Health

A Breakthrough AI Can Now Predict Which Babies Will Develop Autism

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Identifying Autism A study published in Science Transitional Medicine has found that doctors can predict which babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by the age of two with an astonishing 96 percent success… Tom Ward Futurism The test uses a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and machine-learning algorithms. The study took brain scans of 59 “sibs” (the younger siblings of children with ASD), who’s chances of getting the… A Breakthrough AI… Read More »

Even moderate drinking can damage the brain, claim researchers

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Moderate alcohol consumption can impair cognitive function, says study, countering suggestions that low levels of drinking can help protect the brain Nicola Davis  The Guardian Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the brain and impair cognitive function over time, researchers have claimed. While heavy drinking has previously been linked to memory problems and dementia, previous studies have suggested low levels of drinking could help protect the brain. But the new… Even moderate drinking… Read More »

Prostate cancer trial stuns researchers: ‘It’s a once in a career feeling’

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Study with ‘powerful results’ finds that combining two existing therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37% Jessica Glenza in Chicago, Illinois The Guardian Combining two existing prostate cancer therapies could extend the life of men with advanced, high-risk prostate cancer by 37%, according to a study presented at the world’s largest… The new findings could change how doctors first approach treatment of prostate… Prostate cancer trial… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »

Kids’ vitamin gummies: unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

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There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavoured and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. Ken Harvey        Eliza Li Rosemary Stanton Stuart Dashper The Conversation The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they may… Kids’ vitamin gummies… Read More »

The world’s most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia’s lead mines

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Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia The heavy legacy of lead in the world’s most toxic town – in pictures Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe, Zambia The Guardian ” I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become ... Read More »

Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location

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Rewriting Life A change in how cancer is treated means more people will benefit from… Emily Mullin MIT Technology Review In a first for precision medicine, a cancer drug has won regulatory approval based on the genetic characteristic of tumors, rather than their… On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Keytruda, an immunotherapy, for patients who have genetic glitches in so-called “mismatch… Drug Is First… Read More »

Critical call out for O-type blood donors

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The Red Cross Blood Service is urging those with O-Negative and O-Positive blood types to come forward as Australia’s supply falls dangerously… SBS AAP Australia’s reserves of O-type blood have fallen to a dangerously low two-day supply and people with O-Positive and O-Negative blood types are… Eight thousand people are needed over the next two weeks to donate O-type blood to prevent a nationwide blood shortage, the Australian Red… Critical call out… Read More »

WHO elects first ever African director-general after tense vote

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Former Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to lead World Health Organisation after a long and fraught campaign Sarah Boseley Health editor The Guardian The World Health Organisation has its first ever director-general from Africa, after the election of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the… Dr Tedros, as he is known, beat the British candidate, Dr David Nabarro, after three tense rounds of voting on Tuesday. Third was Pakistan’s Dr… WHO elects first… Read More »

WHO spends more on travel costs than fighting AIDS

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The World Health Organization is spending more money on the travel bug than on fighting AIDS or malaria, according to a new… Ruth Brown New York Post The UN health agency blows around $200 million a year on travel costs so its honchos can fly business class and stay in five-star hotels — more than what it reserves for battling some of the world’s biggest… “We don’t trust people to do the… WHO spends more… Read More »

Standing royal commission to protect the vulnerable

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All Australians should be appalled at allegations about NSW mental health units and group homes for the disabled. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald The Herald, like many Australians, adheres to Gandhi’s adage: “The true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable.” With great regret, then, we all must recognise that abuses and mistreatment of the vulnerable occur daily in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and… Standing royal commission… Read More »

A Patient With Diabetes No Longer Needs Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered “Pancreas”

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A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease. Kristin Houser Futurism Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY If a treatment only works temporarily, it has… A Patient With… Read More »

UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work

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By the end of December, a lethal bacterium had swept through UC Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit, sickening seven infants. Melody Petersen Los Angeles Times Dr. Susan Huang, the hospital’s infection control expert, had a plan. The strategy — which she had promoted so successfully that most U.S. hospitals now use it — included bathing all infants in the ICU with a powerful disinfectant, and swabbing inside their noses with an… UCI doctor’s plan… Read More »

Indonesians take tiny steps against tobacco

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A neighborhood in the Indonesian capital has informally declared itself a smoke-free zone as students plan further protests against what they see as an increased effort by cigarette companies to target the… Hurriyet Indonesia has one of the highest rates of smoking and is the world’s fourth-biggest cigarette producer, mostly of the pungent “kretek” clove and tobacco variety, but parliament has proposed a… A few groups are now… Indonesians take tiny… Read More »

Brazil Declares an End to Its Zika Health Emergency

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The country launched a major campaign that included genetically modified mosquitos, and now reported cases are down 95 percent. J. WESTON PHIPPEN The Atlantic Brazil has announced the end of its public health emergency over Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that became a global concern just 18 months ago. Brazil launched a major mosquito eradication program last year, and the health ministry said that from January to April 2017 there were 95… Brazil Declares an… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »