I was diagnosed with terminal cancer while giving birth — after I was labeled hypochondriac

A new mom claims she discovered she had terminal cancer while giving birth via cesarean section — when doctors discovered tumors in her ovaries, lymph nodes and abdomen lining. Lois Walker, 37, alleges that her shocking diagnosis came after experts dismissed her ongoing symptoms as “anxiety,” calling her a “hypochondriac.” The new mom from the … Read more

Paxlovid is widely available, but details on who’s getting it are sparse

“Right now, with people not using prevention measures and with vaccinations not increasing as fast as we would like and not enough people being boosted, the ability to treat people at high risk of ending up in the hospital or of dying is our really our best potential tool for reducing the impact of infection,” … Read more

Rates of esophageal cancer among middle-aged Americans doubled over a five-year period

Rates of esophageal cancer among middle aged Americans have rocketed in what one expert calls an ‘alarming’ finding. An abstract published last month for the Digestive Disease Week 2022 conference in Bethesda, Marylandshows that rates of esophageal cancer among Americans aged 45 to 64 nearly doubling during the period from 2012 to 2017. Researchers have … Read more

Rates of esophageal cancer among middle-aged Americans doubled over a five-year period

Rates of esophageal cancer among middle aged Americans have rocketed in what one expert calls an ‘alarming’ finding. An abstract published last month for the Digestive Disease Week 2022 conference in Bethesda, Marylandshows that rates of esophageal cancer among Americans aged 45 to 64 nearly doubling during the period from 2012 to 2017. Researchers have … Read more

LGBT charity urges men to avoid oral sex in new monkeypox sexual health advice

Gay and bisexual men should avoid oral sex and positions that involve face-to-face contact to limit the spread of monkeypoxa charity has said. Tea LGBT Foundation has released sexual health advice for men who have sex with men, who have made up the majority of new cases of the virus. Monkeypox relies on prolonged close … Read more

New variants are poised to keep Covid-19 circulating at high levels throughout the summer

The next influx of infections will probably come from the newer Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, two closely related viruses that were first characterized in South Africa and that landed in the United States around late March, according to the gene sequence sharing site GISAID. These variants are gaining ground against BA.2, particularly in the … Read more

A Man’s ‘Eczema’ Was Actually Caterpillar Hairs

The spongy moth (Lymantria dispar) in its caterpillar stage of life.Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A man’s suspected case of painful eczema on his left wrist turned out to be something much more unusual. Doctors in China discovered that their patient actually had caterpillar hairs lodged in his arm, likely caught while climbing an apple tree months … Read more

Novel genetic experiment shrinks tough-to-treat cancer

In a novel experiment, a woman with advanced pancreatic cancer saw her tumors dramatically shrink after researchers in Oregon turbocharged her own immune cells, highlighting a possible new way to someday treat a variety of cancers. Kathy Wilkes isn’t cured but said what’s left of her cancer has shown no sign of growth since the … Read more

‘Ghost heart’: Built from the scaffolding of a pig and the patient’s cells, this cardiac breakthrough may soon be ready for transplant into humans

“It actually changed my life,” said Taylor, who directed regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute in Houston until 2020. “I said to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s life.’ I wanted to figure out the how and why, and re-create that to save lives.” That goal has become reality. On Wednesday at the Life Itself … Read more

Some coffee drinkers may have a lower death risk

Drinking either sweetened or unsweetened coffee is associated with a lower death risk compared with not drinking the beverage, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers surveyed 171,616 participants in the United Kingdom up to five times over the course of a year about their lifestyle, including their … Read more