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Body And Soul

  • Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed

    Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.

  • Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

    A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.

  • London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death

    You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of its victims.

  • 4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

    A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

  • Urban Chat: Speaking about the one who speaks a thousand words

    That a picture speaks a thousand words is certainly a well known phrase. And from the moment the digital age met with social media, everyone has spoken a thousand pictures.

  • Caffeine common in US kids, youths; mainly soda

    Nearly 3 out of 4 US children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

  • Health Sense: Spotting age-related macular degeneration early

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an often overlooked eye condition. Many older people may not know that they have AMD, which, if not treated in time, can lead to blindness. They may miss out on small changes in vision, and wrongly assume them to be symptoms caused by aging. By the time their vision has deteriorated enough, it may be too late.

  • Health Sense: Plastic surgery and expectations for your nip/tuck

    When a doctor claims that he has had no complications ever in his experience, it may be wise to reconsider.

  • Health Sense: How to treat acute and chronic pain

    The most important thing in the treatment of pain is the correct diagnosis.

    For acute pain problems, this is usually straightforward. Acute pain in the limbs, joints and the spine is often related to a sprain consequent to an injury. In severe cases, a muscle tendon or ligament tear is the reason. In some patients, an acute limb pain is from a sudden slipped disc compressing nerve roots.

  • Health Sense: Night sweats: When it’s not just the hot summer evening

    Night sweats are a common outpatient complaint, but there is no data regarding its actual frequency.

    For many, night sweats can be highly disruptive of sleep, especially for those waking up in the middle of the night with their hair soaked, sheets drenched and sweat pouring off.

  • Health Sense: On managing arthritis and inflamed joints

    If you wake up in the mornings with stiff and painful fingers, or feel pain in your joints when you work with your hands, you might have arthritis – a very common problem affecting the hand and wrist.

  • Cigarette smoking? It’s all in your mind, minister says

    It seems that only through the unthinkable — expensive cigarettes and strictly enforced smoking bans — can Indonesians quit smoking.

  • Health Sense: Fighting back against fallen arches and flat feet

    The most common arch problem is the flat foot. This sometimes starts in childhood or may gradually develop in adulthood.

  • Obama says deal on chemical weapons a plus for all

    President Barack Obama says an agreement between the U.S. and Russia offers a chance to destroy Syria's huge stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat the weapons pose to the region and the world as well as the Syrian people.

  • In Indonesia, a looming gray crisis

    DY Surhaya said that when she returned to Indonesia in 2002, her mother was angry. And confused.

    “My mom was very combative, arguing about little things — very small things,” the former CNN journalist said at a recent discussion on dementia at the @america cultural center in Jakarta. “If the ironing wasn’t perfect she’d get furious at the maid.”

  • Health Sense: Watching out for kyphosis, scoliosis and crooked spines

    Everyone’s spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. Some people have spines that also curve from side to side. Unlike poor posture, these curves cannot be corrected simply by learning to stand up straight.

  • Health Sense: Women, happiness and the importance of health screening

    At the end of the day, staying healthy in body and mind is the most important ingredient for a good life.

    To attain optimal health — and to maintain that level — is the key to living well and experiencing the best of what life has to offer. We should constantly be mindful of what we are eating and doing to our own bodies. It is equally important get regular feedback through health screenings to check that we are indeed on the right track as our bodies are in constant state of change as we move through the years.

  • Health Sense: Endometriosis, pregnancy and fertility

    Endometriosis is a fairly common reproductive condition, affecting millions of women. Its symptoms vary, but typically involve extreme pain or abnormal bleeding during menstruation, and sometimes can cause pain during or after sexual intercourse.

  • Running the extra mile in Jakarta

    Running in Jakarta may not be as crazy — or as impossible — as you may think. Despite a lack of parks and sidewalks, endlessly clogged streets, permanently polluted skies and temperatures frequently touching 35 degrees Celsius, there are Jakartans who choose to jog to keep in shape.

  • Health Sense: Fighting the fatigue that can come with cancer

    Fatigue generally refers to tiredness and lack of energy. A person who is not eating properly or has poor physical conditioning may experience fatigue – which means that the body is letting a person know that there is not enough nutrition or that a person is overdoing exercise. The tiredness is usually short term and recovers rapidly with adequate nutrition or rest.