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U.S. jury fails to reach verdict in latest Johnson & Johnson talc trial over asbestos claims
Asbestos is a known carcinogen linked to mesothelioma, the type of cancer Boyd-Bostic had been diagnosed with at the age of 29. After two weeks of trial, the jury in the Darlington County Court of Common Pleas said it could not decide whether J&J was responsible for the disease. We continue to believe that the daily use of baby powder on Bertila from birth led to her death, Swett said.
In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier
She came out of the bedroom holding a pistol with both hands, Ms Herrington recalled. Her hands were shaking, shaking, shaking, Ms Herrington said. Among men, those over age 65 are the likeliest to take their lives, and three-quarters of them use a gun. In many rural and suburban communities with inadequate public transit, older people who can't drive may face genuinely constricted lives. They find firearms a crucial part of their identities and sense of security.
VA health systems vary widely in heart disease death rates
Heart disease death rates vary substantially at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, and a new study suggests that this holds true not just for hospitalized patients but also for outpatients. Researchers studied 930,079 veterans with heart disease and 348,015 with congestive heart failure who received care at 138 VA health systems nationwide from 2010 to 2014. The variation in mortality rates at VA hospitals likely mirrors what's would be seen at other hospitals and health systems, Groeneveld added.
Women who freeze eggs to delay childbirth often feel regret
For the past four years, since Facebook and Apple began paying for employees to freeze their eggs to delay childbirth, healthy women are increasingly trying to slow their biological clocks by banking their oocytes, or eggs. In a new study of more than 200 women who had their eggs removed and frozen as a form of counter-infertility insurance, nearly half expressed regret. All underwent the procedure because they elected to delay childbearing rather than because of infertility or a cancer diagnosis.
Nylon halts fatal fungal infections
According to an innovative new study, nylon polymers may help to tackle fungal species that currently defy treatment. For instance, the very common fungus Candida, which can cause invasive infections, is starting to become immune to conventional antifungals. Over recent years, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been investigating nylon polymers' ability to fight fungi. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, so the team looked at other short chain molecules, and they settled on nylon.
Food insecurity linked to type 2 diabetes risk
Canadians who cannot afford to eat regularly or to eat a healthy diet have more than double the average risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study suggests. Household food insecurity is defined as having uncertain or insufficient food access due to limited financial resources.
Letter from the Editor: Onward and upward
Street parties and beachfront screenings were a big part of the Royal Wedding celebrations in MNT's hometown of Brighton. The sun was shining, and the atmosphere was brimming with joy and excitement. For many people, however, this wasn't just any wedding; it was a departure from what can be deemed outdated Royal traditions. All of the amazing progress that MNT have made so far would not have been possible without you, our readers.
Gut bacteria control cancer immunity in the liver
Scientists have discovered that gut bacteria control the growth of cancer in the liver through a previously unknown process. The researchers note that primary and metastatic liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. In their study paper, the researchers explain that the liver intimately cross-talks with the gut and is continually exposed to byproducts of gut bacteria through contact with blood from the intestines.
Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle
Most people Reuters reporters spoke to in Mbandaka this week said they were pleased by the authorities' energetic response. Our grandparents lived a long time here in Mbandaka and they never experienced this, said a merchant named Yvonne. Health officials later turned up at the church to vaccinate several people who had been in contact with her. Health workers find themselves having to strike a delicate balance: restricting Ebola patients' movements but without antagonizing communities whose cooperation is vital.
Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant
Advertisement The Healing Edge By Denise Grady May 25, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO - In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. The condition, alpha thalassemia major, leaves red blood cells unable to carry oxygen around the body, causing severe anemia, heart failure and brain damage.
Causes and treatment of lower back spasms
There are many possible causes for lower back spasms, including poor posture, muscle overuse, and sprains and strains. In this article, we look at the causes of lower back spasm as well as prevention, diagnosis, first aid for symptoms, and treatment. Twisting of the spine, which occurs in scoliosis, may cause muscle spasms in the lower back. A doctor may recommended physical therapy as a treatment for lower back spasms.
Third Indian state checks suspect cases in outbreak of rare brain-damaging virus
Officials in a third Indian state were checking on Friday if two people had been infected with the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 in southern Kerala, although the government described the outbreak as minor. Such outbreaks are a concern in a country where hundreds die from infectious diseases each year for lack of vigorous disease tracking systems. There is no vaccine for the virus, carried by fruit bats, and the only treatment is supportive care.
The truth about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes
Three years ago, researchers at Portland State University in Oregon conducted a study that found previously unknown forms of formaldehyde in the vapor of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). This time, they concluded that the risk posed by the formaldehyde content of e-cigarettes is, in fact, greater than they had originally believed. The original 2015 study that investigated formaldehyde and e-cigarettes was led by David Peyton, Robert Strongin, and James Pankow.
Breast cancer: A low-fat diet may improve survivors' outlook
New research now suggests that consuming less dietary fat after being diagnosed with breast cancer may significantly improve a person's survival rate. Maintaining a low-fat diet over a long period of time could significantly improve the outlook for breast cancer survivors. If the cancer has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes, 85 percent of patients with breast cancer have the same 5-year survival rate. Some studies have revealed that being obese, for example, raises the risk of breast cancer recurrence, even death, by 35-40 percent.
AstraZeneca cancer drug hits second goal by extending survival
AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug Imfinzi has hit a second important goal by improving overall survival in lung cancer patients, boosting prospects for a medicine that has already got off to a promising commercial launch. Imfinzi is the first immunotherapy to be approved in this setting, giving AstraZeneca a chance to intervene relatively early in lung cancer.
Australian anti-trust watchdog loses appeal against Pfizer over Lipitor sales
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Friday it was considering the judgment and remained committed to pursuing cases involving misuse of market power. The drug Lipitor generated annual sales of more than A$700 million ($530 million) for Pfizer in Australia before the company's patent expired there in May 2012, the Commission said when it launched the case against Pfizer in 2014.
FDA approves BioMarin rare metabolic disorder drug, shares rise
US regulators on Thursday approved BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's Palynziq for adults with phenylketonuria, a rare metabolic disorder, sending shares of the biotechnology company up 3 percent after hours. BioMarin said the drug will be available in the United States by the end of June. Shares of BioMarin, which closed at $88.28 in regular trading, were up $2.72 at $91 after hours. The FDA approved Palynziq for adults who have unontrolled concentrations of phenylalanine above a specific threshold despite other treatments.
Commutes on foot or bike tied to lowered risk of heart attack or stroke
Researchers in the UK examined data on 187,281 regular commuters and 171,498 adults who didn't routinely travel to work. For most people this means walking or public transport, instead of using the car, Mytton said by email. Doctors typically advise people to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise. The study wasn't a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how commuting by foot, bike, bus or train might directly lower the risk of heart disease.
Oily fish still a good habit for heart health, U.S. doctors say
People who eat at least two servings a week of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna should keep it up because US doctors still say it's a good way to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The new scientific advisory reaffirms the American Heart Association's recommendations against fried fish and stresses the benefits of eating two 3.5-ounce servings a week of fish, especially oily varieties rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

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