Quick recap of recent medical news
Current Updates on the Coronavirus
January 26th, 2020 Alan Doan
As of Sunday, January 26th, 2020, there have been five cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the United States, all involving individuals who had visited Wuhan, although more cases are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
How the "Medicare For All" plan will change America
November 4th, 2019; Marion Panis
Elizabeth Warren, the leading female Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election, has proposed a $20.5 trillion "Medicare for All" plan.
San Diego Doctor Accused of Excessive Vaccine Exemptions
October 27, 2019; Lynn Nguyen
Dr. Tara Zandvliet, a San Diego physician, has been formally charged with negligence by the Medical Board of California.
New Blood Test Accurately Screens for Cancer
October 14, 2019 Ryan Ghassemi
Within the past several months, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have made great advancements in the development of a new blood test that can be used to successfully screen for cancer.
Brain inflammation detected in patients with 'post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome'
April 10, 2019 Daniel Marrama
Many medical professionals produce an irksome reaction when a patient or family member utters these words: chronic Lyme disease. It’s a controversial topic and much of the consensus is that chronic Lyme disease does not exist. This is due to the fact that there has been no reproducible evidence that the bacterial spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is present in patients claiming to have the chronic illness.
HIV Patient Deemed "Cured" for Second Time in History
March 29, 2019 Ryan Ghassemi
For a debilitating disease as destructive as HIV, any amount of progress is an outright victory. Therefore, when a patient was declared to be in HIV-remission without the use of treatment in early March, the news was astounding.
San Diego's 2018-2019 Flu Season
March 3, 2019 Lynn Nguyen
A recent issue of Influenza Watch, a weekly report released by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to summarize findings from its monitoring of influenza, has revealed an increase in the number of local hospitals’ emergency department patients who exhibited flu-like symptoms. The report also listed several new flu-related deaths, which brings the total number of flu-related deaths to a total of 42 for the 2018-2019 flu season.
Measles Outbreak in Washington State
February 24, 2019 Anaamika Campeau
The past year has seen a disturbing uptick in the number of cases of measles in the United States. A devastating disease, measles was thought to have been largely eradicated in America following the widespread implementation of vaccination protocols in the 1960s. However, popular doubt and mistrust surrounding vaccinations has recently led to an increase in the rates of parents either delaying or refusing to vaccinate their children.
FDA Polices Advertisement of Dietary Supplements
February 10, 2019 Ryan Ghassemi
On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 17 dietary supplement companies for making falsified or unsupported claims about the benefits of their products. A recent trend in the industry has seen these companies and others advertising their products as treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer.
Xu Lab at UCSD finds 'guardian of the genome' protein also causes tumor growth
February 3, 2019 Daniel Marrama
For many decades, it has been known that a human protein, p53, has played a significant role in fighting cancer. However, researchers at UCSD have found that a derivative of this protein, may actually enhance cancer growth in other situations. The p53 protein is involved in the regulation of PUMA (p53 up-regulated modulator of apoptosis), another protein which is found in the mitochondria of the human cell.
NSAIDs Present Possible Treatment for Certain Cancers
January 27, 2019 Lynn Nguyen
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs, are drugs that are known to reduce pain, inflammation, fever, and blood clots.
This class of drugs include the familiar over-the-counter medications aspirin and ibuprofen, which are commonly used as pain relievers.
Rate of Opioid Deaths Correlated to Physician-Direct Marketing
January 20, 2019 Anaamika Campeau
One of the most visible health stories of our time remains the opioid crisis. In the 1990s, when drugs like Oxycodone were first introduced to treat pain, doctors were told that opioids had no propensity for fostering addictive behavior. Today, it is estimated that 130 people die from opioid overdoses every day, and opioid abuse costs taxpayers $78.5 billion per year.
U.S. Government Shutdown has Major Health Consequences
January 13, 2019 Vineet Tummala
The US government shutdown is now in day 23 of the longest shutdown in history with no end in sight. While the shutdown has major implications on legislation and wages, it also has a colossal impact on healthcare and public health.
Allison and Honjo awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for cancer research
December 3, 2018 Ryan Ghassemi
On October 1st, the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their pioneer work on a new cancer treatment called “immune checkpoint therapy.” For decades, both scientists have studied the potential of the immune system to fight cancer.
Local medical response teams aid recovery efforts in fire evacuation centers
November 18, 2018 Lynn Nguyen
As the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire continue to burn throughout parts of California, evacuation centers have been filled with fire victims escaping the natural disasters. In response, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority has enlisted several volunteer medical response teams across the state to aid recovery efforts in these evacuation centers.
FDA releases new app aimed at integrating patient-generated data with clinical trial design
November 11, 2018 Anaamika Campeau
Clinical trials are a critical bridge between the worlds of scientific discovery and patient care. Billions of dollars and countless hours of empirical investigation go into this last step of turning a therapeutic concept into a viable drug or device.