Medical Breakthroughs

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…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Preemies & antibiotics + Dangers of e-cigs

Nearly all preterm infants receive antibiotics in their first weeks of life to protect against infections, but new research found preemies who were heavily treated with antibiotics can develop more drug-resistant gut bacteria. Researchers found heavily -treated preemies had more bacteria associated with disease in their gut, which could raise the risk of health problems later in life. Also, a new…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Med. students & hypertension + Benefits of hula dancing + OCD & magnets

A new study from the American Heart Association found nearly 2/3 of medical students had some degree of Hypertension. Researchers suggested that stress, anxiety, and poor sleep are detrimental to a healthy blood pressure. Plus, another study about blood pressure at the University of Hawaii found a new way to prevent hypertension: Hula dancing. Patients who took part in a…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Hearing aids for people over 66 yrs old + Sugar tax on snacks + Perks & downfalls of vegan diets

A new study examined the benefits of hearing aids for older adults. Researchers at the University of Michigan found the devices actually lowered the risk of dementia, depression, anxiety, and serious falls in hearing loss patients over the age of 66. Plus, new research in the British Medical Journal suggested a snack tax, rather than a sugary drink tax, could…