Man (35) in vegetative state for 15 years ‘showing signs of consciousness’

A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years is showing signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering treatment based on nerve stimulation. In the month since a vagus nerve stimulator was put into his chest, the man, who was injured in a car accident, has begun responding to simple orders […]

FDA approves first commercial product for peanut allergy prevention

The approach towards preventing peanut allergies has changed dramatically in recent years. Now the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first commercial product, called Hello, Peanut!, to help inform the public that early peanut introduction and regular consumption can reduce the risk of peanut allergy in young children. The Hello, Peanut! introduction kit […]

6 Ways To Start Improving Your Gut Health Today

Brooke Lark / Unsplash Considering the rapid rise in kombucha, sauerkraut and probiotic products, it’s pretty clear gut health is on everyone’s minds. And with good reason — more and more research is emerging showing just how important good gut health is for overall wellbeing. “Having a healthy gut is so important,” accredited practising dietitian […]

Depression: Is brain inflammation tied to suicidal thoughts?

A new study confirms the link between inflammation of the brain and the prevalence of suicidal thoughts in people diagnosed with major depression. This is the first study of its kind to measure relevant biomarkers in living individuals. Major depression is a very common mental condition, with 6.7 percent of all adults in the United […]

Understanding the FDA’s Latest Regulations for Computer Systems Used in the Tobacco and Related Industries

 Tobacco, an age-old addiction, dishes out some chilling, unpleasant facts. Tobacco is the US’ leading cause of preventable deaths. Between four and five percent of the entire American population -some 16 million people -live with diseases associated with smoking. Cigarette smoking consumes close to half a million American lives every year, about an eleventh of […]

Monitoring the heart’s mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest?

Credit: Dr. John Kheir, Boston Children’s Hospital & Shutterstock A new device can assess in real time whether the body’s tissues are receiving enough oxygen and, placed on the heart, can predict cardiac arrest in critically ill heart patients, report researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and scientists from Cambridge device maker Pendar Technologies. Their study, […]

Immune cells may heal bleeding brain after strokes

Credit: Courtesy of Aronowski lab, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. While immune cells called neutrophils are known to act as infantry in the body’s war on germs, a National Institutes of Health-funded study suggests they can act as medics as well. By studying rodents, researchers showed that instead of attacking germs, some neutrophils […]

RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies

The three RPS national boards have jointly called for legal guarantees that a pharmacist will always undertake a clinical assessment or check, and that there must be no legal loopholes that can bypass this requirement. Source: Alamy.com The leaked document, prepared by a working group of the Department of Health’s Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy […]

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Interoperable Medical Devices

On September 6, 2017, FDA finalized a guidance document entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices” (“Final Guidance”). In the Final Guidance, the agency outlines design considerations for manufacturers when developing interoperable medical devices, as well as recommendations about information to include in premarket submissions and device labeling. Interoperability of devices […]

Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have drafted the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. The bill would overhaul or eliminate major sections of the health care law, including its subsidized insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion. Instead, states would receive block grants, or a lump sum of money from the […]