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Hospitals are facing new kind of security threat they are ill-prepared to handle

Last week, Washington-area MedStar Health restored its systems after a ransomware attack which locked its data and systems. Considering the rising incidents of attacks on hospital systems, internet security experts and hospital officials have said that the cyberattack on the health care provider has come up as a threatening indication that an industry in competition to digitize patient records and services has encountered a new type of security threat for which it isn’t ready yet. Organizations should consider increasing their budget on security of consumer data.

Obesity among men has tripled and more than doubled in women, finds study

Obesity among men has tripled and more than doubled in women, finds study

A large study has reported that presently the world has more adults that can be classified as obese than underweight. Led by Imperial College London scientists, and published in The Lancet, the research has compared body mass index (BMI) in nearly 20 million adult men and women in the time period from 1975 to 2014. The researchers discovered that obesity in men has become thrice and over doubled in women.

Prof. Majid Ezzat, lead author, said that the condition is an ‘epidemic of severe obesity’ and has requested governments to take some action to deal with obesity.

Children with ‘bubble-boy disease’ May Soon Have a Cure, Glaxo’s Potential Treat receives Positive Response

Children with ‘bubble-boy disease’ May Soon Have a Cure, Glaxo’s Potential Treat

Patients of ‘bubble-boy disease’ may soon have a cure as Glaxo’s potential cure has cleared one more hurdle after a European Union regulatory panel stood into its support. If approved, the treatment will help children born with the rare immune-system condition.

On Friday, an advisory committee of the European Medicines Agency showed its support for the cure, which involves introducing a new gene into the sufferer’s stem cells. Positive attitude of the committee has made path easy for the treatment. There are high chances that it will receive approval in coming months.

The new therapy will be beneficial for kids with Adenosine deaminase deficiency, also called ADA-SCID. It is a disease that targets children and takes their lives if left untreated.

Theranos could be offering inaccurate results with its blood testing devices: Analysis

Theranos could be offering inaccurate results with its blood testing devices

Theranos, a California-based medical laboratory Service Company, shot to success after developing a blood testing device named Edison, which uses only a few drops of blood through a finger stick unlike conventional technique that takes vials of blood via venipuncture. The developer of Edison and founder of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes made millions through her invention. However, a recent federal report found deficiencies in Theranos blood testing devices.

CDC reports rise in Autism Rate in New Jersey and Wisconsin

CDC reports rise in Autism Rate in New Jersey and Wisconsin

New Jersey has seen a surge of 12% in new autism cases over a period of two years, federal health officials said on Thursday. Before this, the northeastern state already had the highest rate in the US for autism spectrum disorder. In the United States, the rate of autism remained stable within year 2010 and 2012, according to CDC report.

As per a report by federal health officials, one in every 41 kids in New Jersey is living with the mental condition present from early childhood. But if the new data is compared with number of autism cases in two years, from 2010 to 2012, it is not an uptick, said some experts. They also said that the state is doing a good job by detecting the disorder and providing help to the kids in problem.

Video shows effects of laser hair removal in slow motion

Video shows effects of laser hair removal in slow motion

In case you are one of those who crave for a fuzz-free upper lip or want a hair-free flawless bikini line, laser hair removal is an option for you. However, before going for such a treatment, one must be aware of exactly how the procedure works.

On Wednesday, the YouTube science channel Veritasium released a video that displays the effects of laser hair removal in slow motion.

The laser treatment is quite successful in removing hair because it targets a molecule in the hair known as melanin. During the treatment, the melanin consumes energy from short pulses of laser light, burning the hair to a crisp.

Report: Irish men will be fattest in Europe in less than a decade

Report: Irish men will be fattest in Europe in less than a decade

A major report has recently revealed that men in Ireland are going to be fattest in Europe within a decade. It suggested that women are also likely to carry forward and rise in the obesity league table.

By 2025, 38% men in Ireland will be obese, taking the top position in the European and the UK list of countries suffering from obesity epidemic. Europe’s second fattest are going to be women in Ireland at that stage in case they don’t bring out any change in their present lifestyle trends.

Medical journal ‘The Lancet’ has cautioned that nearly 37% of Ireland women and 38% UK women will be obese by 2025.

NFL players more likely to suffer injuries during games played on colder days, finds Study

NFL players more likely to suffer injuries during games played on colder days

A latest study has found that NFL players have higher chances of suffering concussions and ankle injuries in the games played on colder days. In order to conduct the study, researchers in Canada examined data on the five most suffered injuries that occurred between 2012 and 2014 during two National Football League seasons.

The findings showed that players faced double concussion risk and a 1.5 times more risk of ankle injuries during the time when the temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit or colder in comparison to games played in 70 degrees.

The researchers also discovered that players had 1.36 times more risk of suffering shoulder injuries when they played games on natural grass and not on synthetic turf.

FDA announces to expand access to abortion pill restricted since 2000

FDA announces to expand access to abortion pill restricted since 2000

In the states which had limited access of an abortion-inducing pill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded access to it through its guidelines issued on Wednesday. Women in states like North Dakota, Ohio and Texas are exempt from the 16 years old FDA regulations which doctors have been following.

The new rule announced on Wednesday claimed that women seeking the pill could use that for 70 days after the start of their most recent menstrual period, up from 49 days under the previous guidelines. FDA also made the prescription for pills easier to get and also reduced the dosage of the medication, called mifepristone, from 600 milligrams to 200 milligrams. The new guidelines are update to the old rule being followed since 2000.

Whoopi Goldberg working on medical marijuana startup developing solution for menstrual pain

Whoopi Goldberg working on medical marijuana startup developing solution for men

Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg has started a new medicinal marijuana startup called Whoopi & Maya with her cofounder Maya Elisabeth, who’s been running medical marijuana company Om Edibles since 2008. Whoopi will serve as chairperson, while Maya will be the CEO of new venture. They have shared that the company will launch four products infused with cannabis for women to get relief from menstrual pain.

Premature births could occur due to air pollution

Premature births could occur due to air pollution

A full term baby is born after 37 to 40 weeks of pregnancy, and births before 37 weeks are termed as preterm or premature. There are many physical and mental complications to infant that come along premature births. Not only this, economic losses associated with such births are also remarkable. A new study is associating preterm births in the US to air pollution.

Longer-term antibiotic therapy not successful for people with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease

Longer-term antibiotic therapy not successful for people with persistent symptom

A new Dutch study suggested that people with persistent symptoms linked to Lyme disease may not get relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy. Researchers associated with the study said that though antibiotics are the right therapy for the treatment of Lyme disease when diagnosed well in time, longer-term use is apparently ineffective against the symptoms associated with the tick-borne illness and could make the patients suffer from side effects.

Study senior researcher Dr. Bart-Jan Kullberg said, “Most patients with Lyme disease are cured after initial antibiotic therapy. But, up to 20 percent of patients report persistent symptoms, such as muscular or joint pain, fatigue or concentration problems, despite initial antibiotic therapy”.

Pulses can help dieters feel full, and shed unwanted pounds

Pulses can help dieters feel full, and shed unwanted pounds

Canadian researchers have reported that beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils can be listed among foods that are helpful in weight loss. The research team analyzed data from 21 clinical trials on such foods, classified under ‘pulses’, and discovered that the foods can make dieters feel as if they are full, thus shedding unwanted pounds.

In an official news release, study lead author Russell de Souza, a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said, “Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it”.

Unisex restroom at a store in Athens goes viral on Internet

Unisex restroom at a store in Athens goes viral on Internet

Since Saturday when Tonya Owens posted a sign on Facebook page with a caption which reads simply “Nice job Kroger. This is from a Kroger in Athens, Ga”, the post has gone viral receiving more than 2,800 comments, 67,600 likes and 100,000 shares. The sign was on the door of a unisex restroom at an Athens Kroger store.

The sign had on it written a note that says, “We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations. And since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends”.

Lawmakers target makers of pricey prostate cancer drug Xtandi

Lawmakers target makers of pricey prostate cancer drug Xtandi

On Tuesday, Medivation Incorporated shares fell after a group of lawmakers began a campaign to cut the price of an advanced prostate cancer drug, Xtandi, which as per them has been developed at UCLA via taxpayer-backed research grants.

In the United States, the drug is marketed jointly by San Francisco-based Medivation and its partner, Astellas Pharma Inc., which is a Japanese drug-maker. Xtandi is sold outside the US by Astellas.

About 16,000 babies arrive early each year in US partially due to air pollution

About 16,000 babies arrive early each year in US partially due to air pollution

A latest analysis has estimated that the US premature births associated with air pollution cost over $4 billion annually in medical care and lost economic opportunity. Researchers examined air quality data and birth records and found that nearly 16,000 babies take premature birth partially because of air pollution.

The researchers calculated that yearly costs linked to these preemies include roughly $3.6 billion in lost wages and productivity because of physical and mental deficits linked to early arrivals and $760 million for extensive hospitalizations and use of medications for a long time.

WHO: Ebola no longer an International Public Health Emergency

WHO: Ebola no longer an International Public Health Emergency

In an announcement on Tuesday, the World Health Organization said that the Ebola epidemic that took thousands of lives in West Africa is not an international public health emergency any more.

In a news briefing, Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director general, said that she has accepted the recommendation of an emergency committee, which has reached at a conclusion that West African countries could contain the tiny number of new cases that kept on arising, and that the chances of an international spread are less.

Dr. Chan has told the countries that had prohibited interaction with the three nations to remove any ban on travel and trade with immediate effect.

Many Americans Unaware of Basic Facts about Zika

Many Americans Unaware of Basic Facts about Zika

High percentage of Americans isn’t aware of the general facts about the Zika virus which has led to serious health issues in many regions across Americas. Zika has been spreading across the Americas at a very fast pace and could debut in the continental US in summer.

As per a survey done on 1,275 adults from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Public Health Information Coalition, 87% people are aware that mosquitoes spread Zika, roughly one in three people are mistaken that it can also be spread through coughing or sneezing, just like a cold.

Dickinson lawsuit against Cosby is on hold till Tuesday’s hearing

Dickinson lawsuit against Cosby is on hold till Tuesday’s hearing

Decision to consider the lawsuit filed by model and TV host Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby is on Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub. On Tuesday’s hearing, the judge will pose questions to attorney from both sides to finally decide whether to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against Cosby.

Last year, Dickinson filed a lawsuit against Cosby stating that he had drugged and raped her in 1982. The Cosby's lawyers are denying her allegations and are requesting for dismissal of the case. Dickinson in response felt re-victimized on being projected as liar.

Acupuncture can relieve breast cancer patients from hot flashes

Acupuncture can relieve breast cancer patients from hot flashes

A new Italian research has claimed that acupuncture can provide relief from hot flashes to breast cancer suffers. The women diagnosed with breast cancer are often tired of hot flashes that become part of their life. The researchers of the study discovered that regular acupuncture session coupled up with good lifestyle could reduce their level discomfort in everyday life.

“Acupuncture together with enhanced self-care for three months is effective in reducing hot flashes in women with breast cancer”, said study author Giorgia Razzini, a clinical trial project manager in the oncology unit of Ospedale di Carpi (Carpi Hospital), in Bologna, Italy.



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