Medical


Sucking your child's dummy 'clean' could give them a health boost Sucking your child's dummy 'clean' could give them a health boost
- November 18, 2018

Bill Hesselmar, an associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Gothenburg who authored that study. The study by the Henry Ford Health System, which was presented last weekend to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology , compared how a group of mothers cleaned their child's pacifier. (more...)
Whether we are tea or coffee drinkers likely decided by genes Whether we are tea or coffee drinkers likely decided by genes
- November 18, 2018

This sensitivity is not only limited to taste but preferably is affected by an individual's inherited make up. "You'd expect that people who are particularly sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine would drink less coffee ". Also, as study co-author Jue Sheng Ong tells Laura Geggel of Live Science , the research didn't account for the flavorings-like cream and sugar-that people use to reduce coffee's bitter taste. (more...)
Government moves to curb rising cases of resistances to antibiotics Government moves to curb rising cases of resistances to antibiotics
- November 17, 2018

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result. Furthermore, they found that 39% of the health burden is caused by bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, making them nearly impossible to treat. (more...)
Health chief warns future of NHS integration risks being monopolised Health chief warns future of NHS integration risks being monopolised
- November 17, 2018

Richard Murray, director of policy at the King's Fund, said: "Unless the NHS long-term plan is linked to a credible strategy for recruiting and retaining staff, there is a real risk that some of the extra funding pledged by the government will go unspent and waiting lists for treatment will continue to grow". (more...)
Illicit drug use continues to take a toll Illicit drug use continues to take a toll
- November 16, 2018

For comparison, 23 people died in 2017 and 18 people died in 2016. It is also a 38 per cent climb from September of a year ago when there were 93 suspected overdose deaths in the month. The number of suspected overdose deaths in September went up in B.C., bringing overall 2018 deaths almost in line with the record-setting pace of 2017. (more...)
Blood pressure medication recall due to cancer concerns Blood pressure medication recall due to cancer concerns
- November 16, 2018

Sandoz has notified distributors and patients in a letter of the recall. As with previous recalls, the FDA cautions that if you take these hypertension medications, it is important to consult a pharmacist or physician before discontinuing use of the drug, as that may have even more severe effects than taking a contaminated pill. (more...)
‘Rabid’ raccoons turn out to be drunk on fermented crabapples ‘Rabid’ raccoons turn out to be drunk on fermented crabapples
- November 16, 2018

Yes, that's right - the raccoons were drunk, not rabid. Then, on Tuesday, "several neighborhood residents" helped an officer take another "masked bandit into custody". And in 2014, a squirrel went viral after gorging itself on too many fermented crab apples, much like the raccoon in West Virginia. The story , as posted on the police department's Facebook page, is quite amusing. (more...)
Call for ban on 'freakshakes' with 39 teaspoons of sugar Call for ban on 'freakshakes' with 39 teaspoons of sugar
- November 16, 2018

Nothing says indulgence like a milkshake piled with cream, wafers, sprinkles, marshmallows and literally any other sweet treat you can shake a stick at. "These high calorie milkshakes need to be reduced immediately below the 300kcal per serving". Kawther Hashem, a researcher for the campaign group, based at Queen Mary, said it is "shocking this information is hidden from the consumer, who would struggle to find it". (more...)
Fish, omega-Three might decrease coronary heart assault threat, research discover Fish, omega-Three might decrease coronary heart assault threat, research discover
- November 16, 2018

In other words, it's not worth taking if you're anxious about heart-related conditions and cancer, which is what this study investigated. Study participants were split into four groups. from shutterstock.com. "In terms of the omega 3s, the best thing to do is to try to have more dietary fish", Manson said. Results were revealed Saturday at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago and published by the New England Journal of Medicine . (more...)
Withings revives and updates its Pulse fitness tracker Withings revives and updates its Pulse fitness tracker
- November 16, 2018

In many ways, the Pulse HR is just like the Steel HR smartwatch but in a different body - indeed, it has numerous same features aside from the aforementioned heart-rate monitoring and connected Global Positioning System. When it comes to sports, Pulse HR has the ability to monitor over 30 different activities including walking, running, yoga, volleyball, rowing, boxing, skiing and more. (more...)
Batkid Miles Scott is healthy and thriving now cancer Batkid Miles Scott is healthy and thriving now cancer
- November 16, 2018

In 2013 Miles Scott , dressed as Batkid , helped save San Francisco from danger. Scott had been fighting leukemia since he was a year old. The entire city banded together to create an unforgettable day that involved saving a damsel in distress, defusing a "bomb" and capturing a villain, all of which ended in a press conference at City Hall where Miles received the key to the city from the mayor. (more...)
Privacy concerns as Google absorbs DeepMind’s health tech unit Privacy concerns as Google absorbs DeepMind’s health tech unit
- November 16, 2018

But DeepMind has, in the process, broken a pledge which it made to Britain's National Health Service, with whom it worked, that "data will never be connected to Google accounts or services". And the results have been extremely encouraging too, to say the least. The Streams team will remain in London and continue to operate under King. It's being used in several NHS hospitals. (more...)
Butte County Sheriff Releases List of People Missing Due to Camp Fire Butte County Sheriff Releases List of People Missing Due to Camp Fire
- November 16, 2018

The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains. TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from California. He said authorities were making the list public so people could see if they're on it, and let authorities know they are safe. A further 631 people remained unaccounted for, a vast increase from just a day prior when officials said 130 people were missing. (more...)
Obesity causes depression; but thin men prone to it too Obesity causes depression; but thin men prone to it too
- November 15, 2018

Greg Pavela, Ph.D.Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham , in collaboration with researchers at Indiana University-Bloomington, have received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the association between obesity and longevity and why some people are more susceptible to the health consequences of obesity compared to others. (more...)
Social media usage may boost loneliness, not banish It Social media usage may boost loneliness, not banish It
- November 15, 2018

There has been other research about the impact of social media on mental health well being, but this study claims to be the first to find a direct causal link. Few prior studies have attempted to show that social media use harms users' well-being, and even those that did explore the issue were limited in scope or based on unrealistic situations. (more...)
Briton dies from rabies after trip to Morocco Briton dies from rabies after trip to Morocco
- November 15, 2018

The online medium reported that Public Health England issued a warning to travellers after the United Kingdom resident contracted the disease after being bitten by a rabid cat. An estimated 95 percent of instances occur in Africa and Asia, according to the World Health Organization , with over 99 percent of cases due to dog bites. (more...)
New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start at younger age New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start at younger age
- November 15, 2018

Preschool-aged children between 3 and 5 years old should be physically active throughout the day while children and teens ages 6 through 17 should do at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day. The second edition, based on a comprehensive scientific review, reflects new knowledge about immediate and long-term health benefits from physical activity, as well as new evidence that physical activity can help manage chronic conditions that many Americans have. (more...)
Extensive studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D
- November 15, 2018

Clifford Rosen of Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Dr. John Keaney Jr. of the University of MA wrote in a commentary in the medical journal. "It will never be as simple as a single cholesterol number", because that doesn't give a clear picture of risk, said one guideline panel member, Dr. (more...)
Doctors Slam Gun Violence By Showing Pictures Of Bloodied Clothes Doctors Slam Gun Violence By Showing Pictures Of Bloodied Clothes
- November 14, 2018

United States doctors have denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA ) on social media after the pro-gun lobby group told doctors they were unqualified to comment on firearms policy. Ann Coulter, attempting mental gymnastics as usual, argued back that emergency room doctors also pulling out cue balls, vines and gummy bears out of people "doesn't make them experts on pool, horticulture or chewy candy". (more...)
Your Last Opportunity To Opt-Out Of My Health Record Is Here Your Last Opportunity To Opt-Out Of My Health Record Is Here
- November 14, 2018

Today Labor's 12 month extension was voted down 32-30 in the Senate but an amendment by One Nation to extend the opt-out period to January 31st passed. Mr Hunt also promised a review to consider whether it is appropriate that parents have default access to the records of children aged 14 to 17-years-old, after the founder of a free school clinic said it was "too risky" to operate under the My Health Record system. (more...)
Congo-Kinshasa: Deadly Ebola Outbreak Erupts Congo-Kinshasa: Deadly Ebola Outbreak Erupts
- November 14, 2018

Camera IconHealth workers operate within an ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka. In a statement, the Health Ministry said 329 cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the North Kivu province and then spread to the province of Ituri. (more...)
Pneumonia to kill nearly 11mn children by 2030, study warns Pneumonia to kill nearly 11mn children by 2030, study warns
- November 14, 2018

Pneumonia kills almost 1 million children under the age of five around the world, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDS, diarrhea and malaria combined. Based on current infection rates, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be the four countries worst hit. (more...)
Athenahealth fetches $5.7 billion cash buyout offer Athenahealth fetches $5.7 billion cash buyout offer
- November 14, 2018

A deal for Watertown, Massachusetts-based Athenahealth represents the largest deal to date for Elliott's private equity arm, which is called Evergreen. The drama surrounding an athenahealth buyout has at last reached a conclusion. "We believe that following the long and tumultuous sales process it is unlikely another bidder will emerge", he wrote. (more...)
WHO maps misuse of antibiotics WHO maps misuse of antibiotics
- November 13, 2018

Broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as third-generation cephalosporins, quinolones and carbapenems, are categorised as Watch antibiotics that should be used with caution because of their high potential to cause antimicrobial resistance and/or their side-effects. (more...)
DRC facing worst Ebola outbreak in country’s history, Health Minister cries DRC facing worst Ebola outbreak in country’s history, Health Minister cries
- November 13, 2018

In the latest update, the World Health Organisation's director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the lack of security was posing the greatest challenge in countering the current epidemic. The outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976. Earlier this month, the health ministry said it will install health checkpoints at the entrances to all polling stations in Congo's Ebola-affected region during the December presidential election when millions ... (more...)
Brit Dies After Contracting Rabies From Cat Bite In Morocco Brit Dies After Contracting Rabies From Cat Bite In Morocco
- November 13, 2018

There is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts are being assessed and offered vaccination when necessary. This is an important reminder of the precautions people should take when travelling to countries where rabies is present. For more information about the risk of rabies in bats in the United Kingdom see PHE's information for individuals who have been bitten by bats . (more...)
Google hires Geisinger CEO to lead healthcare initiatives Google hires Geisinger CEO to lead healthcare initiatives
- November 11, 2018

Google has not yet laid out a clear manifesto for what it hopes to achieve in the healthcare space , although tapping an MD and care delivery expert to lead its initiatives may indicate that more patient-facing initiatives are on the table. (more...)
NJ tops in U.S. in fall Leapfrog hospital safety grades NJ tops in U.S. in fall Leapfrog hospital safety grades
- November 11, 2018

Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, 32 percent earned an "A", 24 percent earned a "B", 37 percent a "C", 6 percent a "D" and just under 1 percent an "F". Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 USA hospitals twice per year. (more...)
New Treatment Could Let Those with Celiac Disease Eat Gluten New Treatment Could Let Those with Celiac Disease Eat Gluten
- November 10, 2018

Those that suffer from Celiac disease may be able to start eating gluten again thanks to an experimental vaccine. It can damage the ability of the intestine to absorb nutrients and can lead to major health problems, including the development of other diseases like cancer or diabetes, according to the foundation. (more...)
Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase women's risk of heart attack
- November 10, 2018

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health in Australia and Britain found both men and women had increased risks of heart attack if they smoked, had diabetes or high blood pressure and were overweight. "It is also true that women are less likely to get similar screen and prevention interventions than men", he said. Eating a meal rich in calories for dinner can increase the risk of diabetes as well as lead to poorer cardiovascular health, researchers have warned. (more...)