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Unhoused veterans struggle to find services

A year-long study of a group of military veterans experiencing homeless in Los Angeles found that few were able to obtain permanent housing over the course of the period, even though they lived near the region’s major VA service center. The project led by researchers from the nonprofit RAND Corporation and the University of Southern

England set to light up e-cigs on prescription for smokers

England’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) could start prescribing medically licensed electronic cigarettes to smokers in a world first, the health ministry said Friday. The move comes despite international concerns about the effects of commercially sold e-cigarettes and the popularity of vaping among young people. The country’s medicines regulator is publishing updated guidance that the

Blue is the clue to evaluating diabetic retinopathy

Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) demonstrate a thorough and non-invasive imaging technique to identify areas of the eye affected by diabetic retinopathy, a progressive eye disease associated with diabetes Tokyo, Japan—Just as bright light can illuminate the depths of a darkened room, researchers in Japan have found that blue light can be

An application to monitor people at risk of psychosis

Three percent of the population suffers from psychotic disorders, which are an important cause of disability in adolescents and young adults. In order to adapt the medical follow-up and to avoid a worsening of the disorder, it is essential to closely monitor the evolution of psychotic symptoms, both in terms of frequency and intensity. Today,

Pharma Cash to Congress

By Elizabeth Lucas and KHN Staff October 26, 2021 Every year, pharmaceutical companies contribute millions of dollars to U.S. senators and representatives as part of a multipronged effort to influence health care lawmaking and spending priorities. Use this tool to explore the sizable role drugmakers play in the campaign finance system, where many industries seek

Pfizer asks US to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11—and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for children younger than 12, today’s age cutoff for the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German

Roche applies to market COVID antibody treatment in EU

Swiss pharma giant Roche on Monday applied to market its anti-COVID-19 cocktail in the European Union, the bloc’s medicines watchdog said, the final step before it can be released to the continent. The application to the European Medicines Agency comes just over two weeks after the World Health Organisation also recommended the treatment, which Roche

Paper urges wealthy nations to delay COVID-19 boosters

High-income nations should heed the World Health Organization’s calls to delay COVID-19 vaccine boosters until 10% of people in every country are vaccinated, two bioethicists say in a paper published today. “We maintain that offering boosters to people in wealthy countries takes humanity down the wrong path. It places everyone, vaccinated or not, at greater

WHO wants to rein in meningitis by 2030

The World Health Organization unveiled a plan Tuesday to bring meningitis under control by 2030, slashing the 250,000 annual deaths caused by the debilitating disease. Launching the first-ever global strategy to tackle the illness, the WHO said it wanted to eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis—the most deadly form. By doing so, it hopes to halve

Injection to perk up a man's love life

Injection to perk up a man’s love life: Jab of stem cells may offer a new way to tackle erectile dysfunction.. just don’t tell him where it goes! An injection of stem cells may offer a new way to tackle impotence, or erectile dysfunction, which affects up to half of men aged 40 and older.

A new, race-free approach to diagnosing kidney diseases

The two largest national kidney associations—the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—have outlined a new race-free approach to diagnosing kidney diseases. “As the largest organizations representing kidney patients and health professionals, NKF and ASN are committed to eliminating health disparities that harm kidney patients and ensuring that racial bias does

Eye conditions linked to heightened risk of dementia

Age-related macular degeneration, cataract and diabetes-related eye disease are linked to an increased risk of dementia, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Vision impairment can be one of the first signs of dementia, and reduced stimulation of visual sensory pathways is believed to accelerate its progression. Some small studies have suggested