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Almost 16,000 COVID-19 patients get hydroxychloroquine and here's what happened

In a new study from Brigham and Women’s hospital, nearly 16,000 patient outcomes were analyzed that were diagnosed with COVID-19 and received the drug hydroxychloroquine.
Instead of improving, patients were four times more likely to experience dangerous heart irregularity, compared to those not teated with the antimalarial drug.
Patients in the study that were given hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to die.
The study is recently published in the medical journal The Lancet  and is the most recent to address a hot topic about whether the medication, which is also prescribed to treat autoimmune disorders, should be  used to treat COVID-19.
Mandeep R. Mehra, a corresponding study author and executive director of the Brigham’s Center for Advanced Heart  Disease said the drug, or any regimen including a chloroquine,  did not help “no matter which way you examine the data.”
Patients from six continents included 
The researchers looked at data from 671 hospitals that included six continents …
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Sperm quality and male infertility could be from sugar laden diet

There are a number of factors. that can affect the quality of a man’s sperm, making it difficult
to facilitate pregnancy.

Here's one simple lifestyle change you can make that helps sperm swim normally to reach the mark.  It  costs nothing and can even lead to better overall health

What if something as simple as eating a healthy diet could make a big difference
for improving  sperm motility? 
Even better…what if those little fellas like healthy food so much that
sperm begin swimming around normally in about one week?
Sperm quality changes quickly with a healthy diet
Some studies suggest it takes up to 74 days to get your sperm healthy.
But it seems it might not take that long at all. 
Two factors determine sperm quality: motility and sperm count.
A new study found that sperm motility improves after one week among study participants
who eliminated sugar from their diet.
It may not have been the sugar scientists say, but that’s the one thing that
was most noticeable that changed in the diet …

Researchers find a way to make air pollution harmless using graphene composite

A team of researchers has  found a way to render smog that causes air pollution harmless,  using a coated graphene composite

The implications for human health could mean fewer incidences of childhood respiratory diseases, heart problems and so much more

Pollution that comes from industry and motor vehicle exhaust fumes have been a growing problem and concern of the World Health Organization. 

Health experts have repeatedly warned lawmakers about the adverse effects of nanoparticles in the air that, if left unchecked, will continue to contribute to rising health costs and human suffering.’

According to the WHO, one out of every nine deaths have been linked to air pollution from nanoparticles. 

Air pollution  harms the body in ways that have been uncovered over the past decades. 

Lack of clean air in inner cities, underdeveloped countries and near freeways remains a concern, though some progress has been made thanks to government regulations; some of which have been rolled back, much to the c…

Do Vitamin D and Fish Oil supplements live up to the hype?

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Vitamin D might not do what you think for health

Researchers are again questioning the benefits of  Omega-3 fish oil and vitamin D supplements for quelling inflammation.

Both supplements are widely consumed for existing health ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases; as well as for preventing obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin D is used to boost immunity; especially for people that don't get enough sunshine.

 Researchers now say neither one of the supplements showed any benefit for inflammation in an analysis of a much larger study.

But before you dump your supplements, read on. This isn't exactly the final word.

Here's what researchers did find about Vitamin D

Vitamin D might actually be harmful to the body and increase inflammation - based on at least one blood indicator of systemic inflammation. The three markers tested included interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor…

Is Daylight Saving Time Unhealthy?

Those of us forced to change our clocks back for Daylight Saving Time might be feeling some ill health effects. Some of those could be long-lasting, according to sleep experts.

Daylight Saving Time wreaks havoc with our biological clocks

Scientists from Vanderbilt University Medical Center highlight some of unhealthy effects of changing our clocks in Spring and in Fall that include:

Increased risk of fatal accidentsStrokeHeart attack The list is pretty profound considering these aren't just minor health risks.  Health experts agree DST needs to go away Beth Ann Mallow, MD, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics in the Sleep Disorders division at Vanderbilt said in a press release:
People think the one-hour transition is no big deal, that they can get over this in a day, but what they don't realize is their biological clock is out of sync. That biological clock is deep rooted in the brain and not everyone has a flexible Circadian …

Blood test for breast cancer in the news: What some experts think

Researchers say they are working on a simple blood test that could catch breast cancer five years before symptoms occur that could be available in 4 to 5 years. It appears the possibility of such a blood test is a ‘wait and see’ according to some experts. 
Imagine what that would mean - not just for fewer deaths and invasive treatment from cancer - but for lowering healthcare spending and anxiety over mammogram screening. 
Findings presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference, Glasgow, UK, highlighted how a blood test has already been developed that detects cancer cell proteins. The blood test, developed specifically for breast cancer, can detect antigens  (TAAs - tumor associated antigens) that researchers say they have found are a reliable indication of breast cancer. 
For this study a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham School of Medicine matched blood samples taken from 90 women with diagnosed breast cancer. 
"The results of our study showed that breast cancer …

Another reason skipping vaccines is a bad idea: Measles wipes out immunity

Vaccine safety has become a hot topic for parents who insist on not having their children vaccinated. As an RN I'm openly opposed to anyone that thinks skipping childhood vaccinations is a good idea. A new study highlights the ongoing harm to a child's immune system once they're infected with the measles.

Measles destroys pre-existing antibodies

The finding that is published today in the journal Sciencedescribes how the measles virus destroys immunity a child has against other bacteria and viruses. In essence, getting the measles makes your child more susceptible to chicken-pox because the virus destrtoys pre-existing antibodies. But that's not all.

The study, led by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health revealed measles can make children 11 to 73 percent more susceptible to everything from the flu to infections of the skin; including the herpes virus.

Taking a chance that a c…