India gets its first national essential diagnostics list
India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which aims to bridge the current regulatory system's gap that does not cover all the medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic devices (IVD).
The current system is equipped to manage only the few notified devices... read more
Despite challenges, Yemen eliminates lymphatic filariasis
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges the achievement of the Republic of Yemen for eliminating lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem, making it the second country, after Egypt, in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region to achieve the criteria.
The accomplishment comes after more than two decades of sustained disease control and prevention measures,... read more
FDA approves first of its kind device to treat pediatric patients with progressive idiopathic scoliosis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first spinal tether device intended to be used in children and adolescents to correct the most common form of scoliosis, called idiopathic scoliosis, that has not responded to conservative treatment options, such as external bracing. The device, called The Tether – Vertebral Body Tethering System,... read more
Better detection of clinically significant prostate cancer with MRI plus targeted biopsy
Prebiopsy multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) combined with targeted biopsy is associated with improved detection of clinically significant prostate cancer compared with transrectal ultrasonography-guided systemic biopsy alone, suggests a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Researchers noted that the use of pre-biopsy mpMRI combined with targeted prostate biopsy was better in detecting clinically significant cancers... read more
Low vitamin D linked to worse Parkinson's symptoms
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients have lower levels of vitamin D than their healthy peers, a new study reveals.
Vitamin D levels were also associated with several non-motor symptoms in PD patients, Dr. Jing Chen of The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University in Suzhou, China, and colleagues found. "Together, these results indicate that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in PD pathogenesis, ... read more