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Rising Obesity putting additional pressure on Healthcare system

Rising Obesity putting additional pressure on Healthcare system

The rising obesity level across the world, especially in developed economies, has put additional pressure on healthcare systems. A team of researchers in the U.K. and at the World Health Organization has conducted analysis of 2,400 studies involving 32 million children. The study was published online Tuesday in the journal Lancet.

Overweight and obesity lead to many chronic ailments. The additional pressure on healthcare system requires massive investment in improvement of public health system. The need for additional medication is also raising the healthcare bills.

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FDA confirms positive impact of Spark Therapeutics gene therapy

FDA confirms positive impact of Spark Therapeutics gene therapy on vision

The U.S. FDA has confirmed short term benefits with Spark Therapeutics’ gene therapy for vision in a rare, inherited form of blindness. As per the preliminary review conducted by FDA team, the short term benefits have been noticed but it is still unclear if the gene therapy offers long term vision benefit as well. The therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics would be the first gene therapy approved in the United States for an inherited condition.

Surgical Super Glue Can Seal Cuts Within Seconds

Surgical Super Glue Can Seal Cuts Within Seconds

Scientists working on an elastic super surgical glue have reported success in sealing cuts within seconds. The team comprised of scientists from Northwestern University, the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School. The team has named the super glue as ‘MeTro’. The elastic gel has been developed from a human protein that reacts with UV light. The team reported that the elastic gel created by them solidifies as it comes in contact with tissue surfaces.

CDC Reports Rise in Obesity Related Cancers

CDC Reports Rise in Obesity Related Cancers

Obesity-related cancers have witnessed a spike in the United States in the recent years as per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. The report added that obesity-related cancers accounted for 40 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Between year 2005 and 2014, cancers related to obesity have registered an increase of seven percent, the CDC report informed.

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Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Staying awake may be the key to improve the mood of people suffering depression, a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested.

A team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the results of decades’ worth of studies on sleep deprivation and found that it temporarily improved symptoms of condition in up to 50 per cent of individuals.

CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

Pharmacy giant CVS announced on Friday that it would limit the number of opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain health conditions. The new restriction, which will apply to patients new to pain therapy, is part of the company’s effort to help tackle the deadly crisis of opioid addiction in the United States.

In addition, it will limit the daily dosage of pain medication based on their strength. It will also require use of immediate-release formulations prior to extended-release opioids are dispensed.

Robot successfully performs dental surgery in China

Robot successfully performs dental surgery in China

Marking robotic technology’s continual progression in the field of medical science, a robot successfully implanted a pair of teeth into a female patient’s mouth all on its own in China.

The oral surgery, in which two 3D-printed teeth were implanted in a woman’s mouth, took place in Xian, Shaanxi. The whole procedure took an hour, and no human being took an active role in it.

The robot implanted the teeth into the patient’s mouth with a margin of error of just 0.2 to 0.3mm, which is standard with human surgeons.

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

A team of scientists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi claimed to have engineered an antibody capable of attacking 99 per cent of HIV strains and preventing infection in primates. The antidote attacks three key parts of the deadly virus, making it difficult for the virus to resist its effects.

The International Aids Society (IAS) called the engineered antidote an “exciting breakthrough” in the field of medical science.

High blood pressure reasons differ by gender: Study

High blood pressure reasons differ by gender: Study

A new study led by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension has revealed that reasons of high blood pressure differ by gender in teenagers as well as young adults.

Study author Catriona Syme, a postdoctoral fellow at the Toronto-based Hospital for Sick Children said blood pressure is mainly determined by three factors, viz. heart rate, stroke volume and the resistance to blood flow through the vessels.

Researchers find link between changes in brain chemistry and SIDS

Researchers find link between changes in brain chemistry and SIDS

A new study conducted by a team of researchers at University of Adelaide has confirmed that there is a strong link between abnormalities in a common brain chemical and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The researchers examined 41 cases of deaths related to SIDS and found striking abnormalities in chemical serotonin in the brains of the victims.

Serotonin, which is also known as 5-HT, is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and many other parts of the human body. It plays several roles, including regulation of sleep and control of the cardiovascular system.

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