A summary of important health news from the past week.
Your flu risk may be linked to the year you were born
A study published in Science suggests that exposure to a flu strain in childhood might result in protection against related flu viruses. According to the study, individuals born before and after 1968 could have different risks for infections, since they were likely to have been exposed to different strains as children. Nevertheless, researchers still recommend getting a flu shot.
Paralyzed monkeys regain control of their legs after brain implants
A new study has been on paralyzed monkeys has been conducted in order to regain control of their legs. Researchers at the EPFL in Switzerland were successful in allowing movement in the legs of two monkeys who were intentionally surgically paralyzed. Two wireless implants were placed in order to bride communication between the brain and the spinal cord.
The Zika epidemic continues to affect women in Puerto Rico. According to the CDC, Puerto Rico has reported over 30,000 cases. It is estimated that more than 60% of Zika cases were found in women in this region. These new studies are raising questions regarding sexual transmission and gender roles.
FDA spotlights unapproved use of drugs, medical devices
For two days patients, doctors, drug and device makers, and lawyers discussed the rules about how pharmaceutical companies tell the public about their products. This article provides an overview of the perspectives from various stakeholders as well as the current rules and regulations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to take testimonies until January and will compile a report from the collected information.
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