Thursday, April 2, 2020

World’s First Drone Delivery of Insulin Documented

A new paper, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, has documented the world’s first drone delivery of insulin to a patient in Ireland. Researchers explained that using drones to deliver medications and monitor patients could help save lives.

Generic Drugs Not Always Bioequivalent; They Could Sometimes Be Dangerous

Generic drugs are not bioequivalent to their brand counterparts and are sometimes dangerous, according to journalist Katherine Eban who wrote a book on generic drugs called “Bottle of Lies.” She said generic drugs are adulterated to save money and make a profit, which could be dangerous.

Coronavirus Lockdown Leads to Unexpected Climatic Benefits

Countries are in lockdown amid growing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus spread, which has led to some unintended climatic changes. In China and Italy, there have been dramatic reductions in air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions due to coronavirus shutdown.

Traffic Noise May Increase the Risk of Diabetes and Hypertension

A new American Heart Association study has found that people exposed to traffic noise are more likely to develop diabetes and hypertension. The study author explained that frequent exposure to traffic noise could increase the levels of stress hormones, raising the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Breastfeeding Lowers Risk of Asthma and Allergies in Children

A new study has found that exclusive breastfeeding for the first three months could lower the risk of respiratory allergies and asthma in children when they reach the age of six. The study also found that the risk of asthma reduced even in the absence of a family history of asthma.

Playing Table Tennis Could Improve Some Symptoms of Parkinson’s, Finds Study

A new study has found that ping-pong, aka table tennis, could help improve some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a common neurological condition among older people. The study found that playing table tennis once a week improved symptoms of tremors, slowed movements, facial expressions, among others.

Teens Bullied Over Weight More Likely To Use Alcohol or Marijuana

A new study has found that teens who are bullied or teased over their weight are more likely to use alcohol or marijuana, putting their health at risk. The study researchers explained that weight-related bullying is quite common and can have negative effects on teenagers.