healthcare

Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

US watchdogs are cracking down on vape liquid firms using social media influencers to push e-cigarette products, warning several brands over missing health disclaimers. The move comes after the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they'd be going after companies pushing e-liquid products on kids, part of a crackdown in general on vaping.

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Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

At WWDC 2019 Apple spoke about the future of the Health app and associated features on Apple Watch. Dr. Sumbul Desai stood onstage speaking about watchOS 6, and how they'll soon introduce Activity Trends for users. With this system, users will be able to see how they move and when they move in a more grand pattern than ever before - not least of all with a newly revealed Cycle Tracking feature.

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Measles outbreaks 2019: Why both sides are wrong

Measles outbreaks 2019: Why both sides are wrong

In the following article we're speaking about the measles outbreaks (yes, plural) inside the United States in the year 2019. The title is written as such in order to draw readers who assume there are two "sides" to the "argument" that surrounds the latest outbreaks, with regard to travel and vaccines. There are, of course, many different factors at play with the latest measles outbreaks in the United States, but travel and unvaccinated individuals are the most major. All factual information provided in the following text comes from the USA's CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Burnout is now a real medical condition

Burnout is now a real medical condition

Burnout isn't just an hazard of modern life, it's now a medical diagnosis, with the World Health Organization adding the condition to its official diagnostic manual. The update affects the ICD-11, the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Disease that the WHO uses to document diseases and more.

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This groundbreaking human cell division model could help cure cancer

This groundbreaking human cell division model could help cure cancer

Scientists have released the first visualization of human cell division, paving the way for new potential treatments for cancer and other diseases. Mitosis is the process where healthy human cells divide, responsible for everything from growing a baby from a fertilized egg, through to our bodies repairing themselves.

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FDA approves easier tests for America’s most common STIs

FDA approves easier tests for America’s most common STIs

New, easier tests for two of the most common STIs have been cleared by the US FDA, paving the way for more rapid - and less uncomfortable - diagnosis and treatment. While tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea are already in widespread use, currently they can require relatively intrusive methods of sampling.

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This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

The nasal spray medication called Esketamine was approved by the FDA this year for treatment of drug-resistant depression - and we've done a bit of an investigation. Over 17.3-million adults in the United States suffer from depression - that's over 7% of all US adults. It's safe to say this affliction affects the way we live our lives - and it'd be a pretty excellent day when we figured out how to adequately treat it.

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Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

It would appear that Comcast wants to monetize your health. Word this afternoon is that Comcast is working on a smart home device not unlike that of the Amazon Echo and/or Google Home. Smart home speaker is the name of the game, and Comcast is aiming at making cash via hospitals. If they can keep you out of the emergency room, surely they deserve compensation for your health - and the health of your grandmother?

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Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

An innovative system to predict lung cancer could make a huge change in survival rates, with Google exploring how artificial intelligence could dramatically improve diagnosis rates. Despite advances in cancer treatment, lung cancer remains one of the most deadly diseases, not least because difficulty in identifying it among patients means it can often be too late to address.

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New dementia guidelines focus on what works – and what doesn’t

New dementia guidelines focus on what works – and what doesn’t

The risk of dementia can be reduced by cutting alcohol consumption and not smoking, part of a lengthy list of proactive ways the World Health Organization has released to help avoid cognitive decline. The advice comes as the WHO reveals ominous predictions about the rate of dementia diagnosis over the next 30 years, with cases of the condition expected to surge.

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Gilead pledges free PrEP HIV med in US: What you need to know

Gilead pledges free PrEP HIV med in US: What you need to know

Pharma giant Gilead will donate HIV treatment and prevention drugs for up to 200,000 people per year, with the free PrEP amounting to as many as 2.4 million bottles of Truvada each year. The agreement has been hailed as a significant step in efforts to reduce - and eventually prevent - HIV in the US, but comes as Gilead faces renewed criticism over its drug pricing and efforts to control the PrEP market.

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The new WHO screen time for kids limits are super-strict

The new WHO screen time for kids limits are super-strict

Children under one year of age shouldn't have any screen time, the World Health Organization has decided, part of a wide-ranging set of guidelines for raising heathy kids that could well prove controversial. Although many parents have discovered that sitting an infant in front of a TV or tablet can prove a capable distraction, the potential health risks may be considerable.

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