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New Technique To Regenerate Severely Damaged Lungs Makes Transplant Possible

About 80 percent of donated lungs are damaged, making it unviable for organ transplantation. A new technique showed that donor lungs can be rehabilitated and repaired outside the human body for at least 36 hours prior to the operation.

Biotech May 8, 2019

Cannabis-Based Drug Reduces Hard-To-Treat Epilepsy In Children By 50 Percent

Research showed that cannabidiol-based Epidiolex is effective in significantly reducing seizures in hard-to-treat epilepsy. Patients above two years old with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome had 50 percent drop in seizure frequency.

Medicine May 5, 2019

Bottle-fed Babies 25 Percent More Likely To Become Obese: WHO

Infrequent or the absence of breastfeeding increases the risk of severe childhood obesity by 25 percent. Children who are at risk of developing obesity have poor health outcomes than those who were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Public Health May 1, 2019

Poor Sense Of Smell May Predict Early Death

A poor sense of smell could indicate deteriorating health conditions, according to a new study. Researchers at Michigan State University said older people with poor olfaction have almost 50 percent increased risk of dying in the next decade.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2019

Kentucky Woman Melissa Carmicle Sues K2D Foods Over Kidney Failure Linked To E.coli-Contaminated Beef

K2D Foods faced its first lawsuit after the recall of more than 110,000 pounds of ground beef products due to E. coli contamination. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $75,000 as she pursues treatment for kidney failure and seizures.

Public Health April 29, 2019

Thousands Of Emperor Penguin Chicks In Antarctica Wiped Out Overnight

A colony of emperor penguin in Antarctica is practically wiped as a result of a collapsed ice shelf. The penguin species has failed to breed in the last three years due to the rapid change of ice in the region.

Animals April 27, 2019

Tobacco Company Philip Morris To Launch Reviti Insurance With Discount To Smokers Who Quit

People who will decide to quit smoking and switch to vaping products will get life insurance discounts by as much as 50 percent. Philip Morris International said their Reviti insurance premium will encourage tobacco smokers to choose a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 26, 2019

Amino Acid Leucine Found In Meat May Fuel Resistance To Breast Cancer Treatment Tamoxifen

Researchers found that lower levels of amino acid leucine in the body can suppress drug resistance to tamoxifen among ER-positive breast cancer patients. Fortunately, leucine is not naturally produced in the body and are only sourced from animal meats.

Medicine April 23, 2019

Marijuana Users Weigh About 2 Pounds Less Than Non-Users Despite Munchies

People who smoke marijuana are less likely to become overweight, according to a new study. These new findings refuted the theory on munchies or eating excessively after smoking joint.

Public Health April 22, 2019

CIA Claims Huawei Receives Funding From Chinese State Security

The CIA informed its allies on an intelligence that Huawei has received funding from the Chinese government. Huawei refuted the statement and said that their government cannot interfere with the company’s operations.

Security April 22, 2019

32 Percent Of Gluten-Free Restaurant Food Contain Gluten: Study

About one-third of the foods served in restaurants in the United States tested positive for gluten despite being labeled gluten-free. People with celiac disease might become vulnerable when they eat out unless they scan their food to know the ingredients.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 20, 2019

Doctors Cure 'Bubble Boy' Babies Using Gene Therapy: What Is Severe Combined Immunodeficiency?

Ten children with severe combined immunodeficiency completely recovered with the help of modified human immunodeficiency virus. The gene therapy fully restored their immune functions without developing cancer or other side effects.

Feature | Health April 19, 2019

Cuddle Hormone Oxytocin May Help Treat Alcoholism

Alcohol-dependent individuals may benefit from a love drug called oxytocin. Scientists at Scripps Research found that oxytocin successfully blocked GABA signals, which are responsible for stress and addiction.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 18, 2019

Parents File Lawsuit Against Emergency Vaccination Orders In New York

An anonymous lawsuit filed against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claimed that the mandatory measles vaccination was unjustifiable and a violation of their legal rights. The petitioners appealed for a preliminary injunction and restraining order.

Public Health April 18, 2019

11-Year-Old Autistic Boy Danny Bullen Speaks First Full Sentence Hours After Stem Cell Treatment

Human embryonic stem cell proved to be beneficial to an 11-year-old boy who is non-verbal and autistic. Danny Bullen’s family said he should undergo the treatment for two or three times to achieve optimal results.

Biotech April 16, 2019

Fire Ravages Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Destroying Entire Wooden Interior Of Medieval Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was caught on a massive fire that swept the roof portion where restorations were done. Firefighters managed to save the main cathedral together with all the historical artifacts, and no fatalities were reported.

Viral April 16, 2019

Microbiome In Newborn Baby's Stool May Predict Risk Of Weight Problems By Age 3

Bacteria present in a newborn baby’s first poop could determine the risk of obesity later in life. Researchers also found that antibiotic use during pregnancy could alter the composition of microbiome responsible for a range of health outcomes.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Limiting Carbohydrates Intake At Breakfast May Help Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Restricted carbohydrate intake during breakfast was found to be effective in preventing blood sugar spikes among type 2 diabetes patients. Excess sugar levels in the blood could make the body struggle to produce insulin.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 13, 2019

$6,000 Sperm Extractor Used In Chinese Hospitals To Help Men Who Want To Donate Sperm

A sperm extractor developed by a Chinese company could help urge men to donate their semen in a busy environment like hospitals. The Chinese government is exhausting all efforts to increase their birth rate, including offering rewards to sperm donors.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Scientists Observe Cloud Phenomenon Fast Negative Breakdown For The First Time: Here's Why It's Important

A new study found that air could be moving in a bidirectional motion, both upward and downward, before initiating a lightning flash. Scientists wanted to determine what fraction of a fast negative breakdown would be enough to produce lightning.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2019

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