Tag: Medical

New Immunodeficiency Disease Identified

The investigation of an infant suffering from a combination of debilitating conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, lung disease, eczema, and food allergies, has brought to light a new immunodeficiency disease. Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus say the disease is caused by a genetic mutation and it presents rare insights into cell biology. The Journal of Experimental Medicine published their findings last week.

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FDA Orders Black Box Warning for Popular Insomnia Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has required the strictest warning label available to the three most prescribed insomnia drugs. This action serves to attract attention to side effects with potentially life-threatening consequences. Driving and cooking are among examples of behaviors causing injury and death in patients. The FDA was prompted to take action after reports of these activities being carried out while patients are sleeping or not entirely awake resulting in serious consequences.

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FDA Sends Stern Warning to Stem Cell Industry

Over the last several years the stem cell industry has broadened and shifted into areas of medicine that no one could have imagined a decade ago. In many instances, lives have been saved by cutting-edge technology and new innovations in the capabilities of stem cells to treat diseases that were historically deemed incurable. However, there is a drawback. Many of these practices have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and have led to irreversible damage in some patients.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Have you ever had a bacterial infection and needed a second round of antibiotics? Has your doctor ever changed your antibiotic a few days after prescribing one that didn’t seem to be clearing your infection? Maybe you or a loved one has battled an infection that is resistant to antibiotics. The truth is, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness and some bacteria are able to grow and change in ways that make them ineffective.

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What You Need to Know About Powassan Virus

A little-known virus is making the headlines recently and though it is very rare, it can be life threatening. Lyme disease is the most commonly known disease spread by ticks. Powassan virus is also spread in the same manner. In the last 10 years, there have only been 75 cases reported in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of these cases have been in the Northeast area of the country and the Great Lakes. Warmer weather brings an increased number of ticks and an increased frequency of tick-borne illnesses.

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Schizophrenia Patients May Find Relief Through Monkeys

Psychologists have recognized for some time now that working memory holds information for short periods as long as you can stay focused. This is the reason that soon after you have seen something, you are still able to imagine it in your head. Researchers have recently unlocked another piece of this puzzle and even though the research conclusions are still preliminary, it may eventually help schizophrenia patients manage or prevent hallucinations.

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New Moms: CDC Warns Against Placenta Consumption

A growing trend among new mothers can be potentially dangerous according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Whether raw, cooked or in pill form, some new moms believe that major health benefits can be gained through consuming their placenta after childbirth. Proponents say that it increases milk production, energy and helps to prevent postpartum depression. Some celebrities have even joined in the practice adding to its popularity.

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Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a myeloproliferative neoplasm and is characterized by the presence of an unusually high number of red blood cells in the body. A higher concentration of white blood cells and platelets may also be a factor in people with this condition. In PV patients, the blood is thicker than normal, causing slow blood flow and poor oxygenation. The primary complication of PV is the increased risk for thrombotic events (blood clots).

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