Report: Depression is Skyrocketing in America

Report: Depression is Skyrocketing in America


If you’ve been feeling down and out more than usual, cheer up, you are not alone.

A new report compiled by insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) says major depression diagnoses surged in the United States from 2013 through 2016, especially among adolescents and millennials.

And the study, which was based on medical claims filed to Blue Cross Blue Shield by 41 million customers, also links major depression to health issues such as other chronic conditions and substance abuse. > >> read more ...

Gene Can Turn Off Fat That Causes Prostate Cancer: Report

Gene Can Turn Off Fat That Causes Prostate Cancer: Report

A diet high in fat — such as that typically found in the United States — has long been suspected of fueling prostate cancer growth, and researchers think they have found a way to shut down the destructive mechanism of that fat, a report in Science Daily shows.

Researchers at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) set out to determine the genetic mechanisms that promote metastasis — accelerated growth — in prostate cancer. Prostate tumors tend to be slow growing; so slow, men with prostate cancer tend to die with it, not from it. It’s only when prostate tumors metastasize that the disease is fatal.  > >> read more ...

US More Prepared for Health Disasters, Says Report

US More Prepared for Health Disasters, Says Report


The United States is more ready for health disasters than it was five years ago, but certain regions still lag behind, a new report shows.

The nation scored 7.1 on the 10-point 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That’s nearly 3 percent better than last year and nearly 11 percent better than when the index was introduced five years ago.

“Threats to America’s health security are on the rise, but so is our nation’s preparedness to deal with these emergencies,” said Alonzo Plough, chief science officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the health philanthropy that released the index. > >> read more ...

’60 Minutes’ Report Details Progression of Alzheimer’s

’60 Minutes’ Report Details Progression of Alzheimer’s


Filmed over 10 years, a “60 Minutes” report this weekend shows in startling detail the progression that Alzheimer’s disease takes on a patient.

CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook began interviewing Mike and Carol Daly of Staten Island, New York, in 2008, shortly after Carol learned of her diagnosis. She was mildly forgetful but functional, although upset at how it had affected her ability to cook, or enjoy books and movies.

“I don’t want to be like this, I really don’t,” said Carol Daly, then 65. > >> read more ...

Report: Bezos-Backed Cancer Startup Seeks to Raise $1 Billion

Report: Bezos-Backed Cancer Startup Seeks to Raise $1 Billion


Grail Inc., the cancer-detection startup backed by the world’s two richest men, is seeking to raise about $1 billion to boost growth ahead of its planned initial public offering in Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company, whose investors include Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and the personal venture fund of Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, is working with advisers on the new round, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. A final decision hasn’t been made on the round, which is at a preliminary stage, and its timing and size could still change, the people said. > >> read more ...

World’s Hottest Pepper Causes ‘Thunderclap’ Headache: Report

World’s Hottest Pepper Causes ‘Thunderclap’ Headache: Report


Doctors issued a chilli warning Tuesday after an American man who ate the world’s hottest pepper was struck by excruciating “thunderclap” headaches.

The 34-year-old man’s symptoms began with dry heaves “immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one Carolina Reaper,” in 2016, said an article published in medical journal BMJ Case Reports.

The man then developed intense neck and head pain, and for several days experienced brief but intense “thunderclap” headaches. Each lasted several seconds. > >> read more ...

New Eye Drops Repair Corneas, Could Replace Glasses: Report

New Eye Drops Repair Corneas, Could Replace Glasses: Report


An Israeli ophthalmologist has developed new eye drops that he says can repair corneas, possibly making glasses unnecessary for some people with myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

Dr. David Smadja — with the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University — tested the new patented “nanodrops” on pigs’ corneas and found they produced significant improvements in vision, the Jerusalem Post reports.

He now plans to test the drops in clinical trials to see if they work as well to improve vision in humans as in pigs.
Smadja’s findings were presented at a Shaare Zedek research conference, held in the Jerusalem medical center’s Steinberg Auditorium, attended by 350 physicians and nurses.Smadja, who developed the drops at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, said they could revolutionize ophthalmological and optometry treatment of patients. The nanodrops may also be used to replace multifocal lenses so that people could see object from various distances, he said.“This is a new concept for correcting refractory problems,” Smadja added.  > >> read more ...

Plastic Chemicals More Common in Restaurant Meals: Report

Plastic Chemicals More Common in Restaurant Meals: Report


People who like to dine out may unwittingly order a side of potentially harmful chemicals, new research suggests.

The study, involving more than 10,000 Americans, found that those who’d dined out the day before generally had higher urine levels of chemicals called phthalates, versus people who’d had all their meals at home.

The findings suggest that old-fashioned home-cooked meals could be one way for people to reduce their intake of phthalates — which have been linked to certain health risks. > >> read more ...

Nuke Terror Attack Would Swamp Hospitals: Report

Nuke Terror Attack Would Swamp Hospitals: Report


The United States is ill-prepared to handle the myriad medical emergencies that would be unleashed by a nuclear attack by terrorists, a special report warns.

Instead, the absolute best strategy is to prevent such an attack from happening in the first place, said report author Dr. Robert Gale. He’s a blood researcher with Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.

“No one should have any fantasy we can mount an appropriate medical response” in the wake of nuclear terrorism, Gale said. > >> read more ...

Flu Season Coming to an End: CDC Report

Flu Season Coming to an End: CDC Report


It’s been a particularly tough flu season, but spring — and real relief — may be near, new numbers show.

The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant.

But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest data shows.

For the sixth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. > >> read more ...

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