New tech may make prosthetic hands easier for patients to use

Researchers have developed new technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The technology could also be used to develop new computer interface devices for applications such as gaming and

2018-05-22T19:50:52+00:00 Tags: |

Pesticides: What happens if we run out of options?

To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources for large-scale, landscape-level studies of a number of promising but untested approaches for slowing pest evolution. Such landscape studies are now more feasible because of new genomic and technological innovations that could be used to

2018-05-18T08:10:37+00:00 Tags: |

Opening a new door to immunity

A new study could have major implications for our understanding of disease processes for conditions such as autoimmunity, atherosclerosis and heart failure, potentially leading to better prevention and treatment. Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the Center for Precision Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine,

2018-05-14T08:19:07+00:00 Tags: |

New strategies needed to help healthcare providers gain knowledge to counsel patients on diet

A new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association reviews current gaps in medical nutrition education and training in the United States and summarizes reforms in undergraduate and graduate medical education to support more robust nutrition education and training efforts. "Despite evidence that physicians are willing to help educate patients about healthy eating and are

2018-05-14T07:59:16+00:00 Tags: |

How to free Indians from the medical poverty trap

India is the largest supplier of generic drugs in the world, and Indian pharmaceutical companies have famously succeeded in pushing down the cost of medication in many countries across the world. Yet, too many Indian citizens do not get access to medicines owing to high costs. The preferred solution of the government right now—price control—is

2018-05-14T07:40:17+00:00 Tags: |

When Credit Scores Become Casualties Of Health Care

After a devastating horse-riding accident in January 2017 landed him in the hospital for about 30 days, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky. The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Woodard’s employer-sponsored health insurance limited his out-of-pocket maximum payment to $5,000. He reached that “within like a

2018-05-14T07:34:45+00:00 Tags: |

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

University of Sydney researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition today, the research

2018-05-12T06:56:16+00:00 Tags: |

Symptoms of osteoarthritis lessened with simple changes to the diet

In the largest, most up to date study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the link between diet and the effective self-management of osteoarthritis. Analysing 68 previous studies in the field, researchers found that a low-dose supplement of fish oil (one and a half standard capsules) could result in pain reduction

2018-05-09T07:29:19+00:00 Tags: |

Dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation

New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on

2018-05-09T07:12:49+00:00 Tags: |

Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity

As people age, their intestinal stem cells begin to lose their ability to regenerate. These stem cells are the source for all new intestinal cells, so this decline can make it more difficult to recover from gastrointestinal infections or other conditions that affect the intestine. This age-related loss of stem cell function can be reversed

2018-05-09T06:57:41+00:00 Tags: |

How this pharma executive retired to help people around the world

I am a veteran of Big Pharma. I spent 11 years at Abbott Labs ABT, +1.12% and 16 years at Bristol-Myers BMY, +0.24%  I also spent two years as a pharmaceutical consultant. For almost three decades, I saw annual sales charts that showed the hot spots for pharmaceutical sales. Currently more than 90% of drugs are sold in developed countries and

An ironic health care twist for undocumented immigrants

They’re in the country illegally. Or maybe their protected status is unclear due to policy changes by the Trump administration or decisions in the courts. Perhaps they’re waiting for word from Congress or the Supreme Court on whether they’ll get to stay. Whatever their situation, the 11.3 million immigrants living in the United States without

2018-05-05T06:31:05+00:00 Tags: |

Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis

Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute have shown a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. This was measured as the burden of plaque in the carotid arteries. In order to understand the role that bacteria in the gut may play

2018-05-02T17:02:04+00:00 Tags: |

Can India’s success with newborn care help it tackle poverty?

India is the second-most unequal economy in the world after Russia, according to a 2017 Oxfam report An Economy For The 99%. More sobering is the fact that even the people we might consider to be middle class in India are really quite poor. According to a study by Pew Research Center, even though India’s

2018-05-02T17:23:08+00:00 Tags: |

State-of-the-art HIV drug could curb HIV transmission, improve survival in India

An HIV treatment regimen already widely used in North America and Europe would likely increase the life expectancy of people living with HIV in India by nearly three years and reduce the number of new HIV infections by 23 percent with minimal impact on the country's HIV/AIDS budget. The findings from an international team of

2018-05-01T06:41:51+00:00 Tags: |

Forty-four genomic variants linked to major depression

A new meta-analysis of more than 135,000 people with major depression and more than 344,000 controls has identified 44 genomic variants, or loci, that have a statistically significant association with depression. Of these 44 loci, 30 are newly discovered while 14 had been identified in previous studies. In addition, the study identified 153 significant genes,