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July 25th, 2017 United States- A new cell and gene therapy for multiple myeloma has had unprecedented success, doctors say. Multiple myleoma is a blood cancer that affects plasma cells which make antibodies to fight infection. The study only had 35 people participating but every patient responded and all but two were in some level of remission within two months.  The second study had nearly two dozen patients and everyone above a certain dose responded. Experts at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, where the results were announced, say it is a first for multiple myeloma and rare for any cancer treatment to have such success.Looking at other types of treatment for cancers the results are not as high. Chemotherapy helps 10... Read More
July 19th, 2017 USA- Researchers say that a new kind of brain scan may be able to predict when a baby as young as 6 months old will develop autism. This approach is not likely to be useful for all children, but mainky for ones that are considered at high risk because an older sibling has autism. The scans correctly chose 9 out of 11 children who were later diagnosed with autism out of a group of 59 high-risk kids. Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (which helped fund the study) says that if future studies confirm these results, detecting brain differences may enable physicians to diagnose and treat autism earlier than they do today. The researchers have been trying several different types... Read More
July 17th, 2017 Brussels, Belgium- The European Union, together with seven of its member states, has approved the Minamata Convention on Mercury and resultantly provided the clinching votes needed to bring it into force. The international agreement aims to protect both humans and the environment from the negative effects of mercury and mercury compounds, and its approval is seen as an importantl step in achieving this.In October 2013 the Minamata Convention was signed under the United Nations Environment Programme. It was named in honour of the Japense city of Minamata, where thousands of people were poisoned as a result of dumped wastewater containing methylmercury. 128 countries had already signed it, the treaty needed to be approved by 50 countries to... Read More
July 13th, 2017 Chicago, USA-  A new study shows that a natural compound found in grape seed extract could be used to strengthen dentin and increase the life of resin fillings. This could lead to the development of a natural holding material that helps strengthen the bond between the tooth and the filling, which would prolong the life of the restoration and mimize dental tissue and tooth loss. Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, lead researcher and associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, looked at how grape seed extract might render composite resin fillings stronger and more durable. These type of fillings typically last between five and seven years. Bedran-Russo says... Read More
July 11th, 2017 United States- The Food and Drug Administration said that many children and pregnant women may need to get new lead tests because one of the most common lab tests may have given falsely low readings. They may have been told that they had a clean bill of helath when in fact they had dangerously high lead levels.Any adult or child who had blood drawn for a lead test sine 2014 may have to be re-tested. The blood tests were made by Magellan Diagnosticis which is the only FDA-approved test used in doctors offices. Its an isssue because of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis where at least 100,000 people were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water. Studies have shown that many U.S. public water supploes are... Read More
July 6th, 2017 Canada-  New findings that were released are shaking up the world of salt science. It is accepted that in the medical and nutritional communities that eating too much salt makes you thirsty and promotes water retention. But according to a long-term study published in the Journal of Clincial Investigation the exact opposite is true. Usually it is impossible to control everything that adults eat for months on end and measure their urine volume everyday. But Scientists took advantage of a natural experiment when a group of 10 Russian cosmonauts, all healthy men, were kept in isolation to stimulate a long-haul flight to mars.There was two separate space simulations, one of 105 days and one of 205 days. The cosmonauts were fed... Read More
July 4th, 2017 United States-New research suggests that artificial intelligence may be better at determining patients that are at high risk for a heart attack than doctors, even though doctors have gotten very good at it.  The research says that the widespread use of AI could save many of the lives now lost to heart disease, the leading killer in the U.S.The University of Nottingham in England developed preliminary tests using AI computer programs. They were significantly more accurate at predicting which patients were at high risk. The programs, which used an algorithm based on data from the medical records of more than 300,000 patients, accurately predicted 7.6 percent more heart attacks than doctors using the standard method, which involves... Read More
June 30th, 2017 Vancouver, BC - Canada turns 150 years old on Saturday July 1st! But what exactly does this mean? 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation, or what we have come to call Confederation. Canada is actually a federation but the term Confederation caught on in the 19th century. The word has come to represent the country and the events that have created it. This means, ‘one Dominion under the crown’ also known as the Dominion of Canada.The Dominion of Canada came about as per the British North America Act of 1867 that unified the colonies (Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). However, union wasn’t a new idea, it was first presented in the early 1800’s, and the Act of Union in 1840 saw Upper and Lower Canada join together to... Read More
June 28th, 2017 United States-According to a new U.S. study, nearly one in five people stop taking life-saving-cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, within two years after having a heart attack.Reseachers from JAMA Cardiology say that nearly two in five end up taking the drugs in lower doses or less often then they should.Dr. Robert Rosenson, a professory of cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City says that from a societal perspective, we need to make sure the highest-risk individuals are being treated with guideline-directed therapy.The American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and the 2013 guidelines from the American College of Cardiology recommend high-intensity statins for people 75 and younger who have coronary... Read More
June 26th, 2017 United States- The Food and Drug Administration approved the first at home DNA tests that let people find out if they have a genetic risk for certain diseases. The FDA decision allows at home DNA test company 23andMe to directly market its gene tests for 10 diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and some rare blood diseases.The FDA said that these are the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual's genetic predisposition to certain medical diseases or conditions. It could help people make decisions about lifestyle choices or inform them to have discussions with their health care professionals. Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and... Read More

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