The spina bifida surgeries were successfully performed by a team at London’s University College Hospital this summer on two babies while they were still in the womb. Spina bifida is usually treated after birth but research shows repairing the baby’s spine earlier can stop the loss of spinal fluid and lead to better long-term health and mobility outcomes. A 30-strong team carried out the two operations, co-ordinated by UCL’s Professor Anne David, who has been working for three years to bring...
This week, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and Environment Agency Austria announced they have found microplastics — particles of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters — in stool samples from each one of their human test subjects. Since marine life consumes plastics and microplastics in the ocean, eating seafood is one way humans can ingest microplastic. Polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were the most common types of plastic found in the samples, according to the press release about the study....
Medical teams have confirmed Ebola in six more people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) outbreak, all from the hot spot in Beni where violence over the weekend has slowed vaccination activities, the country's health ministry said today. Of the six new confirmed cases reported today, two involved patients who died in the community, which raise the risk of further spread, given that viral loads are highest when the illness is severe and at the time of death...
I don’t remember how I learned that climate change is threatening kelp. As a climate reporter at The New York Times and previously at Popular Science, I’ve read a lot of studies, so they can kind of blur. It makes sense: Even Hogwarts has kelp forests. When I learned about kelp forests and how climate change is killing them, I knew The Times needed to tell this story.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - During Breast Cancer Awareness month, one group in Palm Beach Gardens is working hard to warn families about a rare, mutated gene impacting women in the Jewish community. The mutated BRCA gene is found in one out of 400 women in the United States, making them more prone to breast and ovarian cancer. However, in Jewish women, the mutated gene is found in 10 times the rate of the general population. That’s why local group...
In avian flu outbreak developments, the United States reported the detection of low-pathogenic H5N2 in a Minnesota turkey flock and Laos reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak in backyard birds. The low-path H5N2 detection in Minnesota occurred on Oct 19 at a turkey farm in Kandiyohi County in the west central part of the state during enhanced surveillance in the spring and fall following devastating outbreaks in 2015 that involved highly pathogenic H5N2 at commercial turkey farms, according to a...
Scientists have been warning us for years about the potential dangers of plastics in the human food chain. At the conference, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria reported that every single stool sample in their analysis tested positive for the presence of microplastics—defined as particles of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters. But the researchers behind the study say that plastic food and drink containers may have something to do with it. Previous research has...
Another 63 people have been reported ill from eating salmonella-contaminated ground beef, federal health officials said Tuesday, bringing the total number of sick people to 120 in 22 states. The beef, distributed by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, was sold by several large chains including Walmart and Sam’s Club, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. "Consumers who have ground beef in their homes labeled with the establishment number "EST. 267" should check the USDA-FSIS website for a list of...
FILE - This Aug. 15, 2017, file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)(Photo: Patrick Sison, AP)In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help people in need, the state of Michigan has unveiled a website with information on treatment facilities, drug take back sites, and pharmacies that dispense opioid overdose-reversing Narcan (prescriptions are not needed for Narcan). It's all available at on the Michigan State Police Angel Program —...
"Dine Out to End Polio" is planned for Tuesday, October 23 at Cedar Valley restaurants to support the Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley’s efforts to eradicate polio. Restaurants throughout the Cedar Valley will donate a percentage of their sales to Rotary’s polio eradications efforts. Rotary International launched the global fight against polio in 1985 and since then has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children as a part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with UNICEF, the World Health...
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