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Gravity Lightens: The Load for Nepal's Hard-working Rural Women

Until recently, Belkosha Bohora faced a brutal daily workload. With her husband away labouring in India much of the time; she not only managed all the household chores and farming; but also regularly carried heavy loads of apples, potatoes and medicinal herbs to market a two-hour walk away; returning along the muddy and steep paths;…

hematology

Having a Child With Leukemia is Scary

When Lincoln Maziasz was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after his fourth birthday, it was hard for his parents, Katie and Drew, to come to terms with. There were the logistics of treatment protocol. Especially in a family with two other young children: Carter, who was 6 at the time, and Layne, who was 1 at…

Medical genetics

New Tool Helps Find Genetic Culprits In Cancer's Spread

The ability of cancer to establish itself in distant parts of the body called metastasis causes 90% of deaths from solid tumors. Metastasis is the result of complex genetic interactions that have proven difficult for scientists to study. Now Yale researchers have devised a way to identify some of the most dangerous of those interactions;…

International Space Station

International Space Station Is Teeming With Bacteria And fungi

The International Space Station is teeming with bacteria and fungi that can cause diseases; a new study found. They also form biofilms that can promote antibiotic resistance and even stop spacecraft parts from working correctly, scientists warn. The findings are important to protect the health of astronauts; the safety of crafts on future manned long…

Fracture

Postmenopausal Women With High Fracture Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Evening (romosozumab-aqqg); to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at high risk of breaking a bone (fracture). These are women with a history of osteoporotic fracture or multiple risk factors for fracture; or those who have failed or are intolerant to other osteoporosis therapies. More than 10 million…

Epidemiology

NYC Orders Mandatory Vaccines: For Some Amid Measles Outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency over a measles outbreak; centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid; what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section; where more than 250 people have gotten measles; since September.…

Melanomas

Study Identifies Possible Way To Predict Melanomas Are Hot And Cold

Melanomas tend to be “hot” or “cold” if they’re hot, immunotherapy lights melanoma tumors like beacons for elimination by the immune system; but 40-50% of melanomas are cold; so its making them invisible to the immune system; also patients with cold tumors tend to show little benefit from immunotherapies. The problem is that it’s been…

Breastfeeding

The Cultural Needs Of Orthodox Mother

Breastfeeding, also known as nursing, is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman’s breast. Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much as the baby wants. During the first few weeks of life, babies may nurse roughly every two…

Suicide

Suicide Related ED Visits Increased In Children From 2007 To 2015

Although the Emergency Department (ED) is a frequent point of contact for individuals with suicide-related behaviour (SRB) or ideation; so there is limited literature specifically examining presentations to the ED for SRB. This review examines the international literature published in North America; so the United Kingdom and Australia relating to presentations to the ED for…

Transfusion medicine

Six-Year-Old Girl Becoming Bone Marrow Donor

Little Caleb Ashby, from Barwell, Leicestershire, urgently needed a bone marrow transplant after a shortage of infection-fighting cells left him in danger of death by even a common cold. The four-month-old, who was also born with a heart defect; was left needing the vital marrow after undergoing surgery in his chest just weeks after birth. But…

Medical Bill

Fixing Surprise Medical Bill Problem Shouldn’t Fall To Consumers

One point drew clear agreement Tuesday during a House subcommittee hearing: When it comes to the problem of surprise medical bills, the solution must protect patients not demand that they be great negotiators. It is the providers and insurers, not patients; who should bear the burden of settling on a fair payment,” said Frederick Isasi;…

Tropical

An Innovative Strategy Against Malaria

Treating cattle with endectocide is a longstanding veterinary practice; to reduce the load of endo and ectoparasites; but has the potential to be; added to the malaria control; and elimination toolbox; as it also kills malaria mosquitoes feeding on the animals. Here we used openly available data to map the areas of the African continent;…