Medical


Amazon buys prescription delivery startup PillPack Amazon buys prescription delivery startup PillPack
- June 28, 2018

The startup, which was founded in 2013, ships medications to people in the USA in pre-sorted dose packaging and caters to people who take multiple prescriptions a day. "PillPack's visionary team has a combination of deep pharmacy experience and a focus on technology", Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement. (more...)
Decline seen in new HIV cases following exposure treatment program Decline seen in new HIV cases following exposure treatment program
- June 28, 2018

But HIV isn't the death sentence that it used to be, unless it goes undetected. Also, HIV testing reminds individuals to take precautionary actions to prevent contracting or spreading the virus. Officials also recommended pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is usually a daily medication taken to protect against exposure to the virus via sex or intravenous drug use. (more...)
Boston Children's ranked best pediatric hospital 5th year in a row Boston Children's ranked best pediatric hospital 5th year in a row
- June 28, 2018

Louis Children's Hospital expanded to add more beds and private rooms throughout the hospital, which includes 125 beds in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit", said F. Sherin Devaskar, physician-in-chief of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the department of pediatrics. Only 86 children's hospitals were ranked in at least one pediatric specialty in 2018. (more...)
Mom Shares Warning About Riding Down Slide With a Child Mom Shares Warning About Riding Down Slide With a Child
- June 28, 2018

A NY mother is using a photo of the exact moment her daughter's leg broke as a dire warning to others about the dangers of a seemingly harmless playground ritual. "I can not believe this and feel like a bad parent for doing that", one mum wrote. "And in most cases, I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury". (more...)
GE exits oil, health care business GE exits oil, health care business
- June 27, 2018

Furthermore, GE can not sell more than 15% of the company to a single entity without conflicts committee approval for three years beyond July 2019. The shares fell 27 per cent this year through Monday, following a 45 per cent decline last year - a slump that led overseers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to kick GE out of the blue-chip index it had been in for more than 100 years. (more...)
Commercial flight crews show higher cancer rates Commercial flight crews show higher cancer rates
- June 27, 2018

Chan School of Public Health . Out of 5,366 flight attendants who took part in the study, just over 15% reported ever having been diagnosed with cancer . Cancer Research UK has warned people working in these occupations should be fully aware of the potential risks. "Non-melanoma skin cancer among women increased with more years on the job, suggesting a work-related association", McNeely said by email. (more...)
Flying and Cancer: Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Numerous Cancers
- June 26, 2018

The flight attendants answered questions about their flight schedules, as well as any diagnoses of cancer. Although it's still not a proven link, the researchers writing in Environmental Health think US airlines could do more to protect flight attendants from the perils of radiation and abnormal sleep patterns. (more...)
FDA Approves First Marijuana Based Drug FDA Approves First Marijuana Based Drug
- June 26, 2018

But before the medicine can hit the market in those areas, the Drug Enforcement Administration must reclassify marijuana, now a Schedule I drug, along with heroin and Ecstasy, that is described as a substance with "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse". (more...)
Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures
- June 26, 2018

Epidiolex contains CBD, which does not produce the "high" associated with marijuana. US health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. (more...)
Walgreens pharmacist denies pregnant woman miscarriage medication over moral beliefs Walgreens pharmacist denies pregnant woman miscarriage medication over moral beliefs
- June 26, 2018

Arteaga says she went to a Walgreens in Peoria, Arizona to get a prescription for a medication to end her pregnancy. But, when she went to pick it up Thursday night, the pharmacist on duty refused to give her the drug. "I think it's happening more than people realize", she said. Ms Arteaga opted for the latter, recounting in a viral social media post the experience of attending a local branch of United States pharmacy chain Walgreens in Peoria, Arizona. (more...)
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
- 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...)