Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The study linked the severity of abnormalities in glucose metabolism with the severity of Alzheimer’s pathology. For example, the study found that severe reductions in brain glycolysis and important enzymes were related to a more severe expression of Alzheimer’s.

Source: Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hematohidrosis Is a Rare Disease That Makes You Sweat Blood | Time.com

The condition is called hematohidrosis

In cases of hematohidrosis, blood seeps out of unbroken skin, just as sweat normally does. It’s most common on the face, ears, nose and eyes, according to the National Institutes of Health Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and it’s often associated with fear and emotional stress. Some people with the condition even cry bloody tears.

Source: Hematohidrosis Is a Rare Disease That Makes You Sweat Blood | Time.com

California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19 – BBC News

The disease has wreaked havoc on the state’s homeless population, who experts say are vulnerable.

More than 500 people in California have contracted the viral disease since November, many of whom are homeless.

Hepatitis A, which attacks the liver, is usually spread through faecal matter, transmitted through sex or by touching contaminated food or objects.

It is the second-largest US outbreak of hepatitis A in the past 20 years.

Source: California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19 – BBC News

Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego opened its first city-sanctioned homeless camp on Monday in a public works yard near Balboa Park.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the opening of the site last week in response to a hepatitis A outbreak that has disproportionately affecting the homeless, leaving 17 dead and hundreds hospitalized.

Source: Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite – The San Diego Union-Tribune

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’ – ABC News

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot.

McCain says he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens,”

Source: McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’ – ABC News

John McCain Says He’s Facing ‘Very Vicious Form Of Cancer’ | HuffPost

“This is a very vicious form of cancer that I’m facing,” McCain, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. The 80-year-old Arizona senator was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.

Source: John McCain Says He’s Facing ‘Very Vicious Form Of Cancer’ | HuffPost

Lack of REM sleep linked to higher dementia risk – Futurity

People who get less REM sleep, or take a long time to reach REM sleep, may have a higher risk of developing dementia.

After adjusting for age and sex, researchers found that for every percent that REM sleep was reduced, there was a nine percent increase in the risk for all forms of dementia and an eight percent increase in the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Lack of REM sleep linked to higher dementia risk – Futurity

Peanut allergy cure for children could be close after Australian researchers make major breakthrough | The Independent

Australian researchers may have finally found a cure for peanut allergies in children. In a small but long-term medical trial by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, two thirds of children were cured of their allergy. What’s more, the desensitisation to peanuts lasted for four years.

Source: Peanut allergy cure for children could be close after Australian researchers make major breakthrough | The Independent

Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida – Orlando Sentinel

Medical marijuana clinics are popping up all over Florida, and doctors are specializing in recommending the drug now that it is legal in the state.

Dr. Joseph Dorn watched his terminally ill patients suffer and discovered that some of them were illegally using marijuana to alleviate their pain.

He went on to become medical director of one of the handful of companies licensed to grow medical marijuana in Florida and had patients calling him who couldn’t find a doctor to help them obtain the drug.

Now Dorn is among the entrepreneurs who are entering a burgeoning new business: medical marijuana clinics.

“This is probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done in medicine because it helps people,” said Dorn, 64, who personally treats 2,000 medical-cannabis patients at clinics in The Villages, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Source: Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida – Orlando Sentinel

Sperm concentration has declined 50 percent in 40 years in three continents

Men in Europe, North America and Australia have had dramatic declines in sperm quality, according to a meta-analysis of 185 studies.

The research — the largest and most comprehensive look at the topic, involving data from 185 studies and 42,000 men around the world between 1973 and 2011 — appears to confirm fears that male reproductive health may be declining.

Source: Sperm concentration has declined 50 percent in 40 years in three continents

WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera

Yemen is currently witnessing “the biggest outbreak of cholera in the world”, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said today.”We arrived yesterday in Yemen, which is facing the biggest outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the world … and we will do everything in our power to promote a common response to the epidemic,” the UN official said.

Source: WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera

Maryland police officers trained to save their drug-sniffing dogs from overdoses – Baltimore Sun

With the rise of deadly opioids, police K-9 units are being trained on how to save their dogs from an overdose.

It would take a “microscopic amount” of these synthetic opioids to be fatal to a dog, said New York-based veterinarian Paul McNamara.

McNamara runs ODIN’s Fund, a non-profit that provides first aid training to K-9 units across the country. He said he’s been inundated with questions from police agencies recently about how to train officers to give Narcan to dogs.

Source: Maryland police officers trained to save their drug-sniffing dogs from overdoses – Baltimore Sun

Scientists Create Functioning 3D-Printed Heart

There are around 26 million people around the world who suffer from heart failure, and are at risk of dying due to the lack of donor hearts. Artificial blood pumps are used while a patient is waiting for a transplant, or until their own hearts recover, ETHZ reports.

This artificial heart weighs 390 grams, and has a volume of 679 cubic centimeters. “Our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s own one and which imitates the human heart as closely as possible in form and function,” said Nicholas Cohrs of ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

Read more at: https://www.immortal.org/34255/scientists-create-functioning-3d-printed-heart/

Source: Scientists Create Functioning 3D-Printed Heart

Surgeons find 27 contact lenses lodged in woman’s eye: ‘She just thought it was old age’ – Independent.ie

The 67-year-old was scheduled for cataract surgery when the operating team discovered a “blueish mass” of 17 contact lenses in her eye.

Upon further inspection at Solihull Hospital, England, the team found a further 10 individual lenses.

Rupal Morjaria, specialist trainee opthalmologist, told Optometry Today: “None of us have ever seen this before.

“It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”

 

Source: Surgeons find 27 contact lenses lodged in woman’s eye: ‘She just thought it was old age’ – Independent.ie

FDA Advisors Endorse Genetically Engineered Immunotherapy For Cancer : Shots – Health News : NPR

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously recommended that the agency approve this “living drug” approach for children and young adults who are fighting a common form of leukemia. The agency doesn’t have to follow the committee’s recommendation but usually does.

Source: FDA Advisors Endorse Genetically Engineered Immunotherapy For Cancer : Shots – Health News : NPR

FBI: US soldier pledged allegiance to Islamic State group

HONOLULU (AP) — An active duty soldier based in Hawaii pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group, helped purchase a drone for it to use against American forces and said he wanted to use his rifle to “kill a bunch of people,” according to an FBI affidavit.

Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Honolulu. He was arrested Saturday on terrorism charges.

Source: FBI: US soldier pledged allegiance to Islamic State group