Body And Soul

  • Dealing with Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a medical condition of which, in 90 percent of cases, the cause is unknown . Scoliosis can happen to anyone, including toddlers.
  • People who lack sleep are more likely to catch colds

    People who do not get enough sleep are four times more likely than their well-rested counterparts to catch a cold, US researchers said Monday.

  • Blood test could predict breast cancer's return: study

    An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday.

  • Gene study confirms low Vitamin D, multiple sclerosis link

    A major genetic study Tuesday confirmed a link between low vitamin D and a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, a finding which experts say could lead to better treatment and prevention.

  • Dementia may be stabilising in some countries: study

    The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease may have stabilised in some wealthy nations, according to a study released Friday.

  • Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage

    MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, forcing the closure of a major hospital's emergency ward in Riyadh and killing three people, officials and the press said.

  • Working longer hours increases stroke risk by up to 33%: study

    Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a one third greater risk of stroke compared to a 35-40 hour work week, according to research published Thursday.

  • Doctors should prescribe e-cigarettes to smokers: UK

    E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers to help them quit the habit, British public health experts recommended in a study on Wednesday.

  • US regulators approve 'female Viagra'

    US regulators Tuesday approved the first "female Viagra," a drug known as Addyi that works on the brain to boost younger women's libido if they have lost interest in sex.

  • 'Fake weed' triggers US-wide alarm

    It goes by many names -- K2, Spice, Bizarro, Scooby Snax, Kryp2nite and Stoopid, to name but a few -- and it's setting off alarm bells across the United States.

  • Obesity emerges as major health threat in South Korea

    Korean men in their 20s and 30s mark the high-prevalence group

  • Music eases pain after surgery: study

    Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.

  • Kids with cancer get futuristic chance at saving fertility

    Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain. She's also getting a chance at having babies of her own someday.

  • Medical researchers say fetal tissue remains essential

    The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS.

  • Chasing fair skin, Ivorians ignore whitening cream ban

    At just 26, Fatou's skin is marbled from layer on layer of whitening cream. Some even call her a "salamander" woman after the little reptile with light spots and translucent skin.

  • More evidence that fried food raises heart attack risk

    People who eat lots of fried food and sugary drinks have a 56 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to those who eat healthier, US researchers said Monday.

  • US teens start school too early, need more sleep: study

    Most teenagers in the United States start the school day too early each morning, robbing them of the sleep they need to concentrate properly and remain healthy, according to a study published Thursday.

  • Kids' picky eating can have depression, anxiety links: study

    Picky eating among children may not be just a passing phase but could flag potential concerns such as depression and anxiety, a study released Monday found.

  • Finding peace on a yoga mat

    Sunday was International Yoga Day, which gave me the perfect excuse for some reflection.

  • Health sense: Finding non-invasive solutions for injuries

    In the last two decades, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) — a non-invasive procedure with virtually no down-time after treatment, has proven effective in treating certain common but troublesome tendon conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and shoulder calcific tendinitis.

  • Health sense: Managing osteoporosis and bone-mineral density for men

    Eddie, who is 70, had been suffering from constant low back pain. He took painkillers but the pain kept recurring. When he finally decided to consult his doctor, an X-ray showed a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower spine.