Category: Health News

Next-generation implants will be biodegradable and non-invasive

EPFL engineers have developed a neural interface that disappears harmlessly in the body after several months and allows natural tissue to grow back. What’s more, it can be implanted in a patient’s blood vessel rather than inside the brain, thereby avoiding the need for invasive surgery. Some implants like pacemakers can last for years, while

Israel to send 1M coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Israel said Friday it will transfer around 1 million doses of soon-to-expire coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian Authority in exchange for a similar number of doses the Palestinians expect to receive later this year. Israel, which has fully reopened after vaccinating some 85% of its adult population, has faced criticism for not sharing

Singapore to allow restaurant dining with two person limit

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past chairs stacked up outside restaurants as dining-in is restricted to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar SuSINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will allow dining at restaurants to resume from Monday under loosened coronavirus restrictions, though will limit diners to groups of two, instead of

COVID-19 virus can infect the testes, hamster study shows

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have observed that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can infect the testes of infected hamsters. The findings, published in the journal Microorganisms, could help explain symptoms some men with COVID-19 have reported and have important implications for men’s health. As the pandemic goes on, clinicians continue

Blood Lipid Control Inadequate in PAD Patients

Blood lipid control in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) continues to be “suboptimal,” researchers on a new study conclude. The observational analysis showed that despite their increased risk for cardiovascular and limb events, lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) was generally underused in patients with PAD, and many who were treated still had elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol

Potential First-in-Class, Targeted Therapy for Myasthenia Gravis

Efgartigimod (argenx) is an effective and well-tolerated therapy for patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG), new research suggests. Results from the phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled ADAPT trial showed that reduction in disease burden and improvement in strength and quality of life in patients with gMG were consistent across four MG-specific scales for those receiving the

3 Delicious Mocktails For Your Next Girl's Night In

Peppermint Tea Mocktail Ingredients 2 Peppermint teabags 1 Cup boiling water 2 Tsp lemon zest 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tsp honey optional Soda water Method Place the teabags, boiling water and honey (if using) in a jug and brew according to packet instructions. Remove the teabags and chill the tea in the fridge. Zest

Medicare Rule Changes Allow for Broader CGM Use

Medicare has made two changes that are expected to improve access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for beneficiaries with diabetes. Beginning July 18, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will no longer require that beneficiaries test their blood sugar four times a day in order to qualify for CGM. In addition, the

Bariatric Surgery Cuts Insulin Needs in T1D With Obesity

While bariatric surgery does nothing to directly improve the disease of patients with type 1 diabetes, it can work indirectly by moderating severe obesity and improving insulin sensitivity to cut the total insulin needs of patients with type 1 diabetes and obesity, based on a single-center, retrospective chart review of 38 U.S. patients. Two years

Can You Really Use Shaving Cream To Treat A Sunburn?

Summer weather is upon us, and that means beach days, pool parties, and barbeques among plenty of other outdoor activities. We all know that if we plan to spend more than fifteen minutes outdoors, we need to wear a good sunscreen on our faces and bodies (via Harvard Health), but if we’re honest, life sometimes gets in

These Are The World’s 10 Most Popular Female Sportspeople

1. Ronda Rousey Sport: MMA Annual global searches: 21,666,500 Shutterstock 2. Alex Morgan Sport: Football Annual global searches: 8,446,340 Shutterstock 3. Serena Williams Sport: Tennis Annual global searches: 7,462,710 4. Tonya Harding Sport: Figure skating Annual global searches: 7,254,410 Twitter 5. Paige Vanzant Sport: MMA Annual global searches: 6,330,600 Shutterstock 6. Smriti Mandhana Sport: Cricket

Stem cells may hold a key to developing new vaccines against COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 may have the ability to reactivate dormant tuberculosis (TB). In a novel study, scientists report in The American Journal of Pathology that infection with a specific coronavirus strain reactivated dormant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) in mice. This knowledge may help to develop new vaccines for COVID-19 and avoid a potential

Distinctive inflammatory signature found in a genetic form of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that strikes nearly 5,000 people in the U.S. every year. About 10% of ALS cases are inherited or familial, often caused by an error in the C9orf72 gene. Compared to sporadic or non-familial ALS, C90rf72 patients are considered to have a

ONC releases draft of address standardization specification

The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has partnered with standards development organizations and other experts to release the Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. The draft specification is aimed at standardizing patient addresses across healthcare to improve patient matching, which in turn supports safety, privacy and

Women in GI: Career-Spanning Strategies to Overcome Gender Bias

The gender gap in gastroenterology persists – currently, women constitute 39% of fellows, but only 22% of senior AGA members and less than 18% of all practicing gastroenterologists – and it has gained even greater significance within the “current historical moment” of the COVID pandemic and growing cognizance of systemic sexism and racism, according to