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For the first time a modified pig kidney has been transplanted into a human

For the first time a modified pig kidney has been transplanted into a human

One of the biggest challenges facing people who have a disease severe enough to require an organ transplant is finding a donor organ. For the first time ever, surgeons have successfully transplanted a kidney from a pig into a human without immediate rejection by the immune system. This is hailed as a major advance with the potential to alleviate the shortage of available donor organs from humans for transplant.

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New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

Researchers from the National University of Singapore Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology have worked with partners from other organizations to develop a new smart wearable sensor. The wearable sensor can assess chronic wounds in real-time at the point of care wirelessly via an app. The wearable sensor is described as the world's first to detect temperature, pH, bacteria type, and inflammatory factors specific to chronic wounds.

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Cheaper hearing aids rule proposed by FDA for over-the-counter options

Cheaper hearing aids rule proposed by FDA for over-the-counter options

Hearing aids could become far more affordable in the US, with the FDA proposing a new category of over-the-counter models potentially far cheaper than current, prescription hearing aids. The new rule would upend current legislation that requires hearing aids be fitted by an audiologist, and only after a medical exam is completed.

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Pfizer asks FDA for COVID-19 vaccine expansion to 5-11 year old kids

Pfizer asks FDA for COVID-19 vaccine expansion to 5-11 year old kids

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could soon be authorized for children aged 5-11, with the pharma company applying to the US FDA for an extension of its current permissions. The expansion, if approved by the Food and Drug Administration, would make Pfizer's drug - branded Comirnaty - the first vaccination option for children aged under 12 years.

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CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

The CDC has issued a health advisory regarding pregnant people and COVID-19 vaccinations. The new advisory "recommends urgent action" to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among not only those who are currently pregnant, but those who were recently pregnant, including those who are lactating, those who are trying to become pregnant, or those who could become pregnant in the near future. According to the CDC, vaccination among pregnant people is low.

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YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube is cracking down on vaccine misinformation, with new guidelines that ban videos misleading on vaccination safety beyond just COVID-19. The changes build on YouTube's existing coronavirus misinformation policies, broadening it to any content which "falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects," among other issues.

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Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

If you're looking for a way to be a Big Brother to your grandparent or elderly friend, Alexa Together may be the key. Amazon will provide a series of services and features that'll allow you to use your Amazon Echo, Alexa, and a variety of other devices to keep an eye on your relative or friend. It's sort of like a baby monitor, but far, far more advanced.

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Sunscreen safety: FDA details new ingredient and label changes

Sunscreen safety: FDA details new ingredient and label changes

Baz Luhrmann may have been convinced by the benefits of sunscreen, but the US FDA is weighing in with new potential changes to how sunblock is formulated and labeled. The proposed revisions and updates focus on ensuring the active ingredients in sunscreen are sufficient - and safe - and that product packaging is clear and not misleading.

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Report claims Apple aims to integrate new health features into the iPhone

Report claims Apple aims to integrate new health features into the iPhone

Apple stuffs more and more technology, features, and hardware into each successive generation of the iPhone. A new report has surfaced that claims Apple is working with UCLA and Biogen to integrate new health features that will detect depression and cognitive decline. The program's goal is to determine if the iPhone can gather data, including facial expressions and typing metrics, to identify any mental health concerns in the device user.

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COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old gets impressive study results

COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old gets impressive study results

The first COVID-19 vaccine trial for children aged 5-11 has returned promisingly strong results, bringing parents one step closer to immunization against the coronavirus for the younger members of the family. The new data suggests Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA vaccine, branded Comirnaty, "showed robust neutralizing antibody responses" to COVID-19.

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Researchers combine viruses with antibiotics to fight severe illness

Researchers combine viruses with antibiotics to fight severe illness

Several strains of bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, making them very difficult to treat. One bacteria that's highly damaging to human lungs and is often resistant to antibiotics is Mycobacterium abscessus. Researchers have found a new potential treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria using bacteriophages.

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FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

The FDA's vaccine advisory committee has voted against a generally available third Pfizer COVID-19 booster, though left alternative routes open for other high-risk individuals. The panel, comprised of independent public health and scientific experts, pushed back at suggestions that sufficient data of vaccine safety had been gathered.

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