Southern sea otter populations have rebounded in federally protected sanctuaries, but communities have been unable to expand on their own into their previous habitat, which has undergone significant change since the top predators were hunted to the brink of extinction.
People who have tried to pass off their pets as service animals have caused problems for those who rely on trained working dogs. Fraudulent service and comfort dogs have urinated in stores and chased and bitten real service dogs, causing some business owners to become suspicious and hostile.
Actress Patricia Heaton says there is "good plastic surgery and bad plastic surgery," and after undergoing four cesarean sections and gaining weight with each pregnancy, the 5'2" actress decided to seek plastic surgery to look like her best self. "I think we're just in this great time where we have all these incredible scientific advances for your health and for the way you look," Heaton said, adding, "I think, if you use them in the right way, it's a beautiful thing."
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine discovered the percentage of organ donors who died from a drug overdose rose from 1.2% in 2000 to 13.7% in 2016. The study also showed that such transplants were as safe and successful as organs taken from trauma victims or those that died of natural causes, although an earlier study found there was a higher risk that organs from overdose donors had hepatitis C or were labeled as an "increased infection risk."
Researchers found that patients with type 2 diabetes and a recent acute coronary syndrome who received alogliptin did not have an increased risk of either first or recurrent cardiovascular events, compared with those on placebo. The findings in Clinical Cardiology, based on 5,380 patients from the Examination of Cardiovascular Outcomes with Alogliptin vs Standard of Care trial, revealed no significant difference in the number or type of CV events between the two groups.
LifePlus announced five clinical trials around the world are being performed to evaluate its LifeLeaf noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable, which also monitors blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. The multi-sensor watch also noninvasively and continuously tracks chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and provides users with cloud-based artificial intelligence solutions and notifications in real time.
A case study in Pediatrics described an 18-year-old woman admitted to the emergency department after experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pains who eventually developed respiratory failure and needed a mechanical ventilator while in the PICU, and was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or wet lung, after using e-cigarettes for nearly three weeks. The woman's symptoms rapidly improved after receiving intravenous methylprednisolone treatment and she was removed from the mechanical support system five days after hospital admission.
Budesonide-formoterol used as needed was better than terbutaline but inferior to budesonide maintenance, or budesonide with terbutaline, in controlling asthma among youths with mild asthma ages 12 and older, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Another study in the same journal also showed that budesonide-formoterol used as needed wasn't inferior in managing severe exacerbations in mild asthma, compared with budesonide maintenance.
A 13-year-old with impaired vision who received the $850,000 gene therapy Luxturna has improved vision in low light and is able to read smaller text. The treatment is designed to correct a mutation that prevents the retina from processing vitamin A, a key part of the detection of light by the eye.
The World Health Organization today has called a meeting to consider declaring an international emergency over the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The dispersal of cases, infection of health workers, confirmation of a case in the urban center of Mbandaka and that city's connections to others along the Congo River are causes for concern, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
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