Spider Bites and Bee Stings: Symptoms and Treatments

For anyone who spends time outdoors, bites and stings are almost inevitable. Mosquitos, ticks, ants, spiders, bees, wasps — all of these tiny creatures use their mouths or stingers to defend themselves or, in some cases, to grab a meal. But luckily for humans, bites and stings from insects and spiders are usually just uncomfortable,… Read More »

Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Uterine fibroids, clinically known as uterine leiomyomata, are common, non-cancerous growths of the walls of the uterus. These fibroids are made up of groups of muscle cells and other tissues, and can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as 5 to 6 inches (12.7 to 15.24 centimeters) wide. Doctors… Read More »

Trump’s Seldom-Seen Glasses: Why Vision Declines with Age

President Donald Trump is 70 years old, an age at which many people need reading glasses or other devices to aid their vision. So where are Trump’s glasses? Although Trump doesn’t seem to wear them often, he has been seen donning spectacles on some occasions. For example, during the presidential campaign, Trump wore a pair… Read More »

Many Women Experience Paralysis During Sexual Assault

Many people assume that during a sexual assault, the victim will fight back. But a new study from Sweden finds that, during an attack, it’s common for victims to experience an innate, defensive reaction that renders them paralyzed. This physiological response, called “tonic immobility,” is normal in the face of extreme fear and happens involuntarily… Read More »

How Your Belly Fat Is Linked to Your Immune System

You may not love your belly fat, but one large sheet of fat that stretches across your abdomen serves an important purpose: This fat, called the omentum, plays a role in the immune system, according to a new review. No matter your weight, everybody has an omentum. The fatty structure connects many organs in the… Read More »

Hair Regrowth Products for Women & Men: Who Pays More?

Products aimed at regrowing hair cost more when they are marketed to women than when they are marketed to men, a new study finds. Researchers found, for example, that one popular product, Rogaine, cost 40 percent more when it was marketed to woman than when it was marketed to men. One foaming Rogaine product marketed… Read More »

Heroin Vaccine Could Turn Body’s Defenses Against the Drug

As heroin-related deaths soar in the United States, a group of researchers said they may be one step closer to developing a vaccine that could block the drug’s addictive high. The vaccine is the first of its kind shown to be effective in monkeys, paving the way to human clinical trials, said the researchers at… Read More »

Lower Back Pain: Causes, Relief and Treatment

Lower-back pain, or pain in the part of the back between the ribs and the legs, is one of the most common complaints of discomfort. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a major reason for missed work. While most back twinges go away on their own after a few days, many… Read More »

Tourette Syndrome: Finally, Something to Shout About

Tourette syndrome is a mysterious medical curiosity that has puzzled doctors for more than a century. People who have it suffer from tics and other behavioral problems, such as obsessive compulsive traits and attention deficit disorder. In addition, they are cursed by a stereotype that they swear loudly and inappropriately. In reality, 10 percent actually… Read More »