Category: Health News

Chitin-immobilized nanobodies for SARS-CoV-2 detection

In a recent study posted to bioRxiv*, researchers demonstrated a novel strategy to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) using chitin-immobilized nanobodies. Study: Efficient SARS-CoV-2 detection utilizing chitin-immobilized nanobodies synthesized in Ustilago maydis. Image Credit: CROCOTHERY/Shutterstock Background Shark and Camelidae-derived nanobodies are emergent alternatives to traditional antibodies. Nanobodies bind to ligands at the

Family involvement may lead to better patient outcomes in psychosis treatment

According to new research from Boston Medical Center, family involvement in psychosis treatment leads to better patient outcomes. Published in Schizophrenia Research, researchers highlight that learning to use motivational interviewing communication skills may help caregivers to decrease conflict and expressed emotion and improve treatment adherence. Research showed that families who understand the nature of psychosis

Unexpected cognitive deteriorations in epilepsy

In severe epilepsies, surgical intervention is often the only remedy—usually with great success. While neuropsychological performance can recover in the long term after successful surgery, on rare occasions, unexpected declines in cognitive performance occur. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now been able to show which patients are at particularly high risk for this.

Canadian Healthcare System Crisis Continues

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) was “disappointed” that no solutions to the ongoing crises across health systems emerged on November 8 at the first in-person meeting of Canada’s health ministers in 4 years.  Dr Alika Lafontaine The talks fell apart largely over money issues, leaving health ministers “without an agreement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments

Test for ‘Concealed Cardiomyopathy’ After Sudden Death

Genetic testing after sudden unexplained death in a young person with inconclusive autopsy results needs to be expanded to include gene variants for cardiomyopathy, a new study shows. Researchers found that among 91 people who died suddenly and in whom autopsy failed to reveal a definitive cause, gene variants associated with cardiomyopathy that would have

Local-Level Youth Suicides Reflect Mental Health Care Shortages

Rates of youth suicides at the county level increased as mental health professional shortages increased, based on data from more than 5,000 youth suicides across all counties in the United States. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, and shortages of pediatric mental health providers are well known,

Peru Reports First Severe Bird Flu Outbreak

PARIS (Reuters) – Peru has reported its first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza as the disease swept through some wild pelicans, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Friday. The type A H5 virus killed 200 pelicans that were found on a beach in the northern province of Paita, WOAH said,

Nursing union tells No10 it has FIVE DAYS to begin pay negotiations

‘Militant’ nursing union tells Government it has FIVE DAYS to begin ‘formal pay negotiations’ if it wants to avoid devastating NHS strikes going ahead next month Ministers were today told devastating NHS strikes will begin this winter unless they enter ‘formal pay negotiations’ with nurses in the next five days. The Royal College of Nursing

China reports more COVID deaths as infections surge

China reported two new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, both elderly Beijing residents, as several major cities persisted with strict virus curbs despite a much-touted recent loosening. The last major economy wedded to a zero-COVID policy, Chinese authorities have continued to impose snap lockdowns, mass testing and lengthy quarantines in response to emerging outbreaks. Despite

New tool can predict risk of dementia over time, researchers claim

A new scoring tool has the ability to accurately work out an individual’s dementia risk, according to a recently published scientific study. Lina Ren, from Shenzhen Mental Health Centre in China, developed a point risk score prediction model for dementia with colleagues.  Looking at a variety of factors, they were able to predict people’s chances

Treating Long Covid Is Rife With Guesswork

Medical equipment is still strewn around the house of Rick Lucas, 62, nearly two years after he came home from the hospital. He picks up a spirometer, a device that measures lung capacity, and takes a deep breath — though not as deep as he’d like. Still, Lucas has come a long way for someone