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First-of-its-kind surgery allows child with AFM to walk again

First-of-its-kind surgery allows child with mysterious polio-like disease to walk again – as CDC figures show rates are on the rise Brandon Noblitt, eight, of Greenville, South Carolina, came down with a common cold two years ago Within one week, he was left paralyzed and doctors diagnosed him with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) His family

First FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug Now Available in U.S.

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved for use in patients age 2 years and older with two types of epileptic syndromes, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, CNN reported. The FDA approved

Addiction treatment: First steps, types, and medications

However, as a chronic disease, addiction is difficult to treat and requires on-going care. In the United States, around 8.1 percent of the population, or 21.7 million people, either need or regularly receive treatment for substance use disorders, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. First steps The first step towards recovery

First impressions count, new speech research confirms

Human beings make similar judgements of the trustworthiness and dominance of an unfamiliar speaker after hearing just a single word, new research shows, suggesting the old saying that ‘first impressions count’ might well be correct. In a research paper published in the journal PLOS One, researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Université

First automated malnutrition screen implemented for hospitalized children

A team of clinicians, dietitians and researchers has created an automated program to screen for malnutrition in hospitalized children, providing daily alerts to healthcare providers so they can quickly intervene with appropriate treatment. The malnutrition screen draws on existing patient data in electronic health records (EHR). “Undernutrition is extremely common in children with cancer—the population

First-of-its-kind biodegradable device can repair damaged nerves

First-of-its-kind device can repair damaged nerves – before it DISAPPEARS inside the body Scientists have created a tiny biodegradable nerve stimulator  The nickel-sized device is made of silicone, magnesium, and a similar polymer to the material dissolvable stitches are made from  It successfully repaired nerves in injured rats   Researchers at Northwestern University and the University

For the first time, a neural link between altruism and empathy toward strangers

Giving up a kidney to a stranger requires a certain sense of selflessness, what’s come to be known in social science as extraordinary altruism. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz wanted to understand the connection between this trait and empathy, specifically empathy for distress emotions. Using fMRI scans, Brethel-Haurwitz and colleagues from Georgetown University discovered

First positive results of biodegradable implant tests announced

Russian scientists successfully tested biodegradable tibia implants with bioactive coatings out of polylactic acid and calcium phosphate, which might shorten the treatment period by two-four times compared to current world standards. Tests are carried out at Russia’s largest Ilizarov Orthopedic Center. A research team supervised by As.Prof. Sergei Tverdokhlebov developed a technology for manufacturing polymer

First IVF Baby Louise Brown Turns 40

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 — It’s been 40 years since the birth of the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and there have been more than eight million born since. Louise Joy Brown, who was 5 pounds 12 ounces when she was born in the United Kingdom on July 25, 1978, made global

Common middle names that deserve to be first names

There’s no question that one of the first big challenges new parents face is naming their little bundle of joy. Not only do new parents have to choose the perfect first name for their little one, they’re also tasked with choosing a fitting middle name that will perfectly compliment both the first and last name

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