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A 'silent-spreader' STI which can cause infertility is feared to be evolving into a superbug. Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as M. genitalium or M. gen, is on its way to becoming resistant to every antibiotic used to treat it. The sexually transmitted infection was first discovered in London in the 1980s - but a test has only been available in the US since 2019. It means scientists are unsure exactly how widespread it is. Some studies suggest just one in 100 adults in the US are positive for the virus but experts estimate as many as a fifth will get it at some point in their life. There are increasing concerns it will become untreatable because the STI has developed resistance to the most popular antibiotic used to treat STIs, azithromycin, as well as quinolone, macrolide and doxycycline.

All food and drink sold in stores or supermarkets would need to carry a warning over fat, salt and sugar content. This would be placed on the front of the product, and be color-coded with red showing those with the most of the item. This would mark a step up from the current system which allows processed food companies to only have nutritional information on the backs of packaging. The White House said it would 'help consumers, particularly those with lower nutrition literacy, quickly and easily identify foods that are part of a healthy eating pattern'.

The Massachusetts-based firm - which made $1bn profit last year - was charged with giving medics lavish meals, speaking fees, and sham consulting deals in for doling out the drugs.

Penn State University researchers found children were more likely to have attention problems or difficulty sleeping by age three if their moms used acetaminophen - the generic name for Tylenol.

A therapy that rose to prominence during the Covid pandemic and was even used to treat Donald Trump may help to ease the deadly opioid overdose epidemic in the US, scientists hope. Monoclonal antibodies - or virus-fighting proteins made in a lab - fight off infections by stopping the virus from invading cells and slashing the risk of being hospitalized with the disease. Now scientists are on a path towards using this treatment to alleviate chronic pain, that leaves sufferers including arthritis and cancer patients needing to take up to several pills a day for months - risking addiction. They are designing an antibody that could bind to nerve cells to stop them sending persistent pain signals to the brain. The research at the University of California , Davis is still in the early stages, and it will be years before it reaches hospitals or pharmacy shelves. But scientists hope within years they will have developed a non-addictive monthly injection that serves as an alternative to opioids such as morphine, which are used as a last resort for patients with chronic pain typically after surgery.

Researchers in California and Hong Kong said feeling lonely and unhappy can add an extra year and eight months to someone's age. This is in part down to inflammation.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, called for pregnant women to be screened for anxiety, saying it is a 'potent' risk factor for premature birth.

Tyler Monk, from Louisiana, was prescribed Prozac in May 2021 following a diagnosis for depression and anxiety. Within a week, the 34-year-old's his skin began changing to a grayish-blue color, even though it was having little effect on his mental health. Mr Monk, a pest control field inspector, claims he stopped the medication after a few weeks - but his skin continued to darken. First, his ears started to change color before it rapidly spread to his neck and his face - before affecting his arms and hands.

Norwegian researchers found women who conceive with frozen embryos in IVF have a 74 per cent higher chance of the disorders, including pre-eclampsia, than those who conceive naturally.

Researchers in China, who studied sperm quality among nearly 1,400 men, found those who drank tea had a higher sperm concentration and sperm count.

The CDC was today blasted over its decision to drop the word 'women' from monkeypox guidance in favor of the term 'pregnant people' (shown top right). Former Trump Administration staffer Roger Severino (pictured left) told the move was 'dangerous'. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) slammed the advice as an attempt to erase 'half of the human race'. The CDC pregnancy guidance was issued in July, when more than 100 cases of monkeypox were being detected across the US every week. It warns an infection could severely hamper fetal development and could lead to a spontaneous miscarriage or stillbirth.

Dr Albert Bourla revealed on Twitter Saturday he had tested positive again but was 'feeling well and symptom-free'. He had been vaccinated four times with the American drug giant's Covid shot.

Self-help gurus swear by it to control stress. Now experts from the universities of Colorado Boulder and Arizona have shown mindfulness breathing exercises can lower blood pressure.

Are Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Arnie Schwarzenegger Hollywood hunks or flabbily hulks? The latter, according to the BMI formula that some experts say should be ditched. BMI, which the NHs uses to warn people they are too fat is determined by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared and has been the go-to obesity calculator for years. Having a BMI over 30 is considered obese, while over 25 means you're overweight. But it has a major flaw, being incapable of differentiating between fat and muscle weight means people like Mr Johnson are deemed as 'obese' as a couch potato with the same height and weight. And the 'Black Adam' superstar is not the only muscular celebrity to fall afoul of the BMI formula. 'Fast and Furious' lead Vin Diesel is considered too flabby and comes in as obese with a BMI of 30. Meanwhile, 'The Terminator' and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzengger, risks becoming morbidly obese with a whopping BMI of 33. In a paper presented today, experts claimed BMI is flawed and should be ditched in favour of a lesser-known measurement called the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).

An early trial at the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) in London revealed that a modified version of the herpes simplex virus showed signs of effectiveness.

Newcastle University scientists say the findings, presented at a medical conference in Sweden, support the idea that everyone has a 'personal fat threshold'.

Lindsey Gritton, from Gainesville, Georgia, was in week 34 of her pregnancy when a burning sensation erupted over her right armpit and breast. She also found a 'marble-sized' lump in the breast. Doctors told her it was a clogged milk duct - like in her first pregnancy - and that they'd seen it a 'thousand' times, but she still demanded a scan. When the results came back, medics backtracked saying there was now a 'high likelihood' that she had cancer. She had labor induced a week later, and then went through more tests - which couldn't be done during pregnancy due to the radiation - which revealed it was stage four breast cancer and had spread to her liver. The mother-of-two has now been on chemotherapy for four months, visiting hospital every three weeks for treatment. About 80 percent of the cancer is now gone.

In July 2020, Myke Jay recalls tipping the scales at 124kg but stopped weighing himself because he 'hated how he looked'. In 10 months he managed to lose 34kg without going to the gym.

Farren Bay, now 33, had been struggling with periods that were so painful it felt like 'my insides were being ripped apart' for years. She was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis.

Are multi-vitamins they key to helping us living longer and healthy lives or just an expensive placebo that only makes you feel healthier for £60-a-pop. MailOnline delves into the scientific controversy after two conflicting papers were published just 24 hours apart. On one hand, researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine insisted the benefits of multi-vitamins on halting cognitive decline were clear. Although 'too early' to recommend supplements as a way of protecting our brain against the natural deterioration which comes with ageing, the three-year study, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia, bragged it was the 'first evidence' of any cognitive benefit among older adults. But a day later, researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital - affiliated to the prestigious Harvard University - warned vitamin D and omega-3 supplements won't save older adults from becoming frail.

Scientists have discovered a molecule called TTK21 that can repair damage in the spine after a severe injury. Axons in the spine have no ability to recover on their own.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine, in New York, deprived 14 adults of their normal eight hours of sleep every night for six weeks and found each had more inflammation.

A parent can make watching TV a beneficial experience for their child by being present to talk to them and answer questions they may have about what they are watching.

Researchers in New York and North Carolina found that sperm in groups were more likely to swim in a straight line, and less likely to be swept away by high speed currents.

Russian Government-affiliated experts only acknowledged Khosta-2's existence last May. Yet the never-before-seen pathogen was detected in bat samples collected between March and October 2020.

Elderly people who go to bed early and sleep longer are more likely to develop dementia, a new study finds. Those who go to bed before 9 p.m. each night and sleep for over eight hours suffer a risk.

Fauci warns Biden that 'we are not where we need to be' after he declared 'the pandemic is over'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, said on Monday the pandemic isn't over and that 'we are not where we need to be if we're going to be able to quote "live with the virus."' His declaration comes just a day after President Joe Biden, 79, declared 'the pandemic is over' on Sunday. Fauci cited the constant threat of variants and only having 67 percent of the US population vaccinated as a reason the US is not out of the woods yet. '[There is a] lack of a uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country where even now,' he said on Monday. He also claimed that the 400 deaths a day is 'unacceptably high.' Despite the president's comments on the current status of the pandemic, White House officials said there are 'no plans to lift the Public Health Emergency.'

Sadie Tessmer, 14, from Buffalo in Missouri, sees her skin break out in painful red hives every time she showers. She has quit soccer too, because the sweat causes her the reaction.

University of Sheffield researchers found Tofersen, made by Biogen, slowed the progress of motor neurone disease in some patients who previously had no other treatment options.

People who exercise more intensively may not always score better on memory tests despite existing medical literature, a new study finds, with moderate exercise being valuable at times.

The pre-diabetes drug semaglutide, sold under the brand name Ozempic, has become a hot commodity among celebs, creating a shortage for regular people who need it.

More than four in every five pregnancy-related deaths in the United States could be prevented with proper medical care, the CDC reveals. Mental health related deaths, which included deaths by suicide and from drug overdoses, are the leading cause. Blood hemorrhages, heart and coronary issues and high blood pressure are among the leading causes of death as well. Maternal mortality is a uniquely American issue among developed nation, with the country suffering twice the rate of its nearest peer nation.

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered residue of opium in eight vessels that are shaped like upside-down poppy flowers - the plant from which it is derived.

Professor Neil Walsh, of Liverpool John Moores University, said his team's findings - published in the journal Sleep - 'change the way we should think about sleep and health'.

A team at Peptilogics have developed a drug that can combat antibiotic resistant bacteria, potentially solving a medical crisis expected to kill around 50 million people in the coming decades.

Military suicide rates are alarmingly high and rising, often attributed to the trauma and stress of serving in post-9/11 wars, head injuries, and the difficulty of returning to civilian life.

Magnus Lygdbäck, 43, a Swedish celebrity personal trainer and nutritionist has revealed how to enjoy your favorite alcoholic drinks without adding any pounds. The trainer is known for his rock-solid abs and has worked with stars like Alexander Skarsgård, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck. His five favorite low-calorie drinks included an Aperol Spritz, vodka soda, whiskey sour, white wine and watermelon spritzer and a yuzu fizz.

A top Chinese health official has warned the nation's citizens to avoid touching foreigners after the country recorded its first monkeypox case in a 29-year-old man who sex with men in Germany.

Officials in the African nation are now scrambling to contain the outbreak before it has chance to spread further. The victim lived in the central district of Mubende.

Almost half of all adults in England took at least one prescribed medicine in the past week - and for many, taking it is not simple. We ask a clinical pharmacist to assess a selection. We then rated them.

Joey Lykins, 35, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, was rushed to the ER late last month with a severe cough and feeling that 'something was blocking my airways' that doctors feared could be warning signs of pneumonia. But instead of revealing the disease, X-rays showed he had a 0.6-inch retainer - which the groundskeeper had worn in his septum - lodged in the upper lobe of his left lung. Doctors performed a bronchoscopy to remove the metal - where a tube is slowly put through his throat to the lung to grab and remove the foreign object. There are several anecdotal reports online of people swallowing or inhaling nose piercings.

A shocking new report projects that up to 70% of U.S. hospitals will  lose money in 2022, as costs of labor have rocketed and many face shortages and can not longer offer as many services.

The average diet quality across the world has not changed much over the past 30 years, and Americans are among those eating the worst quality foods in the world, a study finds.

Researchers from Stockholm University found that wolves show more affection towards familiar people than strangers, suggesting that dogs' attachment to us pre-dates domestication.


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