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

Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians

 

Source: Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians

Coffee is linked to a decreased risk of death, according to two studies.

Source: Java drinkers, rejoice: Coffee may help you live longer – ABC News

Java drinkers, rejoice: Coffee may help you live longer

If you ever felt that you needed coffee to survive, you may be on to something.

Drinking coffee is linked to a decreased risk of death, according to two large studies published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

 

FDA Approved First New Sickle Cell Drug in 20 Years | Fortune.com

Drug development isn’t easy.

News that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first new drug to treat sickle cell in nearly 20 years last Friday understandably drew cheers from patients and advocates who have stood by with bated breath for a breakthrough. But as laudable as the milestone may be, the treatment’s limited reach underscores just how hard it is to create groundbreaking medicines that justs control some symptoms.

Source: FDA Approved First New Sickle Cell Drug in 20 Years | Fortune.com

11 Fishers teens get sick after eating THC-infused gummy bears

Indiana officers were called to the 5200 North block of County Road 325 West early Friday morning, according to a news release. A deputy arrived on scene to find a 19-year-old man who said he’d ingested an unknown drug and wanted to go to the emergency room.

He said he was camping with some friends who also had ingested the drug, but, not being from the area, he wasn’t sure where his friends were, directing officers to a nearby home.

Police say each had eaten one half of a gummy bear that supposedly contained THC, an active ingredient found in marijuana.

Source: 11 Fishers teens get sick after eating THC-infused gummy bears

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