Medicine


United Kingdom aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030 United Kingdom aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030
- June 26, 2018

It will consult on introducing new TV and online advertising restrictions to prevent children from being targeted by these unhealthy products, and to incentivise companies to reduce the sugar and calories in the products they sell. "This series of measures will undoubtedly help shift the balance towards a healthier environment". 'We fully support the Government's intentions on junk food promotions and marketing, but the consultations to come will be crucial. (more...)
GE to Spin Off Health-Care Business in Latest Revamp GE to Spin Off Health-Care Business in Latest Revamp
- June 26, 2018

GE plans to use the proceeds to pay down the mountain of debt piled on its balance sheet. It comes just days after GE was dropped from the leading index of the Dow Jones Industrials and replaced by Walgreens. It will take two to three years to sell its two-thirds stake in Baker Hughes , valued at around $23 billion. GE shares closed at $12.75 on Monday, down from their high of $60 a share in August 2000. (more...)
Florida Teen First Human to Be Diagnosed with 'Keystone' Virus Florida Teen First Human to Be Diagnosed with 'Keystone' Virus
- June 26, 2018

University of Florida researchers recently said a 16-year-old boy was the first human case of the Keystone virus . In 1972, scientists tested people in the Tampa Bay area and discovered antibodies from the disease in 19 to 21 percent of those studied, according to the release. (more...)
Flying and Cancer: Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Numerous Cancers
- June 26, 2018

Previous studies also recorded a higher cancer risk in cabin crew. The new study compared data on self-reported cancer cases in the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study , which collects data to help people understand how their job can affect health, with cases tracked in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey , an ongoing study that tracks the health and nutrition of adults and children in the general population. (more...)
Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds
- June 26, 2018

Nicole Arteaga's doctor told her Tuesday that the two-month old baby she was carrying had stopped breathing due to developmental abnormalities, and was given the choice of terminating the pregnancy through surgery or prescription medication. (more...)
Arrest made in hit-and-run death of dad on family bike ride Arrest made in hit-and-run death of dad on family bike ride
- June 26, 2018

Mikese Morse, 30, fled the scene after the Sunday afternoon collision on New Tampa Boulevard near Wood Sage Drive in Tampa. The Tampa police chief said in an early morning news conference that a "disturbed" man made a U-turn and deliberately drove into a family riding their bicycles in New Tampa on Sunday, killing the father and injuring his two young sons. (more...)
Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication, citing ethical beliefs
- June 26, 2018

For Arteaga to speak out publicly about this requires incredible strength, and while she says, "It was comforting to know I'm not the only one", I am furious that this pharmacist's actions forced Arteaga to speak out on behalf of women who have to deal with this. (more...)
USA approves first marijuana-derived drug USA approves first marijuana-derived drug
- June 26, 2018

There are six other drugs approved to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut, but none approved for Dravet. Now with the approval of Epidiolex, a drug that will not produce an euphoric "high" feeling in the user - Devinsky said he expected CBD would be moved down to a schedule 4 or 5 drug, which is one that poses a low potential for abuse and dependence. (more...)
West Nile Virus detected in Grant County mosquito sample West Nile Virus detected in Grant County mosquito sample
- June 25, 2018

Previous year there were 68 human cases in Nebraska and two deaths. Last year, 63 counties in IL reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. "West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it's important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home". (more...)
Sneaky brain viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's Sneaky brain viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's
- June 25, 2018

At the present time, however, he stressed that "the findings do not prove that the virus causes the onset or worsening of Alzheimer's disease". A new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai , published in the journal Neuron , has reignited a controversial theory about what causes the neurodegenerative disease by studying the brains of people from three different brain banks. (more...)
Florida Teen Has First Confirmed Case Of The Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Florida Teen Has First Confirmed Case Of The Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus
- June 25, 2018

A new instance of just such an inter-species leap has just been discovered in Florida . The Aedes atlanticus reportedly is a very common mosquito of Florida and is an associate of the insect which is known to carry the Zika virus . It's not supposed to be capable of living in humans. The teenager, a recent transplant to Florida, lacked a natural immunity to Keystone and is reported to be the only one infected at the camp. (more...)
Mosquito-borne virus called Keystone discovered in human for first time Mosquito-borne virus called Keystone discovered in human for first time
- June 25, 2018

Just in time for the hot, humid, bug-bite-riddled summer: Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed the first known case of a human infected with the mosquito-borne Keystone virus . He further explained, "We screened this with all the standard approaches and it literally took a year and a half of sort of dogged laboratory work to figure out what this virus was". (more...)
Are herpes and Alzheimer's linked? Are herpes and Alzheimer's linked?
- June 24, 2018

This work lends support to the controversial hypothesis that viruses are involved in Alzheimer's disease and offers potential new paths for treatment. " Alzheimer's disease is not contagious", Fargo said. One of the most prominent theories is that Alzheimer's may start in the brain as a response to injury from a virus. (more...)
Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy's Retina Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy's Retina
- June 24, 2018

A green-beam laser bought as a toy by a father for his 9-year-old son has resulted in a permanently injured left eye, said the doctors. Normally, surgery is the preferred method of treatment for macular holes, though this would come with a very high chance of cataract formation, University of Thessaly ( Greece ) assistant professor of ophthalmology Sofia Androudi told CNN . (more...)
From Shilpa Shetty To Malaika Arora, Bollywood Stars Stay Fit With Yoga From Shilpa Shetty To Malaika Arora, Bollywood Stars Stay Fit With Yoga
- June 23, 2018

Shilpa penned a strong message on International Yoga Day while performing a yogasana and wrote, "Dear Instafam, Pranayama: Prana means life (no life without breath), Ayama means practice/control". Yes, of course, the perfectly toned body? well, its's due to yoga. Kareena practices 50 rounds of yoga of Surya Namaskar every day and dedicates 45 minutes each day to yoga asanas as well. (more...)
Prosecutions should follow inquiry into suspicious hospital deaths, say campaigners Prosecutions should follow inquiry into suspicious hospital deaths, say campaigners
- June 23, 2018

Ann Reeves, daughter of Elsie Devine who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, stands with families of other victims outside Portsmouth Cathedral, south England, Wednesday June 20, 2018, after the disclosure of the Gosport Independent Panel's report. (more...)
Kate Spade New York Donates $1 Million To Mental Health Organizations Kate Spade New York Donates $1 Million To Mental Health Organizations
- June 22, 2018

It will also match all public donations to the Crisis Text Line between June 20 and June 29, up to $100,000. According to her husband, Andy Spade , Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for years. After losing founder and fashion designer Kate Spade to suicide , the Kate Spade New York Foundation announced it is donating over $1 million to organizations that raise awareness about mental health and help people in need find the right resources. (more...)
Trump Administration Finalizes Rule to Allow for Skimpier Health Insurance Plans Trump Administration Finalizes Rule to Allow for Skimpier Health Insurance Plans
- June 23, 2018

Among other things, the order called for loosening AHP commonality rules as one way to expand alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and enhance competition in the market for health coverage. That's largely because the plans will offer less generous benefits and have healthier enrollees, according to Avalere. The DOL and the Congressional Budget Office estimate that almost 400,000 individuals will seek to enroll in newly expanded AHPs. (more...)
A virus almost every child gets may cause Alzheimer's decades later A virus almost every child gets may cause Alzheimer's decades later
- June 22, 2018

The study presents novel evidence linking the activity of specific viruses with Alzheimer disease . An event held Thursday in Jonesboro raised money for Alzheimer's research while treating people to some live music. The researchers also identified a microRNA- a short molecule that typically switches genes off-that is suppressed by the HHV-6A virus in Alzheimer's brains. (more...)
Canada legalizes recreational use of Marijuana Canada legalizes recreational use of Marijuana
- June 22, 2018

Canada will legalise the consumption and cultivation of cannabis from 17 October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced. Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a "historic" bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. (more...)