Health ministry reviewing Japanese encephalitis situation in Assam
In view of the recent reported Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases in Assam, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has dispatched a central team to review the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) situation in the State, today. He has directed the Ministry to extend all support and assistance to the State government. "I am closely monitoring the situation. The Health Ministry is coordinating with the Government of Assam for prevention and management... read more
More than medicine, rain could check AES in Bihar
Patna: There is a consensus among doctors, experts, health officials as well as parents that monsoon brings down cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, the epicentre of the mystery disease that has claimed lives of 154 children in the state so far.
A week after the much-awaited monsoon entered Bihar and light to moderate rains lashed most parts including Muzaffarpur, more than farmers, doctors, ... read more
Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test, Suggest New Data
The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years be screened at least once in their lifetime, yet less than 40% of people in the U.S. have ever been tested for HIV, according to a CDC report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
The new data, released on National HIV Testing Day, underscore the urgent need to scale up HIV testing to end America’s HIV epidemic.... read more
FDA approves first treatment for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Soliris (eculizumab) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) in adult patients who are anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody positive. NMOSD is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that mainly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord.... read more
Testosterone Therapy Disappoints for Anorexia
Low-dose testosterone does not lead to sustained improvements in depression, anxiety, or disordered eating in women with anorexia nervosa (AN), new research shows.
Investigators compared a transdermal testosterone patch with a placebo patch in 90 adult women with AN who had free testosterone levels below the median. At the end of 24 weeks, mean depression and anxiety scores decreased similarly in both groups,... read more
Brain Activity in Unresponsive Patients May Predict Recovery
About one in six clinically unresponsive ICU patients showed electroencephalography (EEG) patterns of brain activity when spoken to soon after acute brain injury, a single-center study showed.
In 16 of 104 (15%) unresponsive patients, a machine-learning algorithm that analyzed EEG recordings detected brain activation following researchers' verbal commands a median of 4 days after injury.... read more