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Blood pressure

Renal Denervation: A New Meta-Analysis

A new meta-analysis of six sham-controlled studies of renal sympathetic denervation (RSD); has shown a significant reduction in blood pressure with the technique. “After the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial, which failed to show a benefit of denervation; there was a loss of hope in this approach; but our results suggest there is something there, and denervation…

Neurological conditions

Virtual Reality: Treat People With Neurological Disorders

Playing games in virtual reality (VR) could key tool in treating people with neurological disorders such as autism; schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. The technology, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo, could help individuals with these neurological conditions shift their perceptions of time; which their conditions lead them to perceive differently. “The…

Umbilical cord

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping: Improves Premature Infants

In placental mammals, the umbilical cord (also called the navel string, birth cord or funiculus umbilicalis) is a conduit between the developing embryo or fetus and the placenta. During prenatal development, the umbilical cord is physiologically and genetically part of the fetus and (in humans); normally contains two arteries (the umbilical arteries) and one vein (the umbilical vein), buried within Wharton’s jelly. The umbilical vein supplies the fetus with…

Infection

Slight Decrease in Newly Reported Hepatitis C Cases

European surveillance data show a 10% decrease in newly reported hepatitis C cases between 2016 and 2017. However, with more than 31 000 recorded cases in 2017, diagnoses remain; at a high level in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). In addition, variation in national testing practices; and widespread under-reporting of diagnosed cases…

A mouse model

In A Mouse Model: Rare Brain Disease Joubert Syndrome

Joubert Syndrome; a ciliopathy associated with mutations in numerous genes encoding cilia components. TALPID3 encoded by KIAA0856 in man; is a centrosomal protein essential for the assembly of primary cilia. Mutations in KIAA0856 have been recently identified in JS patients. Herein, we describe a novel mouse JS model with a conditional deletion of the conserved exons…

Hospital

Seismic Safety Upgrades May Cost CA Hospitals Billions

California hospitals would need to make substantial investments between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide—to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new RAND Corporation report. After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, in which 11 hospitals were damage, and eight were evacuate, the state adopt SB1953, which aims to improve hospital resilience to seismic…

Family medicine

New Offshoots Of Old Health Policy Roots

As political leaders debate the future of the U.S. health care system, a pair of health financing experts discovered that all of the current proposals from Medicare for All to “repeal and replace” have been circulating in various forms since the 1940s. In an article published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “Medicare for All…

Radio daignosis

The FDA Wants to Change Mammogram Regulations

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to require mammogram providers to tell women if they have a common risk factor for breast cancer. The proposal, released Wednesday; would be the FDA’s first update to mammography regulations in more than 20 years; according to a statement from the agency. Among other proposed changes; the policy…

80 percent of needed medical drugs

Sri Lanka To Produce 80% of Needed Medical Drugs by 2020

Sri Lanka‘s Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says plans are afoot to locally manufacture eighty percent of the medical drugs needed for the country by the year 2020. The Health Minister made these observations at a ceremony held today at Waradaala area in Kotadeniyawa to lay foundation stones for the…

Gut microbiome

Gut Microbiome: Directs The Immune System to Fight Cancer

The advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors—which “release the brakes” of the body’s immune system to launch an efficient tumor attack—are a major breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy. However, these treatments don’t work for everybody and are often associated with significant side effects. The ability to stratify patients based on potential response to immune checkpoint inhibitors could…

Epidemiology

New Ebola Virus, Found in Bats

A recently discovered species of ebolavirus may be more widespread; than previously thought and could be hosted by a particular bat species; according to findings published by a University of Arkansas biologist. The ebolavirus species, named Bombali; is one of two currently; not known to infect humans. Kristian Forbes, assistant professor of biology; along with…

online consultation

Patient Online Consultation Requests 'Mirror' Busiest Surgery Times

Patients are using online consultations in the same way they would arrange a consultation via traditional means; so a new independent evaluation by the University of Warwick reveals. Despite this, the study identifies several opportunities to tailor online platforms to specific patient requirements and improve their experience. Primary care researchers from Warwick Medical School have today…