Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday called for tighter scrutiny of electronic health records systems, which have prompted thousands of reports of patient injuries and other safety problems over the past decade. “What we really need is a much more tailored approach, so that we have appropriate oversight of EHRs when they’re […]Continue Reading ...
A scientist from James Cook University in Australia says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma. Professor Andreas Lopata from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, (AITHM) took part in the study which tested 642 people who worked in a fish processing factory in a small […]Continue Reading ...
Issuing orders to a patient then running out the door is not the most effective way to convince someone to change deeply personal, ingrained habits. But too many primary care doctors employ precisely that tactic, said Ann Lindsay, MD, a clinical professor in medicine at Stanford. Part of the reason is that they’re pressed for time, […]Continue Reading ...
For the first time, researchers have evidence that fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples – work they hope will pave the way for a simple, fast diagnosis. In a study that appears in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from The Ohio State University report success in identifying biomarkers of fibromyalgia and differentiating […]Continue Reading ...
Mar 15 2019 Making a revolutionary biosensor takes blood, sweat and tears. And saliva, naturally. University of Cincinnati professor Jason Heikenfeld examined the potential of these and other biofluids to test human health with tiny, portable sensors for the journal Nature Biotechnology. Heikenfeld develops wearable technology in his Novel Device Lab in UC’s College of […]Continue Reading ...
The Food and Drug Administration announced a sweeping plan on Friday to review and address the safety of surgical staplers, including a new examination of seven years’ worth of hidden reports highlighted Thursday in a Kaiser Health News investigation. In a letter sent to health care providers Friday, the FDA said it will convene an […]Continue Reading ...
Suicide is deeply personal — shattering individuals and families. And a host of individual factors — such as depression and alienation — increase the risk of suicidal behavior. However, suicide rates are affected by a variety of broader societal and economic factors, opening opportunities for public health interventions, speakers Anne Case, PhD, a Princeton economist, […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers at The University of Queensland have discovered a DNA modification that enhances our ability to extinguish fear. The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help guide the development of new treatments for fear-related anxiety disorders. Professor Timothy Bredy of UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) said while fear is an important survival mechanism […]Continue Reading ...
Semen stored since 1968 in a laboratory in Sydney has been defrosted and successfully used to impregnate 34 Merino ewes, with the resulting live birth rate as high sperm frozen for just 12 months. “This demonstrates the clear viability of long-term frozen storage of semen. The results show that fertility is maintained despite 50 years […]Continue Reading ...
Until 2003, U.S. mortality surveys lumped all Asian Americans together. Despite the thousands of miles separating India, the Philippines and Korea, and the cultural distinctions of each country, Asian Americans — at least those in the morgue — were considered one ethnic group. Now that the surveys distinguish between the six largest Asian subgroups in […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage. The agency said it prioritized review of the drug from Alkem Laboratories Ltd. after multiple recalls of other generic […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 — Despite years of worry over young doctors’ grueling work hours, a new study finds that longer shifts do not jeopardize patients’ safety. The trial is one of two recent efforts to test an assumption about doctors’ work hours — that shorter hospital shifts should mean better-rested physicians and fewer medical […]Continue Reading ...
When Hawaiian Island residents received a false alarm text message that said “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,” in January 2018, the result was not panic, according to new research from the University of Georgia. A team of researchers analyzed the unprecedented event–a text that was announced […]Continue Reading ...
Large majorities of Americans from both major parties support steps to control prescription drug costs such as showing prices in ads, removing barriers to generics and letting patients get less expensive drugs from Canada, a new poll shows. By a 9-to-1 ratio, Republicans, Democrats and independents favor making drug companies show list prices in their […]Continue Reading ...
One of the goals President Donald Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years. In addition to sending extra money to 48 mainly urban counties, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Trump’s plan targets seven states where rural transmission of HIV is […]Continue Reading ...
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