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pbs.orgWith highest hepatitis C mortality rate in U.S., Oregon expands access to life-saving drugsNew drugs can cure up to 95 percent of patients with hepatitis C, a virus that can be debilitating or deadly. And there’s been a 20 percent rise in new infections from 2015 to 2016 due to the opioid epidemic. In Oregon, a state hard-hit by the disease, new medicines combined with the big surge in those looking for treatment has led to a unique care model. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
phys.orgSimulations show how beta-amyloid may kill neural cellsBeta-amyloid peptides, protein fragments that form naturally in the brain and clump into plaques in Alzheimer's disease patients, are thought to be responsible for neuron death, but it hasn't been clear how the substances kill cells. Now, a Purdue University scientist has shown through computer simulations that beta-amyloid may accumulate to kill neural cells by boring holes into them.
theedadvocate.org5 Ways to Prevent K-12 School Violence - The EdvocateSpread the loveBy Matthew Lynch School violence, when it occurs, has a high impact on schools and communities where the incident takes place. Rare but deadly incidents of violence, such as the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999 or the more recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, bring the harsh realities of school violence to light. These are both extreme examples, of course, but violence in smaller doses still occurs in schools around the country. The Centers for Disease Control report that about 828,000 students each year are victims of non-fatal victimization while on school property, which …
thenextweb.comEstonia is using its citizens’ genes to predict diseaseThe Estonian government announced in March that it would offer free genetic testing to 100,000 citizens as a part of its national personalized medicine program. The participants will donate blood samples to the Estonian biobank, which will conduct a genome-wide genotyping and alert those among them who are likely to suffer from conditions like cardiovascular …
forbes.com3 Innovative Ways Blockchain Will Build Trust In The Food IndustryEvery year, one in 10 people around the world become ill due to foodborne diseases. Part of the reason we still see statistics like this is because it takes far too long to isolate product issues in the supply chain. But there are several ways blockchain will help.
gizmodo.comBug-Sprayed Clothing Really Does Keep Ticks AwayA new CDC-led study published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology suggests it might be a great time to invest in a new fashion trend: bug spray-laced clothing. The study found that clothing treated with permethrin was able to stop several species of disease-causing ticks in their tracks, either paralyzing them or making them fall off the clothes.