Category: Health News

Silence for thought: Special interneuron networks in the human brain

The analysis of the human brain is a central goal of neuroscience. However, for methodological reasons, research has largely focused on model organisms, in particular the mouse. Now, neuroscientists have gained novel insights on human neural circuitry using tissue obtained from neurosurgical interventions. Three-dimensional electron microscope data revealed a novel expanded network of interneurons in

Cost of ranibizumab port delivery system for treating nAMD examined

For patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD), ranibizumab with a port delivery system (PDS) with one refill costs more than intravitreal ranibizumab or aflibercept injections if about 11 or 10 injections, respectively, or fewer are needed within the first year, according to a study published online June 16 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Shefali Sood, M.D.,

The duration of protection conferred by a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection amongst children and adolescents

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluated the immunity dynamics following infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children and adolescents. Study: Naturally-acquired Immunity Dynamics against SARS-CoV-2 in Children and Adolescents. Image Credit: L Julia/Shutterstock Background Several studies have investigated the duration of protection conferred by previous

FDA Recalls SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filters

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I product recall for the SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filter. The manufacturer, Germany based Draeger Inc, initiated the recall on May 9, following an injury and a complaint from its customers. A Class I recall is reserved for only the most serious of situations, for

Long COVID risk lower with Omicron than Delta, study finds

New research has compared the risk of getting long COVID from two different SARS-CoV-2 variants, the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers from King’s College London recently found that people with Omicron infections are 20-50% less likely to develop long COVID symptoms than those who had the Delta variant. The research team also found the absolute

Susan G. Komen awards $21.7 million to 48 new research projects aimed at improving breast cancer patient outcomes

Susan G. Komen®, the world's leading breast cancer organization, is awarding $21.7 million to fund 48 new research projects at 26 distinguished academic medical institutions in the U.S. that are focused on improving patient outcomes – particularly for people with the most aggressive breast cancers, or who have experienced a recurrence or metastasis. With this

Understanding and reframing the fear of rejection

If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that life doesn’t always go our way. A rejection, no matter the circumstance or size, can be painful, but it is something we all experience at some stage in our lives. Dr. Kelsey Zimmermann, a researcher at the School of Psychology, UNSW Science, says while rejection affects us

Tips for reducing risk of hearing loss

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently realized that I often ask people to repeat themselves, and I must turn up the volume on the TV louder than before. How do I know if I have hearing loss? I am 46. Aren’t I too young for hearing loss? Can I take steps to prevent future hearing loss?

A smart jumpsuit tracks infants motor development

New wearable technology creates new possibilities for assessing the neurological development of young children. Early motor assessment is essential for supporting the early detection of neurodevelopmental problems and their therapeutic interventions. A Finnish research group at the BABA Center, Helsinki Children’s Hospital, has developed a novel wearable for infants for the reliable assessment of motor

Dementia breakthrough: Simple brain scan is 98% accurate

Simple brain scan can detect early-stage Alzheimer’s with 98% accuracy and give same-day result, study finds — and it could be on the NHS by 2025 Computer programme uses standard MRI technology found in most hospitals Produces a result in 10 to 12 hours, which could slash current NHS waiting times Researchers who developed it

Eyes a haven for Ebola and other viruses

A specific cell within our retina, the light-sensitive part of our eyes responsible for sending visual information to our brain, appears to be particularly good at housing Ebola and other viruses, new research has found. A highly infectious and lethal viral disease, Ebola was first observed 1976 and has since impacted thousands of humans and