Medicine


Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US
- November 30, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest data on mortality rates this morning, and the news is not good. "Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation's overall health and these sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable ", he said . (more...)
84 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Northern Ireland a year ago 84 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Northern Ireland a year ago
- November 29, 2018

The report states that in the East there are 51.1 new cases diagnosed per 100,000 people while there are 6.4 new cases per 100,000 people and 3.2 diagnoses per 100,000 people in Central Europe. "It is hard to speak of good news, if one looks to another year with unacceptable high probability of paying back", says Zsuzsanna Jakap, Director of the WHO Regional Office Europe. (more...)
US life expectancy drops again, overdoses climb US life expectancy drops again, overdoses climb
- November 29, 2018

Americans can expect to live just over 78 years and six months on average - a 0.1 year drop from 2016, according to the report released on Thursday. "These sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable ", Dr. (more...)
Here's How Long It Takes to Retrieve a Swallowed Lego Here's How Long It Takes to Retrieve a Swallowed Lego
- November 29, 2018

But, no, even the researchers themselves aren't taking it too seriously, calling it "a bit of fun in the run up to Xmas" in a related blog post . The amount of time it took to travel from mouth to toilet was also aptly titled - the Found and Retrieved Time (aka the FART ) score. (more...)
Scientists line up to take aim at research behind gene-edited babies Scientists line up to take aim at research behind gene-edited babies
- November 29, 2018

Speaking at a genome summit in Hong Kong, He Jiankui , an associate professor at a Shenzhen university, said he was "proud" of his work . The announcement that broke earlier this week was that twin girls, dubbed Lulu and Nana, had been born to one of the sets of parents with the desired genetic modification. (more...)
Police ‘face intolerable burden amid national crisis in mental health care’ Police ‘face intolerable burden amid national crisis in mental health care’
- November 29, 2018

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue today called for a "radical rethink" of how to respond to the national mental health crisis and the role the police should play. The top five individual report callers to the Metropolitan Police all have mental health problems and called the force a combined total of 8,655 times previous year, costing it £70,000 just to handle the calls. (more...)
'I feel proudest', says Chinese scientist who genetically modified children 'I feel proudest', says Chinese scientist who genetically modified children
- November 28, 2018

And He's university issued a statement saying it has launched an investigation into the research, which it says may "seriously violate academic ethics and academic norms". The particular method used is common in lab research but not precise or controlled enough for embryos, said Columbia University cell biologist Dietrich Egli, who called it "essentially genome vandalism". (more...)
It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, FDA says It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, FDA says
- November 27, 2018

Last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a blanket warning to avoid all romaine and advised consumers, restaurants and markets to destroy any on hand. The leafy greens industry agreed to establish a task force for solutions for long-term labeling of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens. "Based on further discussions with the leafy greens industry and with agricultural authorities, we have begun to narrow the location in which we believe the contaminated romaine ... (more...)
Medical emergency delays kick-off for Burnley's clash with Newcastle Medical emergency delays kick-off for Burnley's clash with Newcastle
- November 27, 2018

Benitez opted for a 5-4-1 system, utilising three centre-backs in an effort to stifle the aerial prowess of a Burnley side replete with towering potential; Fabian Schar, Clark and Fernandez were given the task of forming a bulwark, and they perhaps would have kept a clean sheet were it not for some questionable positioning from Dubravka. (more...)
CDC warns romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak CDC warns romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak
- November 24, 2018

One person has developed HUS in the current outbreak. Canada's Public Health Agency also reported 18 people became ill from the same strain of E. Evidence from both the United States and Canadian outbreaks point toward romaine lettuce as the cause of both. Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak. (more...)
9.8 crore Indians may be diabetic by 2030, says Study Findings 9.8 crore Indians may be diabetic by 2030, says Study Findings
- November 23, 2018

The study aimed at comparing alternative projections for and consequences of insulin use worldwide under varying treatment algorithms and degrees of insulin access revealed that access to insulin in many areas is low. The researchers have warned that new strategies must be adopted to make insulin more widely available and affordable. Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University and who led the study, said: "Despite the UN's commitment to treat noncommunicable ... (more...)
Experimental treatment may desensitize allergic kids to peanuts Experimental treatment may desensitize allergic kids to peanuts
- November 22, 2018

Twenty-five percent of children who had received AR101 experienced moderate symptoms during a food challenge at the end of the treatment, versus 59 percent of participants who had been given a placebo. Peanut allergies can be deadly-and a complicated practical issue to deal with, as anyone with personal experience with such an allergy (and there's about one million kids in the US who have one) well knows. (more...)
Canadian officials approaching romaine lettuce warning differently than U.S. Canadian officials approaching romaine lettuce warning differently than U.S.
- November 22, 2018

Coli outbreak in the Ontario, Quebec and parts of the U.S. The AVA said on Wednesday that no specific brand of lettuce or farm have been identified by U.S. The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a warning Tuesday afternoon, telling people in Ontario and Quebec not to consume romaine lettuce. "I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers", he told The Canadian Press. (more...)
Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns
- November 20, 2018

It said that residents of the two provinces should avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing the produce until further notice. If you were planning to make a salad for Thanksgiving, it's probably best you steer clear of romaine lettuce. (more...)
Experts seek measures to prevent and combat antimicrobial resistance Experts seek measures to prevent and combat antimicrobial resistance
- November 17, 2018

He expressed these views while addressing a policy and advocacy seminar on antibiotic awareness organised by Hepatitis and Infection Control Programme, Punjab, in collaboration with World Health Organisation at a local hotel. Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and clean water in your home, office, school, gym, etc. The key message is that antibiotics should only ever be taken when a patient actually requires them to treat a specific bacterial infection. (more...)
RECALL ALERT: Drug company recalls RECALL ALERT: Drug company recalls "Losartan"
- November 16, 2018

Ltd. Sandoz Inc. Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide product is manufactured by Lek Pharmaceuticals dd, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The product can be identified as Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide, 100 mg/25 mg tablets in 1000-count plastic bottles, NDC 0781-5207-10, Lot number JB8912; Exp. (more...)
MHR opt-out period extended again MHR opt-out period extended again
- November 16, 2018

If the date wasn't shifted, millions of Australians would have automatically joined the scheme. Some users reported that while attempting to opt out online today they were greeted with server failures and a direction to use the phone option instead. (more...)
New physical activity guidelines for Americans released New physical activity guidelines for Americans released
- November 16, 2018

According to the guidelines, these low levels of physical activity among Americans have health and economic consequences for the nation, with almost $117 billion dollars in annual healthcare costs and 10 percent of all premature mortality attributable to failure to meet levels of aerobic physical activity recommended in the guidelines. (more...)
Pulse HR Fitness Tracker From Withings Has a 20-day Battery Life Pulse HR Fitness Tracker From Withings Has a 20-day Battery Life
- November 16, 2018

Withings says Pulse HR will ship in time for Christmas. The Withings Pulse HR is more of a traditional fitness tracker rather than a smartwatch, like the Steel HR Sport from September. You'll also be able to use the Pulse HR to track around 30 different activities including yoga and hockey. The Pulse HR is able to do this all day and while the user is preoccupied with workouts. (more...)
DeepMind Health integrates with Google Health to allow for greater research DeepMind Health integrates with Google Health to allow for greater research
- November 16, 2018

In a blog post , it was confirmed the team behind Streams would join Google. Google acquired DeepMind in 2014, however the company has operated independently - until now. DeepMind said in a statement that the processing of NHS patient data would remain "subject to both our contracts and data protection legislation". The main issue was that the app had been gathering data on 1.6 million patients without informing them or seeking prior consent. (more...)