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Can nasal tissue be used to repair a damaged knee joint?
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:57:39 -0400
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Doctors might one day be able to harvest cells from patients’ noses to produce cartilage that can be transplanted into damaged knee joints, a small experiment suggests. Researchers tested a new technique for repairing what’s known as articular cartilage, the tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. When articular cartilage is damaged by injury or normal wear and tear, it can result in joint pain and limited mobility.
Scientists identify fossilized dinosaur brain tissue for first time
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:51:58 -0400
A handout photograph shows what scientists have identified as the first known example of fossilised brain tissue from a dinosaurBritish and Australian scientists have identified an unassuming brown pebble, found more than a decade ago by a fossil hunter in southern England, as the first known example of fossilized dinosaur brain tissue. The fossilized brain, found by fossil enthusiast Jamie Hiscocks near Bexhill in Sussex in 2004, is most likely from a species similar to Iguanodon - a large herbivore that lived during the early cretaceous period, some 133 million years ago. In a report of their analysis in a Special Publication of the Geological Society of London, the researchers said they believed this piece of tissue was so well-preserved because the dinosaur's brain was "pickled" in a highly acidic and low-oxygen body of water – like a bog or swamp – shortly after it died.

Sanofi will accept epilepsy drug blame if court rules that way
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:37:46 -0400
French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo is seen at the headquarters in ParisBy Noëlle Mennella PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi will accept any blame attributed to it by a court over the harmful effects of its epilepsy treatment Depakine on unborn babies in a case that also involves health authorities and practitioners, the French drug company's scientific affairs director said. The company has so far made no financial provisions for compensating victims and families affected by stillbirth, malformations and slow neurological development, believing that it has always fulfilled its obligations with regard to transparency, Pascal Michon told Reuters in an interview. If we are found to be responsible then we will assume that responsibility just as we always have." Depakine is a branded form of the medication known as valproate which treats epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

People in Florida's latest Zika 'hot zone' want more buzz
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:31:51 -0400
Yessica Flores, center, who became infected with the Zika virus early in her pregnancy this summer, speaks during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, as Dr. Christine Curry, left, and her husband Selvin Yac, right, listen, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Miami. Curry is the Co-Director of the University of Miami's Zika Response Team, which is treating Flores. So far, Flores' daughter seems to be developing normally. However, the family still faces years of uncertainty and monitoring after the baby is born in February. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Mosquitoes bite everyone, not just Haitians. It's a point health educator Marie-Jose Ledan is sure to make when she approaches Little Haiti's churches, laundromats and mom-and-pop businesses about protecting people from the Zika virus.

AstraZeneca pauses two cancer drug trials' enrolment due to bleeding
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:26:18 -0400
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's high hopes for cancer immunotherapy were dented on Thursday as the recruitment of new patients with head and neck cancer into two clinical studies was put on hold, following instances of bleeding. The drugmaker said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had placed a partial hold on enrolment into the final-stage Phase III trials involving two of its immune system-boosting drugs, although the studies are still continuing with existing patients. Trials of durvalumab and tremelimumab in different cancer types are also progressing as planned.
Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:30:31 -0400
FILE - This Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 photo shows cranberries in a field in South Haven, Mich. In a study published Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents. The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can prevent extremely common bacterial infections. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive Media Group via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

In post-Ebola Sierra Leone, more than half the population face food shortages: U.N.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:46:20 -0400
Woman walks by a sign at Devil HoleBy Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Sierra Leone recovers from the deadly effects of Ebola, more than half the population face food shortages, and many will not cope if further disasters such as drought or floods strike, U.N. food agencies said on Thursday. Food shortages in most of the West African are caused by problems that predate the Ebola outbreak, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. Some 3.5 million people do not have enough safe and nutritious food to eat, the agencies said in a report published on Thursday.

Myanmar confirms first case of Zika virus infection: state TV
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:10:18 -0400
A pregnant foreign woman in Myanmar's largest city Yangon has been diagnosed with Zika, the first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the southeast Asian country, state-owned Myanmar TV (MRTV) said on Thursday. Zika has spread to some 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, raising alarm over the rare birth defect microcephaly as well as other neurological disorders it can cause in infants and adults. "A foreign woman in Yangon who is pregnant was found to have contracted Zika virus and further examination is being carried out," MRTV reported without giving further details.
Betting on hepatitis C-infected kidneys to speed transplants
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:40:06 -0400
Irma Hendricks has blood drawn at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on Oct. 6, 2016. Hendricks received a kidney transplant from a donor with hepatitis C, and took medications after surgery that cleared away the virus and left her feeling healthy again. Hendricks is part of a pilot study testing if new drugs that promise to cure most hepatitis C could allow use of organs that today go to waste, and speed transplants to people who might otherwise die waiting. (AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option — getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.

India drug industry lobby hits back at antibiotic pollution claims
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:24:05 -0400
By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The head of an Indian drugs industry lobby group on Thursday said media reports linking pollution in some lakes and rivers to factories making antibiotics were not accurate and that drug factories were in compliance with local environmental rules. India's $17 billion drugs industry is one of the world's biggest suppliers of antibiotics.
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UK's national sperm bank stops recruiting donors
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:09:05 GMT
UK's first national sperm bank stops recruiting donors after less than two years after its launch.
Toddlers 'should get heart risk test'
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:13:43 GMT
Every child should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease when they have their routine jabs, experts suggest.
Vet has animal tuberculosis scare
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:35:27 GMT
Vet describes fears after being infected with animal tuberculosis
HIV Patient Zero cleared by science
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:00:25 GMT
One of the most demonised patients in history - Gaetan Dugas - has been convincingly cleared of reports he spread HIV to the US, say scientists.
Doctors' low morale 'puts patients at risk'
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:48:28 GMT
There is a "state of unease" in the UK medical profession that risks affecting patients, the GMC warns.
Some NHS boards 'may not balance books'
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:34:34 GMT
Some Scottish NHS boards may not be able to balance their books as they attempt to make "unprecedented" savings, Audit Scotland warns.
Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:09:57 GMT
Scientists are planning to release millions of modified mosquitoes in urban areas of Brazil and Colombia, in an effort to tackle Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.
'Super-parenting' improves children's autism
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:01:14 GMT
Training mums and dads as "super parents" can dramatically improve a child's autism, a study shows.
'Irresponsible' Diet Chef weight loss advert banned
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:41:34 GMT
An advert in which a tearful woman meets a slimmer, happier version of herself is banned.
Councils 'don't pay fair price for care'
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:00:54 GMT
Nine out of 10 councils in the UK are failing to pay realistic prices to support older and disabled people in their own homes, the industry says.
Bengoa review: Ambitious health care shake-up unveiled
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:30:52 GMT
Northern Ireland health minister unveils a 10-year plan to reform a health system 'at breaking point'.
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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:59:44 GMT
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The 30-second chat that can trigger weight loss
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:16:33 GMT
Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose weight can have a dramatic impact, a study shows.
Women 'nearing equality with men - in alcohol consumption'
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:11:14 GMT
Women have caught up with men, at least when it comes to knocking back alcohol - a global study of drinking habits shows.
Diabetes: Tenth of adults at risk of disease by 2035
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:12:47 GMT
Health experts are warning that one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035.
Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving tumour surgery
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:32:45 GMT
A baby girl is "born" twice in Texas after surgeons cut open her mother's womb to remove a tumour that threatened to stop her heart.
Teen hackers study considers link to addiction
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:25:36 GMT
A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.
Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving surgery
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:08:42 GMT
A baby girl is "born" twice after she is taken out of her mother's womb for 20 minutes for life-saving surgery.
'Robbed' of maternity leave with my premature son
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:33:54 GMT
Lauren Dunn, who gave birth to her son Henry early at 26 weeks, describes feeling "robbed" of her time at home with him.
Man who cut off own toes told he 'saved the foot'
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:36:05 GMT
Paul Dibbins cut off two toes when they went gangrenous and a hospital operation was cancelled.
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Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:15:12 GMT
Study says that could be because they are more likely to use tanning beds than men.
Long use of any hormones raises women's breast cancer risk
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:28:19 GMT
A new study tracked about 60,000 nurses and found that use of any kind of hormones for 10 years or more slightly raised the chances.
Black women have trouble clearing cervical cancer virus
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:27:11 GMT
Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer.
FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:05:53 GMT
The FDA has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned BPA from all food and drink packaging.
Surgeon general urges new focus on suicide prevention
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:59:06 GMT
The Obama administration is urging a new focus on preventing suicides and is beefing up the nation's crisis hotline to help.
My Semicolon Life: Setting new goals
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:26:22 GMT
USA TODAY music writer Brian Mansfield chronicles his life with colon cancer.
Company seeks more approval for clot blocker
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:27:36 GMT
Johnson & Johnson gave the FDA additional data on its new anti-clotting drug, in a second attempt to get approval for more uses.
Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:30:00 GMT
Mammograms might raise the chances of developing cancer in young women whose genes put them at higher risk, a study suggests.
U.N.: Chemicals damaging health and environment
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:25:52 GMT
The report by the U.N. Environment Program warned that the increasing production of chemicals is increasing health costs.
Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:26:33 GMT
An Arizona hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for scorpion sting treatment said it will adjust her bill and review its price.
Most grandparents provide care for the grandkids
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:49:57 GMT
Two new reports find lots of babysitting and financial support for their grandkids, as grandchildren try to save their children money.
Study: Ginkgo doesn't prevent Alzheimer's disease
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:34:37 GMT
Taking ginkgo biloba didn't prevent Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe.
University pulls Kinsey Institute app over privacy concerns
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:43:40 GMT
The Kinsey Institute released a new mobile app that allows users to report on sexual behavior and experiences.
War might be making young bodies old
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:51 GMT
A VA study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging.
7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:11:59 GMT
The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
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