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Flavoured e-cigarettes may entice teens to smoke

Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

FRUIT- or candy-flavoured electronic cigarettes may entice teens to start smoking tobacco, a new study suggests.Using data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City found that among middle school and high school students who had never smoked, 58 percent who used flavored e-cigarettes said they intended to start smoking tobacco cigarettes.

"Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly," study author Hongying Dai said. She's an associate professor of health services and outcomes at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Acne: New research could lead to new treatments

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00

IN a finding that could lead to new treatments for acne, scientists say they've discovered a previously unrecognized way in which bacteria trigger inflammation in the skin.The skin is the body's first line of defense against invading germs. But it's also constantly awash in bacteria of all kinds -- and usually puts up no fight.

"It's a big puzzle as to why we tolerate all these bacteria on our skin," said lead researcher Dr. Richard Gallo, interim chair of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. "Usually, we walk around at peace with them," Gallo pointed out. "But at certain times, that detente breaks down and you get an infection."In its study, Gallo's team focused on the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. As the name suggests, the bacteria can contribute to acne -- as well as certain other infections.

Proliferation of bitters products and the risk to consumers

Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

IT appears the beverage industry has started witnessing a new surge of products across all categories – wine, whisky, bitters, ready-to-drink (RTD), carbonated soft drinks etc.

But my article will dwell more on the alcoholic beverage, popularly known as ‘bitters’.More consumers take to drinking ‘bitters’ because it is believed to have health benefits to the human body. The market has also seen more growth in terms of expansions, investments and technology as well as revenue generation. The industry’s contribution to the Ghanaian economy cannot be overlooked.

‘Ghost Pepper’ burns hole in man's esophagus

Monday, 24 October 2016 00:00

San Francisco patient spent 23 days in hospital after eating super-hot pepper in contest

A SAN Francisco man who joined an eating contest involving super-hot "ghost peppers" ended up with a hole in his esophagus, doctors report.The 47-year-old showed up at a hospital emergency room after eating ghost peppers, or "bhut jolokia" -- one of the hottest peppers known and "more than twice the strength of a habanero pepper," according to a team led by Dr. Ann Arens.

She's with the department of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.The man came into the ER "with severe abdominal and chest pain subsequent to violent retching and vomiting after eating ghost peppers," the doctors said in the report published recently in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Dementia link to sudden low blood pressure and dizziness

Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

PEOPLE who experience frequent drops in blood pressure or dizziness when suddenly standing up are at increased risk of dementia, scientists say. Writing in Plos Medicine they suggest that less blood reaches the brain during these moments, leading to brain cell damage over time. Dementia experts say this is a "robust study" and "plausible explanation" that needs further investigation.

Charities point out that factors such as smoking carry higher risks. But they say the work adds to growing evidence that changes in blood pressure have an impact on the brain. 'Light-headedness' Previous studies have linked high blood pressure to types of dementia. But in this paper scientists focused on transient periods of low blood pressure - also known as postural hypotension - which become more common in older age.

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Top up payments at health facilities

Friday, 14 October 2016 00:00

By Anthony Gingong

WORKING in the health industry can really be worrisome as every day all kinds of problems emerge. In the era of free medication and admission, it is common for patients to still to settle fees for laboratory tests, consultation and others, depending on which department the patient found himself or herself. 

Nobody goes to seek health care without parting with some money which, of course, was not receipted. This has been entrenched despite the exemption policy for expectant mothers, children under five years and the elderly. Whilst the exemption was seen to work at least in theory, the practical reality is that the patient paid fully for all services rendered and the state reimbursed the facility fully for all the services (double dipping).

The bane of office stress

Friday, 07 October 2016 00:00

MY colleagues and subordinates have consistently wondered why I call everyone ‘a mental case’. Yes, it is a term I commenced usage when I started teaching at the Tamale Community Health Nursing School over a decade ago – which, I believe, was and still is, one of the most disciplined health training institutions in this our beloved country, Ghana.

I was always worried over the consistent stress the students went through daily. We the tutors were more stressed up because we had to ensure the students remained disciplined even if they went on vacation.

Dilute honey may fight urine infections

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00

HONEY and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, say UK researchers. Patients often have a catheter fitted, either to drain urine stuck in the bladder or to monitor urine output. But these flexible tubes can harbour nasty bugs and cause infection.

Scientists at University of Southampton have shown in the lab that diluted honey stops some common bacteria from forming sticky, hard-to-remove layers on surfaces such as plastic. In theory, a honey solution might be useful for flushing urinary catheters to keep them clean while they remain in the bladder.

Poor food risks health of half the world

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:03

POOR diets are undermining the health of one in three of the world's people, an independent panel of food and agriculture experts has warned.

Surprising things that can damage your liver

Friday, 09 September 2016 09:08


Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your teeth. It can harm your liver, too. The organ uses one type of sugar, called fructose, to make fat. Too much refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup causes a fatty buildup that can lead to liver disease. Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you’re not overweight. It’s one more reason to limit foods with added sugars, such as soda, pastries, and candy.

Toxic People: 25 Early Warning Signs to Watch Out For If you allow it, toxic people can do some real damage in your life. For a serious life detox, start with those people who are making you mentally unwell. There is no mistaking the meaning of what somet

Friday, 09 September 2016 09:41

If you allow it, toxic people can do some real damage in your life. For a serious life detox, start with those people who are making you mentally unwell.