Health & Wellness


Boy, 12, collapsed and died after 'using too much Lynx deodorant'

A boy of 12 collapsed and died after using 'copious' amounts of deodorant in a cramped bathroom, an inquest heard.

Daniel Hurley was overcome by solvents in the Lynx Vice spray and his heart began to beat irregularly, the hearing was told.

His father Robert found him collapsed in the bath at the family home after spraying on too much of the deodorant.

Antidepressants may reduce male fertility

ASRM 64th Annual Meeting

Treatment with paroxetine was associated with increased DNA fragmentation in sperm, according to study results presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 64th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

"In volunteer male patients with normal semen parameters, paroxetine induced abnormal sperm DNA fragmentation in a significant proportion of patients. ... The fertility potential of a substantial proportion of men on paroxetine may be adversely affected by these changes in sperm DNA integrity," wrote the researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

They enrolled 35 healthy men aged 18 to 65 years in the prospective clinical trial. Volunteers were assigned daily paroxetine for five weeks in varying doses: week one, 10 mg; week two, 20 mg; weeks three and four, 30 mg; and week five, 20 mg. The researchers analyzed semen at baseline, weeks two and four and one month after treatment with paroxetine was stopped.

Type 2 diabetes may slow mental processing speed

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research shows that among the mental abilities that are affected by type 2 diabetes, the speed at which the brain processes information appears to be the most severely impaired, particularly in patients with undiagnosed disease.

Findings from several studies have linked type 2 diabetes with cognitive dysfunction. However, it was unclear which cognitive processes were most affected and how undiagnosed diabetes and abnormal blood glucose (sugar) levels influenced cognitive performance.

To investigate, researchers analyzed data from 1,917 elderly men and women enrolled in the AGES Reykjavik Study - a large population-based study that ran from 2002 to 2006. The AGES study explored genetic and other risk factors for a variety of age-related conditions including cognitive impairment.

Ancient And Modern Plagues Show Common Features

In 430 B.C., a new and deadly disease - its cause remains a mystery - swept into Athens. The walled Greek city-state was teeming with citizens, soldiers and refugees of the war then raging between Athens and Sparta. As streets filled with corpses, social order broke down. Over the next three years, the illness returned twice and Athens lost a third of its population. It lost the war too.

Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties

An influential psychiatrist who was the host of the popular NPR program "The Infinite Mind" earned at least $1.3 million from 2000 to 2007 giving marketing lectures for drugmakers, income not mentioned on the program.

Attack of the Psoriafish: Flesh-eating fish take bites out of skin sufferer


Ms Grayston spend several hours a day in a pool with the "doctor fish"

A woman with the skin condition psoriasis has travelled to Turkey to sit in water and be nibbled by flesh-eating fish in a bid to find a cure.

Samantha Grayston, 38, from Kent, said she returned from her three-week trip to find the "doctor fish" treatment had worked and boosted her confidence. She spent six hours a day at the spa near Kangal in eastern Turkey.

Dog 'sniffs out' owner's cancer

Cancer Dog
Beamish sniffed out a melanoma on his owner's chest

A man from north Oxfordshire has credited his pet Rottweiler with sniffing out his skin cancer. Chris Tuffrey, from Banbury, had a mole on his chest for 15 years but "put his head in the sand" and ignored it.

But he said thanks to his dog Beamish "nuzzling and licking" him and trying to lift his arm near the mole, he went to a doctor to get it checked out. Within a two weeks, melanoma was confirmed by the hospital and the cancerous mole was removed.

New species of Ebola found in Uganda

A new species of Ebola virus has turned up near the foothills of western Uganda. Named Bundibugyo, after a district in the region, the virus resembles no other previously discovered strains - a feature that might complicate ongoing efforts to develop a universal vaccine.

Based on an outbreak about a year ago, 35% of people infected with Bundibugyo die, says Jonathan Towner, a microbiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, who was part of a team that identified the virus.

"If there was a disease spreading in North America with that kind of case fatality that would be a big deal," he says.

Other strains of Ebola previously discovered in Sudan and Zaire can kill more than 90% of people.

When Towner's team received samples of the virus from Uganda, their initial line of tests for previously known Ebola strains turned up negative, he says. "It was clearly Ebola virus, but it was not something we had seen before," he says.

New Bacteria Discovered In Raw Milk

Raw milk is illegal in many countries as it can be contaminated with potentially harmful microbes. Contamination can also spoil the milk, making it taste bitter and turn thick and sticky. Now scientists have discovered new species of bacteria that can grow at low temperatures, spoiling raw milk even when it is refrigerated.

According to research, the microbial population of raw milk is much more complex than previously thought.

"When we looked at the bacteria living in raw milk, we found that many of them had not been identified before," said Dr Malka Halpern from the University of Haifa, Israel. "We have now identified and described one of these bacteria, Chryseobacterium oranimense, which can grow at cold temperatures and secretes enzymes that have the potential to spoil milk."

Fertility treatments linked to certain birth defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART -- such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs -- are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects than infants conceived naturally. But, the study's lead author says, the overall risk is still relatively low.

"The most important findings were that for infants conceived using ART, we see an increased risk for certain birth defects," said Jennita Reefhuis, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. She says that children conceived using ART were found to have twice the risk of septal heart defects (a "hole" in the heart), more than twice the risk of cleft lip with or without cleft palate, and four times the risk of two gastrointestinal defects.