2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More

CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high blood pressure. The new threshold is 130 over 80, replacing 140 over 90. This means that nearly half of adults in the US have hypertension. Labratory Breakthroughs A game-changer came through in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The FDA green lighted Ocrevus, the first drug approved to treat a severe form of MS. The FDA also approved the first gene therapy for leukemia. “CAR-T” removes a patient’s T-cells then modifies them in the lab to destroy cancer cells. And a team of doctors in the US and South Korea repaired a faulty gene in a human embryo for the first time. The controversial process of gene editing could help prevent thousands of genetic disorders. New Cancer Diagnoses  The American Cancer Society reported a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in millennials and Gen X-ers. Poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity may be to blam...
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Conclusions: Smoking and substance abuse are common among industrial workers. Tramadol and cannabis are the most commonly abused substances. Smoking, older age, and male sex are correlates of substance abuse. Alcohol abuse is associated with dependence.
Source: Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment - Category: Addiction Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: These findings show that in Brazil problems related to alcohol use by the elderly remain relatively unknown. There was a high heterogeneity of methodologies in the studies, making it difficult to summarize the findings and produce prevalence estimates for the different patterns of consumption. More homogenous studies using similar definitions of patterns of alcohol consumption are required to allow comparisons to be made between different Brazilian regions and other countries.
Source: Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment - Category: Addiction Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Abstract The Power of Food Scale (PFS) is an instrument designed to examine individual differences in the drive to eat for pleasure (as opposed to in response to physiological hunger) and the effect of living in an obesogenic environment. Previous research supports the validity and reliability of the PFS, however, it had yet to be validated in an ethnically diverse college sample. The purpose of the current study was to test the factor structure and measurement invariance of the PFS across gender, ethnicity, and weight status. A sample of 432 college students completed the PFS (males=113, females = 319; non-Hispan...
Source: Eating Behaviors - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Eat Behav Source Type: research
This is a public health success story. A landmark report on the effectiveness of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (4vHP) in the U.S. is now a matter of medical record. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S., with nearly 80 million people infected with some type of HPV at some point in their lives [1]. About 14 million Americans, including teens, become infected each year [2]. HPV causes genital warts and is associated with an estimated 33,700 newly diagnosed cancers every year in the U.S.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
In conclusion, HFD-induced hypertension is not driven by increased sympathetic neurotransmission to MA in male and female Dahl ss rats. PMID: 31731103 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Autonomic Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Auton Neurosci Source Type: research
Authors: Liu X, Yang G, Huang J, Chai L, Liu X, Dai Q, Yang Z Abstract Aim: KRAS SNPs may increase KRAS transcription and KRAS levels. SNPs of KRAS 3'UTR can affect carcinoma risk and prognosis. Materials &methods: The rs8720 and rs7960917 in KRAS 3'UTR for colorectal carcinoma (CRC) risk and survival were investigated in a case-control study. Association between SNPs and CRC risk, survival analysis were analyzed by an unconditional logistic regression model, log-rank test, Kaplan-Meier estimation, Cox regression model and one-way analysis of variance. Results &conclusion: The genotype CT of rs8720 was sign...
Source: Future Medicine: Biomarkers in Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Biomark Med Source Type: research
This study profiled differentially expressed long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) to predict LSCC overall survival (OS) using The Cancer Genome Atlas data. Materials &methods: The RNA-seq and clinical dataset of 475 LSCC patients was retrieved from The Cancer Genome Atlas database and statistically analyzed. Results: There were 67 upregulated and 32 downregulated lncRNAs in LSCCs and 12 lncRNAs associated with OS. The seven-lncRNA signature was associated with poor OS and RP11-150O12.6 and CTA-384D8.35 were associated with better OS (p
Source: Future Medicine: Biomarkers in Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Biomark Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: Total EMPs per microliter PFP, percent-activated EMPs and percent LACT(+) of total EMPs are reproducible among youth. PMID: 31729246 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Future Medicine: Biomarkers in Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Biomark Med Source Type: research
In this study, the obtained IC50 concentration of 51.25 μg/mL exhibits significant anticancer activity against A549 cells than other tested concentrations because of the release of zinc ions, which induce the cell apoptosis. Furthermore, studies on cell cycle validate that ZnO NPs arrest the cell cycle at the sub-G1 phase of A549 cells. These results suggest the utility of phytogenic ZnO NPs for various biomedical applications.Graphical abstract
Source: Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology - Category: Biotechnology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Anesthetic preconditioning is a promising strategy to prevent I-R injury associated with transplantation. Our results suggest that sirtuin 2 is involved in the protective mechanisms of some commonly used anesthetics against I-R damage. PMID: 31726818 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Minerva Urol Nefrol Source Type: research
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