Category: Health News

Adrenaline rush: Symptoms, causes, and meaning

The production of adrenaline occurs in the adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys. Adrenaline is responsible for the fight-or-flight reaction to a threat, and it triggers specific processes in the body. For example, it might make the body send extra oxygen to the lungs to aid a person to run away. As well as

New retinal ganglion cell subtypes emerge from single-cell RNA sequencing

Single-cell sequencing technologies are filling in fine details in the catalog of life. Researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health) and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) have identified 40 subtypes of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) along with the genetic markers and transcription factors that differentiate them. Thanks to recent advances in droplet-based single-cell

Novel bioengineering technique for personalized bone grafts: Scientists optimize a procedure toward regenerative medicine for bone defects

Scientists from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute have developed a new bone engineering technique called Segmental Additive Tissue Engineering (SATE). The technique, described in a paper published online today in Scientific Reports, allows researchers to combine segments of bone engineered from stem cells to create large scale, personalized grafts that will

BioEnterprise, Bounce Innovation Hub partner to support biomedical entrepreneurs

BioEnterprise and Bounce Innovation Hub on Thursday announced a partnership to combine their bioscience and entrepreneurial work.  BioEnterprise works with entrepreneurs to nurture ideas and technologies and guide them as they build businesses, while Bounce offers incubation and tech accelerator programs that also include mentoring.  BioEnterprise was jointly founded in 2002 by Cleveland Clinic, Case

Alternative payment models should include precision medicine

(HealthDay)—The American Medical Association has committed to working to integrate precision medicine into alternative payment models (APMs), according to an article published in the association’s AMA Wire. Implementation of the individualized approach in APMs is somewhat limited by the cost of certain precision medicine techniques. However, precision medicine, which is a tailored approach to health

6 Foods That Are Secretly Ruining Your Teeth

To coincide with Dental Health Week kicking off August 6, Dr Peter Chuang from the Australian Dental Association Oral Health Committee shares his insights about the drinks that are secretly ruining your teeth. For the most part, the old adage still stands: you are what you eat. In this day and age, with all the information

Researchers solve mystery of how ALL enters the central nervous system: Rather than breach the blood-brain barrier, the leukemia cells use a unique pathway

A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very difficult to treat, because most drugs are blocked from the organ system due to a “blood-brain barrier” designed to protect the brain. How cancer cells enter the central nervous system has

It’s Called Kombucha. But Is It Good for You?

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 — Fizzy, fermented kombucha tea is the hot new health drink. But experts say it’s not clear whether the bacteria-laden beverage lives up to all of its health claims. Proponents say kombucha’s powerful probiotics can help improve digestion, promote your immune response and reduce inflammation in your body by introducing healthy

Japan OKs first anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial

Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for a smoke-free Games. But ruling party lawmakers with strong

FDA: Some Rx Drugs May Become Available Without Seeing a Doctor

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 — A new draft guideline from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests Americans could get widely used prescription medicines for cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and migraine headaches without having to see a doctor. The FDA says patients could use a mobile-phone app to help determine if they’re able to

Sunk cost fallacy in mice, rats and humans

The behavior of people who remain committed to a choice, even when it is clear that an alternate choice would be a better option, has been a perplexing phenomenon to psychologists and economists. For example, people will continue to wait in the slow line at a grocery store, stick out an unhealthy relationship, or refuse

Study reveals benefits of yoga for pregnant women

New research in pregnant women suggests that practicing yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for bodily functions when at rest) during the third trimester, improves sleep at night, and decreases α-amylase levels, indicating reduced stress. The Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Research study included 38 women in a yoga group and 53

Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Breakthrough Drugs Examined

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 — Pivotal trials supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals granted Breakthrough Therapy designation often lack randomization, double-blinding, and control groups, according to a research letter published in the July 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Jeremy Puthumana, from the Yale University School of Medicine in New