FDA Moves to Ease Rules for Blood Donations from Gay Men
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving to further ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men and other groups that typically face higher risks of HIV. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced draft guidelines that would do away with the current three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men. Instead, all potential donors would be screened with a new questionnaire that evaluates their individual risks for HIV based on sexual behavior, recent partners, and other factors. If finalized, many gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships would be able to donate ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Perrone/AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Public Health wire Source Type: news

Psychosocial impact of electrical burn in children: a follow-up study conducted at a tertiary care hospital - Shahid F, Gondal MF, Us Sabah N, Chaudhry R, Aslam H, Iftikhar U, Fraz O, Saeed S, Basit J.
The objective of our study was to evaluate the epidemiology of electrical burn injuries and prospectively evaluate the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Epidemiology of hamstring injuries in 538 cases from a (blinded) Multi Sports Club - Gudelis M, Pruna R, Trujillano J, Lundblad M, Khodaee M.
OBJECTIVES: : Hamstring injuries are the most common muscle injuries in team sports. The aims of this study were to describe the epidemiology of hamstring muscle injuries in the professional and amateur sport sections of a multi-sport club (blinded for rev... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Destruction of Ukraine ’ s Healthcare Facilities Violates International Humanitarian Law – Report
On March 6, 2022, Izyum Central City Hospital (Kharkiv oblast) was attacked as a part of what appears to have been a large-scale carpet-bombing campaign. Reportedly, the hospital team had also marked the hospital with a big red cross that could be seen from the air. Credit: UHCBy Ed HoltBRATISLAVA, Jan 27 2023 (IPS) While recent reports highlight the growing list of human rights abuses and war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, new research has laid bare the massive scale of arguably Russia’s most systematic and deadly campaign of rights violations in the country – the targeting and almost complete destruct...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 27, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Armed Conflicts Editors' Choice Europe Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bureau Report Ukraine Source Type: news

FDA Experts Vote to Make All COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters Bivalent
In a unanimous decision, all 21 voting members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine committee recommended that the U.S. start using the same COVID-19 virus strain in all of the COVID-19 vaccines, including primary and booster doses. That means the bivalent booster dose, which targets both the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and the Omicron BA.4/5 strains, would soon become the only type used for all primary shots and boosters. The decision reflects a turning point in the pandemic. Until now, vaccine makers have tried to keep up with constantly evolving variants, but they’ve always been a few step...
Source: TIME: Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

FDA will ease ban on monogamous gay and bisexual men donating blood
The move comes after widespread calls from members of Congress, the American Red Cross and LGBT organizations to drop the ban put in place during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The cortical NG2-glia response to traumatic brain injury - Dean T, Ghaemmaghami J, Corso J, Gallo V.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant worldwide cause of morbidity and mortality. A chronic neurologic disease bearing the moniker of "the silent epidemic," TBI currently has no targeted therapies to ameliorate cellular loss or enhance functional r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 26, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: TBI Source Type: news

Hospital discharges for substance-related injuries before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a descriptive surveillance study using administrative data - Toigo S, McFaull SR, Thompson W.
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic and associated behavioural changes have contributed to an increase in substance-related hospital discharges, and has altered the injury epidemiology landscape in Canada. We sought to evaluate hospital discharges for substa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 26, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Should Cognitive Screening Be Corrected for Age, Education? Should Cognitive Screening Be Corrected for Age, Education?
This commentary addresses the long-standing debate regarding prediction performance of cognitive screening tests. Should age-education correction be routinely applied?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Roche launches COVID-19 PCR test to detect the fast spreading XBB.1.5 Omicron sub-variant
This new test for researchers specifically targets the XBB.1.5 Omicron sub-variant and runs on the real-time PCR platformsLightCycler® 480 II* andcobas® z480.Results from the test will help closely track the virus ’ lineage and provide insights into the epidemiology and impact it has on public health.Concern from the World HealthOrganisationcentres around the XBB.1.5 high transmissibility and growth advantage.1Basel, 26 January 2023 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and its subsidiary TIB Molbiol have developed a COVID-19 PCR test for researchers that detects and differentiates the latest variant of concern, XBB.1.5...
Source: Roche Media News - January 26, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

XBB remains the dominant variant
INSACOG has not seen any "unusual pattern" or "clustering" in the country. "Severity depends on population immunity and local epidemiology. In the last few weeks we have seen cases going down contrary to the trend seen by some other countries, a senior government official said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What to Know if Your Doctor Put You on Statins to Lower Cholesterol
High cholesterol is a prime example of having too much of a good thing. Our bodies naturally make this substance in the liver and then transport it throughout the body for multiple functions, including hormone regulation, cell tissue regeneration, and vitamin absorption. When the system is working well, cholesterol can boost overall health. But when a certain type called low-density lipoprotein—LDL, sometimes dubbed the “bad” kind—is overproduced, not only does it block the “good” kind called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), but it can also begin to accumulate in the arteries and form thi...
Source: TIME: Health - January 25, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Millard Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate heart health Source Type: news

Has The Obesity Epidemic Gotten Out Of Hand In America?
Obesity is linked to a number of health ailments, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and a number of cancers such as breast and colorectal. If that wasn ’t enough, the annual medical cost of obesity was nearly 173 billion dollars in 2019 alone. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 25, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Omer Awan, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Epidemiological status of depressive disorders in the Middle East and North Africa from 1990 to 2019 - Moradinazar M, Mirzaei P, Moradivafa S, Saeedi M, Basiri M, Shakiba M.
This study was aimed to measure the epidemiological status and the burden of depressive... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Evaluation of the severity of facial and general trauma in child and adolescent victims of traffic accidents - Xavier TB, Silva Meira CL, Rodrigues de Lemos JG, Lacerda de Souza L, Ferreira DP, de Vasconcelos Macedo D, Monnazzi MS, Neto NC, Rebelo Pontes HA.
•Evaluation of the FISS and TRISS SpO(2) to obtain greater rigor in a standardized epidemiological profile of injury severity.•More accurate determination of trauma severity in child and adolescent victims of traffic accidents for improved urgency and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news