US measles cases exceed 1,200 but elimination status maintained

Illustration of the virus which causes measles. Credit: CDC/ Allison M. Maiuri, MPH, CHES More than 1,200 people have been sickened with measles this year, the highest number since 1992, US health authorities said Friday, though the infectious childhood disease officially remains “eliminated” after the worst-hit region contained its outbreak. New York health officials Thursday declared the end of the […]

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Globally, 1 in 5 deaths are associated with poor diet

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the Global Burden of Disease study tracking trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries, published in The Lancet. The study estimates that one in five deaths globally—equivalent to […]

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Selumetinib Granted US Breakthrough Therapy Designation in Neurofibromatosis Type 1

1 April 2019 AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, US (known as MSD outside the US and Canada) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for the investigational MEK 1/2 inhibitor and potential new medicine selumetinib. This designation is for the treatment of pediatric patients aged three years and […]

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Herpes Simplex 1 vs. Herpes Simplex 2—and Why the Difference Matters

Infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common infections in the world—and one of the most confusing. That’s partly because there are two types of HSV: herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV-1 and HSV-2—each of which can affect your genitals or the area around and in your mouth. “HSV-1 and HSV-2 […]

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New connected device makes injectable insulin easier to monitor for diabetes type 1 patients

The number of diabetics in the world, both insulin dependent and not insulin dependent, is 415 million and it is expected to grow to 600 million in 2040. If their treatment fails, there is high risk of complications related to vascular and nerve affection and even death. The EU’s INSULCLOCK project is putting forward a solution to help diabetics manage […]

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High Cost Has Over 1 in 4 Diabetics Cutting Back on Insulin

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 — More than one-quarter of people with diabetes have skimped on needed insulin because of the drug’s soaring price tag, according to a new small study. Surveying nearly 200 Americans with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, researchers found 26 percent had underused insulin because of cost. But insulin isn’t a drug you can safely ration, […]

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Sex addiction is mor 10% of men and 6% of women hooked

Sex addiction is more common than previously thought: One in 10 men and one in 12 women are hooked, study shows Sex addiction has been turned down from the diagnostic manual of psychiatric disorders  But clinicians now recognize compulsive sexual behavior disorder  Previous estimates predicted that about twice as many men struggle to control sexual urges as do women  But  […]

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Home BP of 130/80 mm Hg ID’d as Threshold for Stage 1 HTN

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — A home blood pressure (BP) reading of 130/80 mm Hg should be considered the threshold for stage 1 hypertension, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Hypertension. Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues used a regression-based approach to identify home BP thresholds for stage […]

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