Artificial intelligence (AI) may be a useful and even essential tool in selecting the best treatment for depression, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on February 2020. A new study finds that measuring electrical activity in the brain through electroencephalogram (EEG) can help predict a patient’s response to an antidepressant.
A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study finds that the proportion of high school students identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning (LGBQ) doubled from 2009 to 2017, while the LGBQ teen rate of attempted suicide went from five times the rate for their straight peers to nearly four times the rate.
A woman sits outside wearing a protective mask on February 9, 2020 in Wuhan, China. Flights, trains and public transport including buses, subway and ferry services have been closed for eighteenth days. The number of those who have died from the Wuhan coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, in China has climbed to 813. Stringer | Getty
“I think we should close the camps, and if we can’t do that, at least do the absolute minimum for people who are imprisoned in these camps, and that is treat them like human beings who deserve medical care.” — Zack Berger, MD, discussing the immigrant detainees at the Mexican border. “We’re not evangelists claiming
A new study shows that a compound naturally occurring in a variety of commonly used vegetables as well as being produced by gut microbes is very useful in melting fat away from a fatty liver. The study, published in January 2020 in the journal Hepatology, focuses on the compound called indole, that is manufactured by
Death by suicide in children has reached a 30-year high in the United States. During middle and high school, 10 to 15% of kids have thoughts of suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How early in a child’s life do these thoughts begin? New research from Washington University in St. Louis
A citizen wearing a mask cycling across a deserted road in Wuhan, China on February 7, 2020. The 2019 new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan in late 2019, and has spread to more than two dozen countries since. Stringer | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates.
Prenatal supplementation with high-dose vitamin D had no impact on asthma and persistent wheezing in 6-year-olds in follow-up of a study that did suggest protection at age 3 years. Previously reported data from the Vitamin D Antenatal Asthma Reduction Trial (VDAART) showed a reduction in recurrent wheezing in 3-year-olds associated with being born to mothers
In 20 – 40% of patients with cancer, metastasis (the development of secondary tumors) in the central nervous system (CNS) occurs. CNS metastatis impacts negatively on a patient’s quality of life, and is associated with a poor health prognosis. In a form of cancer known as ALK-rearranged non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), CNS metastasis is known
A teenage girl with no hint of prior asthma or respiratory illness began to feel hoarseness in her throat and a feeling that she needed to clear her throat frequently. Within a few weeks, her hoarseness and throat-clearing worsened with early morning voice loss and feeling as if food were lodged in her throat. She
A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she walks in a nearly empty and shuttered commercial street on February 7, 2020 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. 10:08 am: Toyota to extend plant closures in
Bitter melon, or bitter gourd, has served as a traditional Indian remedy for centuries. Recently, bitter melon extract supplements have been gaining popularity as an alternative medication for diabetes. Now, new research in mice seems to suggest that bitter melon extract may help fight cancer. Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), also known as bitter gourd, is
WASHINGTON — The causes — or not — of asthma were front and center at a House hearing Wednesday on the effects of climate change on health. “Children are disproportionately burdened by and uniquely vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change as a result of their physiology,” said Aparna Bole, MD, a Cleveland pediatrician
Here are five things I wish I had known before my first day of medical school. Having these down will make the transition much easier. Your study efficiency, happiness, wellbeing, and satisfaction with life will all improve. The sooner you can incorporate all five, the quicker medical school will feel less like medical school and
Mice born blind have shown significant improvement in vision after undergoing a new gene therapy developed by a team of Japanese scientists. The results were published on January 24th in Nature Communications. This new method is an alternative strategy of gene supplementation, which involves supplementing the defective gene, such as the ones that can lead
Feb 7 2020 The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) has today issued new guidance to physicians on the diagnosis of coeliac disease in children recommending the no-biopsy approach at diagnosis for the majority of children suspected of having the disease. Currently, around half of children with suspected celiac disease undergo a
Singapore — among the countries with the most confirmed cases of the new coronavirus — is increasingly feeling the heat as the number of infected cases climbs. The impact on the tourism sector will be “significant” as tourists from mainland China accounted for 20% of Singapore’s total international visitors last year, said Keith Tan, chief
The coronavirus strain called 2019-nCoV has been causing widespread illness in China, with 28,276 affected by the virus and over 565 deaths worldwide, mostly in China. As of now, it is already more deadly than the SARS epidemic that raged between 2002 and 2004. The first death in Hong Kong, just across the sea from
A new study shows that showing infants and toddlers videos or cartoons, for instance, or allowing them to watch these while feeding them, could be a parental measure to reduce the stress of parenting or within the family. The study titled, ‘Association of Parental and Contextual Stressors With Child Screen Exposure and Child Screen Exposure
The view of the WuhanKeting in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province started converting three existing venues, including a gymnasium and an exhibition center, into hospitals to receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the headquarters for the epidemic control said late Monday. Getty Images This is a live
Palforzia, the first-ever oral immunotherapy (OIT) to win FDA approval, is poised to ease peanut allergy for millions, but how widely it will be adopted remains to be seen. Questions have been raised about whether its risks are worth the potential benefit, and some clinics already offer OIT with inexpensive peanut flour or other ingredients.
A new study from Finland, published in February 2020 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, shows that many patients allow unhealthy habits to linger or creep in even after starting medications for high blood pressure or blood cholesterol. Cholesterol test – Drawing blood from the finger to use in a cholesterol test. Copyright
The new Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule and the Adult Immunization Schedule for 2020 is out, just released by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This is an annual event following its yearly revision. Image Credit: Jes2u.photo / Shutterstock The layout While the basic format remains the same, the cover page gives instructions on
Medical staff walk to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases building at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore on January 31, 2020. Roslan Rahman | APF | Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. 8:02 am: China reports total deaths of 490, and
With an advanced X-ray combination technique, scientists have traced nanocarriers for tuberculosis drugs within cells with very high precision. The method combines two sophisticated scanning X-ray measurements and can locate minute amounts of various metals in biological samples at very high resolution, as a team around DESY scientist Karolina Stachnik reports in the journal Scientific
A new study published in February 2020 n the open-access journal Scientific Reports, from the Nature Publishing group, reports that altruism may be born rather than cultivated in human beings. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS, and centers around the act
Throat cancer is any cancer that develops within a person’s throat. There are two main types of throat cancer: pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancer. Pharyngeal cancer develops in the pharynx, which is the part of the throat that sits behind the mouth and nasal cavity. Laryngeal cancer develops in the voice box, or larynx. The
Chinese residents line up to get a free protective mask at a local pharmacy on February 2, 2020 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. 6:43 am: China’s Hubei province confirms additional 64 deaths and 2,345 cases