New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging

New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. "Currently there are no medications to treat

2019-02-16T16:15:18+00:00Tags: |

MIT’s New Policy Suggestions to Make Cures Accessible and Sustainable

Today, the MIT-based Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US (FoCUS) consortium released a series of large-scale policy and practice recommendations for financing new and upcoming curative and durable treatments to ensure broad patient access and healthcare system sustainability. The recommendations were released at a FoCUS-hosted conference at the National Press Club. The conference

2019-02-13T07:26:12+00:00Tags: |

Heated tobacco device causes same damage to lung cells as e-cigs and smoking

A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows that all three are toxic to human lung cells. The study published in ERJ Open Research suggests that the new device, which heats solid tobacco instead of an e-liquid, is no less toxic to the cells than ordinary cigarette smoke. Researchers

2019-02-11T12:36:49+00:00Tags: |

Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats on multiple fronts, AHA says

A multitude of challenges is threatening the stability of rural hospitals in America, a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) found. Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense, which is further complicated by geographic isolation. The report noted isolation could also be a barrier to professional development and continuing

2019-02-07T10:26:09+00:00Tags: |

Reprocessed Medical Devices Market to exceed $3 bn by 2024

The growing healthcare cost coupled with excessive prices of purchasing new medical devices creates requirement and demand for reprocessed medical devices this stimulates progress and development for reprocessing during the forecast timeframe. Moreover, the low price of reprocessed devices is foremost influence that encourages preference over new medical devices and is accountable for the increasing

2019-02-07T10:10:00+00:00Tags: |

Rise of the biosimilars

Biosimilar medicines, equivalent biological products which have no meaningful differences from the original or reference product in terms of quality, safety or efficacy, are playing an important role in providing choice for clinicians and increasing access for patients by driving down cost to the NHS. Warwick Smith, Director General of the British Biosimilars Association (BBA)

2019-02-06T08:44:31+00:00Tags: |

Simply shining light on ‘dinosaur metal’ compound kills cancer cells

A new compound based on Iridium, a rare metal which landed in the Gulf of Mexico 66 M years ago, hooked onto albumin, a protein in blood, can attack the nucleus of cancerous cells when switched on by light, University of Warwick researchers have found. The treatment of cancer using light, called Photodynamic therapy, is

2019-02-06T08:15:35+00:00Tags: |

The dangers of hidden fat: Exercise is your best defense

Scientists know that the type of fat you can measure with a tape isn't the most dangerous. But what is the most effective way to fight internal, visceral fat that you cannot see or feel? The answer: exercise. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center analyzed two types of interventions -- lifestyle modification (exercise) and pharmacological

2019-02-04T08:11:44+00:00Tags: |

Study predicts worsening of opioid overdose crisis

A study from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology Assessment projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting access to prescription opioids will have a minimal impact in reducing overdose deaths. In their report published in JAMA

2019-02-04T08:03:09+00:00Tags: |

Healthcare financing reform on the way

By April, Government is expected to announce its plans for reforming the way that healthcare is financed in Bermuda. The Health Financing Reform Steering Committee has, since June of last year, been consulting with stakeholder bodies about two financing options. The committee has been tasked with delivering a programme that provides affordable and sustainable healthcare

2019-02-01T09:19:42+00:00Tags: |

No more keyboard? Brain signals translated into speech

In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone's brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate

2019-01-31T08:31:04+00:00Tags: |

Greener Healthcare: Strategies for Sustainable Surgical Units

Hospitals and medical practices produce a lot of waste. Indeed medical facilities generate more than 4 billion pounds of garbage every year, with the majority of the waste stemming from operating and delivery rooms. While healthcare facilities will always create a significant amount of garbage, eco-conscious medical providers can make several small adjustments to make their

2019-01-30T08:03:07+00:00Tags: |

New project launched to consolidate sustainable tuberculosis care

A new Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project, referred to as TB-REP 2.0, has been launched. This project for 2019 to 2022, building on the previous TB-REP from 2016 to 2018, will consolidate past achievements and address new and remaining challenges while ensuring continuity. In particular, it will focus on improving tuberculosis (TB)

2019-01-29T08:14:33+00:00Tags: |

Scientists find a cellular process that stops cancer before it starts

Just as plastic tips protect the ends of shoelaces and keep them from fraying when we tie them, molecular tips called telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes and keep them from fusing when cells continually divide and duplicate their DNA. But while losing the plastic tips may lead to messy laces, telomere loss may lead

2019-01-28T06:47:06+00:00Tags: |

Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems

Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability, however our current trajectories threaten both. The EAT–Lancet Commission addresses the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to our planet. The Commission quantitively describes a universal healthy reference

2019-01-23T09:03:47+00:00Tags: |

Drug Combo Shows Promise for Treatment of Depression and Addiction

The combination of naltrexone and ketamine can help treat both symptoms of addiction and depression, a preliminary study by Yale University researchers suggests. Substance abuse and depression are common in many patients, and efforts to treat both conditions simultaneously have had limited success. One recent study suggested that the antidepressant effects of ketamine might blunted

Take the stairs- it works

It just got harder to avoid exercise. A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan. The findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggest that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere,

2019-01-21T17:20:15+00:00Tags: |