One of the best tools for predicting COVID-19 outbreaks? Sewage. – National Geographic

CICERO, ILLINOISA noxious odor hits me as soon as I step in the Westside fine screening building at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant—one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment facilities, located outside of Chicago. In this industrial-looking brick building with exposed pipes, conveyer belts, and clunky machinery are chambers carrying raw sewage—mostly from people’s homes—that will be screened to remove […]

Machine-learning algorithms can help distinguish acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis – News-Medical.Net

Acute cholangitis is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection that often is associated with gallstones. Symptoms include fever, jaundice, right upper quadrant pain, and elevated liver enzymes. While these may seem like distinctive, telltale symptoms, unfortunately, they are similar to those of a much different condition: alcohol-associated hepatitis. This challenges emergency department staff and other health care professionals who need to […]

VR and AR are maturing as healthcare technologies, but what about mixed reality? – Medical Device Network

VR can simulate large, expensive, or rare scenarios or objects, allowing staff to work with and learn from a model. Credit: metamorworks / Shutterstock. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have long been the holy grail of communications technology, allowing us to not only see and hear our object of interest but also to virtually represent physically being there. […]

BNT162b2 vaccine induces moderate SARS-CoV-2 immunity in children 5 to 11 – News-Medical.Net

In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 vaccine against the new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant of concern (VOC) Omicron in five to 11-year-old children. Only a few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA)-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine BNT162b2 in real-world settings. […]

Medic Tronics – A Go-To Online Source to Buy High-Quality Medical Devices at an Affordable Rate – Digital Journal

Medic Tronics is the online shopping destination for Health care devices with fast delivery and secure payment options. The health industry is sensitive, so buying high-tech medical equipment from an unknown seller is not a wise course of action. Moreover, choosing and getting high-quality medical devices at a competitive price can be a tough decision. Here Medic Tronics comes to […]

New signaling molecule may offer a therapeutic treatment for common form of hair loss – News-Medical.Net

University of California, Irvine-led researchers have discovered that a signaling molecule called SCUBE3 potently stimulates hair growth and may offer a therapeutic treatment for androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss in both women and men. The study, published online today in Developmental Cell, determined the precise mechanism by which the dermal papilla cells – specialized signal-making fibroblasts at […]

Sleep duration essential for heart health, new AHA recommendations say – Medical News Today

Share on PinterestSleep duration and quality are essential for cardiovascular health. Photo editing by Steve Kelly; Artur Debat/Getty Images A new advisory published by the American Health Association (AHA) now includes sleep quality as one of the essential factors for optimal cardiac health. The previous AHA advisory published in 2010 consisted of seven factors for assessing cardiac health, including physical […]

Rice lab’s microbial community profiling software effectively identifies bacterial species – News-Medical.Net

Part of a gene is better than none when identifying a species of microbe. But for Rice University computer scientists, part was not nearly enough in their pursuit of a program to identify all the species in a microbiome. Emu, their microbial community profiling software, effectively identifies bacterial species by leveraging long DNA sequences that span the entire length of […]