Category: Health News

Cholera Death Toll Passes 1000 in Malawi as Outbreak Spreads

BLANTYRE (Reuters) – The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Malawi has passed 1,000 while cases have risen to 30,621, the highest on record in the country, Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda said on Wednesday. Most of the deaths occurred in the two main cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre where children have recently gone back

Palliative Radiotherapy Reduces End-Stage Liver Cancer Pain

Most patients with end-stage hepatocellular carcinoma experience pain, but when it’s severe, how best to control the pain is debatable. A number of studies, including one recently presented at the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium 2023, shows that low-dose radiotherapy can improve pain, and in this case, even improve survival. The study, conducted by Laura Dawson,

Topical CBD Needs Further Study for Digital Ulcer Pain, Healing

Topical cannabidiol (CBD) oil appeared to lower pain scores and reduce painkiller use vs. standard treatment in patients with digital ulcers due to systemic sclerosis, a small new study finds. Patients who received the treatment also showed signs of more healing. The study, published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, is far from definitive since

Novel HER2 Assay to Predict HER2+ Breast Cancer Tx Response

A novel assay for measuring HER2 mRNA levels could help identify which patients with advanced HER2+ breast cancer will respond to the antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1, Kadcyla) and potentially other anti-HER2 drugs, say researchers. The HER2DX genomic assay (Reveal Genomics), recently recognized by Time magazine as one of the best inventions of 2022, incorporates

Study shows insulating homes contributes most to health benefits of net zero policies in England and Wales

Implementing net zero policies would result in substantial reductions in mortality by 2050, according to a modeling study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. Results suggest that all policies combined would lead to at least two million additional years lived across the population of England and Wales by 2050. Retrofitting homes would account for

Colon cancer: Chemotherapy before surgery could reduce recurrence risk

Standard treatment for locally advanced colorectal cancers that have invaded the local tissue but have not spread to distant tissues involves surgery followed by postoperative chemotherapy, also known as adjuvant chemotherapy. Despite its benefits, this standard treatment is associated with disease recurrence in 20–30% of colorectal cancer patients. A new phase 3 randomized controlled trial

Dietary advice can improve nutritional profile in schizophrenia

For patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, implementing conventional nutritional education strategies and specific nutritional advice with a symbiotic effect improves dietary-nutritional profiles, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Nutrients. Alfonso Sevillano-Jiménez, from Reina Sofia University Hospital in Cordoba, Spain, and colleagues conducted a randomized clinical trial in 50 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia

FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Bexagliflozin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved bexagliflozin (Brenzavvy, TheracosBio) for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. The once-daily 20-mg oral sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control for those with type 2 diabetes, but not type 1 diabetes. It

Britons with severe asthma to get jab that 'turns off' attacks

Britons with severe asthma to get ‘life-changing’ DIY jab that ‘turns off’ attacks, reducing risk by 70% Britons could get at-home injector pen which could block asthma attacks by 70% Tezepelumab due to be approved by watchdog NICE this year after good results Drug has been recently approved by European Medicines Agency for use Britons