Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives

Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide. The group of international experts, which also includes scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University Medical…

US identifies likely culprit of vaping illness outbreak

Credit: CC0 Public Domain US health officials said Friday they had identified vitamin E acetate as the likely culprit behind a vaping-linked lung injury epidemic that has killed 39 people and sickened more than two thousand. Investigators have previously pointed to the oil, which is sometimes used as a thickening…

German court rules hangovers are ‘illness’

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A German court said in a ruling published Monday that hangovers are an “illness”, in a timely judgement days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival began in Munich. The case landed before judges in Frankfurt when plaintiffs claimed a firm offering anti-hangover “shots” and drink powders…

Vaping-linked lung illness claims seventh victim

A 40-year-old California man is the seventh person to die from a severe respiratory illness brought on by using electronic cigarettes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so far, 380 people in 36 states have come down with the vaping-related lung sickness. On Monday, the agency…

Illness can morph you without your consent

When I was first diagnosed, I was told that Crohn’s disease was chronic. I looked that word up. Chronic: "Persisting for a long time or constantly recurring." I shrugged, "No big deal" I thought. The idea of a long time didn’t compute when I was in my early twenties. Because…

Many kids with chronic illness are still happy: Study

(HealthDay)—Many children deal with chronic health issues—but it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy life as much as other kids, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 1,200 5- to 9-year-olds, those with some of the most common childhood ills were no less happy with their lives than…