A study links innate immunity and inflammation pathway with advanced prostate cancer risk.
Diseases and Disasters:
Outbreak of diarrhea killed seven people from lower Shabelle region in Southern Somalia.
A report released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Alaska ranks number one in United States for Chlamydia.
Seventh death due to fungal meningitis has been reported in Indiana (U.S.).
A report released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Louisiana leads the nation in rates of gonorrhea and syphilis cases.
Drug resistant infection cluster has been reported in South Dakota. People who are healthy are not at risk as compared to those on ventilators, urinary or intravenous catheters or long courses of certain antibiotics.
U.S. Court rules controversial stem cell research as legal.
U.S. Court ruled that cigarette companies do not need to show graphic warning images.
The Food and Drug Administration U.S. (FDA) Department of Health is enforcing stricter inspection of food imported from Japan since March 14 last year in response to the radiation leak incident at Fukushima nuclear power plant.
UK government will spend £2m to tackle cholera epidemic in Sierra Leone.
Nigeria receives U.S. $225million from Global Fund to prevent and treat malaria.
Bill Gates has launched a search of a new toilet suited for developing countries- to avoid deaths and diseases due to poor living conditions.
Vietnam puts locally-made medical waste incinerator into operation. It has a capacity of 30-50 kilos of medical waste per hour.
Planned Parenthood launches new initiative in U.S. to fight breast cancer. It will use $3 million donations for its breast health initiative- screenings and education.
Researchers at National Institutes of Health have identified rare immune disease in Asian people like HIV. This disease has been named as adult-onset immunodeficiency syndrome.
Scientists have created a drug using eggs of a pig parasite to treat chronic debilitating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
Researchers from the Stanford University have collaborated to synthesize and study grid-like array of short pieces of a disease-associated protein on silicon chips to identify patients with a particularly severe form of autoimmune disease lupus.
According to a study blood type of a person can determine his/ chances of getting a disease.
Scientists say that the children born to older men are at a greater risk of genetic disorders.
According to a study thiabendazole a common antifungal drug decreases tumor growth and also a potential medicine in cancer therapy.
In a new study scientists said that a three year old can easily find whether you are whining or upset.
In a recent research scientists did some laboratory tests which showed that within five hours of application of extracts from a plant known as virgin’s mantle (medicinal tea) growth of cancer cells was arrested and they died within 24 hours.
According to some scientists chemicals in lipsticks, toothpastes and face washes might cause heart and muscle problems.
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania are using nanofibers to develop biomaterials.
Scientists have learned to harness power from bacteria eating virus.
According to a research aging heart cells can be rejuvenated by modified stem cell therapy.
According to a team of Israeli scientists smoking can prevent progress of degenerative disease (- Parkinson’s).
A national study done in Australia is attempting new ways for the treatment of melanoma. It will map all common gene mutations.
Researchers in Melbourne find key to rare diseases which cause birth defects like DiGeorge syndrome.
According to the scientists ovarian cancer patients should improve their lifestyle to improve their survival rates and quality of life.
Researchers have found that stones in gall bladder in teens are due their overweight problem.
In a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), the villagers of Amazon have antibodies to rabies which suggests that disease may not be 100% fatal.
Diseases & Disasters:
Cholera epidemic spreads through coastal slums of West Africa. Contagious disease has killed hundreds of people.
Refinery explosion in Venezuela on Saturday killed 24 people and injured many.
Tropical Storm Isaac hits Haiti, killing 3 people. South Florida on alert.
Ebola outbreak in Congo related to contact with infected individuals and consumption of bushmeat.
U.S. task force has issued blood pressure guidelines.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives less-expensive option, approves first generation versions of Plavix (blood thinners).
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered forbidding the state dental board to restrict non-dentists from the teeth whitening services in Richmond, Va. According to AMA this decision might change medical practice regulation.
U.S. says Medicaid overpaid $ 700 M to New York State.
Missouri legislators have agreed to compromise on the debate over insurance coverage of contraception, abortion and sterilization.
The FDA advisory committees have endorsed two new HIV drugs and an arthritis drug.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has announced a two-year pay boost for the primary care physicians who treat Medicaid patients.
According to the guidelines released on Wednesday, states should submit details to the Federal government by November 16th on how they will run online insurance market places.
The ESC guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure developed by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in collaboration with the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC was launched at the Heart Failure Congress 2012, 19-22 May, in Belgrade, Serbia. These are published in the European Heart Journal.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) is warning the public not to consume the Gills Onion brand Fresh Diced Red Onions because the product might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
As a part of e-health initiatives to improve primary health services in rural and underdeveloped areas, the union health ministry of India has given Rs 18.878 crore to states to facilitate establishment of Telemedicine network.
The Parsons Foundation gives $5million to fight HIV/AIDS in Arizona.
UAE school children to learn the benefits of milk in a month-long nationwide campaign. It will target first-grade students.
The CMS innovation center awarded 26 grants to a variety of healthcare organizations. The purpose is to improve the healthcare delivery.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) disclosed that its Philippines office has raised $28.5 M funds in the year till date. This money will be used to promote reproductive and maternal health- one of the country’s Millennium Development Goals.
According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, people who have bachelor’s degree or higher live about nine years longer than those who don’t graduate from the high school.
Besides urinary tract health benefits, a new study confirmed Cranberry’s benefits in boosting body’s immunity. The study also showed that consuming its juice significantly increased the levels of an important antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD).
A study indicates that the artificial sweeteners might cause inflammatory bowel disease. They contain saccharin and sucralose which decrease the gut bacteria and weaken and destroy the gut barrier.
A research study found genes which connect football, military and Alzheimer’s disease together.
Chilean berry (maqui berry) extract might help to fight type-2 diabetes. The study shows that the anthocyanin’s- delphinidin 3-sambobioside-5-glucoside (D3S5G)-demonstrated insulin-like effects in muscles and liver cells in mice.
A study demonstrates the long-term effectiveness of a classroom-based prevention program targeting teen drug use. This study tracked teens that participated in the Bolvin Life Skills Training (LST) program as 7th graders and found that their participation in this program produced long lasting reduction in drug use 12 years later.
A study reveals that the healthcare law would save consumers nearly $300 per year. The research says that the saving will be even greater for the people between ages of 55 and 64.
According to a new governmental analysis, the foods which come under category of non-healthy food are more costly than the healthy food.
According to an 18-month long study conducted by the Rand Corp, about 96% of restaurant entrees exceed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat.
Healthy dieting in pregnancy may be helpful. Study reveals that up to 40% of women gain more than the recommended weight during pregnancy. This excess weight is associated with a number of problems.
According to a study, mental distraction can help in relieving pain. The findings show that this isn’t just a mental process, but also physical mechanism that reduces the amount of pain signals travelling from the spinal cord to the brain.
An analysis done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveal the rate of current cigarette use among the U.S. teens decreased from nearly 12 percent in 2004 to about 8 percent in 2010.
A study indicates a possible risk between certain sunscreens use and chances of development of endometriosis. The chemicals known as benzophenone-type UV filters not only protect the skin from UV rays but they are easily absorbed into the blood stream and mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen.
A study examining the sleeping behaviors of the parents whose children suffer from epilepsy say that they often lose sleep over child’s epilepsy.
A new U.S. study finds that government workplace safety inspections reduce on-the-job injuries and related costs without hurting company profits.
A study done on mice show that though it’s important what we eat but also when we eat. The scientists suggest eating too many hours a day may also contribute to obesity.
Harvard university researchers say that the bad fat may affect brain memory.
Diseases & Disasters
A moderate earthquake rattled an area in east Texas on May 17th. It had a magnitude of 4.3.
A maginitude-6.2 earthquake shook down walls and knocked out electricity in parts of far-northern Chile on Monday, May 14th, 2012.
The water supply to tens of thousands of households near Tokyo was cut off on Saturday after local checks found it was contaminated with cancer causing chemical- Formaldehyde. A contamination of 0.2000 milligrams of formaldehyde per liter – more than two times the 0.80 milligram national limit- was detected.