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Physical medicine

One-third Of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain

As American kids pack on the pounds, the number of those with back pain is on the rise. One in three between the ages of 10 and 18 said they had backaches in the past year, according to a survey of about 3,700 youngsters. The incidence rose along with kids’ age and weight and was…

Marine Sponges

Protease Producing Streptomyces Radiopugnans From Marine Sponges

As per a WHO report, about 17 million individuals die due to cardiovascular infections. The frequency of the intense myocardial localized necrosis is increasing around the world. Thrombus develops inside arteries; leading to thrombosis, heart stroke, and pulmonary embolism. Therefore, thrombolytic treatments have become a traditional remedy regarding acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Synthetic therapeutics used…

Measles outbreak

Unvaccinated Children Amid Measles Outbreak: Italy Bans Them

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Under the Global Vaccine Action Plan, measles and rubella are targeted for elimination in five WHO Regions by 2020. WHO is the lead technical agency responsible for coordination…

Antibodies

Scientists Delineate Pathway: Make Antibodies

Our bodies are continuously concocting specific antibodies to thwart invaders like a virus or even pollen, and scientists have new information about how the essential production gets fired up and keeps up. It’s a key protective mechanism that the scientists want to better understand with the long-term goal of manipulating it to help keep us…

Lung cancer cells

Protecting KRAS-Mutant Lung Cancer

A cellular identity switch protects a cancer-promoting genetic pathway from targeted therapy. Working in cell lines and mouse models of lung cancer; Demonstrated how the KRAS-driven lung cancer cells defeat treatment by switching from stable; stationary cells into a type of mobile; a resistant cell with embryonic development. They also found a drug combination that…

E-cigarettes

No Smoking At Home May Not Apply To Vaping

Parents who use both traditional and e-cigarettes may vape around kids at home and in cars even when they don’t smoke around their kids, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers interviewed 761 parents at five pediatric practices in Indiana; North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia who were users of either traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes; or both,…

Skin cancer

Common Skin Cancers Among Patients With Skin of Color Identified

The objective of the study was to update the epidemiology, investigate specific risk factors; and facilitate earlier diagnosis and intervention of KC in nonwhite individuals. IRB-approved retrospective chart review of all non-white individuals who had received a biopsy-proven diagnosis of skin cancer at Drexel Dermatology from June 2008 to June 2015. The need for photoprotection…

Children

Guidelines Developing For Children Recovering From Concussion

New guidelines that reduce the amount of rest required for children recovering from a concussion have developed by CanChild. “For children, recovering from a concussion is like a snakes and ladders game; as there are times where they may have rapid improvement and climb through the steps more quickly; other times where returning symptoms mean…

Opioids

Emotional Component Associated With Pain

Chronic pain involves more than just hurting. People suffering from pain often experience sadness, depression, and lethargy. That’s one reason opioids can so addictive they not only dampen the pain but also make people feel euphoric. What if it were possible to develop a pain killer that could curb the negative emotions associated with pain…

General surgery

Sweeping Plan To Review Safety Of Surgical Staplers

The Food and Drug Administration announced a sweeping plan on Friday to review and address the safety of surgical staplers, including a new examination of seven years’ worth of hidden reports highlighted Thursday in a Kaiser Health News investigation. In a letter sent to health care providers Friday, the FDA said it will convene an advisory meeting on…

Hematology

Promising Therapeutic Target For Leukemia

Cancer cells consume sugar at a higher rate than healthy cells, but they’re also hungry for amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and other bio molecules. Researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have discovered a way to exploit that hunger to selectively block the growth of leukemias. The results were published online…

kidney stone

Shock Wave Device Treatment For Painful Kidney Deposits

Surrounded by high-voltage electrical boxes; foot pedal controls, and sleek computers, UCI Health’s new kidney stone pulverizer is both a step into the future and a blast from the past. “It’s a thing of beauty, after watching a demonstration of the device. Built by a German company originally known for designing flying boats; the Gemini…