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Trial Testing Non-Opioid Pellet Implant for Sciatica Pain

Spine

A clinical trial to test a tiny implanted pellet containing a non-opioid pain killer began treating participants to relieve leg and back pain from sciatica. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Non-Opioid Pellet Implant for Sciatica Pain

Survey Shows Sharp Rise in Teen E-Cigarette Use

Juul e-cigarette

New data from a continuing survey of smoking among school-age children shows large increases in electronic cigarette use in high school and middle school children in just the past year. . . . → Read More: Survey Shows Sharp Rise in Teen E-Cigarette Use

Radio Frequency Tags, A.I. Designed to Detect Unsafe Food

Infant formula

A computer engineering team designed a simple, inexpensive system for detecting food quality with radio-frequency tags applied to consumer products and machine learning algorithms. . . . → Read More: Radio Frequency Tags, A.I. Designed to Detect Unsafe Food

NIH Funds Support for Point-of-Care Device Entrepreneurs

Medical care

Two institutions in Massachusetts are starting a program to help inventors and new enterprises anywhere in the U.S. bring their point-of-care medical devices to market. . . . → Read More: NIH Funds Support for Point-of-Care Device Entrepreneurs

Infographic – Superbugs Annually Kill 33,000 in Europe

Chart: Superbug deaths n Europe

Our friends at Statista posted a chart showing the median number of deaths by country in Europe from microbes resistant to antibiotics, this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Superbugs Annually Kill 33,000 in Europe

FDA Updating Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs, Devices

Scott Gottlieb

The Food and Drug Administration says it’s streamlining policies for making drugs and medical devices in clinical trials or under review available for people in the U.S. with life-threatening conditions. . . . → Read More: FDA Updating Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs, Devices

New Processes Devised to Boost Antibiotics

MRSA bacteria

Researchers in chemistry at two institutions report new techniques that lab tests show modify current antibiotics to make them more effective against infections that resist today’s antibiotics. . . . → Read More: New Processes Devised to Boost Antibiotics

Rapid Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics System Advances

MRSA bacteria

Developers of a system that uses high-speed genomic analysis with standard semiconductor chips say they demonstrated an ability to sequence bacterial DNA directly from raw blood samples. . . . → Read More: Rapid Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics System Advances

Infectious Disease Sequencing Service, Training Launched

Aedes albopictus mosquito

A cloud-based open-source genomic sequencing program is underway to identify the source and nature of infectious diseases anywhere in the world. . . . → Read More: Infectious Disease Sequencing Service, Training Launched

Novartis, NGO Partner on Generic Antibiotics

Pills and capsules

Drug maker Novartis and a not-for-profit organization delivering antibiotics for low- and middle-income countries are collaborating on production of generic antibiotics for children. . . . → Read More: Novartis, NGO Partner on Generic Antibiotics