Skin Infection Spreading Though NYC Seafood Markets

A rare skin infection is spreading through New York City seafood markets, health officials said today.

The infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium marinum, causes red, painful lumps under the skin, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“If the infection is deep enough, surgery may be needed,” the department said [...]

Doctors puzzled by polio-like illness crippling California kids: ‘What we’re seeing now is bad’

As many as 25 children in California have been afflicted with a rare polio-like illness leaving them with paralyzed limbs and respiratory problems, USA Today reports.

While testing has shown that  none of the children have polio, the new illness has much in common with the infectious viral disease which was all but eliminated following [...]

Groups call for safe reduction of C-sections

In a bid to reduce rates of cesarean sections that have climbed more than 60% in the past 15 years, two major medical societies issued guidelines today that urge women and doctors to have more patience during labor, allowing nature to take its course rather than rushing to surgery.

The growing use of C-sections, accounting [...]

Former DEA chief says pot legalization a ‘disaster’

These days, former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger is like a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness – an anti-drug crusader who served three American presidents, now battling the perils of pot at a time when legalization is all the rage.

“I think it’s a disaster,” he told “Power Players” of the rapid [...]

BART Riders Exposed To Potentially Fatal Disease By UC Berkeley Student

BART spokespeople sent a rather alarming message to media Thursday afternoon, saying that East Bay passengers might have been exposed to the measles.

According to BART spokesman Jim Allison, “a person infected with the contagious disease traveled on BART in the East Bay last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says measles [...]

Study: Third-Hand Smoke Exposure As Deadly As Smoking

Riverside, Calif. (CBS ATLANTA) – Exposure to surfaces and objects that have been saturated in cigarette smoke, labeled as “third-hand smoke,” is just as deadly as smoking the cigarette itself.

A new study from the University of California, Riverside finds that the third-hand smoke that has soaked into the surfaces, objects and environment around people [...]

Multiple sclerosis ‘linked to food bug’

A food poisoning bacterium may be implicated in MS, say US researchers.

Lab tests in mice by the team from Weill Cornell Medical College revealed a toxin made by a rare strain of Clostridium perfringens caused MS-like damage in the brain.

And earlier work by the same team, published in PLoS ONE, identified the [...]

A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.

In the essay, Lundell describes [...]

Stem cell ‘major discovery’ claimed

Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine.

Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid.

Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being trialled for healing the eye, [...]

DDT exposure linked to Alzheimer risk

Exposure to the banned pesticide DDT may play a role in the development of Alzheimer disease, results of a small case-control study suggest.

Levels of the main metabolite of DDT, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE), were 3.8-fold higher among individuals with an Alzheimer disease diagnosis than controls, Jason R. Richardson, PhD, of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School [...]