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Battery-less pacemaker: Researchers test microwave-powered device

A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Honolulu June 4-9. The pacemaker designed by the Rice lab of electrical and computer engineering professor Aydin Babakhani harvests energy wirelessly from ...

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Making the Case for Nutrition Screening in Older Adults in Primary Care


Many older adults are malnourished and frail; identifying those at risk, specifically in primary care, is a priority. Nutrition screening in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, or healthcare centers is one way to identify those at risk who could benefit from treatment. Using the World Health Organization strategies, by Wilson and Junglier (1968) in “Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease,” ...

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New mechanism behind Parkinson’s disease revealed

OIST researchers have identified the precise toxic mechanism at work during an overabundance of the protein alpha-synuclein in neurons — the protein is a key causative agent in the development of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurological illness that affects approximately 10 million people worldwide. It is marked by a progressive decline in physical function, the most iconic ...

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Bone loss is another hidden pathology caused by malaria infection

Malaria caused by Plasmodium parasites is a life-threatening infectious disease that kills at least half a million people annually while causing over 200 million new infections. In some cases, complications can quickly develop such as cerebral malaria, respiratory distress and severe anemia, often leading to death. The majority of patients recover from disease, however, there is increasing evidence to suggest ...

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Bacteria used as factories to produce cancer drugs

Researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability in Denmark have developed a method of producing P450 enzymes — used by plants to defend against predators and microbes — in bacterial cell factories. The process could facilitate the production of large quantities of the enzymes, which are also involved in the biosynthesis of active ingredients of cancer drugs. P450 ...

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First Responders Trained To Treat Jellyfish Stings


A local expert in treating jellyfish stings, and in particular those of the Portuguese-Man-of-War variety, provided training to some first responders this month. Bermuda Hospitals Board’s [BHB] Dr David Wakely trained more than 20 Marine Police officers and Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers in the best way to treat burns and stings caused by Portuguese-Man-of-War. A BHB Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric ...

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Lower targets for systolic blood pressure suggested by study

A new study conducted by researchers from Tulane University finds reducing target systolic blood pressure below current recommendations significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and preventable death. The latest study supports previous research, which found more intensive management of hypertension greatly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke. The results of the latest study are published in JAMA ...

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National Survey On Drug Use And Health


Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron said in the Senate that the fifth administration of the National Household Survey on Drug Consumption and Health among Bermuda’s adult residents has been completed. Minister Baron said, “This survey serves to update information collected in the last survey, which was conducted in 2013 and provides trends and information related to the drug situation ...

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Mosquitoes infected with virus-suppressing bacteria could help control dengue fever

Mosquitos infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are significantly worse vectors for dengue virus, but how to establish and spread Wolbachia in an urban mosquito population is unclear. A study publishing on 30th May 2017 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Michael Turelli from University of California, Davis, and colleagues from Scott O’Neill’s “Eliminate Dengue Program” demonstrates that over ...

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Dr. Ewart Brown: ‘Step To Cripple Our Clinics’


May 29, 2017 [Updated] “After years of misdirected efforts to close down Bermuda Healthcare Services and Brown-Darrell‎ Clinic, the OBA government has finally come up with a step to cripple our clinics,” Dr. Ewart Brown said today. “In an email dated May 16, 2017, the Bermuda Health Council informed BHCS and Brown-Darrell that, effective June 1, 2017, payments for MRI and ...

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