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Wolbachia Bacteria Could Help Stop Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus, Study Finds
4 May 2016 at 1:15pm
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the more abundant of the two species known to spread the Zika virus, are less able to spread the virus if they are exposed to the bacteria, according to a study published today in the medical journal Cell Host & Microbe. The bacteria is already being used on the same mosquitoes as a way to curb the spread of the dengue virus, which, like Zika, is a flavivirus. Mosquitoes containing this bacterium did not become infected with the Zika virus when given saliva from other infected mosquitoes, researchers from the Rene Rachou-Fiocruz Research Center in Brazil discovered.
When possible, inpatient rehab is best for stroke recovery
4 May 2016 at 1:11pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Rehabilitation after a stroke requires ?a sustained and coordinated effort? by a large team of professionals, and the best place to get that is an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to a joint statement from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Without communication and coordination among these team members, ?efforts to rehabilitate the stroke survivor are unlikely to achieve their full potential,? the authors write in the journal Stroke. ?The very first post-stroke rehab guidelines were published in 1995,? but these are the first commissioned by the AHA in collaboration with the ASA, said lead author Carolee J. Winstein, professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.
Families sue Illinois school district over transgender bathroom case
4 May 2016 at 1:06pm
Dozens of families on Wednesday sued two federal agencies and a suburban Chicago school district over a policy they said disregards student privacy and safety by allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Fifty-one families in the Palatine, Illinois, area sued the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Justice Department and Township High School District 211 for agreeing last December to provide a changing area in the girls' locker room for transgender students.
Prince was to meet with addiction doctor on 'life-saving mission'
4 May 2016 at 1:05pm
Music legend Prince died one day before he was scheduled to meet a doctor on a 'life-saving mission' who was well known for pain management and addiction, the doctor's lawyer said in a news conference on Wednesday. California doctor Howard Kornfeld was first contacted by Prince representatives on April 20, attorney William Mauzy told reporters, confirming a Minneapolis Star Tribune? report. Kornfeld, who runs Recovery Without Walls, a clinic in Mill Valley, California, had asked a Minnesota doctor to do an initial assessment on Prince on April 21, and planned to fly out the following day.
Obama sips water in Flint, tells residents it is safe
4 May 2016 at 12:55pm
President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured parents that children over 6 years old could do the same during a visit to a city still reeling from a scandal over lead-poisoned drinking water. Obama made the trip to the mostly African-American community to reassure residents that the water was safe even as he predicted it would take more than two years to replace the city's aging pipes, which leached lead into the drinking water.
Janus' Bill Gross sells part of famed stamp collection
4 May 2016 at 12:54pm
Gross, who left Pimco in September 2014 and is now a portfolio manager at Janus Capital Group Inc, will donate $2 million to the Pimco Foundation. Last October, Gross sued Pimco, a unit of German insurer Allianz SE and his employer for more than four decades, for more than $200 million, claiming he was pushed out so other executives could divvy up his bonus.
Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR
4 May 2016 at 12:47pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.
Staying in the game after concussion tied to longer recovery
4 May 2016 at 12:38pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Continuing to play with a concussion may delay athletes from eventually returning to their sport by doing further damage to the brain and lengthening recovery time, a small U.S. study suggests. Among players in various sports at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 university, those who continued to play immediately after a concussion averaged an extra five days before being cleared to return to play compared to those who had stopped play immediately after a concussion and reported their symptoms. Past research has shown that ?the brain is likely vulnerable to further physiologic and metabolic changes right after an injury - whether that be from sustaining more impacts or even from continued physical exertion,? said lead author Breton Asken, a neuropsychology graduate student in the University of Florida's Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Breaking down brain barriers to fight cancer
4 May 2016 at 12:28pm
Neurosurgeons using lasers to treat brain cancer have discovered the technique breaks down the blood-brain barrier, a finding that could potentially lead to new treatment options for patients diagnosed with the deadly disease. The blood-brain barrier is a sort of natural ?security system? that filters out drugs and other substances in blood so they can?t reach the brain. ?We were able to show that this blood-brain barrier is broken down for about 4 weeks after you do this laser therapy,? said Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a professor of neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis. ?So not only are you killing the tumor, you are actually opening up a window of opportunity to deliver various drugs and chemicals and therapies that could otherwise not get there,? he added.
A Yoga Sequence to Balance the Thyroid
4 May 2016 at 12:28pm
By: Fern LanghamTry this powerful sequence, based in Kundalini yoga and functional medicine, to help activate and nourish the thyroid.The thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. It produces hormones thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), that influence every cell, tissue and organ in your...
Change is in the works for Humana ACA exchange participation
4 May 2016 at 12:18pm
Humana became the latest health insurer to serve notice that it might leave some Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, creating more uncertainty for customers ahead of this fall's enrollment window and presidential campaign, during which the law is sure to remain a hot debate topic.
'Supervised' robot succeeds in soft-tissue surgery
4 May 2016 at 12:15pm
A robotic machine has succeeded at stitching two segments of a pig's bowel together, an advance for the tricky field of soft tissue surgery, researchers said Wednesday. The machine, called the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), does not replace the need for a skilled surgeon, but acts as a tool to improve the accuracy of stitching, said the report in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The study showed STAR outperformed expert surgeons and a well-known robotic surgery tool already on the market, called the da Vinci robot, which is held in the surgeon's hand and used to perform surgeries such as hysterectomies through a few small incisions.
Some elderly men get prostate cancer tests despite limited benefit
4 May 2016 at 12:10pm
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of independent physicians, in 2008 recommended against routine prostate cancer tests for men at least 75 years old or with a limited life expectancy. Some men with limited life expectancy may have needed biopsies because they had painful symptoms, said senior study author Dr. Khurshid Ghani of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. ?Men with a limited life expectancy and a minimally elevated PSA, with no symptoms, and a normal prostate on clinical examination are unlikely to benefit from a biopsy,? Ghani added by email.
Flint official cuts deal in water crisis, agrees to aid prosecutors
4 May 2016 at 11:53am
By Serena Maria Daniels FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - An official in Flint, Michigan, agreed to cooperate in probes of dangerous levels of lead in the city's drinking water as part of a deal reached on Wednesday in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and won the dismissal of a more serious felony charge. Michael Glasgow, 40, a Flint utilities administrator who was charged with falsifying reports, pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. A felony charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed as part of the deal announced in the 67th District Court of Genesee County in Flint.
Lower odds of lung cancer surgery for blacks in segregated neighborhoods
4 May 2016 at 11:32am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - African American lung cancer patients who live in segregated, low-income neighborhoods are less likely than their peers in more affluent communities to get surgery that can add years to their lives, a U.S. study suggests. Compared to black patients living in the least segregated areas, residents of the most segregated communities were at least 60 percent less likely to receive surgery for non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form. ?Our survival analysis showed black patients who lived in areas with both high levels of poverty and segregation had lower survival rates, even after we controlled for the effect of receiving surgery,? said lead study author Asal Mohamadi Johnson, a researcher at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.