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'Unfinished agenda' in preventing lead poisoning - Dotemirates

'Unfinished agenda' in preventing lead poisoning

Over the years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its partners have made major progress towards reducing lead exposure in the United States. But more work remains in preventing lead poisoning in US children and adults, according to a special supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. While US population blood lead levels continue to decline, researchers, public health officials, and policymakers still face challenges in reaching national goals in the fight against lead , according to an introductory editorial by Adrienne S. Ettinger, ScD, MPH, Perri Z. Ruckart, MPH, and Timothy A. Dignam, Ph.D., MPH,...


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25/07/2019

First CRISPR study inside the body to start in US

Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness. People with the disease have healthy eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to the brain that enable sight. The experimental treatment aims to supply kids and adults with a healthy version of the gene they lack, using a tool that cuts or "edits" DNA in a specific spot. It's intended as a onetime treatment that permanently alters the person's native DNA. Two companies, Editas Medicine and...
25/07/2019

Oklahoma marijuana dispensary owner arrested for meth sales

The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in eastern Oklahoma is under arrest after being accused of selling methamphetamine from his business. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says 38-year-old Jeffrey Peregrino was arrested Wednesday at his store, Left Handed Okies, in Spiro, about 165 miles (270 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City. Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward says Peregrino was arrested after twice selling methamphetamine to undercover agents inside the store. Online court records early Thursday don't indicate that formal charges have been filed against Peregrino or list an attorney who can speak on his behalf. Woodward said narcotics agents have taken...

5 big personality traits that people’s phone using habits reveal

Washington: While many studies have said a lot about people's phone using habits and their health, a new study took into account people's phone movement patterns and found the relation between the movement and their personalities. "Activity like how quickly or how far we walk, or when we pick up our phones up during the night, often follows patterns and these patterns say a lot about our personality type," said Prof. Flora Salim, a leading expert in human mobility data. For the study, researchers used data from mobile phone accelerometers- the tiny sensors tracking phone movement for step-counting and other...

How an ancient mutation may predispose humans to heart disease

Humans are the only mammals to naturally develop atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries that can fuel heart disease. Researchers link this to the loss of a single gene in our ancestors around 2–3 million years ago. Why do humans develop atherosclerosis? Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. In the United States, more than 600,000 people die due to the condition each year. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. The underlying cause is atherosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries that supply the heart due to a buildup of plaque. Dr....
25/07/2019

Parkinson's disease: 'Smartwatch' tracker monitors patients at home

A smartwatch-style device that tracks patient's movements has been hailed as "the future of Parkinson's care."The personal Kinetigraph (PKG) monitors tremors and other symptoms, potentially enabling doctors to spot problems remotely.Patients with the degenerative condition are supposed to get half-yearly check-ups but delays are common.Researchers believe the watch could help to ease pressure on over-stretched health services. Plymouth University has enlisted 150 patients across the South West for a trial of the device. How does it work?Patients wear the PKG over a six-day period before sending it away for data to be analysed.The device records motor symptoms including tremors, involuntary...

Hair strand can diagnose depression symptoms in teens

Washington: It might sound a bit strange but even a single hair from those lush locks could help in diagnosing depression. A new study examined the cortisol (steroid hormone released by the adrenal glands) levels in the hair of teens in order to monitor the effects of treatment. Researchers looked for potential relationships between the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the hair and adolescents' depression symptoms and found a surprising connection. Not only did high cortisol levels correspond to a higher likelihood of depression, but there was also a connection between low cortisol levels and mental health struggles....