A summary of important health news from the past week.
Texas warns about biggest mumps outbreak in 22 years
In the state of Texas, 221 cases of mumps have been reported in this year alone. Other states, like Arkansas and Washington, have also experienced high numbers of cases. Mumps is a contagious disease which causes fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and more. To prevent the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge individuals to obtain vaccinations.
The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine
A new research review published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that "Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.” It is estimated that this non-compliance leads to 125,000 deaths each year. They found that confusion, fear, and high costs are central factors contributing to this mounting problem.
Brain cell therapy 'promising' for Parkinson's disease
Research published in Nature Biotechnology provides findings of a study on mice with Parkinson's-like symptoms showing how human brain cells could improve the effects of damaged brain cells. The cells, called astrocytes, need to be tested for safety in humans, which could be a large challenge. However, scientists are hopeful this research could lead to some important therapies for people with Parkinson's.
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