U.S. dairy farm worker infected as bird flu spreads to cows in five states
Texas officials today issued a “health alert” about the first confirmed case of a human infection with a bird influenza virus that has found its ways into dairy cows. The worker developed conjunctivitis, a mild eye infection that frequently occurs when avian influenza viruses jump into humans. The case is the latest surprise in the global march of the flu strain, a subtype of H5N1 known as clade 2.3.4.4b that has devastated wild birds and poultry around the world for more than two years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it has confirmed that the virus has infected cattle at farms in...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 2, 2024 Category: Science Source Type: news

COVID-Cautious Americans Feel Abandoned
For all of 2020, Alex, a 28-year-old living in New York, followed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 guidance “religiously.” Then, in 2021, something began to shift. That spring, the CDC said it was okay for vaccinated people to ditch their masks in most places. But people were clearly still getting sick—including Alex, who got COVID-19 for the first time in late 2021 and later developed Long COVID symptoms. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “There was this reckoning moment where it was like, ‘Maybe the CDC is not being totally honest with...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Why Your Diet Needs More Fermented Pickles
Maybe you heard somewhere that pickles are a “superfood,” and dutifully added them to your shopping list. Unfortunately, you may reach for the wrong jar, because many pickles at supermarkets aren’t especially good for you. Scientists have made progress in separating fact from fiction when it comes to health claims about pickles: both the cucumber kind, and other types of pickled vegetables. We asked experts how to find the healthiest kinds of pickles, which benefits are backed by research, and the right amount to eat every day. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Pick the best pickle Mo...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Fuchs Tags: Uncategorized Evergreen freelance healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Experts Can ’ t Agree If We ’ re Still in a Pandemic
As a health journalist, I’ve written the phrase “the COVID-19 pandemic” more times than I care to count in the four years since the World Health Organization (WHO) first used that term on March 11, 2020. But lately, the word “pandemic” has given me pause. Maybe you’ve noticed it too: these days, a lot of people refer to the pandemic in the past tense. “During COVID,” they say, or, “when we were in the pandemic.” The implication is that the virus is gone and the pandemic is over. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The former is clearly untrue. The ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 11, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? Experts Are Split
Since 2021, people with COVID-19 have been told to isolate themselves for at least five days to avoid spreading the disease. But that practice may soon join most mask mandates as relics of the peak pandemic era. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is said to be weighing a new, symptom-based approach to isolation for the general public, the Washington Post reported on Feb. 13. Under that potential approach, which may be rolled out for public feedback this spring, people could leave home when their symptoms are mild and improving and they’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medicat...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

University of Minnesota announces president finalists, plans for teaching hospitals
The U of M has taken some big steps toward solving two of its biggest challenges — who will lead the school and what to do about the teaching hospitals now controlled by Fairview Health Services. But big questions remain on both issues. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 12, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Microbes that gave rise to all plants and animals became multicellular 1.6 billion years ago, tiny fossils reveal
A new study describing a microscopic, algalike fossil dating back more than 1.6 billion years supports the idea that one of the hallmarks of the complex life we see around us—multicellularity— is much older than previously thought. Together with other recent research, the fossil, reported today in Science Advances , suggests the lineage known as eukaryotes— which features compartmentalized cells and includes everything from redwoods to jellies to people— became multicellular some 600 million years earlier than scientists once generally thought . “It’s a fantastic paper,” says Michael...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 24, 2024 Category: Science Source Type: news

Massive study of dog aging likely to lose funding
Scientists who study aging are howling about the possible demise of one of the field’s biggest studies, the Dog Aging Project. The effort has been probing cognitive and physical aspects of aging in about 50,000 dogs and is running a clinical trial to test a drug that may boost the animals’ longevity. But organizers say the project will probably lose funding this year from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which has furnished at least 90% of its annual budget, now about $7 million. “It is a big loss if this project in dogs does not continue,” says gerontologist João Pedro de Magalhães of the University ...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 8, 2024 Category: Science Source Type: news

Oslund, former Star Tribune assistant biz editor, dies at 70
John Oslund, longtime business journalist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, died at the age of 70 from Alzheimer’s disease. Patrick Kennedy of the Star Tribune writes, “Oslund, who retired in 2014, attended the University of Minnesota but left in 1977 a few credits shy of his undergraduate degree…#johnoslund #patrickkennedy #startribune #oslund #minneapolisstar #knightbagehotfellow #columbiauniversity (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minnesota Partnership awards five collaborative research grants for 2023
The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP) has announced its five research awardees for 2023. MNP is funded by the State of Minnesota and provides support for innovative research conducted by collaborative teams from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Totaling $6.75 million, this year ’s awards support innovative projects on cancer, rare genetic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive aging and new health models to study diseases. The award-winning projects are: Minnesota Functional Omics… (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - December 21, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fairview Health plans to end University of Minnesota partnership
The health system said it's not ruling out keeping some relationship with the university and its medical school, but it doesn't want to renew the current arrangement after 2026. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 21, 2023 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

What You Need to Know About Compounded Versions of Popular Weight Loss Drugs
With social media fueling the huge demand for drugs like Ozempic, Rybelsus, Wegovy, and Mounjaro, which are helping people to lose more weight than any previous weight loss medications, it’s no surprise that manufacturers have had trouble keeping up. And the recent approval of Eli Lilly’s Zepbound, which is the same drug, Mounjaro, approved already for diabetes, but renamed specifically for weight management, will only add to that demand. Novo Nordisk, which makes Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, for example, has intentionally cut back on production of Wegovy in an effort to limit new prescriptions, to ensure tha...
Source: TIME: Health - November 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

What's Going On With Medical Technology Company Motus GI's Shares Today?
Motus GI Holdings, Inc. MOTS said that Pure-Vu EVS Gastro was successfully used in the first procedure since receiving FDA clearance. The case was completed by Dr. Brian Hanson, Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Pure-Vu EVS Gastro, which…#motusgiholdings #fda #brianhanson #gastroenterologist #purevuevsgastro #purevuevs #gastro (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

News at a glance: Fish family tree, AI safety research, and open access ’ next steps
TAXONOMY Revised map of fish lineage illuminates family ties Researchers are flocking to download a revised tree of life for ray-finned fishes, which account for half the living vertebrate species and 97% of all living fish. In the first comprehensive synthesis of all the classification work of these animals , ichthyologists Thomas Near of Yale University and Christine Thacker of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum covered most of the fish species consumed by humans and used as pets. Unlike earlier phylogenies that were based primarily on morphology, theirs incorporates extensive DNA da...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 9, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

‘Why are we naming birds after people?’ Behind the plan to scrap many bird names
This week, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) announced that, “in an effort to address past wrongs,” it was moving to change the common English names of up to 80 species of birds found in the United States and Canada that are named after people. The society, a scientific group which maintains the official list of bird names for North America, said the changes are needed because many names are “clouded by racism and misogyny.” For example, some species are named after men who owned slaves, endorsed white supremacy, or participated in activities now seen as unjust. The Scott’s oriole ( ...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 3, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news