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Flu Season

Identifying New Virus Strains For Flu Season

Influenza is ubiquitous. Every fall, we line up to get our flu shots with the hope we will be protect from the virus; that infects 10 to 20% of people worldwide each year. But some years, the vaccine is less effective than others. Every year, CDC scientists engineer a new flu virus. By examining phylogenetic relationships, which…

Anesthesiology

Doctor Operated on Wrong Eye,To Fix Mistake With No Anesthesia

As an operating room technician, Sutton Dryfhout knew better than most what’s supposed to happen during a surgery. But it didn’t take special training for her to realize an operation two years ago to correct a lazy eye and remove a cyst had gone horribly wrong, she says, after a Chicago Ridge surgeon operated on…

Diabetes Epidemic

Asia's Diabetes Epidemic Preferentially Kills Women

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Asia and has dramatically increased the risk of premature death, especially among women and middle-aged people, a multinational study led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found. There is an urgent need to implement diabetes management programs tailored to Asian populations; but the researchers reported today in JAMA Network Open, a journal…

knee replacement surgery

Risk Of Catastrophic Amputation After Knee Joint Replacement

Knee amputation (AKA) is a rare but severe complication of deep infection after knee replacement surgery. Low-income patients are at increased risk of this catastrophic complication. The journal is in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. Using data from a nationally representative hospital database (Nationwide Inpatient Sample); the researchers identified approximately 33,000 patients diagnosed with…

Dementia

Dementia Is 100 Times More Common Than ALS

Physicians have defined a new form of dementia that may be more common than Alzheimer’s disease. The findings published in the latest issue of the journal Brain and involved researchers from around the world; including the United States, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The researchers have named the new condition “LATE”, which…

Medical genetics

Genetic Conditions Lead to Range of Overlapping Needs in Children

Deletions and duplications of DNA are responsible for wide-ranging developmental difficulties in children, finds a new study by Cardiff University. Lead author Professor Marianne van den Bree; from Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, said: “We found that psychiatric health as well as development, learning and thinking, motor coordination and sleep quality were affected…

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: Less Invasive Surgery For Faster Recovery

Every day, 78 Canadians receive a diagnosis of lung cancer, the most deadly form of cancer in the country. Some of them will have one of the lobes of a lung remove by thoracotomy, a common, but risky surgical procedure that requires months of recovery. However, a less invasive and safer surgical technique exists and…

Immunize Kids

Malawi: 1st Nation To Immunize Kids Against Malaria

The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria; but using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized; but those who get the shots are likely to have less severe cases of…