WHO: Excessive video game playing might affect health

WHO: Excessive video game playing might affect health

Staying up all day and night playing video games could negatively affect your health, according to the World Health Organization.  Officials with the organization now say compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, but one local doctor said he can see both sides of the argument.   Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director […]

World Health Organization Adds Sex Addiction to Disease List

World Health Organization Adds Sex Addiction to Disease List

A new mental health disorder has been added to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases list—compulsive sexual behavior disorder. According to CNN, the inclusion came in the June update of the list, which is called the ICD-11, and is the “foundational document that clinicians and scientists around the world use to identify and […]

Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds

Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds

The test could speed up the diagnosis process, saving thousands of lives. Scientists at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia tested blood samples for the antibodies typically created by the immune system in response to melanoma and identified them with significant accuracy. Antibodies “are easily accessible in the blood, so it provides a fantastic test […]

How Many People Die From TB Every Year?

How Many People Die From TB Every Year?

Global TB mortality: this is the correlation between estimates by the WHO and the IHME. Credit: Garcia-Basteiro et al, 2018. The discrepancies between the estimates for global tuberculosis deaths by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation  (IHME) is due to different methodologies and data sources used by each […]

'Compulsive Sexual Behaviour' Is Now Considered A Mental Disorder By The World Health Organization

'Compulsive Sexual Behaviour' Is Now Considered A Mental Disorder By The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has recognized “compulsive sexual behaviour” as a mental disorder, but said Saturday it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. The contentious term “sex addiction” has been around for decades but experts disagree over whether the condition exists. In the latest update of […]

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

GETA, Nepal — Fifteen years ago, Shiva Lal Rana walked 20 miles to Geta Eye Hospital to ask doctors to pluck out all his eyelashes. Trachoma, a bacterial infection, had swollen and inverted his eyelids. With every blink, his lashes raked his corneas. “The scratching hurt my eyes so much I could barely go out […]