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2023

Today's COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or Flu

Today`s COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or FluTHURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of mild COVID-19 infection have shifted this season, and now are more akin to those of allergies and the common cold, doctors say.Many people with COVID-19 now are presenting with upper respiratory symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat, said Dr. Teresa Lovins, an independent family physician in Columbus, Ind.“A couple of patients told me 'this seems like my allergies, but my allergy med isn't working. And then I start feeling really, really tired and I just can't get my energy up and about,'” Lovins recounted. “And I'm like, 'yeah, we ought to test you for COVID,' and more times than not it's positive.”Fatigue also continues to plague COVID patients, according to Lovins and Dr. William Schaffner, a...

FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to...

21 September 2023
FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: ReportTHURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new government report finds that federal regulators need to do more to help in the battle to keep kids and teens off tobacco.Among the report’s findings were that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to get tough on retailers selling tobacco to youth and should improve its oversight of online retailers. The FDA should also work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help stop online tobacco sales to children, according to the report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).“Responding effectively to serial violators remains a challenge for FDA,” the report stated.“The small number of retailers that repeatedly violate the Tobacco Control Act are often not subjected to more punitive actions. This...

In Mississippi, a Huge Jump in Cases of Babies Born With...

21 September 2023
In Mississippi, a Huge Jump in Cases of Babies Born With SyphilisTHURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is experiencing an alarming wave of congenital syphilis, and one southern state saw a 1,000% rise in babies born with the infection between 2016 and 2022.The number of babies born with the infection in Mississippi rose from 10 in 2016 to 110 in 2022. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. Congenital syphilis occurs when an infected mother passes the disease to her unborn infant."This sort of mirrors what we've seen in the country, but like a lot of things, because of our health disparities in Mississippi, adverse trends across the country tend to get concentrated in our state," said senior researcher Dr. Thomas Dobbs, dean of the School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in...

A Baby Cries & Mom's Breast Milk Releases: New Study...

20 September 2023
A Baby Cries & Mom`s Breast Milk Releases: New Study Could Explain WhyWEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many a new mom knows that when her newborn cries, her milk releases. Now, animal research reveals a newly discovered brain circuit that may explain why that happens.This new study showed that when a mouse pup starts crying, sound information travels to an area of its mother’s brain called the posterior intralaminar nucleus of the thalamus (PIL). This then sends signals to oxytocin-releasing brain cells (neurons) in another region called the hypothalamus, which is a control center for hormone activity.While most of the time, these hypothalamus neurons are kept in check by proteins acting as gatekeepers to prevent wasted milk, after 30 seconds of continuous crying, signals from the PIL were found to build up and overpower these inhibitory...

Future of 'Artificial Wombs' for Human Preemies to Be Weighed by FDA Advisors

19 September 2023
Future of `Artificial Wombs` for Human Preemies to Be Weighed by FDA AdvisorsTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will weigh the possibilities and parameters of experiments with artificial wombs for premature human babies.Scientists have already had some success with the concept in animals. During a two-day meeting that ends Wednesday, the Pediatric Advisory Committee will cover regulations and ethics around creating an artificial womb that would help very premature humans to survive, with time to continue to develop their lungs, gastrointestinal system and brain. The advisors will also consider what clinical trials for this would look like. The purpose of an artificial womb would be to help the fraction of babies born before 28 weeks' gestation, which is less than 1% of infants. It could not be used from...
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