Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: People dying of sepsis + Trackers used to predict the flu

New research in the Lancet indicates twice as many people are dying of sepsis worldwide as previously known. Doctors say sepsis is linked to one in five deaths globally, especially among children living in poverty. Sepsis happens when the body overreacts to infection causing organ failure. Plus, heart rate and sleep trackers are being used for the first time to…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Sleeping issues worsen + Pregnancy PTSD + Probiotics misinformation

Nearly a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and researchers say the problem is getting worse each year. A new study from Ball State University finds the professions that have the highest levels of sleep-deprivation are police officers and those in the military. Adequate sleep is defined as seven hours or more. Plus, a new study shows one in…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Changes in avg. body temperature + Sugar in soda decreases in the U.K.

98.6 degrees has long been considered the normal temperature for a healthy person, but Stanford University researchers say human body temperatures have gradually fallen over the past century and a half. They believe the actual number is 97.5… more than a degree cooler. Plus, an analysis published in ‘BMC Medicine’ says soft drink makers are helping to fight childhood obesity…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Heart disease & kidney failure + Fatty tongues could cause sleep apnea + Loneliness a growing concern

People with cardiovascular disease may face a higher risk for kidney failure. A study at Johns Hopkins tracked more than 9,000 adults and found patients with heart failure had the highest risk for failing kidneys… about 11-times higher than for people without cardiovascular disease. Plus, losing fat on the tongue may be the key to improving sleep apnea.  A study at…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: E-Scooters injuries on the rise + Secrets to a long, healthy life

A study from U.C. San Francisco showed injuries and hospital admissions related to electric scooters surged from 2014 to 2018. Injuries increased more than 220% and admissions went up by 365%. Nearly a third of the cases were head traumas. Most of those injured were young people between 18 and 34 years old. Plus, drinking tea at least three times…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Trump administration talks vaping + The sleepiest day of the year

The Trump administration appears to be moving forward with a partial ban on flavored vaping products. According to The Wall Street Journal, the ban would only apply to e-cigarette pods, which are the kind most used by teenagers. Vaping systems that use open tanks are exempt, as are menthol and tobacco- flavored pods. The new rules are expected to be…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New Vape News + Dementia Treatment + New Year Weight Loss Trends

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there has been 2, 561 cases of lung injuries related to vaping since this summer Fifty-five people have died. New cases have been declining since a peak in September. Plus, a preventive treatment for dementia may be tested on humans after successful results on mice. Researchers at the University of California are…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: HPV vaccine + Diet could affect sperm + Colorectal cancer

Researchers from the University of Texas found one dose of the HPV vaccine could be just as effective as two or three doses. They said it’s still too early to do away with the recommended series of doses, but more clinical trials in the future could prove the need for only one dose. Plus, a research team in Sweden found…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Exercise may decrease cancer odds + Meditation may help prevent heart disease

Research tracking hundreds of thousands of adults suggests those who get two and a half to five hours of moderate intensity exercise a week are less likely to develop seven kinds of cancer. The physical activity was linked to a lower risk of colon cancer in men and a lower risk of breast, endometrial, kidney and other cancers in women….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: How being healthy saves you $ + Teens & weed + How grandparents benefit from grandchildren

Simple changes to one’s diet might help save as much as 50-billion dollars in health care costs nationally. That’s according to a new study in Boston. Researchers found that increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, and nuts… plus reductions in processed meats and sugary beverages … might cut nearly 20% of the risk and high cost related to heart disease, stroke…