Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Cancer death rates + Celiac treatment + Music choices

A new worldwide study suggests death rates from colorectal and pancreatic cancers are up 10% in the last 30 years. The study spanning 195 countries found the number of pancreatic cancer cases up 130% between 1990 and 2017. Doctors believe the jump may be related to a rise in obesity and diabetes cases. Plus, a groundbreaking treatment developed at northwestern…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Children’s mental health + Unsafe sleeping practices for babies

One out of every five children suffers from a mental disorder that could jeopardize their health later on. That’s according to the “American Academy of Pediatrics,” which said few children are getting services because of social stigma, costs or shortages of mental health experts. The AAP is releasing new guidance for pediatricians so that more children get diagnosed and treated….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Moms & vaccines + Posture + Air pollution linked to hair loss

A new CDC report found more than half of pregnant women in the U.S. are not getting vaccinated for the flu and whooping cough. Federal health experts said the vaccines are necessary to protect newborns, too young to be vaccinated, and mothers as well. Plus, a survey by Orlando Health found less than half of Americans are concerned about the…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Measles update + Benefits of fish oil + How living by ocean improves mental health

The CDC said it confirmed two more cases of measles last week, bringing this year’s total to 1, 243. That’s the most since 1992, eight years before measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. Plus, a new report suggested fish oil supplements may help ward off some types of Cardiovascular diseases. A team at Harvard University looked at studies that…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Fighting bacteria + Progress in MDS treatment + Increasing alcohol prices

Scientists in the United Kingdom have confirmed for the first time that bacteria can change to resist antibiotics. Researchers found that a bacteria can lose it’s cell wall, which is a common target of antibiotics. They hope their discovery leads to combination drug treatments to attack infections. Plus, researchers in New York reported progress in developing a drug to treat…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Side effects of kids with asthma + Latest on Americans’ diet

Children who have asthma are more likely to also suffer from anxiety and depression. That’s according to a new study from U.C. San Francisco. Researchers tracked 65,000 kids with asthma and found those who also had anxiety and depression were almost twice as likely to visit the emergency room. Also, a new study found American adults are making modest improvements…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Reducing risks for breast cancer + Perks in eating nuts

One in three breast cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes including managing weight, getting more physical activity and drinking less alcohol. The latest research is being presented at the North American Menopause Society meeting. Previous studies showed obesity and alcohol can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Also, eating more nuts is linked to less weight gain…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Pediatric heart transplants + Sex drive vs. hormones

It’s been three and a half years since the criteria for pediatric heart transplants was revised in the U.S. Despite the changes, a new study suggests there’s been no reduction in the number of children who die while waiting for an organ. Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh said mortality rates actually rose for patients with some types of heart…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Cancer w/o losing hair + Kidney donations update + Men need to wear helmets on bicycles

Researchers said they’ve found a breakthrough in cancer treatment to prevent the devastating side effect of hair loss. Scientists at the University of Manchester said a newer class of drugs can target cancer without damaging the hair follicle… and may lead to new treatments. Plus, a new study found that kidneys from donors infected with hepatitis c function just as…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New moms & blood pressure + Decrease of HPV in men + Teens w/ opioid treatment

A new program is convincing more new mothers with high blood pressure- to go for follow up care. Researchers in Pittsburgh found the percentage of new moms who went for follow-up appointments six weeks after giving birth jumped more than 20 points… when the women were given a home blood pressure cuff and were prompted to text their readings to…