Puerto Rico’s Slow-Motion Medical Disaster; DNA Surgery on Embryos Removes Disease; Scientists Grow Bullish on Pig-to-Human Transplants; Nerve Stimulation Restores Consciousness and More …
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October 13 – 14, 2017
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
Puerto Rico’s Slow-Motion Medical Disaster
(Wired) — Hurricane Maria left a ruined island and 16 Puerto Rico residents dead. But public health experts worry that figure could climb higher in the coming weeks, as many on the island fail to get medicines or treatment they need for chronic diseases. Roads are blocked, supplies are stuck at the ports, and only 11 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals are open. Doctors at one children’s hospital were forced to discharge 40 patients this week when their generator ran out of diesel fuel. …
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DNA Surgery on Embryos Removes Disease
(BBC) — Precise “chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion “letters” of our genetic code. They altered lab-made embryos to remove the disease beta-thalassemia. The embryos were not implanted. The team says the approach may one day treat a range of inherited diseases. …
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To Have and to Hold: The Rise of Surrogacy in Britain
(Vogue) — There has long been controversy surrounding the ethics of certain surrogacy arrangements abroad, but even in Britain surrogacy is far from straightforward, with laws being dubbed outdated and confusingly complex by many in the field. For example, surrogacy is legal in this country, but it is illegal to pay someone to do it. “Reasonable expenses”, however, are permissible, as are “gifts”. But what is a reasonable expense? Can someone give up work to focus full-time on the pregnancy and have the intended parents pay? Yes. What about massages and private healthcare? Also admissible. …
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Scientists Grow Bullish on Pig-to-Human Transplants
(Science Magazine) — Add your name to a waitlist for a kidney transplant in the United States today, and you’ll join around 100,000 people, many of whom have already been waiting years. The scarcity of life-saving organs for transplants has raised hopes for substitute organs from pigs, which have a similar anatomy to humans. But decades of scientific setbacks have kept clinical trials of that approach, called xenotransplantation, on the horizon. …
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For Some Refugees, Women’s Health Care Is a Culture Shock
(Kaiser Health News) — Perhaps the most distressing of those checkups for many conservative Muslim women is a Pap smear, a screening test for cervical cancer. The test is rare in the developing world, according to global health experts, and for traditional Muslim women, like Manty, who are expected to be virgins until they marry, the invasive procedure is a profound threat. …
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After 15 Years in a Vegetative State, Nerve Stimulation Restores Consciousness
(Medical Xpress) — A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest. The findings reported in Current Biology on September 25 show that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)—a treatment already in use for epilepsy and depression—can help to restore consciousness even after many years in a vegetative state. The outcome challenges the general belief that disorders of consciousness that persist for longer than 12 months are irreversible, the researchers say. …
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Genetic Mutation Made Zika Virus More Dangerous, Study Says
(The Wall Street Journal) — When Zika swept through the Americas and thousands of infants were born with horrifying birth defects, many scientists and health experts wondered if a virus once thought to be benign had mutated to become more dangerous. Now, some say it did. In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at several Chinese institutions identified a genetic mutation they say gave Zika the ability to disrupt brain development, leading to a congenital condition called microcephaly in which a baby’s brain and head are abnormally small. …
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Yemen Cholera Cases Could Hit 1 Million by Year-End: Red Cross
(Reuters) — The humanitarian situation in Yemen is a “catastrophe”, and cholera cases could reach a million by the end of the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday. Warring parties in Yemen – including the western-backed Saudi-led coalition – are all using disproportionate force, leading to “very excessive” civilian casualties, said Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen. In addition, suspected cases of cholera have reached 750,000, with 2,119 deaths, Faite said, and the Red Cross expects at least 900,000 cases by the end of the year. …
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