Health & Fitness

  • Reuters: Health 1 day 11 hours ago
    • GENEVA (Reuters) The World Health Organization will next month launch a strategy to stop cholera transmission by 2030, it said on Monday, as an unprecedented outbreak in Yemen raced towards 700,000 suspected cases with little sign of slowing down.
    • In Yemen, the most explosive outbreak on record has caused 686,783 suspected cases and 2,090 deaths since late April.
    • The number of deaths has slowed but the spread of disease has not: in the past week there were 40,000 suspected cases, the most for seven weeks.
    • The low death rate suggested the outbreak was not severe, although there may be many uncounted deaths in the community.
    • The WHO estimates there are 2.9 million cases and 95,000 deaths globally each year, far more than officially reported.
  • Reuters: Health 1 day 11 hours ago
    • (Reuters Health) Smokers living with HIV who consistently take antiretroviral medications may be far more likely to die of lung cancer than of AIDS, a U.S. study suggests.
    • For the study, researchers estimated the odds of dying from lung cancer based on whether people starting HIV care at age 40 were current smokers, and if so, whether or not they quit.
    • Overall, they found, people with HIV who continued to smoke were 6 to 13 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from traditional AIDSrelated causes.
    • Men and women with HIV who quit smoking would see their risk of dying from lung cancer go down dramatically, however.
    • People with HIV may have worse survival odds with lung cancer because they’re diagnosed when tumors are more advanced or because their immune systems are less able to tolerate cancer treatments, said Dr.
  • NYT > Health 1 day 11 hours ago
    • Gutiérrez and his family decided to create their own weaving studio to create pieces using only natural dyes and to teach others how to do it.
    • His sister, Juana Gutiérrez Contreras, serves as dye master, combining seven or eight natural elements to produce more than 40 colors.
    • Perhaps a dozen others in the village use natural dyes exclusively, and some train tourists in the techniques.
    • The family is compiling a book of dye recipes, formulas passed down for centuries by word of mouth.
    • He has contributed samples of natural dyeing materials to the Harvard Art Museums’ Forbes Pigment Collection.
  • WebMD Health 1 day 12 hours ago
    • The hunt is on for new and earlier ways to detect Alzheimer's.
    • Scientists are looking for clues in your eyes, your speech even the way you smell as they try to uncover possible ways to identify early warning signs of the disease, the most common form of dementia.
    • There is no cure for this debilitating and lifealtering disease, which erodes a person’s memory, thinking and behavior.
    • More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association says that number could be as high as 16 million by 2050.
    • There’s no one test to diagnose Alzheimer’s. But changes in the brain related to the disease can begin years before any signs of it, and there is now a focus on looking for those early warning signs.
  • Reuters: Health 1 day 13 hours ago
    • (Reuters Health) Children whose mothers took folic acid supplements early in their pregnancies were less likely to develop autism, even when the pregnant moms were exposed to pesticides linked to the neurodevelopmental disorder, a new study found.
    • The findings led investigators to conclude that folic acid might reduce, though not eliminate, an increased risk of autism associated with maternal pesticide exposure.
    • Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is contained in green leafy vegetables and fortified cereal.
    • Women with belowaverage folic acid intake and exposure to any indoor pesticides had 2.5 times the risk of having a child with autism compared to unexposed mothers who took at least 800 micrograms of folic acid, the amount in prenatal vitamins.
    • While folic acid reduced the risk of a child developing autism, it did not eliminate it, the study found.
  • NYT > Health 1 day 13 hours ago
    • He isn’t actually handing out grades to the world’s health authorities — but is sending them home with a note for mom.
    • Rates of childhood stunting, mothers dying in childbirth, and the miseries wrought by rare tropical diseases all have gone steadily down.
    • In poor countries, vaccine use is way up, though only about 75 percent of children get all the shots they need.
    • Assuming economic progress continues, improvements in most health categories will churn dutifully on, or at worst plateau.
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  • Reuters: Health 1 day 15 hours ago
    • FILE PHOTO: Roche tablets are seen positioned in front of a displayed Roche logo in this photo illustration shot January 22, 2016.
    • REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) The longheralded threat of cutprice competition to its topselling biological cancer medicines is finally becoming a reality for Roche, the world’s biggest maker of oncology treatments.
    • Last Friday’s green light for a copy of its breast cancer drug Herceptin heralds the arrival of the second socalled cancer biosimilar in Europe this year, following the launch six months ago of copies of MabThera/Rituxan for blood cancers.
    • So far, Roche has seen little impact from the arrival of biosimilar MabThera in Europe, a company spokeswoman said.
    • Stevens noted the first biosimilar antibody drug for rheumatoid arthritis and gastrointestinal disorders, infliximab, had driven down cost of treatment by nearly twothirds to 6.84 pounds ($9.26) a day from 16.80 pounds.
  • Reuters: Health 1 day 15 hours ago
    • (Reuters) Nabriva Therapeutics Plc shares more than doubled in premarket trading on Monday after the company said its experimental antibiotic for communityacquired bacterial pneumonia met the main goal of a latestage study.
    • The clinical trial, which was the first of two latestage studies, showed that the company’s drug, lefamulin, was as effective as the commonly used antibiotic moxifloxacin, meeting the main goal of the trial.
    • Communityacquired bacterial pneumonia is one of the most common infectious diseases and the leading cause of infectious death in the United States.
    • The company’s shares jumped to $13.91 in premarket trading from their Friday close of $6.86.
  • NYT > Health 1 day 15 hours ago
    • Lady Gaga postponed the European leg of her “Joanne” tour three days before it was scheduled to start, announcing on Monday in an Instagram post that “trauma and chronic pain” would keep her from performing there until early 2018.
    • A second North American leg of the tour, set to start Nov. 5 in Indianapolis, was expected to go on as scheduled, the statement said.
    • The first United States leg of Lady Gaga’s tour started in Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 5.
    • Lady Gaga has said she suffers from fibromyalgia, a syndrome of unknown causes that can lead to lasting muscle pain and fatigue.
    • Her struggles with chronic pain are a focus of “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” a documentary about her that will be available on Netflix on Friday.
  • Reuters: Health 1 day 16 hours ago
    • Between 40 and 50 new specialty drugs are set to hit the market each year in the next five years, which could increase costs by $25 billion annually, Mercer said.
    • The survey’s preliminary findings suggest that spending on specialty drugs had risen by about 15 percent compared with prices that were factored into 2017 health plans.
    • Companies anticipate average peremployee health costs to increase by 4.3 percent in 2018, the highest rate since 2011.
    • These plans are becoming increasingly popular among employers as they try to keep a lid on medical costs.
    • The average peremployee cost growth is estimated to rise 6 percent, if companies make no changes to their medical plans, according to the survey.