Medicine


'First' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled 'First' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled
- April 20, 2019

Using genetic engineering, the scientists then tweaked the various components, reprogramming some of the cells to become cardiac muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes, and some to become cells that generate blood vessels. The heart is seen as step forward in developing artificial organs for transplant. The research began with a sample of fatty tissue which was taken during a biopsy. (more...)
A rasher a day 'increases risk of bowel cancer' A rasher a day 'increases risk of bowel cancer'
- April 20, 2019

In the new study, some 475,581 people aged 40 to 69 were followed for an average of 5.7 years. "Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world; this study shows we could prevent some of these cancers by changing our diets, consuming less red and processed meat and alcohol, and more wholegrains", says lead author Dr Kathryn Bradbury, a senior research fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health ... (more...)
Officials investigating lab-confirmed measles case in York Region Officials investigating lab-confirmed measles case in York Region
- April 19, 2019

During a meeting Wednesday, the city's health board said it would be seeking civil, not criminal, penalties against the parents. Israel's Ministry of Health says she may have contracted the disease in NY, in Israel, or on a flight between the two. (more...)
Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death
- April 19, 2019

Experts writing in two articles also in Nature said the research opened up ethical conundrums - not least whether consciousness would have been recorded if the BrainEx fluid had not contained substances to block brain cell activity, and whether other methods were needed to assess consciousness. (more...)
Measles Cases in US Reach Second-Highest Level Since 2000 Measles Cases in US Reach Second-Highest Level Since 2000
- April 19, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO ) has reported that global measles cases have almost quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 to 112,163 cases compared to the same period past year. The states that have reported measles cases to the CDC include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington, bringing the total number of USA states ... (more...)
A Flight Attendant Is Reportedly In a 'Deep Coma' After Contracting Measles A Flight Attendant Is Reportedly In a 'Deep Coma' After Contracting Measles
- April 18, 2019

April 12. The IDPH says the second infection was identified during the investigation into the first case of measles and the person has taken part in voluntarily confinement order at home. Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash. "This appearance of measles is a reminder about the importance of vaccines and how they can particularly protect our most vulnerable, including infants and those with compromised immune systems". (more...)
FDA orders makers of surgical mesh to stop selling devices FDA orders makers of surgical mesh to stop selling devices
- April 18, 2019

The FDA said it "has determined that the manufacturers, Boston Scientific and Coloplast , have not demonstrated a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for these devices". At February's panel, Boston Scientific pitched its Uphold Lite Vaginal Support and Xenform Soft Tissue Repair systems and Coloplast presented on its Restorelle DirectFix Anterior product, touting new and improved product design. (more...)
USA government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general says USA government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general says
- April 16, 2019

It was not immediately clear what "spying" Barr was referring to, but President Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly made accusations of political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and seized on anti-Trump text messages sent and received by one of the lead agents involved in investigating whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation. (more...)
Scientists unveil ‘first’ 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels Scientists unveil ‘first’ 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels
- April 16, 2019

As stated in the abstract of the study , "These results demonstrate the potential of the approach for engineering personalized tissues and organs, or for drug screening in an appropriate anatomical structure and patient‐specific biochemical microenvironment". (more...)
Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO
- April 16, 2019

Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Measles isn't just rising in the United States. "Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases", WHO further said. (more...)
NYC measles and mandatory vaccinations NYC measles and mandatory vaccinations
- April 15, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the order on Tuesday, declaring mandatory vaccinations in Williamsburg, where 250 people have been infected since September. "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science". Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD urged parents of unvaccinated children to make it a priority for their children to receive the MMR vaccine , which covers measles, mumps and rubella. (more...)
Father, son accused of selling body parts on black market Father, son accused of selling body parts on black market
- April 14, 2019

The latest charges are related to an investigation into Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2018. Federal prosecutors said researchers paid to use the cadavers not knowing these tested positive for infectious diseases . (more...)
Democrats set new deadline on Trump tax returns Democrats set new deadline on Trump tax returns
- April 14, 2019

Mnuchin took issue with Neal's characterization of the dispute as a straightforward issue in light of the law governing the matter. "Remember, I got elected last time - the same exact issue", Trump said. He has the option of eventually seeking to subpoena the records or to go to court if Treasury does not comply, but it's not clear he'll adopt a more confrontational approach just yet. (more...)
Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works
- April 13, 2019

While none of the infected children attend public schools or childcare programs, the Health Department is still in the process of gathering the information necessary to identify any locations where these children may have exposed others. Over the years, these vaccines have saved many lives, while causing few to no side effects . "I don't expect that people are running out [to get vaccinated]". (more...)
White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears
- April 13, 2019

Barr revealed the expected release of the watchdog report in testimony to lawmakers during a House budget hearing on April 9. Barr concluded there was not enough evidence to take the case to court. Some good news, other than Barr's stellar performance, is that Barr is investigating the origin of the entire Trump-RUSSIA travesty. "I feel that I have an obligation to ensure government power was not abused", Barr said. (more...)
Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works Lawyer: Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works
- April 12, 2019

He also said schools in certain areas that permitted attendance by unvaccinated students could be fined or temporarily closed. "The children who are not vaccinated appear to have been exposed to measles by attending family events in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing outbreaks ", Latimer says. (more...)
Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions
- April 11, 2019

He said he could be open to eventually releasing some of the redacted material after consulting with congressional leaders, but maintained he had no plans to seek a judge's approval to disclose grand jury material. Democrats have criticized Barr for not releasing Mueller's report in full since it was finished on Friday, March 22. Barr promised that the report would be ready "within a week", but spoke about it in tones meant to imply that it was of no more general interest than, say, a USDA ... (more...)
NY orders mandatory measles vaccinations, blasts misinformation fuelling outbreak NY orders mandatory measles vaccinations, blasts misinformation fuelling outbreak
- April 11, 2019

At the conference, Health Commissioner Barbot said they had received reports of measles parties, events where parents intentionally expose their healthy children to a measles-infected person. He also said that concerns about an unsupported link between the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and autism have contributed to some people refusing vaccination and remaining unprotected against the disease. (more...)
Guadalupe County man arrested in $1.2 billion Medicare scam Guadalupe County man arrested in $1.2 billion Medicare scam
- April 11, 2019

Operation Brace Yourself spanned 20 Federal Bureau of Investigation offices and involved the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general and Internal Revenue Service. One of the five telemedicine companies involved, AffordADoc-named alongside Video Doctor USA, Web Doctors Plus, Integrated Support Plus and First Care MD-produced a YouTube video explaining how doctors in its network could supplement their income by $15,000 a month while performing consultations from home or over ... (more...)
Dogs can sniff out LUNG CANCER with 97% accuracy Dogs can sniff out LUNG CANCER with 97% accuracy
- April 11, 2019

Your canine friend can use its highly evolved sense of smell to pick out blood samples from people with cancer with nearly 97 percent accuracy, a finding that can lead to new low-priced and non-invasive screening approaches for the disease, finds a study. (more...)