The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects. Until recently, global health officials paid little attention to the Zika virus that circulated in the same regions as Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. It is estimated that four million people could be infected by the end of the year. Pregnant women have been urged not to travel to about 24 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing. Zika infection appears to be linked to the
It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, more bizarre even than Walt Disney’s cryogenically frozen body, but according to New Scientist magazine, this radical, ethically sensitive surgery could be ready in 2017.
The proposal comes from surgeon Sergio Canavero from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, who wants to use the surgery to extend the lives of people whose organs are riddled with cancer and whose muscles and nerves are degenerated.
Canavero will be launching the world’s first ever human head transplant at the
Stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, and a runny nose – these are the signs of a sinus headache, right? Not necessarily.
In four out of five cases people are really experiencing a migraine, according to WebMD, and neurology professor Peter Goadsby, MD, at the University of California who says that it’s a widespread misconception.
The Mayo Clinic notes that it’s easy to confuse a migraine with a sinus headache because the symptoms often overlap. In fact, they explain that in around 90% of cases where people visit a doctor complaining of a sinus headache, they’re really experiencing a
Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State, Nigeria. Lassa fever is a member of the Arenaviridae virus family. Similar to ebola, clinical cases of the disease had been known for over a decade but had not been connected with a viral pathogen(bacterium or virus).
Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in west Africa. The illness was discovered in the year 1969 when two missionary nurses died from it in Nigeria. The virus is named after the town in
Your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your menstruation and continues up to, but not including, the first day of your next period. Women’s cycles range from 21-40 days or more, with an average of around 28 days.
The length of your cycle may change from month to month. Periods usually last between two to seven days and blood loss varies from light to heavy and bright red to dark brown.
Any alteration in what you consider to be your normal cycle can be a cause for concern. Variations may mean
Morning sickness is very common in early pregnancy. It's unpleasant, but it doesn't put your baby at any increased risk and usually clears up by weeks 16 to 20 of pregnancy.
Some women get a very severe form of nausea and vomiting called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which can be very serious. It needs specialist treatment, sometimes in hospital. Find out more about hyperemesis gravidarum.
With morning sickness, some women are sick (vomit) and some have a feeling of sickness (nausea) without being
My wife wants to eat bath bubbles and keeps a cup with her that has the smell of my body wash. It can sometimes be caused by iron deficiency or other nutritional deficiencies, but not always. We don't know the exact cause. It's actually a semi-common side effect of pregnancy. The condition is called Pica. Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pregnancy and pica related cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk, but it can also be nonsense food combinations, like the famous 'pickles and ice cream.' The word pica is Latin for magpie which is a bird notorious for eating almost
When it comes to how fast your body turns food into fuel, there are some things that you could be doing that can help or hamper your metabolism along.
Here are four habits that can influence the way your body burns or store energy.
1. Washing your hands
Is obesity infectious? Well, maybe according to Science News.org. Just in case you needed another reason to wash your hands, consider this:..