Medical News

  • China lab leak infects thousands with bacterial disease
    on September 18, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Thousands of people in northwest China have tested positive for a bacterial disease after a leak from a state-owned biopharmaceutical plant making animal vaccines last year.

  • Europe imposes fresh curbs as global cases top 30 million
    on September 18, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Large parts of Europe on Friday geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the coronavirus, after infections worldwide topped 30 million and the World Health Organization warned of "alarming rates of transmission".

  • Trump administration wrote controversial US agency guidelines on testing: report
    on September 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    President Donald Trump's administration posted controversial recommendations on coronavirus testing to the US health agency's website against its objections, the New York Times reported Thursday.

  • Seven dead, dozens infected after 'superspreader' wedding in rural US
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:56 am

    A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus "superspreader" event that left seven people dead and 177 infected, renewing fear of the disease in the northeastern US state that had hoped the worst of the pandemic was behind it.

  • Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.

  • Virus clusters at French universities give Europe a lesson
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Can mandatory masks offer enough protection in lecture halls so packed that late arrivals have to sit on the floor?

  • Czech daily virus cases hit new record
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:50 am

    The Czech Republic registered a record high of 3,130 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reaching in 24 hours a figure comparable with the entire month of March, health ministry data showed Friday.

  • Private health insurers paid hospitals 247% of what Medicare would
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

  • Study shows high prevalence of fatigue following SARS-CoV-2 infection independent of COVID-19...
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection. The study is by Dr. Liam Townsend, St James's Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues.

  • Access to cancer medicines and clinical trials show stark variations across Europe
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Access to cancer medicines is highly unequal across Europe both for new drugs in development because of uneven access to clinical trials and for currently approved drugs due to huge disparities in healthcare spending by different countries, according to results from studies presented at ESMO 2020.

  • Immunotherapy improves survival in advanced bladder cancer patients
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:34 am

    An immunotherapy drug called 'avelumab' has been shown to significantly improve survival in patients with the most common type of bladder cancer, according to results from a phase III clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Cancer Centre, UK.

  • Interim data from early US COVID-19 hotspot show mortality of disease were not associated with...
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:33 am

    A study of interim data from two hospitals in an early US COVID-19 hotspot, to be presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online 23-25 September), shows that race and ethnicity were not significantly associated with higher in-hospital COVID-19 mortality, and that rates of moderate, severe, and critical forms of COVID-19 were similar between racial and ethnic groups.

  • Study shows one quarter of hospitalized young patients aged 18-39 years with COVID-19 developed...
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:31 am

    New research to be presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that one quarter of hospitalised younger patients with COVID-19 aged 18-39 years developed pneumonia, underlining the danger the disease respresents to young people. The study is by Assistant Professor Hyun ah Kim, Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital, Daegu, and Dr. Hyo-Lim Hong, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, Daegu, South Korea, and colleagues.

  • Study shows SARS-CoV-2 jumped between people and mink, providing strong evidence of zoonotic...
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:29 am

    A study investigating SARS-CoV-2 infections across 16 mink farms in the Netherlands, being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that the virus likely jumped between people and mink and back, providing strong evidence that animal to human (zoonotic) transmission is possible.

  • Rapid 90-minute COVID-19 test shown to be highly accurate
    on September 17, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    A 90-minute COVID-19 test has been shown to have over 94 percent sensitivity, and 100 percent specificity in a new study.

  • Wildfire smoke poses special threat to people with asthma
    on September 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    (HealthDay)—People with asthma and other respiratory illnesses need to be aware of the threat that wildfire smoke poses to their breathing and take steps to protect themselves, an allergy expert warns.

  • A stroke at 37 meant relearning everything
    on September 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    On most Fridays, Angela Crenshaw worked from home.

  • Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    The number of coronavirus cases registered worldwide topped 30 million on Thursday, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

  • Research suggests strategies to reduce missed appointments
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    New research suggests that a little finesse and a thoughtful approach could go a long way toward reducing a vexing problem in the health care system: missed appointments.

  • COVID-19 prevention might translate into record low flu rates, says CDC
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    (HealthDay)—The final statistics are in for America's last flu season, and the news is good: Record low rates of influenza were reported as cases plummeted during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Moderna shares Covid-19 vaccine trial blueprints, Pfizer follows (Update)
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.

  • A growing pedestrian safety crisis: Speed, short lights and SUVs are worsening a health epidemic
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    It's an epidemic of a different kind.

  • Neurologic function and COVID-19
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    My family has a history of neurologic disease. My grandfather died from a stroke. An uncle was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease at 40, and my brother recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. I'm wondering if our family is at greater risk for COVID-19? Are there any neurologic symptoms we should be on the lookout for?

  • Mother and son draw hope, healing from shared cancer treatment
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    (HealthDay)—Families bond over lots of shared experiences—but one Leslie Seigel and her adult son, Josh, never expected to share was battling cancer.

  • Imaging probe to visualize Alzheimer's disease-related gamma-secretase in the brain
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a molecular imaging probe to reveal Alzheimer's disease (AD)-related γ-secretase in rodents and macaques with translational potentials in humans. γ-Secretase is a key player in the etiology of AD and a prime drug target for AD, whose brain regional expression and distribution have yet remain largely unknown. This study describes the development of a molecular imaging probe to reveal γ-secretase in rodents and macaques with translational potentials in humans. This study is to be published in the Journal of Experimental […]

  • What parents and caregivers need to know about teen suicide
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Is your teen at risk of suicide? While no teen is immune, there are factors that can make some adolescents more vulnerable than others. Understand how to tell if your teen might be suicidal and where to turn for help and treatment.

  • Tweets show vapers rarely use e-cigarettes to quit smoking or improve health
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health, according to a research team led by University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL's stated mission of improving smokers' lives, could help hone anti-smoking and vaping efforts targeted at Twitter users, particularly underage teens.

  • Medical consortium unveils COVID19questions.org
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to determine who is at greatest risk for severe disease, better understand how the disease and treatments evolve, and predict the need for resources. But to get there, researchers and clinicians need more data about what patients have experienced so far, and what factors are associated with different patient outcomes.

  • How environmental cues can affect behavior
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Although it may seem counterintuitive, researchers are turning to an animal without a brain to crack the neural code underlying behavior.

  • Research produces different results from key China COVID-19 study
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Early in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small study in China produced results that influenced subsequent research on the virus. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used the same study parameters on a much larger patient population and reached completely different findings. The study was published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases in mid-July.