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Jun 26, 2019
A report by a pediatrician at the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine shows that currently, children housed at the US border facilities are developing a number of preventable diseases that could spread to the rest of the country. Diseases like cholera and tuberculosis could be present at the buildings, making the facilities a massive source of diseases if not prevented. Migrant children can often bring diseases from other countries that they are unable to fight due to the complete or partial lack of vaccines. The sanitary state of the buildings is not high enough for people to fight diseases, according to different lawyers and federal judges.
Jun 26, 2019
The FDA is recalling bottled water from the brand Penafiel after finding arsenic levels above the agency's safety standard. The Center for Environmental Health first reported the findings after conducting a lab test on some samples and informed the FDA as well as Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc., the manufacturer of the water. Arsenic is a type of metal than can cause reproductive issues and increase cancer risk if consumed over the 10ppb (parts per billion) level. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc is currently fixing its filter systems to bring the levels to the usual standard. The agency and urging are informing all consumers to throw away the products or to return them to the store where it was bought.
Jun 26, 2019
In the upcoming Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential candidates, 74 health groups are hoping to tackle the climate change issue from a health risk perspective with politicians and listeners. The health community is deeply worried about the impact of climate change can have on health; groups like the American Heart Association are part of the ensemble that will address the issue with different political parties. The groups are asking for the U.S. to be put back into the 2015 United Nations climate agreement as well as for other health policies to be put into effect to handle climate change in the country. The Trump administration has been firmly set into believing climate change is not an urgent matter.
Jun 26, 2019
A study made by the Yale School of Medicine shows that women in the U.S. are taking more 3D mammograms than 2D mammograms due to their alleged effectiveness, but not all regions can afford it. In the study, the rates of 3D scan went up from 13% to 43% in 2017, showing that most of the women who took them were white, wealthy, and educated. Only 18% of black women were able to take the 3D mammograms; most of them resided in the southeast region of the country. Doctors say 3D scannings are not necessarily better than 2D ones, but they do discard any future visits to the hospital for suspicions of tumors.
Jun 26, 2019
The University Hospitals Birmingham in the UK is currently working on implementing a glove that would work with 5G connectivity to provide better diagnoses and send them to a clinic for checking. The glove can be controlled via 5G using a joystick by a clinician in the ambulance or the hospital; the clinician can send vibrations to the glove, telling the paramedic where he needs to direct the glove-covered hand. The technology is possible due to the implementation of 5G connectivity in the country, brought by EE, which is the largest phone carrier in the UK. The connectivity is currently under scrutiny after Trump's allegations towards Chinese company Huawei, which will bring the technology to the UK.
Jun 26, 2019
After months of hearings, an Oklahoma judge decided to approve the $85 million settlement offered by Teva Pharmaceuticals for the lawsuit on the opioid crisis filed by Oklahoma's Attorney General earlier in the year. The money will go to a State plan to help all who were affected by the opioid crisis in the 90s and 00s and became seriously affected as aftermath. The judge ruled that 15% will go to the law firm pertaining to the case and the rest to the Opioid Lawsuit Settlement Fund, which is projected to reach over $17 billion in the coming years. It is the first suit to be settled among the many other State's attorney generals have filed.
Jun 26, 2019
According to research by the Institute of Cancer Research, children who are not exposed to germs during their first year of life could have a higher risk of developing acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL), a common type of leukemia in children from ages 0 to 4. The research accompasses samples of children spanning over 30 years, and it has been seen that ALL has a two-step process of development. It is first created by a genetic mutation developed before birth to then be triggered outside of the womb by any bacteria or environmental factor. Researchers can link a weak immune system to the appearance of leukemia but say it is too early to confirm the relationship between the two factors.
Jun 26, 2019
Donald Trump has ordered that all hospitals and health providers must reveal the real cost of medical procedures and treatments for patients to know what the best price for their treatment is. The order also includes insurance companies to bring transparency to patients as well as giving them the best options on where to get treatment. However, many healthcare providers say the order could have a negative consequence on hospitals taking out the current discounts to bring the price up to pair with other health facilities. Patients often look for quality instead of price; people with advanced illnesses look for the most efficient treatment, no matter the cost.
Jun 26, 2019
A recent paper by the University of Sunshine Coast states that humans could be developing protuberances shaped like horns at the back of their skulls due to the constant use of smartphones. Researchers say constantly looking downwards at a phone can shift the weight placed on the spine and muscles on the back of the neck, creating an external occipital protuberance (EOP). The EOP is often found in elderly people due to their posture changing from erect to hunched, but the paper shows that the protuberance is now present in the head of people who are as young as 18 years old. However, some scientists disagree with the hypothesis, citing incongruence.
Jun 26, 2019
The Food and Drugs Administration has issued a warning against Kramton products that claim to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms as well as depression and anxiety. Kramton is a Southern Asian herb that is sold in powder or capsules and shipped to different parts of the world. The FDA states that previous products made with the herb have contained salmonella, affecting people who take them for other purposes. It has also been found that Kramton can have the same effect as an opioid in the brain, which can be counterproductive. The agency also blames Kramton companies of falsely advertising the products on social media as a cheap method to fight opioid addiction.
Jun 25, 2019
The Arizona State University's Center for Innovations in medicine will begin a study testing a new vaccine to treat cancer on dogs and see how effective it would be on humans. Scientists chose dogs to be the subject of the vaccine due to the similar properties and structures of human and dog molecules; dogs also share the same environment as humans do, sensing the same external factors that can alter the body. The immune system response on the dogs will be carefully monitored during their lifespan which is significantly shorter than humans', offering the ability to come up with a vaccine in less time than a study performed on humans would.
Jun 25, 2019
According to a study, triclosan, a component often found in products like toothpaste, makeup, clothing, and toys, could increase the risk of osteoporosis when used daily. Back in April this year, the FDA banned the use of triclosan in hand sanitizers due to the component being under investigation for its possible consequences on health; the agency states triclosan is used in different materials to prevent bacterial contamination. Doctors state the thyroid could be affected by triclosan; the thyroid is responsible for the body's metabolism, directly affecting bone density, causing osteoporosis. Other studies have linked the component to skin cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and antibiotic resistance.
Jun 25, 2019
Research from FitBiomics, Inc., showed that the bacteria created in the intestines of athletes could help other people increase their physical performance and state. The study took stool samples from runners of the 2015 Boston marathon to analyze the different bacteria in the feces. It was shown that the bacteria Veillonella, responsible for breaking down lactic acid, was more abundant than in the feces of non-athletes. Lactic acid is produced by muscles, often leading to the usual muscle fatigue present after exercising. The bacteria was given to mice running on treadmills, and it was found that there was a 13% increase in performance than those that didn't consume it. Researchers say the bacteria could help treat several diseases.
Jun 25, 2019
Ten Americans have died this year in the Dominican Republic, the last one from heart and respiratory failure. Vittorio Caruso had lived in the country for a long time and had a history of pulmonary problems as well as heart attacks. The prosecutor deemed his death as natural. The Dominican Republic has been under scrutiny over the incidents, but the local and U.S. government have stated that the cases are not linked. The U.S. hasn't released any travel warning for tourists amidst the increase of deaths in the country; the Dominican Republic has only taken the alcohol dispensaries from hotels to avoid any problems that alcohol could cause.
Jun 25, 2019
A recent study by the University of Nottingham shows that anticholinergic drugs, prescribed for depression, bladder incontinence, mental illnesses, and epilepsy, could be contributing to the development of dementia in older people. The study took more than 300,000 people in the UK, from ages 55 and older, who had been under prescription treatment for several anticholinergic drugs for ten years. It was shown that there was a 50% increase of dementia on people with daily exposure to the medications. The study was observational, and more investigation is needed to find a causal relationship. Doctors state this link could help physicians better diagnose and prescribe their patients as well as providing a possible reversion of the disease.
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