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Aptevo’s Experimental Therapy Shows Promise in Treating AML

Aptevo Therapeutics, a Seattle-based biotechnology company, announced positive clinical data from its Phase Ib trial, reporting a complete remission of acute myeloid leukemia in a patient who received its experimental therapy – APVO436.

Selena Gomez Launches WonderMind, a Mental Health Platform

Selena Gomez has recently announced the launch of her new venture, WonderMind, a mental health platform that is designed to connect people with educational resources. The platform also aims to put an end to the stigma around mental health issues.

Highly Contagious Delta Strain Likely To Increase Risk of Stillbirth, Finds CDC Report

A new CDC report has found that the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is most likely to increase the risk of stillbirth. The report found that pregnant women infected by the Delta variant of COVID are particularly at risk of stillbirth or dying during childbirth.

Delta-Like COVID Variant May Cause More Severe Pandemic, Say Researchers

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers used a mathematical model and found that a Delta-like variant of the coronavirus will cause a more severe pandemic, giving rise to more breakthrough infections. The Delta-like variant could also re-infect people with previous infections/vaccinations.

Health Officials Investigate Flu Outbreak at Michigan University

Michigan health officials are investigating a flu outbreak in a state university that reported more than 525 cases among students, most of which were unvaccinated against the flu. The officials are urging state residents to get a flu vaccine, as experts warn this year’s flu season could be more severe.

Pfizer Set To Strike a Major Deal to Supply Its COVID Antiviral Pill in the US

Pfizer is set to strike a big deal with the Biden administration to supply its COVID antiviral pill, called Paxlovid, in the United States. Earlier, Pfizer announced a deal with Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to supply Paxlovid globally, allowing access to the drug to 95 countries.



Gilead and Merck Pause Phase II HIV Trial of Islatravir and...

Gilead Sciences and Merck announced last week that they have paused a clinical trial of islatravir and lenacapavir for the treatment of HIV. The companies said they are doing so out of an abundance of caution. Islatravir and lenacapavir are investigational HIV drugs.

WHO Urges Not To Impose Travel Bans On Southern African Nations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has criticized travel restrictions on southern African countries due to the new COVID-19 variant that was first identified in Botswana. It urged not to impose travel restrictions but asked the nations to follow science and international health regulations.


Healthy Living

CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

Scientists Urge Boris Johnson to Delay “Dangerous and Premature” Reopening

More than 100 international doctors and scientists have signed a letter, urging the UK Government to delay the reopening of England this month. They said lifting some of the COVID restrictions in England on July 16 is “dangerous and premature.”

COVID-19: Public Health Officials Urge People to Stay Home for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Public health officials across the United States have been urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the nation has been experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, affecting nearly all states. The virus has affected over 12 million Americans and killed over 262,000.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Scientists Explain How Vitamin D Functions To Reduce Inflammation

Purdue University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have explained a possible mechanism of how vitamin D functions to reduce inflammation caused by the immune cells or T cells. Their findings could pave the way to develop new and effective treatments.

Baxter Rolls Out Online Resource Portal to Support CKD Patients in Indonesia

Baxter Asia Pacific has announced the launch of the online resource portal called My Kidney Journal to support patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Indonesia. The website contains detailed information on CKD symptoms, causes, stages, multiple treatment options, etc.

Study Reveals How Brain Is Affected By Salt Consumption

A new study has found a surprising association between neuron activity and blood flow in the brain. In addition, the study found how salt consumption affects your brain. The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

US Customs Seize Over 23,000 India-Made Sildenafil Pills in Cincinnati

The US Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized more than 23,000 sildenafil citrate pills, which are made in India. The shipment, which was headed to an apartment in Decatur, Georgia, had originated from an apartment in India.

Biosimilar Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Biologics or biosimilars for rheumatoid arthritis are different from traditional drugs because they are made from living materials, not chemicals. Biosimilars for rheumatoid arthritis include B-cell or T-cell blockers, interleukin 1, 6, or 17 inhibitors, tumor necrosis factor blockers, and Janus kinase inhibitors.

CDC Director Says Racism Is a Serious Public Health Threat

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has recently said that racism is a serious public health threat and it should be addressed on a priority basis. She talked about the disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic on communities of color.

MedicineNet Offers Useful Tips On How To Get Rid Of Bedsores Quickly

MedicineNet, a medical information-providing website, offered a few useful tips on how to get rid of bedsores, or pressure sores, quickly. It recommends a combination of medical and auxiliary treatments to heal pressure sores promptly.