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The drugs don’t work: what happens after antibiotics?

Antibiotic resistance is growing so fast that routine surgery could soon become impossible. But scientists are fighting back in the battle against infectionThe first antibiotic that didn’t work for Debbi Forsyth was trimethoprim. In March 2016, Forsyth, a genial primary care counsellor from Morpeth, Northumberland, contracted a urinary tract infection. UTIs are common: more than 150 million people worldwide contract one every year. So when Forsyth saw her GP, they prescribed the usual treatment:...
Tags: Antibiotics, Society, Science, Medicine, Research and development, Health


Are genetic tests useful to predict cancer?

The health secretary’s call for tests to be rolled out on NHS was met with controversyThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, this week shared his shock at discovering that he is at greater than average risk for prostate cancer, despite having no family history of the disease.The revelation came after he took a predictive genetic test that assesses risk for 16 common diseases, including coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and breast and prostate cancers. Continue reading...
Tags: Cancer, UK news, Matt Hancock, NHS, Health, Cancer research, Medical research, Genetics, Science


GoFundMe says anti-vaccine fundraising campaigns violate terms of service, will be taken down

Online fundraising service GoFundMe says any campaigns created on the platform that promote misinformation about vaccines automatically violate its terms of service, and will be removed. Anti-vax grifters have reportedly raised over $170,000 for their bogus anti-science message on GoFundMe, and the dangerous message they spread can lead to human deaths. “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” ...
Tags: Post, Anti-vax, Anti-vaxx, Antivax, Antivaxx, Antivaxxers, GoFundMe, Health, Public Health, Science, Vaccines


Itchy eyes and scratchy throat? Welcome to Western Washington’s tree pollen allergy season

This week's batch of warm, dry weather also meant the trees just dropped a fat load of pollen, creating distress for allergy sufferers. Saturday's rain should bring temporary relief, but pollen counts are expected to be high again next week.
Tags: Health, Local News, Northwest, Science, Weather


Hundreds of Thousands of Medtronic Defibrillators Could Be Vulnerable to Hacking Due to Flaw

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an alert that some Medtronic implanted defibrillators contain vulnerabilities that would allow them exploited by attackers who had the right knowledge of the devices and close proximity to an individual possessing one.…Read more...
Tags: Hacking, Defibrillator, Health, Security


San Francisco Wants to Ban All E-Cigarette Sales

The city of San Francisco has proposed a new ban on all e-cigarettes that haven’t been approved by the FDA from being sold in the city. The catch? No e-cigarette has been approved by the FDA.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, San Francisco, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Nicotine, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Flavored E Cigarettes, Youth Vaping


Key to saving lives of newborns lies in half a teaspoon of blood, study claims

Research reveals striking changes in babies’ immune development that could form the basis for lifesaving vaccinesA groundbreaking study has claimed that the key to saving the lives of newborns is found in just half a teaspoon of blood.Research has revealed dramatic changes in the immune systems of newborns, which scientists say could transform our understanding of disease in babies. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Medical Research, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Global Health


Exercise vs. drugs: Which does better against high blood pressure? Against fat?

Taken together, the two reviews indicate that exercise can equal or exceed the effects of drugs on high blood pressure and on visceral body fat. But they also underscore that exercise science could stand to raise its game and develop greater rigor in testing exercise as medicine.
Tags: Health, Wellness, Science, News, Nation, Nation & World


Scientists grow 'mini-brain on the move' that can contract muscle

Cambridge researchers grew ‘organoid’ that spontaneously connected to spinal cordScientists have grown a miniature brain in a dish with a spinal cord and muscles attached, an advance that promises to accelerate the study of conditions such as motor neurone disease.The lentil-sized grey blob of human brain cells were seen to spontaneously send out tendril-like connections to link up with the spinal cord and muscle tissue, which was taken from a mouse. The muscles were then seen to visibly contrac...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Society, Mental Health, Genetics, Schizophrenia, Medical Research, Stem Cells, Cambridge, Epilepsy, University of Cambridge, Motor Neurone Disease


New Guidelines Advise Against Daily Low-Dose Aspirin for Most People

Cardiologists delivered some surprising news over the weekend: Contrary to previous recommendations, most healthy people should not be taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, according a report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Aspirin, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Colllege Of Cardiology


College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


Portland Lawmakers Want to Block 5G Rollout, Citing Shaky Health Risks

City officials in Portland, Oregon are preparing a Wednesday vote to oppose the rollout of next-generation 5G networks in the city, Inverse reported on Tuesday. The move, which is supported by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz, is motivated in part because of disputes with the federal…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Portland, Wireless, Portland Oregon, 5g, Amanda Fritz, Ted Wheeler, Chloe Eudaly


Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic "Autism Cures"

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning.Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Autism, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Pseudo Science, Dont Feed Your Children Bleach, Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic Autism Cures


Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccines, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Medicine, New York Times, Italy, MMR, Outbreak, Vaccines, Bologna, Measles, Antivaxxers


Stephen Hawking’s former nurse struck off for failings in his care

Patricia Dowdy deemed not fit to practise over multiple misconduct chargesOne of Stephen Hawking’s former nurses has been struck off after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled that she “failed to provide the standards of good, professional care that we expect and Professor Hawking deserved”.The NMC said Patricia Dowdy had faced multiple misconduct charges in relation to the care she was providing to the eminent physicist including financial misconduct, dishonesty, not providing appropri...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Nursing, Stephen Hawking, NMC, Midwifery Council NMC, Patricia Dowdy


Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccine, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Medicine, New York Times, Italy, MMR, Outbreak, Vaccines, Bologna, Measles, Antivaxxers


Seattle Children’s and Microsoft find new insights into how smoking during pregnancy harms a baby

Analyzing CDC data on 20 million babies, scientists from Seattle Children's and Microsoft pinpointed how much the risk of sudden infant death increases with every cigarette smoked during pregnancy. The Microsoft data team hopes to use its computing power to help address more of the world's confounding problems.
Tags: Health, Science, News, Microsoft, Cdc, Seattle, Local News, Seattle Children 's


Getting fit in middle age as beneficial as starting early – study

Increasing activity in 40s and 50s lowers risk of early death just like staying fit from teensGetting active in midlife could be as good for you as starting young when it comes to reducing the risk of an early death, researchers have suggested.But experts say the study, which looked at people’s patterns of exercise as they aged and their subsequent death records, also shows it does not do to rest on your laurels: the benefits fade once exercise declines. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Fitness, Life and style, Society, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing


Freud is renowned, but his ideas are ill-substantiated

Sigmund Freud stands alongside Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein as one of history's best-known scientists.Despite his claim of creating a new science, Freud's psychoanalysis is unfalsifiable and based on scant empirical evidence.Studies continue to show that Freud's ideas are unfounded, and Freud has come under scrutiny for fabricating his most famous case studies. None Few thinkers are as celebrated as Sigmund Freud, a figure as well-known as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Neurologist an...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Sex, Memory, Bbc, Mental Health, Brain, Vienna, Innovation, Consciousness, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Darwin, Ati


Tests on London patient offer hope of HIV 'cure'

Man becomes second person in world to be cleared of virus after stem cell donationA man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the ma...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


London patient becomes second adult to be cleared of HIV

Tests show no trace of man’s previous infection after stem cells donation A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s prev...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


London patient becomes second man to be cleared of Aids virus

Tests show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection after stem cells donation A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of t...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


"Catching up" on lost sleep may actually do more harm than good

Sleeping late on weekends not only won't help much when it comes to your sleep debt from the week, it can also lead to weight gain, insulin sensitivity, and nighttime hunger. University of Colorado Boulder sleep physiologist Christopher Depner ran a study involving young adults who were assigned different sleep regimens over a two week period, including a group of "weekend recovery sleepers." They report their results in the scientific journal Current Biology. From Science News: Lack of slee...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Sleep, Salvador Dalí, Ucla, University of Colorado Boulder, Counting Sheep, Peter Liu, Christopher Depner, Depner


Does our immune system hold the key to beating Alzheimer’s disease?

Incurable and increasingly prevalent, Alzheimer’s has long puzzled the research community. Now scientists believe the human body may be the best line of defenceHalf a million people in the UK are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. And while the risks generally increase with age, thousands are afflicted under the age of 65. Inheritable genetic conditions can lead to familial Alzheimer’s, which can afflict people as young as 30.There is no known cure. Some medicatio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Alzheimer's, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology


Underground Garbage Fire in Arkansas Has Been Burning for Over Seven Months

An underground garbage fire at an illegal Arkansas dumping site has been burning for over seven months straight, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, and filling parts of the nearby town of Bella Vista with smoke residents say is causing health problems.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Air Pollution, Pollution, Arkansas, Associated Press, Environmental Protection Agency, Bella Vista, Literal Garbage Fires


UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks.Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, NHS, Simon Stevens, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Measles, Antivaxxers, Anti Vaccination, Social Media Contributes


Anti-vaxx 'mobs': doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook

Medical experts who counter misinformation are weathering coordinated attacks. Now some are fighting backWhen the naturopath Elias Kass testified before a Washington state senate committee on 20 February with a baby on his chest and a pacifier in his hand, he knew that his arguments would be unpopular with the anti-vaccine activists in the room. Amid a measles outbreak that has infected 66 people so far, legislators were considering a bill to eliminate personal and philosophical exemptions for c...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Medicine, Social Networking, Washington, Society, Doctors, Silicon Valley, Vaccines and immunisation, Kass, Elias Kass


Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins

Boy and girl, now four, are only the second case of ‘sesquizygotic’ twins recordedA pair of twins have stunned researchers after it emerged that they are neither identical nor fraternal – but something in between.The team say the boy and girl, now four years old, are the second case of semi-identical twins ever recorded, and the first to be spotted while the mother was pregnant. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Children, Reproduction


What if you were immune to chronic pain? Vaccines could make it happen.

Alzheimer's disease and unintentional deaths (like opioid overdoses and suicides) have been driving down U.S. longevity statistics for three consecutive years – a trend not seen since the Spanish flu pandemic. Our current approach to treating chronic pain is drug-based, but a vaccine-based approach can cut addiction out of the equation. You can vaccinate against pain! Scientists are developing vaccines for migraines and sciatica, which will lower the need for opioids, be cheaper, and make dr...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Future, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Alzheimer's, Mind, Vaccines, Narcotics



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