Lessons From My Journey With Relapsing-Remitting MS

A neurologist diagnosed Darbi Haynes-Lawrence with relapsing-remitting MS 13 years ago, leaving her grappling with the reality of her disabling condition. This battle has included negative thoughts and skepticism from others due to her unseeable symptoms. She was initially denied support from doctors who claimed her issues were stress-related. After being diagnosed with MS, her…

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How Do Doctors Feel About Assisted Dying?

Public attitudes toward assisted dying are evolving, but it is also important to consider the opinions of doctors, as they may be the ones prescribing or administering life-ending medication in the event of a change in the law. A majority of the public, 65%, support legalizing assisted dying, and 50% of doctors support a change…

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340B Program Preserves, Improves Access to Rural Health Care

The President & CEO of a rural Vermont health system emphasizes the importance of the 340B Drug Pricing Program in enabling hospitals to provide affordable, high-quality health care to rural communities. The program allows hospitals to access prescription pharmaceuticals at a reduced price, helping them offer comprehensive services to low-income, senior, and medically vulnerable individuals….

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Organ donation legislation to pass Dáil and Seanad today

New funding of €1.6 million has been announced for organ donation and transplant services, in anticipation of the Human Tissue Bill passing both houses of the Oireachtas. The bill will introduce a new legal framework for organ donation, including an ‘opt-out’ register. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stated that the funding will support the early phases…

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Prevalence of Childhood Rheumatic Heart Disease Increased Over the Past 30 Years

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in children under 15 has increased globally from 1990 to 2019, with higher incidence and prevalence rates. However, disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and mortality rates have decreased during this time. RHD is more prevalent in less economically developed countries, with the burden being higher in Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the…

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Detect-Ion contracted to develop spectral chemical threat detection device

Detect-Ion has secured a research contract with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop a sensor to identify aerosol-based chemical threats. The company will develop a compact sensor platform called Spectral using AI to detect and identify aerosolized chemical threats, with the goal of making critical decision-making easier and faster. Rapid detection of…

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‘Fourth Wave’ of Opioid Epidemic Crashes Ashore, Propelled by Fentanyl and Meth

The United States is currently experiencing a fourth wave of the opioid epidemic, with experts identifying a significant increase in the use of multiple substances at the same time, especially the combination of fentanyl with methamphetamine or cocaine. Over 93% of fentanyl-positive urine samples contained additional substances, and the use of methamphetamine and fentanyl together…

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NIH study of ME/CFS points to clear biological hallmarks

Alison Sbrana contracted infectious mononucleosis as a college student, which led to her developing myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This disease affects 4.3 million American adults, leading to chronic fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and changes in the brain’s functionality. However, research on ME/CFS is limited, with no current treatment available. A recent study from the National…

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