Medical


West Nile virus is detected in mosquitoes in Lancaster County West Nile virus is detected in mosquitoes in Lancaster County
- June 25, 2018

These first cases of West Nile virus are earlier than those of the first reported cases in 2017. While the West Nile Virus does not cause serious sickness for most people, it causes neurologic illnesses like encephalitis in less than one percent of those infected, and led to 44 deaths in California in 2017. (more...)
Can herpes virus cause Alzheimer's disease? Can herpes virus cause Alzheimer's disease?
- June 25, 2018

I'm sure there's a lot of people who are secretly unhappy about it", he told The New York Times , adding that researchers often "come up to me at conferences and say in hushed tones, 'Oh, I also have a data set that shows viruses, but I'm afraid to publish it'". (more...)
Keystone Virus Makes Jump From Mosquitoes To Human For First Time Keystone Virus Makes Jump From Mosquitoes To Human For First Time
- June 25, 2018

A rash that started on his chest was spreading to his abdomen, arm, back, and face. After multiple misdiagnoses related to the symptoms , his cells were sent to the University of Florida, where researchers have found what they believe to be " Keystone ", a mosquito-borne virus found in animals, but never humans. (more...)
Human contracts first case ever of deadly mosquito virus Human contracts first case ever of deadly mosquito virus
- June 25, 2018

Just in time for the hot, humid, bug-bite-riddled summer: Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed the first known case of a human infected with the mosquito-borne Keystone virus . But because of the Zika outbreak happening at the time, researchers were determined to identify the condition to see whether there was reason to be concerned about more new diseases being spread by mosquitoes . (more...)
House approves massive opioids legislation House approves massive opioids legislation
- June 24, 2018

By a vote of 396-14, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients Communities Act, which is the collective product of the lower chamber's extensive effort this year to combat the opioid crisis. Some Democrats say Congress needs to go big and approve $100 billion over 10 years to combat the addiction crisis, akin to the campaign to tackle HIV/AIDs almost three decades ago. (more...)
Herpes Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease Herpes Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease
- June 24, 2018

They found that viral genes were influencing other known Alzheimer's genes and molecules-evidence that the viruses are directing at least part of the disease process. "But what's clear is that they're perturbing networks and participating in networks that directly accelerate the brain towards the Alzheimer's topology", Joel Dudley , a geneticist and co-author on the study, said in a statement. (more...)
Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy's Retina Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy's Retina
- June 24, 2018

Dr. Sofia Androudi, a physician involved in the boy's case said that in general cases, holes in macula can be treated with surgery which comes with a 100 percent risk of cataract formation. "Typically, they're less than 5 milliwatts, and those are relatively less harmful, but they're often mislabeled". "The power output, rather than being five milliwatts, can be 10, 50 or even higher", said Gehlbach. (more...)
International Yoga Day: Shilpa Shetty performs 'Pranayam' International Yoga Day: Shilpa Shetty performs 'Pranayam'
- June 23, 2018

United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day in 2014 after PM Narendra Modi called for the day and adopted as a global celebration of yoga. Kareena practices 50 rounds of yoga of Surya Namaskar every day and dedicates 45 minutes each day to yoga asanas as well. A self-confessed yoga lover, Shilpa admits that yoga is the key to her fitness. (more...)
UK panel finds 450 lives shortened by hospital's opioid use UK panel finds 450 lives shortened by hospital's opioid use
- June 23, 2018

Police previously investigated the deaths of 92 patients during three inquiries between 1998 and 2006, but no prosecutions were brought. MORE than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found. (more...)
Administration finalizes rule expanding access to association health plans Administration finalizes rule expanding access to association health plans
- June 22, 2018

The percentage of small businesses offering healthcare coverage has been dropping substantially. "We hope to expand the Oscar experience further into OH and we will be working with local providers to build an extensive, high-quality network of doctors to expand our coverage and offer affordable plans that will attract even more Ohioans". (more...)
Viruses Might Play A Role In Alzheimer’s Viruses Might Play A Role In Alzheimer’s
- June 22, 2018

The findings don't prove viruses cause Alzheimer's, nor do they suggest it's contagious. Basic research increases our understanding of human behavior and biology, which is foundational to advancing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. (more...)
Canadians able to buy recreational cannabis in October Canadians able to buy recreational cannabis in October
- June 22, 2018

The Senate gave final passage to Trudeau's bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday. Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for pot sales. (more...)
Dauphin County collects first West Nile-infected mosquito Dauphin County collects first West Nile-infected mosquito
- June 22, 2018

Complete WNV surveillance data can be found on the WA State Department of Health website . In 2017, there were 553 reported WNV cases in California, including 44 deaths. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, officials recommend wearing long trousers and shirts with tightly woven materials to keep the bugs away from the skin, and wearing bug spray. (more...)
Former Justice Secretary calls for legalisation of cannabis Former Justice Secretary calls for legalisation of cannabis
- June 22, 2018

The moves follow the case of Billy Caldwell , a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy, who was granted an exceptional licence by the Home Office to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil bought by his mother in Canada. Mr Javid told MPs he had the "utmost sympathy" for the families of children like Billy and Alfie, who have travelled overseas to obtain cannabis-based treatments banned in the UK. (more...)
Theresa May tells taxpayers to expect to pay more to fund NHS Theresa May tells taxpayers to expect to pay more to fund NHS
- June 22, 2018

While welcoming the £20.5bn-a-year boost, the group says Brexit "poses the biggest risk to our health service in its history" and the public should get a vote on the final deal struck with Brussels. Nonetheless, Gidley said she wanted to see the extra funding, which she described as "good news for the NHS", diverted into improving the way patients are supported by pharmacists to use their medicines and putting pharmacists' clinical skills to better use. (more...)
Trump signs order ending separation of migrant families Trump signs order ending separation of migrant families
- June 22, 2018

Pictures of dozens of children sleeping in fenced enclosures and audio of crying children sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis. (more...)
International Yoga Day 2018 International Yoga Day 2018
- June 22, 2018

Home Minister Rajnath Singh , who participated in a yoga event in Lucknow, emphasised on Modi's role in popularising yoga around the world. As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga. (more...)
World Health Organization officially classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as a mental condition World Health Organization officially classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as a mental condition
- June 22, 2018

Those seeking treatment for compulsive or addictive technology use, including for gaming, have had trouble finding treatment that is covered by insurance. We all play games, don't we? Of course, gaming industry spokespeople aren't happy about this draft, which if passed, would come into effect in May 2019. (more...)
Smoking in the United States is at an all-time low Smoking in the United States is at an all-time low
- June 22, 2018

K. Michael Cummings, from the Tobacco Research Program at the Medical University of SC, stated that everything is pointing in the right direction, including the declining cigarette sales and other indicators. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a vapor without the harmful by-products generated from burning tobacco. The CDC data also show a decline in smoking among younger adults. (more...)
Modi leads International Yoga Day, says it unifies the world Modi leads International Yoga Day, says it unifies the world
- June 21, 2018

Following a request from PM Modi, the United Nations General Assembly, in December 2014, had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Yoga Day every year. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future. Keeping the security in mind, almost 3,000 security personnel were deployed and around 60 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue. (more...)
Gaming Disorder is a real addiction insists the WHO Gaming Disorder is a real addiction insists the WHO
- June 21, 2018

We are therefore concerned to see " gaming disorder " still contained in the latest version of the WHO's ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community. The WHO must first endorse the final version during a board meeting and World Health Assembly next year, with member states expected to start using ICD-11 on January 1, 2022. (more...)
"Break the Silence, Let's Care" — Sickle Cell Disease
- June 21, 2018

NHRC has started research on patients suffering from sickle cell anaemia . June 19 is designated by the United Nations to draw attention and create necessary awareness to problems posed by sickle cell disorder . Sickle Cell disease is not contagious. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives. Iwalokun, also a Molecular Biologist, called for public awareness on the need for sickle cell patients to have access to Sickle Cell Centre, where they could access Hydroxyurea drugs. (more...)
Bezos-Buffett-Dimon Health Care Company Names CEO Bezos-Buffett-Dimon Health Care Company Names CEO
- June 20, 2018

The companies seem to be focused on lowering the cost of care primarily for their almost 1.2 million employees, but successful solutions could eventually be scaled. "I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the USA and across the world", Gawande said in a statement. (more...)
Transgenderism No Longer A Mental Illness Transgenderism No Longer A Mental Illness
- June 20, 2018

The World Health Organization will no longer classify being transgender as a mental health disorder, the public health agency announced Monday . There were some scientists who opposed the inclusion of " gaming disorder " in the WHO ICD handbook. "Be on the lookout", he said, noting that concerns should be raised if the gaming habit appears to be taking over. (more...)
Type 2 diabetes after 50 could be a sign of pancreatic cancer Type 2 diabetes after 50 could be a sign of pancreatic cancer
- June 20, 2018

The findings of the study suggest that the onset of diabetes , especially after 50, can lead to the manifestation of developing pancreatic cancer. Most people in the study who had diabetes and developed pancreatic cancer were diagnosed with diabetes less than three years before their cancer diagnosis. (more...)
Britain's Johnson says Brexit dividend part of health funding Britain's Johnson says Brexit dividend part of health funding
- June 20, 2018

Theresa May will announce her plans for an extra £20 billion a year for the NHS on Monday. The Prime Minister has said that this will mean an average increase of around 3.4% in spending a year from 2019/20, once inflation is accounted for. (more...)
Grandma strangles rabid bobcat with her bare hands Grandma strangles rabid bobcat with her bare hands
- June 19, 2018

Her 5-year-old granddaughter was sleeping inside her home during the life-or-death struggle in her front yard. Phillips said the almost 40-pound bobcat then landed on her chest and charged at her face. After strangling the cat and finding that it was lifeless, Phillips asked her daughter in law to ring up 911. In this photo, a rescued bobcat waits to be fed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, Oct. (more...)
Gaming disorder added to WHO's list of mental health conditions Gaming disorder added to WHO's list of mental health conditions
- June 19, 2018

The new catalogue, which still needs to be approved by United Nations member countries, so-called "gender incongruence" is now listed under "conditions related to sexual health", instead of "mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders". (more...)
Study reveals vitamin D cuts breast cancer risk Study reveals vitamin D cuts breast cancer risk
- June 19, 2018

The few previous randomized trials on vitamin D supplements and colorectal cancer didn't show an effect, perhaps due to their size or compliance issues, the authors said . They also added that optimal vitamin D concentrations to help prevent colorectal cancer may be higher than the current National Academy of Medicine recommendations, which are based only on bone health, and suggested that levels between 75-100 nmol/L are optimal. (more...)
Toxic Plant That Can Cause Blindness Found In Pennsylvania Toxic Plant That Can Cause Blindness Found In Pennsylvania
- June 19, 2018

Officials in Virginia have confirmed a giant weed that can cause third-degree burns and blindness has been found in the state. At least 30 plants were found at a site in Clarke County. A towel or compress soaked in aluminum acetate, which you can purchase from pharmacies, provides temporary relief for skin irritations. Giant hogweed also produces thousands of dry, flat, oval seeds, which are about 3/8 of an inch long and have brown lines on them. (more...)