Monday, April 6, 2020

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Ali Wentworth Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Ali Wentworth has recently revealed that she has tested positive for the coronavirus on her Instagram account. She is quarantined in her house in a separate room. Through a video call, Wentworth told Good Morning America how she tested positive after having chest tightness and a high fever.

Coronavirus: Doctors Face Shortages of Key Drugs Associated with Ventilators and Anesthetics

Key drugs have now joined the list of shortages of personal protective equipment, which help ventilate patients and keep them sedated. The drugs include albuterol, vasopressors, neuromuscular blockers, and sedatives, such as propofol, fentanyl, and midazolam.

Can Coronavirus Infect Cats And Dogs?

New research has found that cats can be infected by the novel coronavirus and can transmit the infection to other cats. However, dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks are not susceptible to COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus. It is unclear how cats can transmit the infection to other cats.

Biolidics to Introduce 10-Minute Rapid Test Kits for Coronavirus

Biolidics, a Singapore-based medical technology company, is set to launch a 10-minute rapid test kit for detecting patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The rapid test kit enables an effective screening, with an accuracy of more than 95 percent.

Kalie Shorr Contracted COVID-19 Despite Staying at Home

Kalie Shorr has recently revealed she contracted COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new virus, even after social distancing and staying at home, except for a few trips for groceries. She took to Twitter to share her experience with the coronavirus infection.

Coronavirus Epidemic Kills More Than 60 Doctors in Italy

Italy has been the worst-hit nation by the coronavirus, which has killed more than 60 doctors across the country. The National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists has compiled a list of doctors who died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.


Researchers Use Municipal Wastewater to Monitor Coronavirus Transmission

A team of environmental microbiologists from the WEST Center University of Arizona will be conducting sewage surveillance programs to determine the incidence and transmission of the new coronavirus among communities in the United States. They will see whether the new virus survives in municipal wastewater.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.


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.

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.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

Michigan State Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan has become the first state to announce a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after the state’s health department found that vaping has been declared as an epidemic and more and more young people getting affecting by vaping. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the ban on Tuesday, which has been implemented since Wednesday.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Researchers Identify 109 Genetic Variants Linked to Mental Health Disorders

New research has found a strong association between genetic variants and eight psychiatric disorders. Researchers identified 109 genetic variants that are linked to autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and Tourette syndrome.

Ro Online Pharmacy Plans to Test a New Prescription-Delivery Service at $5 a Month

Online pharmacy, Ro, will be testing a new medication service program that will allow the company to offer more than 500 generic medications at only $5 per prescription per month. The service will help Americans to get cheaper generic medications even if they do not have insurance.

Poor Diet Increases Risk of Anxiety Disorders

A new study has found that adults who eat a poor diet are at an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders. Also, other factors such as gender, income status, marital status, immigrant status, and several medical conditions have been associated with anxiety disorders.

Asian Americans Have Worse Health Indicators than Non-Hispanic Whites

A new study has found that Asian Americans tend to have the worst health disparities than non-Hispanic whites when you aggregate the data. When you look at the data collectively, Asian Americans are typically found healthier than the general American population.

Teens with ADHD More Likely To Suffer From STDs and Mental Health Issues

A new study has found that teenagers diagnosed with ADHD in their early childhood are at a greater risk of developing mental health issues, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and car accidents. The findings call for better monitoring of health risks in teens with ADHD.

‘Patients First’ Health Care Package Presented At State House

Democrats presented the Patients First health care package in State House yesterday, which contains four bills. The package aims to bring down the drug costs to people who live in Maine. The package will also protect patients from surprise medical bills and unnecessary fees.