Cars vs. health: Lancet series on urban planning, public health

Automobiles—and the planning and infrastructure to support them—are making our cities sick, says an international group of researchers now publishing a three-part series in the British medical journal The Lancet. University of Washington professors Anne Vernez Moudon...

Factors secreted by gut bacteria may help combat kidney stones

Researchers have discovered that factors secreted by gut bacteria might help prevent or treat kidney stones. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Kidney stones can pose serious health problems for people...

U.S. Opioid Abuse Fueling Life Expectancy Decline

Life expectancy in the United States is declining, according to two new studies, largely because of drug abuse including opioid deaths. Suicide and alcoholism among people 25-64 were also key factors. Via:: Medical news – WebMD...

Botulism

Botulism: An uncommon, but potentially very serious illness, a type of food poisoning, that produces paralysis of muscles via a nerve toxin called botulinum toxin (“botox“) that is manufactured by bacteria named Clostridium botulinum. There are various...