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  • Spinal Cord Implant Allows Paraplegics to Walk Again, Scientists Say

    Spinal Cord Implant Allows Paraplegics to Walk Again, Scientists Say Feb. 7, 2022Three men paralyzed with severe spinal cord injuries were able to walk again days after receiving a spinal cord implant that stimulates trunk and leg muscles -- a development scientists think could have broad application as a commercial product.Scientists implanted 16-electrode devices into the epidural space on the men’s spines, between the vertebrae and the spinal cord membrane, CNN reported. The electrodes receive electrical currents from pacemakers implanted under the skin of their abdomens that are wirelessly controlled with a tablet computer, CNN said.Michel Roccati

  • Why Do Some People Escape Infection That Sickens Others?

    The reason some people are seemingly unaffected by illness that impairs others is a great mystery of infectious disease, but answers to this question can unlock new therapies to curb outbreaks.

  • Pepsi Introduces Hemp-Infused Energy Drink

    Pepsi Introduces Hemp-Infused Energy Drink Feb. 3, 2022PepsiCo has added a hemp-infused energy drink to its RockStar Energy line.The drink will be called Unplugged and besides having hemp, it won’t have as much caffeine as other RockStar Energy drinks, PepsiCo said in a news release. Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is made from hemp, a cannabis plant like marijuana but containing little or no tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that gets people “high.”Hemp does contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that has been used to treat ailments such as epilepsy and anxiety. It’s illegal to sell CBD-infused

  • Scientists Regrow Frogs' Lost Legs. Will Human Limbs Be Next?

    Regenerating legs is a first for frogs and now attention turns to whether the discovery holds clues to restoring human limbs.

  • Report Shows How to Reach Health Care Equity, Why It Matters

    Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the report details the impact of systemic racism in society and what it calls “the harmful disparities affecting people with chronic conditions and disabilities.”

  • 'Fundamental Rethink' Is Needed About Death and Dying: Commission

    A rebalancing is needed in approaches to dying in a world where many remain undertreated, while some experience an over-medicalized death, a Lancet Commission report says.

  • China Has Passed U.S. On Several Key Science Measures

    China's global patent share jumped to 49% while the U.S.' share dropped to 10% in a decade. A new report from the National Science Board suggests strategies for how the U.S. can regain ground.

  • Musk’s Brain Implant Company Hiring Clinical Trials Director

    Musk’s Brain Implant Company Hiring Clinical Trials Director Jan. 24, 2022Elon Musk’s startup company that aims to connect people’s brains to computers is advertising for a clinical trials director, a sign the company is ready to start testing with humans.The job description from Neuralink says the position is based in Fremont, Calif., and that the person hired will “work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers” as well as with Neuralink’s first clinical trial participants. A key qualification listed for the job is managing FDA interactions.The Neuralink website says the “neural implant”

  • 'The Other Pandemic': Antibiotic Resistance Growing Worldwide

    More than 1.2 million deaths around the world in just 2019 alone: That's the grave estimate in the largest study to date looking at the growing public health challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • Electrocuted by 11,000 Volts, Now an Amputee … and an MD

    Bruce "BJ" Miller was 19 when he lost both legs and one arm. After a grueling rehab, he went back to college and eventually medical school.

  • Doctor Not Allowed to Practice After Branding Patients’ Livers

    Simon Bramhall, a doctor in the U.K., has been removed from the country’s medical register and won’t be allowed to practice for branding two patients’ livers with his initials, according to the BBC.

  • Red Cross Declares National Blood Crisis

    Red Cross Declares National Blood Crisis Jan. 11, 2022The Red Cross has declared a national blood crisis and is encouraging the public to donate, saying historically low blood supplies are causing some hospitals to change treatments and cancel surgeries.“In recent weeks, blood centers across the country have reported less than a one-day’s supply of blood of certain critical blood types—a dangerously low level,” the Red Cross said in a joint statement with America's Blood Centers and the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies.Normally, more than 45,000 units of blood and blood products are used daily

  • Heart of Genetically Modified Pig Transplanted Into Man

    Heart of Genetically Modified Pig Transplanted Into Man Jan. 10, 2022In a groundbreaking operation that offers hope to people waiting for organ transplants, the heart of a genetically modified pig has been transplanted into a 57-year-old man who had end-stage heart disease.The patient, David Bennett Sr., received the heart on Friday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In a news release, school called the procedure “historic” and a “first of its kind transplant.” The operation was conducted after the FDA granted emergency authorization for the transplant through its expanded access (compassionate use) provision, the Medical Center said. Bennett

  • Meat Company Recalls 28,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

    Meat Company Recalls 28,000 Pounds of Ground Beef A meat company is recalling 28,356 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with an E. coli strain known as O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says.The meat is being recalled by Interstate Meat Distributors Inc., based in Clackamas, OR. The recalled products were produced Dec. 20, 2021, and carry the establishment number “EST. 965” inside the circular USDA mark of inspection on the label, the FSIS said in a news release.The ground beef was shipped to stores including Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Albertson’s

  • USDA Labeling for Genetically Modified Food Updated

    USDA Labeling for Genetically Modified Food Updated Jan. 4, 2022The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new food labeling rules for genetically modified food products went into effect Jan. 1, 2022.The big difference for consumers is that they’ll no longer see the words “GMO,” which stands for genetically modified organisms.Instead, they’ll see a round green label that says “bioengineered” or “derived from bioengineering” or a label with a phone number or QR code to provide more information.A USDA spokesperson said the change will bring uniformity to food labeling, which up to now depended on “a patchwork” of state regulations,

  • Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty on 4 of 11 Charges in Fraud Trial

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  • New Medication Approved for Underserved Sickle Cell Community

    Oxbryta holds the hemoglobin in a particular shape that prevents sickle cells from stacking, preventing complications like organ damage and pain.

  • Procter & Gamble Recalls 30 Aerosol Spray Products

    Procter & Gamble Recalls 30 Aerosol Spray Products Dec. 20, 2021The Procter & Gamble Company has recalled more than 30 aerosol spray products because of worries about levels of benzene, which is known to cause cancer.Some of the products have the brand names Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Waterless, and Old Spice, and Hair Food, P&G said in an announcement posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.A full list of recalled products can be found on the FDA’s and the company’s website. People who bought the products should throw them away. Consumers can obtain refunds by

  • Biden Administration to Tackle Lead in Drinking Water

    The new, tougher limits would require the replacement of remaining lead drinking water pipes as quickly as possible.

  • U.K. Supreme Court Blocks Gender-Neutral Passports

    The U.K. Supreme Court ruled against gender-neutral passports on Wednesday, saying that gender can be used to confirm someone’s identity.

  • Recall Expanded to Include 2 Million Pounds of Meat

    Recall Expanded to Include 2 Million Pounds of Meat Dec. 15, 2021A Michigan-based company has vastly expanded its recall of meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.Alexander & Hornung is now recalling 2,320,774 pounds of meat products, with an expanded list of cooked ham and pepperoni products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release.The first recall, announced Dec. 5, was for 234,391 pounds of cooked ham and pepperoni products.The meat being recalled can be identified by looking at the circular USDA mark of inspection on the label. All

  • Feminist Scholar bell hooks Dies at 69

    Feminist Scholar bell hooks Dies at 69 Dec. 15, 2021The feminist author and scholar bell hooks, whose best-known book was "Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism," has died at age 69.Her sister, Gwenda Motley, said the cause of death was end-stage renal failure, The Washington Post reported. Hooks died at her home in Berea, KY, where she had served as Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. Besides “Ain’t I a Woman?” hooks wrote more than 30 books. Her writings broadened the feminist movement, which was often considered only for white middle-class

  • Biden's Pick for FDA Gets Bipartisan Support During Hearing

    In emphasizing the need for continued efforts to address risks of painkillers, Biden’s FDA nominee cites his relatives’ experience in getting 30-day opioid prescriptions after minor surgery.

  • Could Gene Therapy Help Cure Sickle Cell Disease?

    Researchers report a gene therapy being studied as a permanent cure for sickle cell disease continues to show success through a third wave of patients.

  • Student’s Medical Illustrations Featuring Black People Go Viral

    A medical student is drawing widespread support online for featuring Black people in medical illustrations used for textbooks.

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