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Intragastric balloons for weight loss linked to punctures to stomach and esophagus, Health Canada says

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Health Canada says it is aware of Canadian and international reports of complications, including deaths, associated with using intragastric balloons for weight loss.

Braves closer Vizcaino to miss rest of season after surgery

1 week ago from UPI

The Atlanta Braves will be without closer Arodys Vizcaino for the rest of the season after he underwent surgery on his shoulder.

Clinic serving Montreal's Hasidic community educates patients about measles outbreak

1 week ago from CBC: Health

With Passover approaching, there's expected to be an increase in visitors from Brooklyn, where mandatory vaccinations were ordered last week.

Judge blocks release of video in Robert Kraft solicitation case

1 week ago from UPI

A South Florida judge on Wednesday issued a protective order preventing prosecutors from releasing video evidence of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a day spa as part of...

Critical errors in inhaler technique common in children with asthma

1 week ago from Science Daily

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma -- the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma -- researchers found that nearly...

Major study finds one in five children have mental health problems

1 week ago from Science Daily

One in five Ontario children and youth suffer from a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider. A new study included 10,802...

Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

1 week ago from Science Daily

Guided by computer simulations, an international team of researchers has developed an adhesive patch that can provide support for damaged heart tissue, potentially reducing the stretching of heart muscle that's...

Scientists advance a way to track changes in a person's cardiovascular system

1 week ago from Science Daily

Every heart beat sends blood flowing throughout the human body. While an electrocardiogram uses a contact approach to measure the electrical activity of the heart, a ballistocardiogram is a non-contact...

Vitamin D study sheds light on immune system effects

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have uncovered fresh insights into how vitamin D affects the immune system and might influence susceptibility to diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Researchers pinpoint tumor-related protein, slow progression of cancers

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study has identified a potential strategy for treating multiple forms of cancerous tumors: targeting a protein that maliciously rewires immune cells and impedes cancer therapies. The researchers showed...

New study targets Achilles' heel of pancreatic cancer, with promising results

1 week ago from Science Daily

Advanced pancreatic cancer is often symptomless, leading to late diagnosis only after metastases have spread throughout the body. Now, researchers have uncovered the role of a signaling protein, called LIF,...

Moderate consumption of red meat increases bowel cancer risk

1 week ago from UPI

People who eat 76 grams of processed meat a day gives them a 20 percent higher risk of getting bowel cancer compared to those who ate only 21 grams.

Phillies CF Herrera leaves game with right leg injury

1 week ago from UPI

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera was removed from Wednesday's game against the New York Mets after suffering a right leg injury.

New rules for driving with children on board come into effect Thursday

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Children who are shorter than 4-9 or under nine years old will have to ride in a booster seat.

After a cancer diagnosis at 30 'shook her world' this P.E.I. woman wants to spread hope

1 week ago from CBC: Health

P.E.I. native Michelle Fuller was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 at the age of 30, when she had surgery to remove her right eye, her cheekbone and part of...

After Moncton Hospital allegations, renewed calls for patient advocate

1 week ago from CBC: Health

There are renewed calls for an independent patient advocate in New Brunswick since a nurse was recently fired for allegedly inappropriately administering Oxytocin to pregnant women.

Surgical safety checklist linked to decline in hospital deaths

1 week ago from UPI

After the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist went into effect in 2018, patient deaths after surgeries fell by a third in Scotland.

Stress Tied to Heart Disease, Especially in People Under 50

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Someone with a stress disorder was 37 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those in the general population.

WNBA MVP Stewart to miss season with ruptured Achilles

1 week ago from UPI

WNBA most valuable player Breanna Stewart will miss the 2019 season after confirming that she ruptured her right Achilles tendon while playing in Europe.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.

Indictment: Doctors, other providers traded prescriptions for sex, cash

1 week ago from UPI

In one of the largest federal crackdowns on opioids yet, prosecutors said in an indictment Wednesday investigators uncovered a vast illegal prescription scheme in which physicians traded painkillers for sex...

Three studies show how tumors hijack the immune system to resist radiation therapy

1 week ago from Science Daily

Treg cells turn off the immune system. Three recent studies show that targeting tregs may increase the effectiveness of anti-cancer immunotherapies.

How Enterococcus faecalis bacteria causes antibiotic resistant infection

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. This study examined one of the first sustained hospital outbreaks of a...

Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy safe for preschoolers

1 week ago from UPI

About 90 percent of children in an early trial for oral immunotherapy against peanut allergy safely made it to the maintenance phase of treatment, researchers report.

Technology automatically senses how Parkinson's patients respond to medication

1 week ago from Science Daily

Adjusting the frequency and dosage of Parkinson's patients' medication is complex. In their 'ON' state they respond positively to medication and in their 'OFF' state symptoms return. Addressing these fluctuations...

Oral immunotherapy safe for preschool-aged children with peanut allergies, study suggests

1 week ago from Science Daily

New data suggests that oral immunotherapy offered as routine treatment in a hospital or clinic is safe for preschool-aged children with peanut allergies.

Scientists advance a way to track changes in a person's cardiovascular system

1 week ago from Physorg

Every heart beat sends blood flowing throughout the human body. While an electrocardiogram uses a contact approach to measure the electrical activity of the heart, a ballistocardiogram is a non-contact...

A light-activated remote control for cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

What if doctors had a remote control that they could use to steer a patient's own cells to a wound to speed up the healing process? Although such a device...