Health Care


Based Think Tank Says Editing Human Embryos Is 'Morally Permissible' Based Think Tank Says Editing Human Embryos Is 'Morally Permissible'
- July 18, 2018

As an independent body examining the ethical questions posed by new medical technologies, the council urged similar institutions in Europe, the U.S., and China to engage in the debate. genome editing could be morally acceptable. It proposed that for gene editing techniques in human reproduction to be ethically acceptable , two overarching principles should guide their use - that they should be meant to secure the welfare of the future person, and should not increase disadvantage, ... (more...)
Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams Says She ‘Sought Help’ for Mental Health Problems
- July 18, 2018

She told the hosts that she had been struggling with depression since she was 13 to 15 years old, but it peaked when Destiny's Child , the musical group that launched her career, was at the height of its fame. "I love and support you with all my being". "I so love and admire you awesome courage". He responded, according to Williams, "Ya'll just signed a multimillion-dollar deal, you're about to go on tour, what do you have to be depressed about?" When asked how bad it got, she replied, "I ... (more...)
Eating oranges may prevent eye disease Eating oranges may prevent eye disease
- July 18, 2018

The study demonstrated that individuals who ate no less than one serving of oranges consistently had in excess of a 60% diminished danger of growing late macular degeneration 15 years after the fact. Flavonoids are "powerful antioxidants" found in most fruits and vegetables which have anti-inflammatory properties, she said . Researchers from Tohuku University in Japan have found that daily intake of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes, can cut chances of ... (more...)
Liver cancer death rates rise 43 percent in U.S., CDC reports Liver cancer death rates rise 43 percent in U.S., CDC reports
- July 18, 2018

Mortality for all cancers combined has gone down for USA adults-but between 2000 and 2016, death rates from liver cancer went up 43%, according to a new CDC report. Therefore, the rates of people getting liver cancer due to different causes are "probably balanced out", he said. Adults ages 65 to 74 and 55 to 64 both saw sizable increases in liver cancer death rates between 2000 and 2016, while rates stayed fairly stable for younger people ages 25 to 44 and 45 to 54. (more...)
Mom says teen died from allergic reaction after eating Chips Ahoy! Mom says teen died from allergic reaction after eating Chips Ahoy!
- July 18, 2018

It was too late — she died within 90 minutes of eating the cookie despite two Epipens administered by her family, according to her Facebook post . In a Facebook post on Thursday, Kellie Travers-Stafford said she now wants to raise awareness to prevent "this terrible mistake from happening again". (more...)
Sex Differences Revealed: Heart Failure Death Rates Sex Differences Revealed: Heart Failure Death Rates
- July 18, 2018

Louise Sun, who is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute said that the new data bring issues to light that people are, actually, "extraordinary" with regards to heart wellbeing. All the patients were ambulatory, meaning not hospitalized when diagnosed. These female patients were likely to be quite older and weaker, come from a lower income background and have multiple chronic illnesses. (more...)
Fat consumption is the only thing responsible for weight gain Fat consumption is the only thing responsible for weight gain
- July 18, 2018

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences undertook the largest study of its kind. The researchers believe that dietary fat has this impact on weight gain because it stimulates the reward centers in the brain, causing the mice to eat more when they eat fat. (more...)
Crab meat imported from Venezuela linked to multi-state outbreak Crab meat imported from Venezuela linked to multi-state outbreak
- July 18, 2018

There have been 12 reported cases of people in the U.S. becoming sick after eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. It is commonly found in plastic containers. The FDA said that the meat may look, smell, and taste normal, but is still possibly unsafe to consume. While there have not been any import permits having been issued for processed crab meat from Venezuela, live crabs are imported with permits issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. (more...)
Ancient bread predates agriculture by 4,000 years Ancient bread predates agriculture by 4,000 years
- July 18, 2018

First author of the report Amaia Arranz-Otaegui with local assistant Ali Shokaiteer sampling cereals in Shubayqa. At an archaeological site in the northeastern part of Jordan, researchers have uncovered what they now believe to be the world's oldest bread, and it dates back a whopping 14,400 years. (more...)
In 16 Years, a Dramatic Increase in Liver Cancer Death Rate In 16 Years, a Dramatic Increase in Liver Cancer Death Rate
- July 18, 2018

The increased mortality rates were seen amongst almost all groups, with the exception of Asians and Pacific Islanders, who saw a decrease in deaths from liver cancer. Drebin noted that liver cancer rates rise with age because of the long-term effects of liver inflammation. He said more than 70 percent of liver cancers are caused by underlying liver disease. (more...)
Blood pressure medicine may contain carcinogen Blood pressure medicine may contain carcinogen
- July 17, 2018

The FDA believes this sudden presence of NDMA is because of the way the substance was manufactured. Huahai has said it is unable to determine how much it will lose from the recall, but its own data shows that sales of valsartan, which is mostly sold to North America, Europe, India, Russia and South America, totaled CNY328 million (USD49 million) a year ago, compared with total revenue of CNY5 billion (USD749 million). (more...)
FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications after cancer-causing agents found FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications after cancer-causing agents found
- July 17, 2018

The agency reported that traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a "probable human carcinogen", was found in the active ingredient valsartan in the recalled products. "O$3 ur drug shortages team is also working hard to ensure patients' therapeutic needs are met in the United States with an adequate supply of unaffected medications ", assured Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner. (more...)
FDA recalls common heart drug due to cancer concerns FDA recalls common heart drug due to cancer concerns
- July 16, 2018

The supplier has stopped distributing its valsartan API and the FDA is working with the affected companies to reduce or eliminate the valsartan API impurity from future products. Patients whose medication has been recalled are directed to contact a health care professional to discuss treatment. EMA previously said that patients may be given a different valsartan medicine or alternative product. (more...)
Fortis bid won by Malaysia`s IHH Berhad, to invest Rs 4000 crore Fortis bid won by Malaysia`s IHH Berhad, to invest Rs 4000 crore
- July 16, 2018

Fortis posted a net loss of Rs 932 crore in Q4FY18, largely due to provisions and impairments, but the company's operational performance has been under pressure as well. This past week saw Fortis Healthcare's board recommend IHH Healthcare's bid for a stake in the company to its shareholders, bringing the curtains down on a saga that began in February. (more...)
New York to allow medical marijuana as substitute to opioids New York to allow medical marijuana as substitute to opioids
- July 16, 2018

It suggests the state could raise almost $700 million in tax revenue off the drug, and that legalization won't significantly increase rates of marijuana use by adults or teens. The report represents a big change for Cuomo, who past year called marijuana a "gateway drug" to more harmful substances. Plans to add opioid replacement as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana were first announced in June, under Bill S8987A. (more...)
West Nile Virus found in JP West Nile Virus found in JP
- July 16, 2018

The positive tests came from the district's flocks of chickens. While a majority of those infected with West Nile don't show any symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 5 people develop fever and other signs of the virus. (more...)
Wary of terrorist attack, U.S. approves first drug to treat smallpox Wary of terrorist attack, U.S. approves first drug to treat smallpox
- July 16, 2018

Maker SIGA Technologies of NY has already delivered two million treatments that will be stockpiled by the government, which partially paid for the development of the drug, called TPOXX . The findings suggest scientists could also make the smallpox virus in a lab. Furthermore, complications commonly associated with smallpox included encephalitis, corneal ulcerations, and blindness. (more...)
US asks UN to cut off oil products to North Korea - International US asks UN to cut off oil products to North Korea - International
- July 16, 2018

The report claims that North Korea could have imported up to 1.3 million barrels of refined supplies, which were obtained through ship-to-ship transfers at least 89 times. It remains to be seen how the latest USA claim about North Korea's actions will affect discussions on the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions. (more...)
MARS Bioimaging Unveils a 3D X-ray Scanner
- July 15, 2018

The machine's "small pixels and accurate energy resolution meant that this new imaging tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve", said developer Phil Butler of the University of Canterbury. The images produced by their invention are clearer and more accurate than x-ray technologies now available. "We have already demonstrated using our small-bore system that it can be used for investigating composition of plaques that cause strokes, measuring the deterioration of ... (more...)
Amid Crisis, Doctors Writing Fewer Opioid Prescriptions Amid Crisis, Doctors Writing Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
- July 15, 2018

Horizon didn't see an increase in opioid abuse from 2016 to 2017, with diagnosed opioid use disorders running roughly 7 in 1,000 of its commercially insured members during that span. The waiver requirement limits the number of doctors available to treat patients. First-time prescriptions are more likely to meet CDC guidelines . Washington and Idaho both had lower diagnosis rates than the USA average: 4.9 and 4 people per 1,000, respectively. (more...)
High blood pressure may cause brain diseases High blood pressure may cause brain diseases
- July 15, 2018

She says the study does not show that high blood pressure actually causes brain lesions, and further research is needed to explore that connection. People with higher blood pressure also showed more tau tangles, although they did not show significant differences in the other Alzheimer's feature, amyloid plaques. (more...)
This Little-Known STD Could Become The 'Next Superbug' Within A Decade This Little-Known STD Could Become The 'Next Superbug' Within A Decade
- July 14, 2018

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) can easily go unnoticed as it does not show any symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to infertility in some women. It is passed on by having unprotected sex with someone who has the infection, so wearing condoms will prevent you from getting the infection. Although tests for MG have been developed they are not now available at all clinics. (more...)
Colour, 3D X-rays will help doctors give more accurate diagnoses Colour, 3D X-rays will help doctors give more accurate diagnoses
- July 14, 2018

It allows high resolution and very reliable images that promised to have many more uses than just high-energy physics. CERN's physics lab helped with the imaging technology while Universities of Otago and Canterbury helped with developing the X-ray. (more...)
Otzi the Iceman's final meal was meat-rich and included fern leaves Otzi the Iceman's final meal was meat-rich and included fern leaves
- July 14, 2018

The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as Oetzi the Iceman, offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said. 'The stomach material was, compared to previously analysed lower intestine samples, extraordinarily well preserved, and it also contained large amounts of unique biomolecules such as lipids, which opened new methodological opportunities to address our questions about Otzi's diet'. (more...)
Engineered cancer cells can fight primary and metastatic cancer Engineered cancer cells can fight primary and metastatic cancer
- July 14, 2018

After demonstrating this nonviral genome engineering approach could work in primary human T cells, the researchers utilized 2 proof-of-principle models to test the ability of the engineered T cells to fix inherited mutations and to recognize cancer cells. (more...)