Doctors: Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Had CTE

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Ex-American football star Aaron Hernandez had the degenerative brain disease CTE. The 27-year-old had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a former friend when he was found hanged in his prison cell earlier this year. On Sept. 21, doctors at Boston University School of Medicine concluded Hernandez had … Continued

Pregnant Women Left Confused After New Flu Shot Research Published

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —  New research suggests getting a flu shot in early pregnancy could increase the risk of a miscarriage. A study published in the Journal Vaccine on Sept. 13,  assessed the effect of influenza vaccination and the risk of miscarriage. Researchers studied pregnancies from 2010 to 2012 and found a link between … Continued

E-Cigarettes Containing Nicotine Could Increase the Risk of a Heart Attack

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New research suggests e-cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the risk of a heart attack. Scientists in Sweden recently tested how nicotine can affect health; to test this participants smoked e-cigarettes with nicotine and e-cigarettes without nicotine. Prior to the study, none of the participants had used vapor devices before and they … Continued

FDA Announces Pacemaker Recall Due to Hacking Risks

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — We can now add pacemakers to the long list of hackable items. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Aug. 29 that almost half a million pacemakers manufactured by Abbott Laboratories could be hacked and require a software update. Tampering with the devices could potentially kill patients who use them. The … Continued

Study: Some Sindoor Powder Used by Hindus Tainted With Lead

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Some sindoor powder may have unsafe levels of lead in it. Sindoor is often used by Hindu women who wear a bindi, or red dot. Married Hindu women also may put it in the parting of their hair. A study published last month in the American Journal of Public Health analyzed … Continued

FDA: Ecstasy ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ for PTSD

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Doctors may someday prescribe the party drug ecstasy in the United States to treat patients with PTSD. According to the Washington Post, only two drugs are approved to treat PTSD and they are largely ineffective in treating veterans but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called ecstasy, or MDMA, a “breakthrough … Continued

FDA Approves First US Gene Therapy

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first gene therapy in the country. Experts developed the treatment to combat a certain form of cancer. The FDA announced the treatment’s approval on Twitter, Aug. 30. The treatment, called Kymriah, is approved for child and young adult patients up to 25 … Continued

New Research Compares High-Fat, Low-Carb Diets

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Is the key to healthy living cutting carbs or trimming fat? A pair of new reports finds Paleo dieters and their carb-cutting caveman forebears might be onto something. Researchers who studied more than 135,000 people across 18 countries and five continents have associated high-carb diets with higher risk of death. On … Continued

New Peanut Allergy Treatment May Prevent Reaction for up to 4 Years

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new treatment may hold the key to curing kids of peanut allergies. Scientists in Australia carried out a medical trial in which kids were given an oral probiotic containing a peanut protein every day for a year and a half. A month later, 80 percent of the kids could eat … Continued

Alternative Cancer Treatment May Double Risk of Death

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Cancer patients who choose alternative treatment instead of medically-approved options may double their risk of death. That’s according to a new study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine. They analyzed records from the U.S. National Cancer Database on nearly 300 people who tested positive for lung, breast, prostate … Continued