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Bemoaning budget cuts, navigators say feds don’t appreciate scope of the job

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don’t provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer.

Doctors warn over danger of Nerf guns and foam darts

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Doctors have said the toys, which fire foam darts, are dangerous after three patients in three months attended Moorfields Eye Hospital in London when they were shot in the eye with a Nerf gun.

Essure coil contraceptive implant is withdrawn from sale

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Bayer, manufacturers of the controversial implant, has pulled the product from the market. It is now only available in the US. It insisted that its actions were for commercial reasons.

Mother had tongue cut out and rebuilt using her arm

Daily Mail (UK) - 19/09/2017
Heather Johnson, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, first noticed an ulcer in her mouth in 2016. It later turned out to be a sign of stage four mouth cancer and required innovative surgery to keep her alive.

Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says

CNN (US) - 19/09/2017
Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.

Guidelines for handling CAR T cell side effects

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Immune-cell based therapies opening a new frontier for cancer treatment carry unique, potentially lethal side effects that provide a new challenge for oncologists, one addressed by proposed guidelines for systematically dealing with the toxicities of these drugs.

Cell model of the brain provides new knowledge on developmental disease

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
By reprogramming skin cells into nerve cells, researchers are creating cell models of the human brain. In a new study, the researchers describe how cells from patients with the severe developmental disease lissencephaly differ from healthy cells. The method can provide vital new knowledge on difficult-to-study congenital diseases.

Local epileptic seizure shows long distance interaction

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
An epileptic seizure may be highly local, but it also influences brain activity at a distance of over ten centimeters from the core. This, in turn, affects the active area, scientists report.

New treatment for osteoporosis provides better protection against fractures

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
A new treatment for osteoporosis provides major improvements in bone density and more effective protection against fractures than the current standard treatment. This study is the first that compares the effect of two osteoporosis medicines on fractures.

Nanocapsules enable cell-inspired metabolic reactions

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Researchers have succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. The researchers were able to produce the metabolite in conditions very similar to the biochemical reaction inside natural cells.

Ricin only lethal in combination with sugar

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Researchers have discovered a means of immunizing cells against the biological weapon ricin, which, they report, is only lethal when combined with sugar.

'Language of stem cells' discovered

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Stem cells control the cells around them, inducing them to perform specific functions. This phenomenon of the "language of stem cells", which has now been discovered for the very first time, report investigators.

New research links wireless food stamp transactions to healthy shopping

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
New research links the equipping of mobile fruit and vegetable stands with wireless banking devices programmed to accept food stamps to the buying of more healthy foods by people with low incomes.

Meningitis not on GP's diagnostic radar, inquest hears

BBC Health News - 19/09/2017
Kate Pierce was misdiagnosed with tonsillitis and suffered severe brain damage.

How eyes get clogged in glaucoma and how to free them

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Biologists have found an explanation for the increase in intraocular pressure in glaucoma and a promising therapeutic option to rejuvenate the eye.

Overcoming the brain's fortress-like barrier

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier.

Changes in teenage parenthood

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
The US birth rate hasn't changed for two generations of teenage girls, but other aspects of young parenthood are shifting, especially regarding young fathers.

The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
The human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. The findings make the scientists wonder if this communication between different brain areas might be impaired in people with autism or Alzheimer's. Both conditions can cause confusion in cluttered surroundings and problems recognizing objects.

The wrong first step to revive athletes in cardiac arrest

Science Daily (US) - 19/09/2017
New research suggests that the main obstacle to an appropriate bystander response during athletes' cardiac arrest could be an apparently widespread myth: that 'tongue swallowing' is a common complication of sudden loss of consciousness that must be avoided or relieved at all costs to prevent death from asphyxia.

Study reveals how cells from patients with developmental disease differ from healthy cells

News Medical (Australia) - 19/09/2017
By reprogramming skin cells into nerve cells, researchers at Karolinska Institutet are creating cell models of the human brain. In a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry the researchers describe how cells from patients with the severe developmental disease lissencephaly differ from healthy cells.