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ReWalk pushes forward on soft suit exoskeleton for stroke survivors
ReWalk Robotics is slated to launch its soft suit exoskeleton for people who have suffered a stroke in 2018. Rewalk first partnered with Wyss in 2016 when the duo teamed up to develop and test lightweight exoskeleton designs for people with lower limb disabilities. The soft suit exoskeleton works similarly to ReWalk's rigid exoskeleton for people with spinal cord injuries.
Allergan ruling casts doubt on tribal patent strategy
The federal judge, William Bryson, expressed concerns about the legitimacy of the tribal transfer, calling it a ploy by Allergan to rent the tribe's sovereign immunity. Legal experts said the rebuke from a prominent judge will make other patent owners reluctant to copy Allergan's manoeuvre. Allergan said it wanted to avoid defending the patent in both federal court and before PTAB.
Frailty tied to higher risk of complications with common surgeries
Frail patients are more likely to have serious complications after elective outpatient surgery than people who are healthier and stronger, a recent study suggests. This level of frailty was also associated with 70 percent higher odds of any complications, including minor issues. Frailty is a measure of decreased physiological function that can involve problems like weakness, exhaustion, slow walking speed or low activity levels.
Forget mosquitoes, smoke kills you too
The argument that the smoke from crackers and fireworks kills mosquitoes is like burning the bed to get rid of bed bugs. Smoke from crackers irritates the lungs, and the worst affected are asthma patients and those suffering from respiratory issues. Smoke contains ultra minute particles, which are so small that when inhaled, they can penetrate deep into the lungs.
Should donor sex influence blood transfusion practices?
Women didn't appear to have an increased risk of death when they received blood from a previously pregnant female donor, however. The largest study to date with almost a million patients did not find an association between donor sex and patient survival, Edgren said by email. For female recipients of blood transfusions, mortality rates were 74 deaths for every 1,000 patients per year with a previously pregnant female donor and 62 deaths with a male donor.
Florida needs more pet-friendly hurricane shelters for the elderly
Only 28 of Florida's 67 counties offer pet-friendly hurricane-evacuation shelters, the researchers note. Douglas and her team had theorized that older adults would have a greater need for pet-friendly shelters. Evacuation becomes complicated for many elderly pet owners who live long distances from pet-friendly shelters. In addition to opening pet-friendly shelters, Hunt stressed the importance of letting evacuees who live with animals know that shelters willing to take animals are available.
New cancer drugs help J&J top profit estimates
Higher demand for J&J's blood cancer drugs, Darzalex and Imbruvica, and Actelion's rare diseases treatments are expected to boost earnings going forward. The two cancer drugs should continue to capture market share, Guggenheim Securities' Butler said. Analysts on average were expecting an adjusted profit of $1.80 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. J&J raised its 2017 profit forecast to $7.25 to $7.30 per share, from its previous forecast of $7.12 to $7.22 per share.
Don't choke: Health hazards of bursting firecrackers
The festival of light, Diwali is celebrated with great vigour all across the nation and bursting firecrackers has become the norm. In their zeal to celebrate the festival, people forget the health hazards they are exposing themselves and others to. Come Diwali, we hear loud noises of firecrackers exploding all around and with them, the toxic smoke that causes both air and noise pollution. The smoke which comes from the firecrackers contains many chemicals which are injurious to health.
UnitedHealth sees growth in 2018, opportunities in Trump plans
UnitedHealth, the industry bellwether, is the first health insurer to report and its third-quarter net earnings rose 26.3 percent, beating analysts' expectations. UnitedHealth sold Obamacare individual plans in about two dozen states before booking financial losses and then mostly pulling out of the market this year. UnitedHealth's new Chief Executive Dave Wichmann now sees opportunities in the plans outlined by Trump. While it could take until 2019 until association plans are for sale, the short-term plan extension may come sooner.
J&J wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favour of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder. The February 2016 verdict for Fox's family was the first of four jury awards totalling $307 million in state court in St Louis to plaintiffs who accused J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.
76 genes that make bacteria drug-resistant identified
Scientists have identified 76 previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics, a finding that could bolster mankind's fight against superbugs. Disease-causing bacteria become resistant through mutations of their own DNA or by acquiring resistance genes from other, often harmless, bacteria. Several of these genes can provide bacteria with the ability to degrade carbapenems, the most powerful class of antibiotics used to treat multi-resistant bacteria.
Stress may harm gut health as much as junk food
Research suggests that stress has the same effect on gut microbiota as a high-fat diet. According to a new study, stress may be just as detrimental to our health as junk food - for women, at least. The new study suggests that some of these implications may be down to how our gut microorganisms respond to stress.
Transenterix won't compete head-on with Intuitive Surgical: CEO
Transenterix Inc's chief executive played down on Tuesday the threat posed by his company's surgical robotic system to market leader Intuitive Surgical Inc, saying he did not expect the two to compete head on. Transenterix CEO Todd Pope said Senhance had a lot of ground to cover before it might have to compete directly with Intuitive's Da Vinci device, which has dominated robotic surgery purchasing since it was approved in 2000. We are not going to be competing head-on with Intuitive.
Schizophrenia affects whole-brain connectivity, major study finds
The data for the new study were collected from 29 existing studies conducted by the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta Analysis (ENIGMA) global consortium. The study found that the brain's entire communication system - and not just isolated areas - seems to be disrupted in schizophrenia. These findings, adds Kelly, could lead to the identification of biomarkers that enable researchers to test patients' response to schizophrenia treatment. Next steps stemming from this research include examining the causes for the observations noted in this study.
What to eat and avoid on the gastric sleeve diet
The gastric sleeve diet follows four distinct phases for getting back to a healthful eating pattern. The gastric sleeve diet is a multiphase diet designed to prepare people for surgery, help them recover, and transition to a lifetime of healthful eating. People who cannot have gastric sleeve surgery or want to try lifestyle remedies before considering it may be interested in trying the gastric sleeve diet. Phase 1 Phase 1 of the gastric sleeve diet usually lasts for about a week after surgery.
Fatty liver disease fastest-growing reason for transplants in young U.S. adults
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its more aggressive form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, have become the fastest-growing reasons for liver transplants in young Americans, according to a recent study. Typically, older adults experience the slow progression of fatty liver disease that is not related to alcohol but can lead ultimately to liver cirrhosis. About 18% of transplants were for acute liver failure, and other important causes were hepatitis C and B as well as liver cancers.
Type 2 diabetes: Blood sugar pill shows promise
The results justify phase III trials to assess the longer-term effects and safety of semaglutide in pill form to help patients with type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar, note the authors. Many patients can manage their type 2 diabetes by eating a healthful diet, partaking in exercise, and taking medications to help control blood sugar, or achieve glycemic control. Some groups received a daily pill version of semaglutide or a placebo, while others received a weekly injection of semaglutide.
Brown, blue, green, and hazel: What is the secret behind eye color?
Eye color is determined by the pattern of brown and red pigment, collagen fibers, and the topography of the iris. Our individual eye color is made up of different amounts of pigment and the connective tissue that forms part of the iris. Eye colors that fall in-between the extremes of dark brown and light blue have varying amounts of pigment and areas without any pigment.
UnitedHealth sees growth in 2018, a year of changes by Trump
UnitedHealth, the bellwether for the industry, is the first health insurer to report and its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday beat analysts' expectations. Its shares rose more than 5 percent, pulling rival insurers such as Anthem Inc, Aetna Inc, and Cigna Corp higher as well. Trump last week signed an executive order to weaken predecessor Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. The tax was suspended in 2017 and will be back in effect after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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