Man dies after receiving AZ vaccine

A Tasmanian man in his 40s has died after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the state’s authorities have said. The 44-year-old man, who died in hospital last weekend, was a confirmed case of the very rare blood-clotting syndrome thrombosis with thrombocytopenia, known as TTS. He is the fifth Australian whose death… Read More »

Health Care Should Go (Micro) Nuclear

By KIM BELLARD I think of hospitals as the healthcare system’s nuclear power plants.  They’re both big, complex, expensive to build, beset with heavy regulatory burdens, consistently major components of their respective systems (healthcare and electric generation) yet declining in number.  Each is seen to offer benefits to many but also to pose unexpected risk… Read More »

Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women

Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from a depressive disorder.  In addition, they are vulnerable to mood disorders associated with reproductive functioning, specifically premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal depression, and perimenopausal depression. There is strong evidence to indicate that biological factors (genetic vulnerability,… Read More »

Albireo’s rare liver disease drug Bylvay scores back-to-back approvals in U.S., Europe

With a pair of approvals on both sides of the Atlantic, liver disease-focused biotech Albireo is off and running with its new medicine Bylvay. The oral drug, the first treatment for pruritus in patients with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), scored an FDA nod Tuesday and a European approval Monday. With the FDA’s blessing, Albireo is kicking off an “immediate”… Read More »

Increase of Certain Fatty Acids Can Help Reduce Migraine Severity

Migraine is among the biggest reasons for disability worldwide. Current treatment options are sometimes inadequate for providing complete relief for sufferers. Research has found that a change in diet provides one more option sufferers are able to use in their attempt to have less headaches and migraines.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCEDOI: 10.1136/bmj.n1448 Polyunsaturated fatty acids, which the… Read More »