Monday, February 24, 2020

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Most Americans Evacuated From Diamond Princess Ship Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has reported that 11 of the 13 patients evacuated from Diamond Princess cruise ship have been tested positive for the new coronavirus, aka COVID-19. The other two patients who tested negative were sent to Omaha hospital.

Americans Spend Over $35 Billion on “Non Working” Dietary Supplements

In an article published in January in the Washington Post, writer Tamar Haspel mentioned her discussions with a few experts to understand why Americans are spending around $35 billion every on dietary supplements, most of which do not work. She also wrote about the pros and cons of dietary supplements.

Chinese Scientists Say New Coronavirus Spreads More Like Influenza than SARS

Chinese researchers have found that the new coronavirus, aka COVID-19, spreads much more like flu than its closely-related cousin SARS. The researchers examined the nose and throat swabs of 18 patients and found that asymptomatic transmission is highly possible and the virus spreads like flu.

Coronavirus: Olympia Woman Tests Positive after Diamond Princess Cruise Evacuation

Marianne Obenchain, an Olympia resident, who was evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, has been found positive for the new coronavirus, aka COVID-19. However, she has no signs or symptoms of the new virus. She has been admitted to a hospital in California for further tests.

Coronavirus Kills Chinese Film Director and Forces Passengers to Leave Diamond Princess in Japan

Chinese film director, Chang Kai, and his family died after getting infected by the new coronavirus, aka COVID-19, which stated in Wuhan, China. Meanwhile, some passengers who were quarantined on a cruise ship, Princess Diamond, have been leaving the ship amid the ongoing outbreak.

Shanghai Doctors Use Plasma Therapy to Treat the New Coronavirus

Doctors in Shanghai, China, have been using plasma therapy to treat patients infected by the new coronavirus, COVID-19. They are taking infusions of blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and infusing them into patients who are infected. The results have been promising.


B. Smith Dies at 70 after Battling Alzheimer’s Disease

B. Smith, an American restaurateur and model, died Saturday after battling early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was 70. Her husband, Dan Gasby, confirmed the news of her death on Facebook. Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 when she was 64.

Education Plays a Key Role in Determining Life Expectancy, Finds Study

A new study has found that race and education could play a key role in determining life expectancy. The study suggests that education is one of the best predictors of a longer life. Researchers found that people who are less educated have poor life expectancy.


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.

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.

Flu Is Still a Bigger Issue than New Coronavirus in the US

Some researchers believe that the flu is a much bigger threat than the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has affected 7 Americans so far. The new coronavirus has sickened more than 11,791 and killed 259 people in China. Experts said that the flu has killed nearly 10,000 Americans since October 2019.

Standard Diagnostic Test for Autism Less Reliable, Finds Study

A new study has found that the standard test used for the diagnosis of autism is less reliable than previously thought, suggesting clinicians to make the diagnosis based on clinical assessments and wearable devices, such as smartphones. The study found that the widely used diagnostic tool for autism could provide a false-positive result.

South Dakota Bill: Health Care for Trans Minors Is a Class 4 Felony

South Dakota Republicans have introduced a bill stating that medical professionals who provide health care services to transgender people under 18 years of age could face up to 10 years of imprisonment. Doctors providing gender-transition treatments for minors could face a Class 4 felony.

California to Establish Its Own Generic Prescription Drug Label

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Twitter that he would propose a law that could establish the state’s own generic prescription drug label. His proposal is an effort to take power out of the hands of greedy pharmaceutical companies that have skyrocketed the prices of prescription drugs.

Vaping Increases Risk of Chronic Lung Disease, Finds Study

A new study conducted by the researchers of UC, San Francisco, has found that people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to develop chronic lung disease of COPD. The study also found that people who use both conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes are even more likely to receive COPD diagnosis.