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The 21st Century Cures Act: What You Need To Know

The 21st Century Cures Act is the new powerful law signed by President Obama last week. The act not only aims at giving a boost to medical research, but also intends to support people’s fights against cancer, mental health problems and opioid issues.

Health December 26, 2016

Christmas Miracle: 5-Month-Old Infant Finds Organ Match In 40 Minutes, Successfully Undergoes Liver Transplant

Daniel McCabe and his family just received what could be the best Christmas gift ever. The 5-month-old only had to wait 40 minutes after going on the United Network of Organ Sharing list to match with a liver donor.

Health December 24, 2016

Biogen’s Spinraza Receives FDA Approval, Becomes First Drug For Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The United States now has its first spinal muscular atrophy drug. The FDA has approved Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) on Dec. 23 as treatment for the rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting both children and adults.

Health December 24, 2016

Study Suggests Scuba Divers Should Visit Their Dentists Before Entering The Water

Scuba divers may undergo several medical checks, but one problem still remains ignored. According to a new pilot study, scuba divers are very likely to have dental problems during and after diving, so visiting a dentist before diving is recommended.

Health December 25, 2016

Ocrelizumab Shown Effective Against Relapsing, Progressive Forms Of Multiple Sclerosis

Roche’s drug ocrelizumab was found effective against both relapsing multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers found that ocrelizumab was 95 percent more effective in reducing the inflammatory lesions in the brain than interferon beta-1a.

Health December 25, 2016

Obesity-Associated Protein’s Role In Leukemia Development Discovered, Highlights Potential For More Effective Therapies

Protein generally associated with obesity was found to inhibit patients' reaction to leukemia treatment and contribute to the severity of the disease. Further research will document how this information can be used in increasing patients' response to treatment.

Health December 27, 2016

FDA Draft Guidance Suggests Maximum Lead Level For Lipsticks, Other Cosmetics

The FDA has issued draft guidance on advisable lead concentration in lipsticks and externally applied cosmetics. Lip glosses, lip liners, lipsticks, body lotions, shampoos, blushes and eye shadows sold in the United States are covered by the guidance.

Health December 23, 2016

Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury And Related Sleep Problems Occur Hand In Hand: Study

Researchers in Canada have discovered that another factor may be very important in the recovery process of people suffering from traumatic brain injuries – sleep. Their study shows a very clear connection between a patient's sleep cycles and the recovery of brain functions.

Health December 25, 2016

Feeling Down? Taking A Break From Facebook Might Help, Says Study

New research shows that taking breaks from Facebook could positively influence people's well-being. The study found a deterministic causality between not spending time on the social networking website for an entire week and feeling better, both affectively and cognitively.

Health December 25, 2016

New Ebola Vaccine Offers Up To 100 Percent Protection Against Deadly Virus

The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV was up to 100 percent effective in providing protection against the deadly hemorrhagic disease but it is far from perfect. What are the flaws of the vaccine?

Health December 24, 2016

Holiday Season Kills: Deaths Spike Between Christmas And New Year's Day

More people die of natural causes between Christmas day and New Year's day. What could be driving the spike in deaths during the holiday season?

Health December 22, 2016

Longer Antibiotic Courses More Effective Against Ear Infections In Young Children, Study Finds

Longer duration antibiotic treatment proved to be more effective in toddlers suffering from ear infections than shorter ones, reports a recent study. The observation was made in an attempt to find the shortest optimal dosage of antibiotic medicine.

Health December 23, 2016

Protein Inhibitor Drug Shows Promise Preventing Artery Disease In High-Risk Individuals

A protein inhibitor drug could help in preventing diseases like stroke and heart attack, reports a new study. The research team experimented on mice and established that the drug hindered the movement of cultured coronary artery smooth muscle cells and stopped the jamming of arteries and bypass implants.

Health December 25, 2016

Vitamin D Found To Fight Metabolic Syndrome, Boost Gut Flora

A study on mice reveals that improving the vitamin D levels in the body can aid the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome, which is the key to chronic diseases like heart problems and diabetes. Vitamin D is also believed to help in maintaining the integrity of the good and bad gut bacteria.

Health December 25, 2016

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Offers Infant Health Benefits

New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest a delay in the clamping of the umbilical cord. The recommendation is issued for both term and preterm infants and it is based on developmental benefits.

Health December 25, 2016

Cell Process Behind Premature Aging Uncovered By Scripps Scientists

A new study may have just found one of the causes of premature aging. The implications are numerous, and scientists are looking into new practical ways of fighting aging.

Health December 25, 2016

Researchers Carry Out Live Cell Imaging With Just A Smartphone

New research has proposed a cheaper alternative to the expensive scientific equipment necessary for the observation of cell dynamics and behavior. The new method uses smartphones and it is significantly cheaper.

Health December 24, 2016

1 In 6 Breast Cancer Patients Chose Double Mastectomy With Little Knowledge Of The Aggressive Procedure’s Lack Of Benefit: Study

According to a recent study, one in six patients diagnosed with breast cancer decides to have both breasts removed. The procedure is not necessary for many of them and it is believed the examples provided by celebrities may influence such decisions, together with lack of information.

Health December 24, 2016

Incidence, Death Rates On The Rise For Melanoma: Study

In a dramatic increase since 2009, 1 in 54 people is expected to develop a dangerous form of melanoma, which may be lethal in some cases. Lifestyle choices may be a factor in this increase.

Health December 24, 2016

Grapes As A Choking Hazard: Doctors Say Lack Of Awareness Puts Young Children At Risk

Three recent cases of young children choking while eating whole grapes highlighted choking hazards for kids. A report was released wishing to build awareness among parents concerning the dangers of fruits with smooth textures.

Health December 24, 2016

Patients With HIV Have Nearly Double The Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

Heart attack and stroke risks are important health indicators. Now, researchers have found that those with HIV actually have double the risk, saying that the current risk prediction tool needs an update.

Health December 24, 2016

Brains May Not Yet Fully Mature Until After Age 30

Grown-ups may still have immature brains. Neuroscientists said that the brain continues to actively develop past 18 years old and may still undergo changes until the early 30s.

Health December 24, 2016

Kansas Cop Uses Taser Gun On 91-Year-Old Man With Alzheimer's Disease

A sheriff's deputy in Minneapolis, Kansas was caught on film using a Taser gun on an elderly Alzheimer's sufferer. The patient had reportedly attacked another nursing home resident and had refused to go to the doctor.

Health December 26, 2016

Drinking Water In Louisiana Town Tests Positive For High Levels Of Lead And Copper

The discovery of high levels of lead and copper in the drinking water of a small town in Louisiana has worried both the residents and authorities. A series of measures are aimed at providing the people with access to water until the situation is resolved.

Health December 23, 2016

Aria Child Recalls Strollers Due To Fall And Laceration Risks

The company Aria Child found itself in the position of having to withdraw almost 30,000 strollers from the market. Five of the models are considered to be hazardous and numerous customers are complaining about the accidents caused by the strollers.

Health December 22, 2016

This New Biomarker Can Help Predict Alzheimer's Disease In Patients

Researchers found an enzyme located near the brain that can be correlated with both Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes. According to the research, the higher the level of the protein, the more likely the person to develop these affections.

Health December 24, 2016

New Study Explores Molecular Roots Of Alzheimer's Disease

A team of researchers explored the structure of TREM2, a molecule thought to play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease. TREM2 mutation could result in cognitive decline, a prime symptom of neurodegenerative diseases, reported the study.

Health December 23, 2016

New Study Suggests Daily Sugar Intake Guidelines Are Based On Low-Quality Evidence

Dietary recommendations on daily sugar intake could be based on poor evidences, reports a recent study. WHO recommends sugar intake of less than 5 percent of dietary calories per day, while the Institute of Medicine limits sugar intake to less than 25 percent of dietary calories taken every day.

Health December 23, 2016

Birth Defects In Children May Shorten Mothers' Lives

Mothers who have children with congenital anomaly have increased risk of early death than their counterparts with unaffected children, reports a recent study. The rate of death was found to be 1.60 per 1,000 women in affected mothers and 1.27 per 1,000 women in unaffected mothers over a period of 21 years.

Health December 21, 2016

Mumps Cases In Arkansas, Illinois And Iowa Continue To Rise

Instigated this year in August, mumps virus continues to spread in the areas of Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa. The overall count of the cases reported has crossed 4,000, which has topped the charts in recent years. Arkansas being the highly affected area accounts for about 2,200 of the 4,000 cases.

Health December 21, 2016

Asthma Sufferers Should Avoid Eating Cured Meats Such As Ham And Salami: Here's Why

Consumption of salami and ham may not be good for asthma sufferers. Nitrite preservatives used in cured and processed meat products could be blamed for worsening respiratory conditions.

Health December 21, 2016

Listerine Mouthwash May Help Kill Gonorrhea Bacteria In Mouth And Throat

Listerine mouthwash may not just help with bad breath. Researchers found that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care can also kill sexually transmitted gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth and throat.

Health December 20, 2016

2015 El Niño ‘Godzilla’ Fueled Zika Outbreak In South America: Study

The Zika virus outbreak in South America was said to have been supported by climatic changes due to the2015 El Niño ‘Godzilla’. A study made at University of Liverpool suggested that the climate favored the transmission of mosquito vectors and acted as a positive catalyst in spreading the virus.

Health December 23, 2016

New Clinical Trial Aims To Reduce Risks Of Long-term Cardiac Damage In Survivors Of Childhood Cancers

A new trial is testing medication designed to cure leukemia without affecting the patient's heart. According to the data, those who survive cancer battle with heart diseases as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments.

Health December 23, 2016

Up To A Third Of Autism Cases Could Be Linked To One Protein In The Brain: Study

Researchers may have finally understood one of the causes of autism. According to a recent study, reducing the level of a specific protein in the brain called nSR100 may be enough to trigger autistic behaviors.

Health December 22, 2016

New Drugs Restore Memory Loss And Prolong Life, Show Promise As Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Researchers at University of Leicester discovered a drug for Alzheimer’s disease that not only improves the neurodegenerative symptoms but also extends the life span of terminally ill mice. The novel drug-like molecules that improved degenerating brain cells in mice has the potential to treat AD in humans.

Health December 22, 2016

People At Higher Risk Of Schizophrenia Are Likelier To Try Marijuana, Says New Study

Researchers from the University of Bristol suggest that people with increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana. The study doesn’t accurately relate the risk of schizophrenia with marijuana use but provides valuable evidence on the possibility, cautioned researchers.

Health December 22, 2016

FDA Fast-Tracks Approval For Advanced Ovarian Cancer Drug Rucaparib

A new ovarian cancer treatment has been approved by the FDA. Rubraca (rucaparib) for women diagnosed with a certain type of advanced ovarian cancer received accelerated approval from the agency.

Health December 22, 2016

New York Veterinarian Catches Rare Bird Flu From Sick Cat

A veterinarian working at an animal shelter in New York has contracted a rare form of bird flu. Officials said the vet may have gotten the infection from the respiratory secretions of sick cats being treated at the shelter.

Health December 26, 2016

Patients Treated By Female Doctors Have Lower Mortality, Readmission Rates: Study

Elderly patients treated by female doctors are less likely to die or be readmitted, a study has found. This highlighted an interest in how female doctors treat in an effort to offer better outcomes to all patients.

Health December 22, 2016

Eating Leafy Greens Linked To Brain Health, Intelligence In Older Adults

Lutein, a pigment in green leafy vegetables, could help in the preservation of 'crystallized intelligence' in aged people, reports researchers. The study is the first of its kind to find the region of the brain involved in the preservation of crystallized intelligence and the associated role of lutein in the diet.

Health December 22, 2016

Are You A Morning Person? Here’s How To Simplify Your Morning Routine To Boost Productivity

A recent study reveals that morning people should avoid working late at night. In attention associated tasks, morning people may show quick response time, but they tend to make lot of errors compared with evening people.

Health December 25, 2016

American Heart Association Offers Tips On How To Eat Healthy During Holidays

Holidays usually mean a lot of eating and a lot of drinking. The American Heart Association shares some insight on how we can make the holidays a little healthier.

Health December 23, 2016

Beware: Binge Drinking Can Trigger Holiday Heart Syndrome And Damage The Brain

Drinking during the holidays is normal, but drinking a little too much can cause a multitude of complications. Doctors warn about the effects of binge drinking on two vital organs: the heart and brain.

Health December 24, 2016

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