More Women Using Cannabis to Help Ease Menopause Symptoms

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter Women over 50 are turning to weed in droves, and menopause symptoms may be one big reason why, new research suggests These women may not necessarily be getting the results they’re looking for, however. That’s according to menopause experts who say it’s not clear from limited research whether the drug helps ease […]

PTSD Can Harm a Woman’s Sex Life

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter Suffering from PTSD may take a toll on your sex life if you’re a woman, new research reveals. About 10% of women have PTSD symptoms because of combat exposure, childhood abuse and sexual violence. Little research has been done looking at how these symptoms might affect sexual functioning among midlife women. […]

Alice Augusta Ball (1892-1916)

Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract which became the treatment for leprosy until the 1940s. While chaulmoogra oil had previously been used for leprosy, the treatments were ineffective and rife with challenges. Alice revolutionized the application method and made the oil injectable. Shortly after her discovery at the […]

Overlooked No More: Alice Ball, Chemist Who Created a Treatment for Leprosy

By Delthia Ricks On New Year’s Day in 1922, a scientific paper in an obscure medical journal described a drug that would help revolutionize the treatment of leprosy in Hawaii and beyond. It would also give belated credit to the drug’s developer. The report, by Harry Hollmann, extolled the therapeutic potential of chaulmoogra oil, originally a […]

World AIDS Day: the Red Ribbon

By Claire Frankland  Poster using the Red Ribbon symbol The Red Ribbon is synonymous with raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, and those living with the disease. The ribbon was designed by the New York based Visual AIDS Artists’ Caucus in 1991 as a symbol to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. It was not trademarked and was not designed to be […]

Wear your red ribbon this World AIDS Day

The red ribbon has become an internationally recognized symbol for AIDS awareness, worn by people throughout the year in support of people living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have died. On 1 December this year, people around the world will be pinning on their red ribbons as they commemorate World AIDS Day. […]

Cordyceps Is a Killer Fungi With Potential Health Benefits

With more than 150,000 species of fungi (and perhaps a million or more yet to discover), there’s an ever-growing area of interest in the potential effects fungi have on humans. In fact, fungi have long been used in tinctures, herbal remedies and tonic foods because of their benefits in traditional Chinese medicine and other Eastern medical practices. These […]

“The Last of Us” Apocalypse Is Not Realistic, But Rising Threat of Fungal Pathogens Is

By Isabella Backman In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Last of Us,” a rapidly spreading pandemic—in which a mutated Cordyceps fungus morphs people into zombie-like “infected”— besieges humanity. As the world contends in real life with a pandemic of its own, viewers may be left wondering if the HBO series’ grim portrayal of a different […]

Questions and Answers On Mpox (monkeypox)

What is mpox (monkeypox)? Mpox (or monkeypox) is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a viral infection which can spread between people and occasionally from the environment to people via things and surfaces that have been touched by a person with mpox. In settings where the monkeypox virus is present among some […]

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