Future Healthcare 2019: A brief review

This week, Medical News Today attended the Future Healthcare Exhibition and Conference. Delegates presented us with technology, both new and old, destined to push healthcare forward. Future Healthcare is an annual event that takes place in London in the United Kingdom. It is a showcase of international innovation in the healthcare space. This year, over … Read more

Cancer: ‘Off-the-shelf’ stem cell treatment enters clinical trial

In a first-of-its-kind trial in the United States, researchers are testing a stem cell-derived natural killer cell immunotherapy in people with incurable cancer. Natural killer cells can detect and destroy cancer cells. Cancer follows heart disease as the second biggest killer worldwide. In the United States, an estimated 606,880 people will die due to cancer … Read more

US pork industry cancels convention over African swine fever fears

The U.S. pork industry canceled its annual convention on Wednesday over concerns that international attendees could bring in an incurable hog disease at a time when American farmers are already suffering from trade wars. FILE PHOTO: Workers in protective suits disinfect a vehicle at a checkpoint on a road leading to a farm owned by … Read more

Treating cancer patients who smoke may cost extra US$3.4 billion each year

When cancer patients are current smokers, their treatment is likely to be less effective and more expensive than if they quit smoking, a U.S. study suggests. FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from a burning cigarette in Bordeaux, France, September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau When cancer patients are current smokers, their treatment is likely to be less … Read more

Suicidal thoughts, attempts sending more US kids to emergency rooms

The number of kids and teens visiting U.S. emergency rooms after considering or attempting suicide has almost doubled in recent years, according to a new study, suggesting these young patients may not be getting the mental health care they need. From 2007 to 2015, annual ER visits for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts by kids … Read more

Bernie Sanders puts focus on healthcare with Medicare for All bill

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled the latest version of his ambitious “Medicare-for-All” plan on Wednesday, moving the healthcare debate among Democratic presidential contenders to center stage in the 2020 race. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a news conference to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2019” on Capitol … Read more

Century-old bacteria from sick WWI soldier offer clues to cholera epidemics

Scanning electron microscope image of Vibrio cholerae bacteria. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) CAMBRIDGE: Scientists have mapped the genome of a strain of cholera extracted a century ago from a sick British soldier during World War I and found clues to how some cholera bacteria strains cause epidemics today. The bug – thought to be the oldest … Read more

New intervention doubles quit rate among smokers with severe mental illness

A dedicated intervention to help people with severe mental illness stop smoking can double quit rates at six months compared to standard care, research by the University of York has revealed. Led by the University of York’s Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, SCIMITAR+ is the largest ever trial to support smoking cessation among people … Read more

Nutrients from food, not supplements, linked to lower risks of death, cancer: Study also identifies association between excess calcium supplement intake and increased risk of death from cancer

Adequate intake of certain nutrients is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality when the nutrient source is foods, but not supplements, according to a new study. There was no association between dietary supplement use and a lower risk of death. In addition, excess calcium intake was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, … Read more

Plant compounds could provide the answer for blindness caused by diabetes, say experts

Mother Nature could have the answer to treating several causes of blindness, according to a ground-breaking study involving scientists from the University of Surrey and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine in the USA. The scientists have found and tested compounds from a group of plants that could … Read more

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