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Climate Change Fuels Rise in Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Europe, Warns EU Health Agency

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has issued a stark warning about the rising cases of mosquito-borne diseases in Europe, attributing the surge to climate change. The region comprising the European Union (EU) plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (EEA) has witnessed a significant increase in the number of locally acquired cases of dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses. In 2023 alone, 130 locally acquired cases of dengue were reported, compared to 71 in the previous year. This represents a notable uptick from the 2010-2021 period, during which the total number of cases reported was 73, according to the Stockholm-based ECDC. Additionally, the number of imported cases has been on the rise, with 1,572 cases reported in 2022 and a staggering 4,900 in 2023,

Novel Therapeutic Approach for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury Discovered

In a recent study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, researchers have outlined a groundbreaking therapeutic approach for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury, offering promising advancements in the field of pediatric neurology. Background: Neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) arises due to

US Biotech Startup Seed Health Contemplates Sale Valued at Over $1 Billion

Founded in 2015, Seed Health has experienced impressive growth, positioning itself as a key player in the biotech and nutritional supplement markets. The company, based in Venice, California, is renowned for its flagship DS-01 capsules, which address gut and overall health, and its recently launched VS-01 vaginal synbiotic. These products have garnered significant consumer attention and clinical validation, bolstering the company's market presence. Seed Health's financial trajectory reflects its robust performance. Projected revenues for 2024 are expected to reach $200 million, a notable increase from $140 million in 2023. This growth trajectory underscores the company's successful expansion strategy and its ability to tap into the growing demand for scientifically-backed health products.

Exploring Space Tourism: Body Changes in Tourists Mirrors Those of Astronauts

New studies published on Tuesday reveal that space tourists experience some of the same body changes as astronauts who spend months in orbit, shedding light on the health effects of space travel for those who don't undergo extensive astronaut training. The research, which includes findings on four space tourists,

Exploring the Health Benefits and Risks of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, derived from the innermost part of coconuts (Cocos nucifera), stands out among oils for its unique properties. Being solid at room temperature, it's a rich, plant-based oil widely recognized for its potential health benefits. However, it also contains a significant proportion of saturated fat, raising

CAR T-Cell Therapy Demonstrates Efficacy and Safety in Treating Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma, Study Finds

In a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, researchers have affirmed the efficacy and safety of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in treating relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). This analysis comes amid a rise in multiple myeloma (MM) cases and significant recent advancements in therapeutic options, counterbalanced by concerns over severe toxic reactions following CAR T-cell treatment. The investigators conducted an extensive literature search across Medline/PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science for articles published between January 1, 2019, and July 12, 2023. Their final analysis included 29 articles—comprising 27 prospective studies and 2 retrospective studies, covering 15 phase 1 clinical

Optimal Training Methods for Hip Osteoarthritis: A Surprising Discovery

Researchers at Aarhus University have recently conducted a study comparing two common exercise interventions for hip osteoarthritis, shedding light on effective treatment strategies for this prevalent condition. Hip osteoarthritis is a leading cause of pain and reduced physical function in adults, affecting thousands
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Optical Fiber Endoscopes: Breakthroughs in Miniaturization and Imaging Quality

In the realm of medical diagnostics, the evolution of endoscopic imaging techniques has been pivotal in enabling minimally invasive procedures while ensuring high-quality visualization of internal structures. A recent publication in Opto-Electronic Science (DOI: 10.29026/oes.2024.230041) delves into the advancements in optical scanning endoscopes, particularly via a single multimode optical fiber (MMF), offering promising prospects for biomedical applications. Endoscopes serve as indispensable tools in modern medicine, facilitating detailed imaging of inaccessible regions within the body with minimal discomfort to patients. The continual demand for miniaturization, enhanced resolution, and superior imaging quality has spurred innovations in endoscopic technologies, with optical fiber-based

Wearable Digital Health Technology: A New Frontier in Epilepsy Care

Epilepsy stands as a formidable global health concern, affecting nearly 50 million individuals worldwide. Despite advancements in medical treatments, a significant portion of those affected continue to grapple with recurrent seizures. The persistent challenge of managing epilepsy calls for innovative solutions, and at
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Biogenic Hydroxyapatite-Embedded Titanium Implants for Enhanced Osseointegration and Immunomodulation

In a recent study published in the Materials and Design journal, Korean researchers have introduced a novel approach to enhance the performance of titanium-based metal implants, commonly utilized in dental and orthopedic treatments. Recognizing the persistent challenges associated with these implants, such as delayed osseointegration and immune response, the team sought to address these issues through innovative means. Integrated Approach for Enhanced Osseointegration and Immunomodulation: Biogenic Hydroxyapatite-Embedded Titanium Implants Top of Form To address the challenges associated with bone regeneration and implant integration, recent advancements have explored the plasma coating of hydroxyapatite (HA) onto titanium (Ti) implants. While HA-coated implants have shown promise in

ISPE Survey Highlights Regulatory Challenges Hindering Pharmaceutical Innovation

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) has released a comprehensive report shedding light on the impediments faced by the pharmaceutical industry in its pursuit of innovation. Titled “Enabling Global Pharmaceutical Innovation: Delivering for Patients,” the report encapsulates insights gleaned from a survey conducted among 391 pharmaceutical professionals worldwide. These professionals represent a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including large to small manufacturers, contract and development organizations, suppliers, facilities, software service providers, and more. Economic factors and regulatory concerns emerged as the principal barriers thwarting pharmaceutical innovation, according to the ISPE survey. Among the respondents, a predominant consensus pointed
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New Studies Highlight the Need for Improved Record-Keeping to Curb Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

A lack of detailed record-keeping in clinics and emergency departments may be hindering efforts to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics, according to two recent studies led by physicians from the University of Michigan and their colleagues. One study found that approximately 10% of children and 35% of adults who received an antibiotic prescription during an office visit had no specific reason for the antibiotic documented in their medical records. The rate of this type of prescribing is particularly high among adults treated in emergency departments and those seen in clinics with Medicaid coverage or no insurance. However, this issue also affects children. The absence of information on the reasons behind these inappropriate prescriptions makes it challenging for clinics, hospitals,

Green Spaces Linked to Healthier Microbiota in Humans, Study Finds

In a recent review article published in the esteemed journal Environmental International, researchers shed light on the intricate relationship between greenspace exposure and human microbiota across different anatomical sites. This comprehensive analysis delves into the potential health benefits associated with
Diet & Nutrition

Food SENSE offers new ways of assessing and tackling malnutrition in Uganda.

CGIAR’s Sustainable Animal Productivity and Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender inclusion Initiative (SAPLING) has developed a tool for assessing, identifying and responding to food and nutrition security problems in developing countries. The Food Security, Environments and Nutrition: Structured Evidence (FoodSENSE), is

What Are The Signs That Iron Pills Are Working?

The signs that iron pills are working vary from person to person. Some people may notice an improvement in energy and other anemia symptoms. People without noticeable anemia symptoms may see little change. People often begin responding to iron pills within 2 weeks. A doctor can monitor if supplementation is working by
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Egypt to Boost Health and Education Spending in Next Fiscal Year

In a bid to enhance public services and realize the objectives set forth in Egypt’s Vision 2030, the country's Finance Minister, Mohamed Maait, announced plans to significantly increase allocations for the health and education sectors in the upcoming general budget. According to Maait, Egypt is poised to allocate 495.6 billion pounds ($10.4 billion) to the health sector in the next fiscal year, marking a substantial 24.9 percent annual growth compared to the current fiscal period. This move underscores the nation’s commitment to improving medical services for its citizens, aligning with the overarching goals outlined in Egypt’s long-term development strategy, Vision 2030. Additionally, allocations for the education sector are set to receive a considerable boost, reaching 858.3 billion

Arab Health anticipates 3,000 companies from 70 countries for its next edition in January

The 2023 edition of Arab Health will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 30th January – 2nd February under the show's theme, 'Innovation and Sustainability in Healthcare', the organizers said. Exhibitor companies are also anticipated to rise, increasing from 2,828 to over 3,000 from 70 countries, according to Informa Markets. Arab Health has underscored its position as the epicenter of healthcare trade and reaffirmed its support for global businesses and governments by securing AED2.8 billion worth of healthcare industry-related contracts, according to a GRS Explore Exhibitor Survey during the 2022 edition, which was held in Dubai in January. The exhibition plays an integral role in supporting UAE Government initiatives such as ‘Make it in the Emirates’, a platform for developing
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Healthcare IT Security Expert Highlights Concerns and Solutions in HIMSS Interview

In a recent interview with HIMSS, Tyler Reguly, Senior Manager of Security Research and Development at Fortra, emphasized the pressing challenges and potential solutions surrounding cybersecurity in healthcare IT infrastructure. Reguly underscored the critical importance of addressing vulnerabilities in network-connected devices, particularly within the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to mitigate the increasing risk posed by cyber threats. Reguly highlighted the evolving landscape of cyber threats targeting healthcare organizations, emphasizing the sophisticated tactics employed by cybercriminals to exploit weaknesses in device management and security protocols. He pointed out that while healthcare IT teams strive to keep pace with the proliferation of vulnerabilities, the complexity of

Navigating the Challenges of IoT Deployment in Healthcare

The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare has promised revolutionary transformations in patient care and hospital management. From remote monitoring to smart hospital systems, the potential benefits are immense, ranging from enhanced patient outcomes to optimized resource utilization. However, the