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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: |

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: |

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: |

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: |

Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time. The breakthrough engineering technology, outlined in a new study published today in Nature, dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels -- a major cause

2019-01-18T05:27:48+00:00Tags: |

Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

There is an “an overwhelming lack of knowledge” about the ecological sustainability of the emerging insects-as-food industry, according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. While insects-as-food provides environmental sustainability potential due to their nutritional qualities and feed conversion ratios, the researchers noted that there are many basic questions that need to be

2019-01-18T05:10:39+00:00Tags: |

The Much-Ignored Emissions Costs of Health Care

Delegates from over 200 nations met in Katowice, Poland, this month, to discuss strategies on further reducing greenhouse gases. Much of the discussion centered around reductions in industries like mining and manufacturing. Little, if any, mention was made of the health-care industry—despite the fact that it's among the planet's more significant polluters. While the causal

2019-01-15T07:07:33+00:00Tags: |

New materials could ‘drive wound healing’

Materials are widely used to help heal wounds: Collagen sponges help treat burns and pressure sores, and scaffold-like implants are used to repair bones. However, the process of tissue repair changes over time, so scientists are developing biomaterials that interact with tissues as healing takes place. Now, Dr Ben Almquist and his team at Imperial

2019-01-15T06:16:06+00:00Tags: |