Health Care


Life Expectancy Drops, Here's Why
- November 30, 2018

That number dropped sharply between 2013, when the Affordable Care Act kicked in, and 2016. People between 25 and 54 years of age were the most likely to experience death from overdose , with 38 deaths per 100,000 people recorded in the age groups between 25 and 34 and between 45 and 54. (more...)
CDC needs emergency funds to fight rare spinal cord illness, Gillibrand says CDC needs emergency funds to fight rare spinal cord illness, Gillibrand says
- November 30, 2018

Ninety percent of AFM cases have been in children, she said. "As a mother and as a Senator, I am taking AFM extremely seriously". AFM typically affects children and can cause paralysis. An additional 170 possible cases remain unconfirmed and under investigation. Numerous affected children have had long-term paralysis or ongoing care needs. (more...)
Life expectancy in the USA continues to fall Life expectancy in the USA continues to fall
- November 30, 2018

Between 1999 and 2017, the suicide rate increased by 33 percent. Women are expected to live longer than men, with female life expectancy unchanged at 81.1 years in 2017, while male life expectancy decreased from 76.2 years in 2016 to 76.1 years in 2017. (more...)
HIV epidemic raging across Europe finds report HIV epidemic raging across Europe finds report
- November 29, 2018

However, this is outweighed by the fact that last year's numbers ballooned to 160,000 new cases, with 130,000 coming from Eastern Europe, a record high for the region. "For injecting drug users, they need to have clear needle exchange programs". HIV Ireland says the country is facing the prospect of new HIV diagnoses topping 500 for the second time in three years. (more...)
Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US
- November 29, 2018

In all, 2.8 million United States residents died in the country in 2017 - 69,255 more deaths than in 2016. Overall, the statistics show a "downward trend in life expectancy since 2014", a time period over which Americans have lost 0.3 years of life, said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the NCHS. (more...)
We Now Officially Know How Long It Takes To Poo Out Lego We Now Officially Know How Long It Takes To Poo Out Lego
- November 29, 2018

The six paediatric healthcare professionals from the website Don't Forget The Bubbles , based in the United Kingdom and Australia, each swallowed the head of a Lego character and measured how long it took for the body to excrete it. They also compared the results in the Shat and Fart scores to see if looser stools caused quicker retrieval but they found no correlation. The paper accounts for this by noting that "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males". (more...)
Chinese researcher says second pregnancy with genetically-edited baby is underway Chinese researcher says second pregnancy with genetically-edited baby is underway
- November 29, 2018

He claimed earlier this week that twin girls had been born in China this month from two embryos he and a team of researchers had altered to protect them against HIV. Upon questioning, He even dropped this bombshell: "There is another one, another potential pregnancy", suggesting that there could be a second pregnancy with gene-edited babies. (more...)
Obesity increases asthma risk in children Study Obesity increases asthma risk in children Study
- November 29, 2018

They reported in the journal Pediatrics that 2.4 children of a healthy weight per 1,000 developed asthma each year, rising to 3.2 per 1,000 for... One in ten cases of childhood asthma is caused by obesity, researchers claim. Others suggest that breathlessness caused by weight is misdiagnosed as asthma. Approximately one in 11 children suffers from asthma in the United Kingdom and across all ages roughly 1,410 people die from the condition each year. (more...)
Melbourne doctors swallow Lego for science - and one lost his head
- November 28, 2018

Eating Lego heads and going spelunking in your toilet to find them might seem like a fanciful lark, but it's presumably very useful to parents whose offspring have nommed on the plastic bricks themselves. Alternatively, the missing toy might lurk in the doctor's bowels for years and years, the authors joked. Since they were eating toys and poking through their own poop the team chose to have a bit of fun with the nomenclature. (more...)
Police taking calls on mental health issues every two minutes, watchdog warns Police taking calls on mental health issues every two minutes, watchdog warns
- November 28, 2018

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) is responsible for independently assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces. It noted that the "intolerable burden" comes at a time when police are facing demands in other areas, including a heightened terror threat and mounting levels of knife crime. (more...)
One confirmed case of polio-like disease found in Louisiana One confirmed case of polio-like disease found in Louisiana
- November 28, 2018

An additional 170 possible cases remain unconfirmed and under investigation, the CDC said. The illness affects the nervous system, and more specifically, the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, which causes many muscles throughout the body to become weak. (more...)
Campaign group responds to AdvaMed over Implant Files Campaign group responds to AdvaMed over Implant Files
- November 27, 2018

Experts have long warned that medical devices are poorly regulated, particularly when compared to pharmaceuticals. Devices that have been let into the market by rules that are lax and lack transparency. "This requires government funding and support, and potentially national guidelines on the introduction of new procedures and technologies". United Kingdom regulators received 62 000 "adverse incident" reports between 2015 and 2018 linked to components such as pacemakers, artificial hips, ... (more...)
Chinese government orders ‘immediate investigation’ as scientist claims 1st gene-edited babies Chinese government orders ‘immediate investigation’ as scientist claims 1st gene-edited babies
- November 27, 2018

A Chinese researcher says he used the gene editing technology CRISPR to alter the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month when the babies were embryos. Also: "We will publish our full data soon". It can lead to unintended consequences, such as affecting others genes ("off-target" effects) or making multiple modifications of the gene we are aiming to modify ("on-target" effects). (more...)
It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels
- November 27, 2018

Romaine lettuce harvested outside those regions "does not appear to be related to the current outbreak", the FDA said. It said romaine from elsewhere should soon be labeled with harvest dates and regions, so people know it's OK to eat. The FDA said that the ongoing outbreak is linked to the "end of season" harvest in some parts of California. Under the Trump administration's FDA regulations, produce growers won't be required to begin annual testing until 2022, after which any grower with ... (more...)
Chinese researcher stakes claim to world’s first genetically edited babies
- November 27, 2018

The baby girls, identified as Lulu and Nana, were born prematurely in the past few weeks. The gene editing tools modified a gene called CCR5. But in a statement posted Tuesday morning, China's National Health Commission said that it had "immediately requested the Guangdong Provincial Health Commission to seriously investigate and verify" the claims made by He Jiankui . (more...)
Researchers Say World's First Gene-Edited Babies Have Been Born in China Researchers Say World's First Gene-Edited Babies Have Been Born in China
- November 27, 2018

And just this year, a study involving human cells showed that CRISPR editing can also make arbitrarily large deletions that affect neighboring genes or trigger complex rearrangements of the genome that can be hard to detect if they aren't specifically looked for. (more...)
Coli on romaine lettuce sickens 32 Coli on romaine lettuce sickens 32
- November 24, 2018

One of those had suffered kidney failure . The CDC noted that although the official number of cases was 32, "i$3 llnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported". (more...)
Diabetes clock ticking: over 20% rise in insulin use by 2030 Diabetes clock ticking: over 20% rise in insulin use by 2030
- November 23, 2018

The study, which used data representing over 60% of the global population with type 2 diabetes, estimates that the number of adults with type 2 diabetes is set to rise to 511 million in 2030. Only three companies now produce insulin: Novo Nordisk, Sanofi and Lilly. "Unless governments begin initiatives to make insulin available and affordable, then its use is always going to be far from optimal", he said. (more...)
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA), Humana Exploring Mutual Stakes Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA), Humana Exploring Mutual Stakes
- November 23, 2018

The firm owned 1,494,425 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock after selling 24,796 shares during the quarter. It is suggested that a little more digging on your part behind what brokerage companies are recommending will always be to your benefit. (more...)
Diabetes: 40 Million Will Be Left Without Insulin By 2030, Study Predicts Diabetes: 40 Million Will Be Left Without Insulin By 2030, Study Predicts
- November 23, 2018

More than 40% of people with type 2 diabetes who start the Low Carb Program on medication eliminate a drug from their treatment plan by the one-year mark. The limited production of insulin affects Africa and Asia, in spite of UN's high commitment to treat this non-communicable disease. "Except if governments start activities to make insulin accessible and affordable, at that point its utilization is continually going to be a long way from optimal". (more...)
'One in eight' children and teenagers has mental health disorder 'One in eight' children and teenagers has mental health disorder
- November 22, 2018

It shows how common mental health problems are among children and young people. NHS England said: 'As this report recognises, children and young people's mental health services are improving, including rapid service expansion after decades of under-provision'. (more...)
Peanut allergies could soon have a drug treatment Peanut allergies could soon have a drug treatment
- November 22, 2018

The phase 3 USA trial demonstrated that children and adolescents were able to build up their tolerance to peanut protein over several months of treatment. The researchers gave a quarter of the participants a placebo, while three-quarters received oral doses of small amounts of peanut protein powder, starting with just half a milligram a day; the amounts increased gradually until reaching the "maintenance dose" of 300 milligrams, equivalent of one peanut a day. (more...)
Boston Scientific tables £3.3bn bid for FTSE 250 pharma company BTG Boston Scientific tables £3.3bn bid for FTSE 250 pharma company BTG
- November 22, 2018

Australia's Sirtex, which also makes tumour-targeting beads, was eventually acquired by China-based CDH Investments in June, following an initial bid from Varian. The company also makes medicines and antidotes against snake venom for emergency care. The acquisition by Boston Scientific will see it expand its already large array of medical devices that includes stents, which open damaged blood vessels and reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke occurring. (more...)
Australia dust storm: Health warning as skies change colour
- November 22, 2018

Sydney's sky is beginning to change colour as a thick line of dust stretching nearly the entire length of NSW reaches the city. These people should limit their time outside until the dust storm passes and use air conditioners to keep the inside air clean. (more...)
Huge red dust storm envelopes rural NSW Huge red dust storm envelopes rural NSW
- November 22, 2018

Dr Richard Broome, the department's director of environmental health, said some of the dust particles were very small, and could therefore find their way deep into people's lungs. However, it has already drawn comparisons to an intense dust storm which blanketed the city in 2009. If you're a Weather Nerd or a huge fan of dust, you've probably been closely following reports that a dust storm may hit Sydney and Canberra at some point today. (more...)