Friday, January 24, 2020

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Wuhan Sealed Off; Snakes Could Be the Original Source of Virus

The ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has prompted officials to shut down public transport in the city. Officials have advised Wuhan residents to avoid crowds and public gatherings. Meanwhile, some researchers have found that snakes could be the original source of coronavirus that is causing pneumonia-like illness.

Comedian Terry Jones Dies at the Age of 77

Terry Jones died on Tuesday night at his home in North London at the age of 77. In 2016, he said he had primary progressive aphasia, a neurological condition in which one loses the ability to communicate. In 2006, he received a diagnosis of bowel cancer.

US Confirms First Case of Mysterious Wuhan Coronavirus

The CDC said that the United States has its first case of mysterious coronavirus that was detected in Wuhan, China. The first case of the virus in the US appeared in Washington when a patient arrived from Wuhan on January 15. Four days later, he received medical attention and was confirmed to have the virus.

PARP Inhibitors Acquire Stronger Foothold in Treating Ovarian Cancer

According to a panel of gynecologic oncology experts, PARP inhibitors, which are used for heritable cancers, have gained important and acquired a strong foothold in treating advanced forms of ovarian cancer. They can be used as the first line of treatment along with other drugs for ovarian cancer.

Cannabis Compound Found To Be Potent At Killing Drug-Resistant Superbugs

A new study conducted by the researchers at the University of Hamilton, Ontario, has found that a cannabinoid called cannabigerol (CBG) is more potent and effective at killing drug-resistant superbugs. CBG is found in the cannabis plant, which could potentially kill serious pathogenic bacteria.

Betty White Turned 98 but Her Age Is Just a Number

Betty White has turned 98 but for her, age is just a number. She has a few secrets that are probably helping her to age well. She recommends keeping yourself busy, thinking positive, being optimistic, and treating yourself well. She does not deprive herself of doing things, especially her favorite foods.


Tyler Gwozdz Dies after a ‘Medical Overdose’ at 29

Tyler Gwozdz, who was a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has died after a medical overdose on January 22. He was 29. According to the police, he was hospitalized on January 13 after a medical overdose. He had to spend a week in the intensive care unit. The exact cause of the overdose is unknown.

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.


Healthy Living

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.

Iowa Man Gets $12.25 Million After Wrongful Prostate Surgery

A Panora resident Rickie Huitt has been awarded $12.25 million after the Polk County jury noticed that he underwent surgery wrongfully after he got misdiagnosed with cancer. Huitt claimed the major operation has left him unable to control his bladder when he goes to the bathroom due to the side effects of the surgery, and his marital relationship has also been affected.

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.

Legionnaires’ Outbreak at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Leaves One Dead

Deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has left one person dead and 12 others sickened. However, attorney Chris Stewart said that more people might have been exposed to the disease, causing a nationwide problem. Public health officials are investigating 75 cases, of which, 12 are confirmed and others are suspected.

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.

West Virginia Residents Leave Country In Search Of Cheap Insulin

High inulin prices in the United States have been affecting people with diabetes because they find it too expensive to afford. So, in search of cheaper insulin, a group of West Virginia residents has moved to Canada, where the insulin price is 10 ten times cheaper than the insulin price in America.

Cannabis Industry Dreams To Conquer European Market

The Cannabis industry, after controlling North America, has been trying to enter and conquer the European market despite strict regulations and ethical debates. A survey found that nearly half of the British population are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purpose.

Young Athlete Successfully Undergoes Double-Lung Transplant Due to Vaping

A 17-year-old male patient has successfully undergone a double-lung transplant after he was found to have damaged lungs due to vaping. He was operated at Henry Ford Hospital on October 15. Before the surgery, he was on life support for a month. The doctors said he would have died if the surgery was not performed.

High Drug Prices Keeping Americans from Addressing Medical Issues

A survey from Gallup and West Health has found that more than 13 percent (nearly 34 million) Americans said that their family members or friends passed away in the last five years because they were not able to pay for their prescription drugs. The poll found that high drug prices are keeping Americans from addressing their health issues.