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8-Year-Old Gets New Life with Transplants

8-Year-Old Gets New Life with Transplants

The Surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC carried out an extremely uncommon surgery of quadruple organ transplant of an eight year old girl, Kyree Beachem, in November 2015. The Pennsylvania-kid is being treated for Hirschprung's Disease, in which the child is born with missing nerve cells from colon and the child faces difficulty in the digestion of food.

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Regular Coffee consumption is linked to lower death risk

Regular Coffee consumption is linked to lower death risk

Researchers conducted a decade long study in US and discovered that people who consumed coffee everyday showed less chances of dying due to many causes, like heart disease and diabetes, in comparison to the ones who didn't consume coffee at all.

The more was the consumption of coffee, the lower was the study participants’ risk of dying, and similar pattern was shown by decaf drinkers.

HIV Treatment Drug Now Used To Prevent Spread of Infection

HIV Treatment Drug Now Used To Prevent Spread of Infection

A drug which has been used to treat patients battling with HIV is now being used in a program to help HIV-positive patients to prevent the spread of the infection. Using the drug, Truvada, patients are better able to prevent the infection, found researchers.

Some doctors use the program, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to help individuals who are at high risk of getting infected with the HIV. It has been found that when patients took Truvada, they were able to prevent the infection.

CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccination

CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccination

The CDC has recommended that everybody of age 6 months and above must get a flu vaccination every year. Pamela Prindle, Foxhall Internists’ immunization clinic director called it quite troubling.

This year, the flu vaccine is likely to be 60% effective. It’s likely that all the people who got vaccinated against flu this year have directly contributed to herd immunity. It is an idea that the more members of a population are immune, the less will be the chances that the ones who are at more risk will get infection.

New Report Suggests Shortcomings in PTSD Care and Recurrence among Veterans

New Report Suggests Shortcomings in PTSD Care and Recurrence among Veterans

Combat veterans are not only the ones who fall victim to post-traumatic stress disorder, as a new study has found millions of nonveterans also pass through the condition. The researchers have found that treatment resources for non-veterans remain less helpful and concrete.

UCSF Calls Living Kidney Donor’s Death a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

UCSF Calls Living Kidney Donor’s Death a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

You never know that you are going to do something good for your friend or family member but at the same time is drilling pit for yourself too. Similar case happened at UCSF Medical Center, causing suspension of its living donor program for kidney transplants this week. In October, a donor died after donating kidney to a recipient at UCSF Medical Center. Joel Newman, spokesman from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, said the reason behind the death is still unknown. It could have been due to the organ procurement surgery, an underlying medical condition or some other reason.

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Inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA could be linked to Autism: Harvard Research

Inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA could be linked to Autism: Harvard Research

A specific chemical in the brain could be linked to autism risk, according to a new research conducted by medical researchers at Harvard University. The team found strong link between autistic behavior and breakdown in the signaling pathway used by a major inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA. The neurotransmitter plays an important role and could be the cause of autistic behavior. The study results have been published in the journal Current Biology.

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Aim of a new bill in France is to do away with use of ‘excessively thin’ models

Aim of a new bill in France is to do away with use of ‘excessively thin’ models

According to a bill, France has passed on Thursday aiming at making the use of super skinny fashion models banned in the fashion industry, the models will need to obtain a medical approval by doctor to work in the industry.

The French National Assembly’s passed law wants models to visit a doctor, and asks for photographs that have been edited to change the appearance of a model to carry a caption that indicates the alteration. BBC News reported that the aim of the law is to do away with the use of ‘excessively thin’ models.

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FDA anticipates giving its decision on BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's lead drug in early January

FDA anticipates giving its decision on BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's lead drug in early January

The deadline to decide on drug developer BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's lead drug has been pushed back by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA hasn’t rejected it right away, keeping a ray of hope among shareholders.

The company made the announcement regarding the delay from the FDA on Friday, saying that the federal agency isn’t done with the drug review so far. The drug has been designed for the treatment of rare disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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