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14/09/2019

Scientists Use CRISPR Tool in Attempt to Cure HIV

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 -- The first attempt to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR to cure HIV infection was unsuccessful but the approach does show promise. Chinese researchers used the tool to give a patient blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS-causing virus, the Associated Press reported. The study was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. It's the first published report of trying to use CRISPR to treat a disease in an adult, according to the AP. Even though CRISPR did not cure the patient's HIV infection, the gene-editing tool appears precise and safe in...
10/09/2019

FDA Warns Juul About Illegal Marketing Claims

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A warning letter has been sent to Juul Labs Inc. about illegal claims that its electronic cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes, including a presentation to students, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A spokesman for Juul said the company is reviewing the warning. The FDA's warning letter refers to several statements, including ones discussed in testimony from a July 2019 Congressional hearing. According to that testimony, a Juul representative speaking with students in a school presentation stated that Juul "was much safer than cigarettes," that "FDA...
06/09/2019

Atlanta Sterilizer Closes as Locals Plan Air Tests

Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Sept. 6, 2019 -- A medical sterilization facility in metro Atlanta is shutting down its operations until October as it undergoes construction to reduce emissions of a toxic gas. Sterigenics said Friday that a September shutdown would speed up the improvements the company has promised to state officials to cut its ethylene oxide pollution. But it comes as a coalition of Cobb County, Smyrna, and Atlanta governments has installed monitors around the plant to begin testing airborne levels of ethylene oxide,...

05/09/2019

Coming Soon: A 'Pot Breathalyzer'?

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Driving while high on marijuana can be as dangerous and illegal as driving drunk, but unlike alcohol, there's no way to detect pot on your breath. That could change, however, as University of Pittsburgh scientists are working hard to develop a breathalyzer that can measure the psychoactive ingredient in pot. Although the technology may work, many questions must be answered before police start checking drivers. "We envision that this sensor can be produced as a breathalyzer like an alcohol breathalyzer," said lead researcher Alexander Star, a professor of...
04/09/2019

Airlines Seek to Serve Hearing-Impaired Passengers

Sept. 3, 2019 -- Delta Airlines recently announced that employees who speak any of the 300-plus types of sign language will be identified by a notice on their employee nametag. In a press release, the company stated that this update will allow "customers and qualified employees [to] immediately be able to visually recognize when they hold sign language as a common connection.” Delta becomes the latest major airline to take steps to help their customers who are deaf or hard of hearing have a smoother time traveling. In early 2019, Virgin Atlantic Airways introduced a “hidden symbol,” included on a...
29/08/2019

Could Red Wine Boost Your 'Microbiome'?

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A little pinot noir now and then might help keep the bacteria in your tummy healthy and happy, a new study suggests. As little as one glass of red wine a week can increase the diversity of the good bacteria in your microbiome, which can help lower bad cholesterol and keep your weight down, researchers say. "The more people drink, the higher the diversity. But even small amounts, such as one glass of red wine every week, shows a benefit," said study first author Caroline Le Roy. She's...

29/08/2019

Pinterest Limits Sources of Vaccine Content

Aug. 29, 2019 -- From now on, if you do vaccine-related searches on Pinterest, you'll only get results from public health organizations. "We're taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn't responsible," Ifeoma Ozoma, the social media company's public policy and social impact manager said in a statement released Wednesday, CNN reported. "As we continue to tackle health misinformation, we remove it and the accounts that spread it from our service," Ozoma added. Pinterest will only show results from institutions such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease...
28/08/2019

'Synthetic Pot' Lands People in the ER

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Using "synthetic pot" is rolling the dice with your health, experts warn, pointing to a healthy 26-year-old woman who ended up in the ER after smoking a batch laced with rat poison. Synthetic pot is created in a lab. It's supposed to safely mimic marijuana by targeting the same cannabinoid receptors as the real thing. But the unregulated chemical composition of fake weed can be a toxic crap shoot, experts say. And for the 26-year-old Illinois woman who took that gamble, luck was not on her side. "This...
27/08/2019

Judge Fines J&J $572 Billion Over Opioid Crisis

By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An Oklahoma judge on Monday ruled against one of America's biggest companies, Johnson & Johnson -- fining it $572 million as part of the first trial of an opioid maker sued by a state for the human and financial costs of the prescription painkiller crisis. The verdict could have huge implications as other states and communities target pharmaceutical firms for the epidemic of opioid abuse that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States since 2000. Over 2,000 lawsuits on the issue are aimed at...

23/08/2019

CDC Warns of 'Super' Salmonella in Beef, Cheese

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella is sickening people who eat contaminated beef and unpasteurized soft Mexican cheese, U.S. health officials warned Thursday. First seen in 2017, this bacterial strain has already caused 255 Americans in 32 states to become ill, and many more cases are expected. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pinpointed the source to contaminated beef from U.S. sources and soft Mexican cheese, which suggests that cattle in both countries are infected. "The resistant strains developed in animals, and those strains can then...
22/08/2019

Microplastics in Drinking Water Not a Health Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 -- Levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be a health risk, according to the World Health Organization. However the U.N. health agency also noted that more research is needed into how microplastics may impact human health and the environment, the Associated Press reported. Microplastics -- tiny particles smaller than about one-fifth of an inch -- are "ubiquitous in the environment" and have been found in drinking water, including tap and bottled, the WHO said in the report released Wednesday. "But just because we're ingesting them doesn't mean we have a risk to human...
21/08/2019

State's Legal Moves Cause Mixed Messages on Toxic Air

This story is jointly reported by Brenda Goodman of WebMD and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News. Aug. 20, 2019 -- At a community meeting in metro Atlanta on Monday night, elected officials and environmental regulators promised hundreds of residents concerned about toxic pollution that -- going forward, at least -- they wanted a dialogue with the public. They pledged to be open in their dealings with Sterigenics, one of the companies that’s been legally releasing a cancer-causing gas called ethylene oxide into the air in Smyrna for decades. There are three other facilities in the metro area that also...