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Reviewing electronic health records (EHRs) can identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension, says study. Of the 1,033 patients that were identified with the EHR algorithms and evaluated, 361 were formally diagnosed with the hypertension and 290 others were diagnosed with related blood pressure conditions such as prehypertension, white-coat hypertension or elevated blood pressure. The study, “A…

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Male infertility accounts for 40-50% of infertility cases. Researchers have now revealed that men with higher exposure to the substance DEHP, a so-called phthalate, have lower sperm motility and may therefore experience more difficulties conceiving children. Phthalates is an umbrella term for a group of substances based on phthalic acid. Some of these substances are…

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Brown and white fat cells, or adipocytes, play different roles in the body. While white adipocytes store energy as large fat droplets, brown adipocytes contain smaller fat droplets and are specialized to burn fat to produce heat. To do this brown adipocytes are packed with the powerhouses called mitochondria that contain iron, which gives them…

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For years, experts have been assuming that immune cells do not play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, but a recent breakthrough proves it to be wrong. Researchers from the University of California have conducted a study on mice to determine the role of immune cells in Alzheimer’s. They genetically modified a group of mice to…

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More sex can actually lead to a lower sexual desire in the long run, suggested researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In couples who were told to increase their frequency of sexual intercourse for a three-month period, the researchers found that it actually led to a decrease in sexual desire. The study also observed…

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In a rare incident, doctors operated upon a seven-year-old girl from Gurgaon, India, to pull out 202 teeth from her mouth. When the girl’s mother brought her to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) with swollen gums and severe pain, X-rays revealed that the girl had 202 teeth. The girl suffered from compound odontoma…

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Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) to treat prostate cancer offers a higher cure rate than more traditional approaches, suggest researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study – the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer – found a 98.6 percent cure rate with…

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Vegans are strict vegetarians and do not consume animal-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, etc. A healthy vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes. A retrospective review by Mayo Clinic physicians recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association indicated that vegans should…

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Cow’s milk offers some protective properties like breast milk and could help develop new prebiotics to boost babies’ gut development, says a new study. Breast milk aids in the development of good microbes in the baby’s gut, providing nourishment and protecting the child from diseases. Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have identified the…

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When physicians use electronic health records to deliver personalized risk assessments via mail, patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are more likely to receive a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs and achieve lower long-term cholesterol levels, finds study. “It is important to get high priority preventive care messages to patients in a variety of…

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