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'Game changing' tuberculosis vaccine a step closer – BBC News

'Game changing' tuberculosis vaccine a step closer – BBC News

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A vaccine which could "revolutionise" tuberculosis treatment has been unveiled by researchers.It is hoped the vaccine will provide long-term protection against the disease, which kills 1.5 million people around the world each year.The highly contagious disease is caused by bacteria, and the current vaccine, the BCG jab, is not very effective.However, while initial trials have proved successful, the vaccine is still a few years away from being licensed.The team of researchers, who come from all over the world, revealed the vaccine, which is made up of proteins from bacteria which trigger an immune response, during a global summit on lung health in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Tuesday. Is there a sufficient global effo...
CBD Interest Among Americans Surpasses Nearly All Other Health Products: ‘This Generation’s Snake Oil’ – Study Finds

CBD Interest Among Americans Surpasses Nearly All Other Health Products: ‘This Generation’s Snake Oil’ – Study Finds

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SAN DIEGO — Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has undergone a meteoric rise in popularity over recent years. CBD is the second-most prevalent active compound found in marijuana, and is touted as a wonder drug of sorts capable of alleviating various conditions such as anxiety, depression, acne, pain, and even opioid addiction without the usual psychoactive “high” that comes along with traditional marijuana use. While the majority of these claims aren’t exactly backed by definitive scientific evidence, a new study conducted at the University of California, San Diego finds that Americans are more interested in CBD than most health products and fads on the market.In fact, researchers say each month as many as 6.4 million Americans search Google for research or information on buying CBD p
Dying from vaping: Most vaping lung illness deaths are linked to THC – Vox.com

Dying from vaping: Most vaping lung illness deaths are linked to THC – Vox.com

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For weeks, it’s been clear THC vape products are playing a major role in the outbreak of vaping-related illness that has sickened more than 1,600 people across the country. But what hasn’t been clear is what substances the people who died from this sickness had been using. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with that data — and it once again implicates THC vape products. Among 19 patients who’ve died — a subset of the 34 total deaths for whom CDC had substance use data — 84 percent reported using any THC-containing products. Sixty-three percent reported exclusive THC product use. A smaller number — 16 percent — said they’d used only nicotine products, but the CDC also warned that there might be under-reporting of cannabis use since non-medical marijuana is sti
Is A Diet That's Healthy For Us Also Better For The Planet? Most Of The Time, Yes – NPR

Is A Diet That's Healthy For Us Also Better For The Planet? Most Of The Time, Yes – NPR

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Enlarge this image MirageC/Getty Images Consider the almond. Almonds and other nuts are often touted as healthy snacks, because they can help you maintain a healthy weight and are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But almonds are grown in drought-stricken California, and the amount of water required to produce them has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. So if you're an environmentally minded eater who also wants to embrace a healthy diet, are almonds a responsibly green snack? Relatively speaking, yes, says ecologist David Tilman of the University of Minnesota. In a vast new analysis published Monday in the Proceedings...
Deaths linked to vaping often involved THC products, not nicotine, CDC says – CNN

Deaths linked to vaping often involved THC products, not nicotine, CDC says – CNN

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Among 19 such deaths with data available on what substances had been vaped, 63% reported exclusive use of products containing THC, 84% reported any use of these products, 37% reported vaping products containing nicotine, and 16% said they'd only vaped nicotine-containing products.Those who died tended to be older than the wider group of those affected by the outbreak. Just 2% of cases, but almost a quarter of deaths, happened among people over 65. Of 29 deaths analyzed in the new report, the median age was 45, and 59% were male. The youngest death was 17, and the oldest 75.In total, there have been 36 vaping-related deaths identified in 24 states and Washington, DC: three each from California, Indiana and Minnesota; two each from Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon and Tennessee; and one ea...
Genome Sequencing In NICU Can Speed Diagnosis Of Rare Inherited Diseases : Shots – Health News – NPR

Genome Sequencing In NICU Can Speed Diagnosis Of Rare Inherited Diseases : Shots – Health News – NPR

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Enlarge this image Nathaly Sweeney, a neonatologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and researcher with Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, attends to a young patient in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Jenny Siegwart/Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine hide caption toggle caption Jenny Siegwart/Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine When Nathaly Sweeney launched her career as a pediatric heart specialist a few years ago, she says it w...
Weight-loss surgery is OK for obese kids, pediatricians say – Los Angeles Times

Weight-loss surgery is OK for obese kids, pediatricians say – Los Angeles Times

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Even some preteens who are severely obese should be considered candidates for weight-loss surgery, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.The guidance issued Sunday is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that bariatric surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several years, with few complications. In many cases, related health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, vanished after surgery.While most of the studies in the evidence review involved teens, one included children younger than 12 and found no ill effects on growth.“Safe and effective is the message here,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong, a Duke University pediatrics professor and lead author of the new policy. Advertisement
Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at Medical Center – The New York Times

Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at Medical Center – The New York Times

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In recent years, hospitals and medical centers across the country have stopped selling sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to reduce obesity and diabetes.Now a new study carried out at the University of California, San Francisco, has documented the health impact of a soda sales ban on its employees. Ten months after a sales ban went into effect, U.C.S.F. workers who tended to drink a lot of sugary beverages had cut their daily intake by about half. By the end of the study period, the group had, on average, reduced their waist sizes and belly fat, though they did not see any changes in their body mass index. Those who cut back on sugary beverages also tended to see improvements in insulin resistance, a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.The new research, published on Monday in JAMA Interna...
If You Have Asthma, Avoiding The Flu Shot Can Actually Be a Deadly Mistake – ScienceAlert

If You Have Asthma, Avoiding The Flu Shot Can Actually Be a Deadly Mistake – ScienceAlert

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It's that time of year again, flu season is just around the corner and with it comes the dreaded fear of catching the virus. The flu can come on very quickly and symptoms include aching muscles, chills and sweats, a persistent headache as well as a dry, cough – along with fatigue and weakness. The flu vaccine becomes available just before the flu season starts – which is April to September in the Southern Hemisphere, October to April in the Northern Hemisphere, and throughout the year in the tropics.For children, the nasal vaccine contains weakened live viruses while for adults the injected flu vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses. The vaccine cannot cause flu but it activates the immune system to initiate enough protection in case the influenza infection strikes.It isn't possible to
Obese PRETEENS should be offered weight-loss surgery, paediatricians say – Daily Mail

Obese PRETEENS should be offered weight-loss surgery, paediatricians say – Daily Mail

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Severely obese children as young as TWELVE should be offered gastric bypasses 'because it is safe and effective', paediatricians sayAmerican Academy of Pediatrics made recommendation after evidence review Studies researchers looked at showed no ill effect on children's development They say treatment should be offered to children and teens with BMI over 40By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline Published: 10:35 GMT, 28 October 2019 | Updated: 11:45 GMT, 28 October 2019 Weight loss surgery is normally reserved as a last resort option for severely obese adults who have struggled with their weight for decades.But doctors are now calling for more overweight children to be offered the drastic surgery to tackle the problem early on.The American Academy of Pediatric...