns.” The team found that black parents reported f…