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No Benefit of Radiotherapy Soon After Surgery in Prostate Cancer Patients, Suggests New Study

A new study has found that there is no benefit of giving radiotherapy soon after surgery in patients with prostate cancer. This could mean that thousands of men could be spared of receiving radiotherapy and its side effects. However, it can be given once prostate cancer recurs.

Failing to Self-Isolate Is Now a Punishable Offense in England

If you refuse or fail to follow the self-isolation guidance in England, you will be fined up to £10,000. The new law is for those who have been tested positive for COVID-19 and those who have been contacted anyone who has the infection. The new rules also apply to those who have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace.

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Have Protective Effects on Aging Brains

New research has found that metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, could help in slowing down declines in memory and thinking. The study researchers said metformin could lower dementia risk by offering protective effects on the aging brain.

Weekly Insulin Injection for Type 2 Diabetics Shows Promising Results

Icodec, a once-a-week insulin therapy, has been found as effective as daily insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. When compared with the daily insulin, the weekly insulin reduced HbA1C by 1.33%, which is promising. If the phase 3 trial goes well, the once-a-week insulin will be available for people with diabetes.

More Younger Men Are Using Viagra Than Older Men

Medical Director of St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital Dr. Samuel Shafe said Wednesday that more and more younger men have been using Viagra (sildenafil) than older men. He said in a virtual meeting that it has always been assumed that older men often use Viagra, but it has now been found that a lot of younger men are using the little blue pill.

Achieving Herd Immunity against COVID-19 Is an Impractical Public Health Strategy, Study

Achieving herd immunity against COVID-19 is an impractical public health strategy, according to a new study conducted by the researchers of Odum School of Ecology. The researchers investigated the suppression and mitigation of viral transmission to understand how to achieve herd immunity.

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Jill Duggar Dillard Opens Up About Using Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Jill Duggar Dillard has recently revealed that she and her husband, Derick Dillard, use non-hormonal birth control. She said they use the non-hormonal ones because they do not want to use anything that could cause an abortion. They have even discussed a few things that are considered taboo by their family.

Viagra Ads May Have an Impact on Birth Rates, Finds Study

Viagra ads could have an impact on birth rates, according to a new study conducted by a UT Dallas researcher Dr. Tongil “TI” Kim and his colleague. They said they did not found a significant impact of Viagra ads on birth rates but they had an effect among regions with lower incomes.

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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.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

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.

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.