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FDA Poised To Approve ketamine Like Drug For Depression

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could give its approval this week to esketaminea relative of the “club drug” and anesthetic ketamine against severe depression If that approval comes, it could be the first new class of medicines approved for years against an illness that plagues millions of Americans. Approval couldn’t be too soon for…

Cancer cells

How Cells Obtain Energy From Cancer

The cell is the basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known living organisms. A cell is the smallest unit of life. Cells are often the “building blocks of life”. The study of cells is called cell biology or cellular biology. Cells consist of cytoplasm enclosed within a membrane, which contains many biomolecules such as…

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear Medicine Imaging Monitors Effectiveness Of Therapy

Nuclear medicine imaging with PET/CT can monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatment for metastatic melanoma and predict outcome. In this way, a patient’s therapy is more effectively tailor to his or her personal response. Metastatic melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers, so determination of a treatment’s effectiveness is essential but can be tricky.…

Patient Safety

2019 Top 10 List of Patient Safety Concerns

The ECRI Institute named diagnostic errors and improper management of test results in electronic health records (EHRs) as the top patient safety challenge facing healthcare organizations in its just-released report, “2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns.” This was the second year in a row that diagnostic errors were flagged as the most serious safety challenge…

Athletes

Early Sports Specialization: Increased Injury Rates

Sixty million kids participate in organized athletics each year with ever increasing amounts of children specializing in one sport before the age of 14 with hopes of a college scholarship or professional career on the line. However, researchers presenting their work at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day today reveal that this early intense participation might come…

Virology

Niger Sounds Alarm: 'Fake' Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck. Most cases of meningitis in the United States are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections are other causes. Some cases of…

Health policy

How Would Mental Health Insurance in India Work?

India is a steadily developing low-to-middle income nation, and it is ill-equipped to handle its growing mental health demands. The 2015 National Mental Health Survey sampled over 34,000 individuals across 12 Indian states and found that the lifetime prevalence of any mental disorder was 13.7%. This suggests that about 170 million individuals have experienced mental illnesses at some…

Autistic children

Using Robots In Autism Therapy For Children

Autistic children lack essential social and communication skills, and the type and severity of the symptoms experienced are wide-ranging. Because they have such diverse ways of expressing their emotions; it is difficult for therapists to gauge how engaged they are with the therapy. To track their progress, many therapists film their sessions and spend hours…

Public health

Enforcement Of Tobacco Ad: Bans At Sporting Events

The World Health Organization called for better enforcement of bans on tobacco advertising at sporting events, after tobacco companies discretely reentered sponsorship deals with Formula 1 teams. “WHO is urging governments to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events,” the…

Diabetes

Diabetes' Sworn Enemy Could Ultimately Be A Valuable Ally

When people talk about diabetes, they usually also talk about insulin. Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people around the world; insulin is a hormone that helps control this disease. Now a third term could soon be joining the conversation: glucagon. Glucagon has long been seen as a hormone whose sole purpose was…

Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease Could Be Just As Effective And Significantly Safer

A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects; than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks when compared to placebo; according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). Chagas disease affects an estimated…