Study shows catheter ablation for Afib significantly boosts quality of life

Patients who had catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (Afib) had fewer symptoms, a significant long-term improvement in quality of life and fewer recurrences and hospitalizations than those who received drug therapy alone, according to a government-funded study.

The same study showed that catheter ablation appeared no more effective than drugs in preventing strokes, deaths, and other complications.

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How AI can detect cervical cancer

Cervical cancer cells (Image from National Cancer InstituteWinship Cancer Institute of Emory University)

Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that they say can analyze digital images of a woman’s cervix and accurately identify precancerous changes that require medical attention. This artificial intelligence approach, called automated visual evaluation, has the potential to revolutionize cervical cancer screening, particularly in low-resource settings.

Led by investigators from the National Institutes of Health and humanitarian tech investment fund Global Good, the researchers used comprehensive datasets to “train” a machine-learning algorithm to recognize patterns in complex visual inputs, such as medical images. The findings were confirmed independently by experts at the National Library of Medicine. The results appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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Vaccine maker PaxVax tackles the unmet need posed by chikungunya virus

Transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread Zika virus and dengue fever, the chikungunya virus is named for an African word meaning “to become contorted.” People infected with the alphavirus are afflicted with lasting joint pain that causes their backs to hunch over, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus, which has cropped up in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean, has no vaccine. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends that people traveling to countries with chikungunya virus use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants.

But Nima Farzan thinks a vaccine in his company’s pipeline could help change that.

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NIH launches precision medicine project to collect health data from one million volunteers

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The National Institutes of Health will open national enrollment next week for its All of Us research program, aiming to collect health data from at least one million volunteers across the country.

The project, which has been in beta for the last year, will request health and lifestyle data from volunteers using online surveys and electronic health records.

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With weeks left in flu season, the FDA is already working on next year’s vaccine

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There are still weeks left in this year’s flu season, according to the FDA, but the agency is already planning on how to better protect the nation’s public health next year.

An initial report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that this year’s flu vaccine sported a 36% efficacy rate. Although that’s better than some public health experts predicted, FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that “there is still clearly significant room for improvement.”

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BioCorRx inks deal with Nat’l Institute on Drug Abuse

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    Trump proposes deep cuts to Medicaid, NIH funding

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    Capitol HillPresident Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash Medicaid funding and cut support for major biomedical research programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

    The budget blueprint drew condemnation from healthcare advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Senate majority whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) reportedly said earlier this week that Medicaid cuts wouldn’t get through Congress.

    “I think the tradition is presidents write budget proposals and that the Senate and the House substitute their own, and so I wouldn’t expect that would carry the day,” he told The Hill.

    The potential $610 billion cut to Medicaid would add to the $839 billion cut proposed by the American Health Care Act that passed in the House earlier this month.

    The proposal to slash Medicaid funding goes against Trump’s campaign promise to leave Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security funds untouched.

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    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said the proposed $5.8 billion cut to NIH funding “penny-wise and pound-foolish”, according to Stat. Cole is the chair of the House health appropriations subcommittee.

    The proposal did not include any direct cuts to Medicare.

    CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden took to Twitter to respond to the administration’s proposal, calling it an “assault on science.”

    Also today, Rep. Tom Macarthur (R-NJ) resigned as co-chairman of the so-called Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate House Republicans, citing divisions over efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, according to a report from Politico.