Ashley Clements

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DNA Damage from CRISPR Has Been ‘Seriously Underestimated’

The breakthrough gene therapy has hit some major stumbling blocks in the last few months that threaten its status as a therapy.<p><i>This article is part of</i> DNA/IDK <i>, a semi-regular column exploring how genetic modification is shaping the future.</i> <b>Follow along here</b> <i>.</i><p>When CRISPR was first revealed to the …

Genetics

Hot dogs and other cured meats may cause mania, new study finds

Hotdogs and other cured meat such as salami and beef jerky may be causing manic episodes, according to a new study.<p>Scientists say they suspect the chemical preservative nitrate is causing the disorders.<p>They found people hospitalised for an episode had more than three times the odds of having ever …

Research

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure

Every day, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, 65, takes a pill as part of his effort to help keep his brain healthy and sharp.<p>The pill is his blood pressure medication. And Koroshetz, who directs the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, says controlling high blood pressure helps him reduce …

Dementia

Alzheimer's risk 10 times lower with herpes medication

New results could change the face of Alzheimer's treatment; the herpes simplex virus is found to play a vital role in the condition, and antiherpetic …

Dementia

Why won’t the Park Police explain why it shot and killed a man?

BY NOW it is difficult to resist the impression that the federal government is engaged in a coverup in the death of a 25-year-old accountant, Bijan Ghaisar, shot to death by U.S. Park Police last November. That was eight months ago — eight months in which neither the Park Police nor the agency to …

ghaisar

Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owners

A bacteria carried by dogs that haven't been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Research

Third measles case confirmed in Multnomah County

Multnomah County health officials say a third person with measles symptoms has tested positive for the virus.<p>This is in addition to a related, but …

Public Health

Why vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts

One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of …

Public Health

New synthetic opioids are killing even more people, CDC says

New synthetic opioids are killing more people than ever before, with more than half of all opioid overdose deaths caused by the powerful, lab-made drugs, federal officials said Wednesday.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Network warning about the increased supply …

Fentanyl

Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

It's not a great time to be having unprotected sex. Cases of syphilis are on the rise, there's something called super-gonorrhea going around, and according to BASHH, there's a new STI you can catch.<p>What makes it even worse is that doctors have warned the new infection could become a superbug — like …

Public Health

A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Five years ago, Rob and Diane Perez found a spoon and a ramekin in the trash at a branch of their Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, and realized that their top server was doing heroin in the bathroom.<p>They had already lost the first manager to join their staff; she died in jail after …

Customer Service

The "Big Bang" of Alzheimer’s: Breakthrough study uncovers genesis of the disease

Impressive new research led by scientists at UT Southwestern, has discovered the earliest point in a neurodegenerative process that is thought to …

Dementia

‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

ITHACA, N.Y. — Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government for years, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate.<p>The records for the first time reveal frequent …

Health Care

‘We had a nurse almost strangled with IV tubing’

Opioid crackdown, mental health crises aggravate violence in ERs.<p>Violence is growing in American ERs, fed by patient anger over their inability to get painkillers and rising health care bills, as well as the proliferation of gangs and untreated mental illness.<p>“I got a black eye in a psych room when …

Health Care

HIV vaccine on horizon as jab triggers immunity in humans and stops monkeys being infected

A vaccine against HIV is on the horizon after scientists showed a new drug triggered a protective immune response in humans and stopped two thirds of monkeys becoming infected.<p>In the 35 years since the HIV epidemic began, just four vaccines have been tested on humans, with the best only lowering …

Public Health

Tuberculosis scare forces evacuations at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Two buildings on the campus of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were evacuated because of a tuberculosis contamination.<p>Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman with Johns Hopkins Medicine, told The Associated Press a small sample of frozen tuberculosis was "inadvertently released" in an internal bridge between …

Public Health

Brazilian Forests Fall Silent as Yellow Fever Decimates Threatened Monkeys

Karen Strier knew something was wrong as soon as she entered the patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais where …

Public Health

Will Your Melanin Protect You From The Sun?

For many people, the dog days of July mean grabbing an ice pop, lounging outside, and letting the summer sun hit your skin. And for people of color, we're often doing those things sans sunscreen. After all, our melanin will protect us. Right?<p>Not so fast.<p>This week on Ask Code Switch we're taking on …

Cancer

Malaria is resurging with a vengeance on our doorstep but the new drug tafenoquine offers hope

Disease outbreaks such as Ebola are genuinely terrifying.<p>We normally associate them with the exotic and the unknown — UN emergency workers tramping …

Public Health

We Have No Idea How Bad the US Tick Problem Is

When Rick Ostfeld gets bitten by a tick, he knows right away. After decades studying tick-borne diseases as an ecologist at the Cary Institute of …

Public Health

New York, Virginia become first to require mental health education in schools

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday, New York and Virginia became the first two states to enact laws requiring mental health education in schools.<p>New York's law updates the health curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools to include material on mental health. Virginia's law mandates that mental health …

Mental Health

For Women Over 30, There May Be A Better Choice Than The Pap Smear

For most women under 65, a visit to the gynecologist often includes an unpleasant necessity: a Pap smear to check for cervical cancer risk.<p>The test involves letting a doctor or nurse scrape cells from the back of the cervix, which are visually inspected for signs of abnormality.<p>There's another way …

Cancer

Volunteers to be infected with deadly strain of flu to make vaccine better

Volunteers will be infected with a dangerous strain of flu to find out why some people become dangerously ill, while others quickly shake off the virus.<p>Researchers at Imperial College London want to develop a test which can accurately predict which patients can be safely sent home after contracting …

Disease

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?

The French novelist Victor Hugo described the sewage system as “the consciousness of the city,” a place where there are no secrets. Transporting …

Real Estate

Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors

AFTER a brain aneurysm in 2004, Mary McClinton was admitted to Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle. Preparing for an x-ray, the 69-year-old was …

Medicine

Rising Cost Of PrEP To Prevent HIV Infection Pushes It Out Of Reach For Many

Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections. But the officials are hitting roadblocks — the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a …

Public Health

The Science Isn’t Settled on Chronic Lyme

A close look at the evidence suggests the controversial diagnosis should be taken more seriously, and that decades of sexism may be to blame for our …

Lyme Disease

The FDA just opened the door to transforming marijuana policy

<i>John Hudak is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and senior adviser at the cannabis policy consulting firm Freedman & Koski. He is the author of “Marijuana: A Short History.”</i><p>The Food and Drug Administration did something entirely routine and completely unprecedented Monday: It approved a …

Cannabis

US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers.<p>Manufacturing shortages are forcing many doctors and pharmacists to sometimes ration injected …

Medicine

White House wants to cut this public health service corps by nearly 40 percent

The White House is proposing to reduce by nearly 40 percent the uniformed public health professionals who deploy during disasters and disease outbreaks, monitor drug safety and provide health care in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged areas.<p>The proposal is part of a plan announced …

Public Health