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

Coffee-Maker Recalls Product Containing Viagra-Like Ingredient

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Customers who recently bought a certain brand of instant coffee could have gotten more than they bargained for. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration recently tested the product New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee in the lab and discovered it had an undeclared and, some might say, unexpected ingredient. The … Continued

Parents of Terminally Ill British Baby Ask Permission for Their Son to Die at Home

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Parents of a terminally ill British baby have gone back to court, asking permission for their son to die at home. On Tuesday, July 25, the lawyer representing Charlie Gard’s parents, told U.K.’s High Court they wished for, “a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital before Charlie passes away.” However, … Continued

South African Child’s Case Offers New Hope for HIV Cure

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — There may be new hope for curing HIV. A 9-year-old South African child, who was born with HIV,  appears to be free of the virus after receiving intense treatment at 9 weeks old. The announcement was made at an AIDS conference in Paris on July 24. The child, whose name is … Continued

Socioeconomic Factors Could Affect Dementia for African Americans

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New research suggests socioeconomic factors could play a role in why African Americans are more susceptible to developing dementia. Researchers presented their theories at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on July 16. Several research teams suggest poverty, disadvantage and stressful life events are linked with later-life dementia, and one team suggested … Continued

Child’s Double Hand Transplant Deemed Successful

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The world’s first double hand transplant on a child has been called a success. Ten-year-old Zion Harvey underwent the surgery in July 2015, and two years later, his new hands are giving him independence he never had before. A deadly infection forced Harvey to have both of his hands and … Continued

Long-Term Weight Gain From Sugar Substitutes?

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Too much added sugar can pack on the pounds — most of us already know that — but new research suggests artificial alternatives might be doing the same thing. Researchers in Canada analyzed the results of dozens of studies that followed thousands of people for an average of 10 years. Results … Continued

3D-Printed Artificial Heart is Soft, Just Like a Real Heart

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —Scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have created an artificial heart and it’s a lot like the real thing. They wanted to make a prosthetic that was as much like a real human heart as possible and that doesn’t rely on metal or plastic parts. So they used a technique involving … Continued