3-parent IVF could prevent illness in many children

Mitochondrial donation is an assisted reproductive technology sometimes described as “three-parent IVF”. It’s designed for women at high risk of passing on faulty mitochondrial DNA and having a child with severe mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases comprise at least 300 different genetic conditions which affect the energy-producing structures within human cells, impacting organ function. Mitochondrial donation involves combining the 20,000 or […]

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These health officials alerted the world to the alarming vaping illness

Dr. Lynn D’Andrea knew something was amiss when three teenagers with similar mysterious, dangerous lung injuries came into the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin one after another, gasping for air. As the only pulmonologist on duty that Fourth of July holiday week, D’Andrea noticed those alarming cases followed on the heels of another teen who had a non-infectious condition with matching […]

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Vaping-linked lung illness claims eighth life

(HealthDay)—A Missouri man in his 40s is the eighth person in the United States to die from complications of a lung injury tied to using electronic cigarettes, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported. “This is an unfortunate case of a young man with no prior lung illness who started vaping because of chronic pain issues,” said Michael […]

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US vaping illness count tops 500, but cause still unknown

U.S. health officials say 530 people have now been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory. The total number of illnesses is up from 380 a week ago. Seven deaths have been reported. […]

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UK mom bitten by Lyme disease-carrying tick develops 'bullseye rash,' warns others about common signs of illness

Lawmakers demand probe into ‘tick weaponization’ Stanford School of Medicine science writer Kris Newby weighs in on whether some disease carrying ticks are product of Cold War experiments. A mom from Leicester, England, is warning others to be on the lookout for a common sign of Lyme disease this summer after she contracted the tick-borne illness. Kate Allen told SWNS […]

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New CT scan analysis predicts respiratory illness and death in COPD

CT scans of the lungs of smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—when analyzed by a mathematical function called airway fractal dimension—can estimate increased risk of death for a group of people who are not otherwise identified as high-risk by conventional tests. That is a major finding of clinical importance in a Journal of Clinical Investigation study led by senior author […]

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Bacterial chemical ‘signatures’ a sign of damaged gut microbiome in critical illness

Chemicals produced by healthy bacteria could be used to assess the health of the gut microbiome and help identify critically-ill children at greatest risk of organ failure, a study published in Critical Care Medicine has found. The gut microbiome is a trillions-strong community of healthy bacteria that live inside us. They make important contributions to our health, including fermenting the […]

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Hold Up: I’m Supposed To Clean My Reusable Bottle HOW Many Times A Week?

If you’ve clicked on this story, it’s safe to assume you’ve invested in a reusable water bottle. Mad props, btw: skipping single-use is a super simple (yet effective) way to reduce our carbon footprint. But as great as they are for the planet, they’re not so fab for our health – that is, unless you wash them regularly. Kinda problematic […]

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‘Demedicalization’ of mental illness often leaves homeless in the lurch

An article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the case of a homeless California man who was a frequent visitor to a local emergency room. Six times over the course of a few months the man, who had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, presented with auditory hallucinations and suicidal thoughts after losing his medication. Each […]

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