‘Smart’ Contact Lens Could Help Treat a Leading Cause of Blindness, Scientists Say

A flexible contact lens that senses eye pressure and releases a drug on-demand could help treat glaucoma, the second leading global cause of blindness worldwide. The compact wireless device, which has been developed by a team of Chinese researchers and tested in pig and rabbit eyes so far, appears to detect and reduce rising eye … Read more

COVID reinfection likely to become more common without variant-specific vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO (WLS) — Infectious disease specialists say COVID reinfection is likely to become more and more common as the virus keeps mutating and our vaccines play catch-up. “The variants seem to be very good at evading the immunity of prior infection,” said Dr. Max Brito, UIC Health. Chicago Bulls All Star Zach LaVine recently missed … Read more

compression socks, some meds not effective

Guideline Highlights: Several in-hospital treatments and post-discharge therapies for people who have had an intracerebral hemorrhage, or a bleeding stroke, are not as effective as health care professionals once thought. Compression socks or stockings, anti-seizure medicines and steroid treatment are among treatments with uncertain effectiveness. Studies show that minimally invasive surgical procedures may be a … Read more

3.4 million Americans could be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022

Placeholder while article actions load Roughly 3.4 million US residents will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022, according to estimates compiled by the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. The vast majority (3.3 million) will have basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, while the others (99,780 people) will have melanoma … Read more

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 now

Two years into the pandemic, many aren’t sure what to do after testing positive for Covid-19. Should they isolate, and if so, for how long? How important is it to see a doctor? What therapies are available, and who is eligible? To help answer these and other questions, I spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. … Read more

Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The COVID saga may be writing its next chapter as two of the newer members of the omicron family may already be in Minnesota. Known as BA.4 and BA.5, the omicron subvariants are quickly evolving into the dominant forms of omicron in South Africa and Portugal, prompting the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control … Read more

Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggests

The brain-hijacking parasite Toxoplasma gondii seems to be almost everywhere. The microscopic invader is thought to infect up to 50 percent of people, and a range of studies suggests it may alter human behavior, in addition to that of many other animals. The parasite has been linked with a large range of neurological disorders, including … Read more