Researchers Hope to Transplant Pig Organs Into Humans

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —  Pigs could one day come to our rescue, by providing organs for humans. Experiments reported in the journal Science on Aug. 10 offer some hope that one day it would be possible to transplant livers, hearts, and other organs from pigs. Researchers created gene-edited piglets without any viruses that might … Continued

Chinese Cancer Patient Receives 3D Printed Spine

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Chinese patient has received a 3D printed spine, after a tumor invaded six bones in her spine column. The 28-year-old female patient had a tumor on her neck, so doctors in China built a consecutive cervical vertebrae, using 3D printing technology. The doctors said the type of cancer the … Continued

Ex-Miss Universe Takes Public HIV Test to Raise Awareness

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach has conducted a public HIV test in Manila in order to raise HIV and AIDS awareness. Wurtzbach is the United Nations AIDS program’s goodwill ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. She also heads the Progressive Information Awareness campaign, or PIA project. Wurtzbach took the test in … Continued

Iowa Issues Bulletin Re: Moscow Mules

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Copper cocktail mugs could be poisoning you. The Moscow mule – a refreshing adult beverage comprised of vodka, ginger beer and lime — is traditionally served in a copper mug. But state regulators in Iowa have issued a bulletin, informing bars and restaurants that the state prohibits copper from coming in … Continued

Scientists Believe They May Have Come Closer to Finding a Cure for a Common Cold

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Move over cold and flu remedies, scientists believe they may have come closer to finding a cure. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have discovered a molecule, found in the immune systems of humans and animals, that could help toward a cure for the viral infection. The molecules are defense peptides that … Continued

Loneliness, Social Isolation May Be Bigger Health Threats in US Than Obesity

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — There might be bigger threats to our health than obesity. A new study suggests loneliness and isolation are quickly becoming major public health concerns in the U.S. According to research presented at a convention of the American Psychological Association, feeling lonely or being cut off from social connection may increase risk … Continued

3-Parent Fertility Technique Faces New FDA Crackdown

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Food and Drug Administration has told a New York doctor to stop marketing a three-person fertility treatment. The FDA wrote a letter to Dr. John Zhang on Aug. 4 saying his three-person in-vitro fertilization technique violates a federal ban on implanting genetically modified embryos. The treatment allows for a baby … Continued

2017’s First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika in Florida

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Florida health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of sexually transmitted Zika this year. The case was reported in Pinellas County earlier this week. The person’s partner had traveled to Cuba and was exhibiting Zika-like symptoms. The Florida Department of Health confirmed it was not transmitted by a mosquito. Of … Continued

Doctors Save Unborn Child With Groundbreaking Heart Surgery

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Doctors in Canada have carried out what may be the first surgery of its kind on an unborn child. Sebastian Havill’s parents learned their first baby had a congenital heart defect while he was still in the womb. Such a condition would normally be corrected with open-heart surgery after birth but … Continued

Ketamine May Be Effective Antidepressant for Elderly

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — An anesthetic commonly known as a “party drug” may be effective at treating depression in the elderly. That’s according to researchers in Australia who carried out the first trial of its kind involving ketamine. Ketamine is often used to sedate horses, but used recreationally, it can have psychedelic effects. Sixteen … Continued