New safe-sleep guidelines aim to reduce infant deaths – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its safe-sleep guidelines for infants for the first time in more than five years, emphasizing that babies should sleep on their backs on flat, level surfaces to reduce their risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its safe-sleep guidelines for … Read more

Small materials may be key to reducing cardiovascular disease deaths, researchers say – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death across the globe, responsible for about 17.9 million (32%) of all deaths worldwide every year. Monitoring and treatment may reduce the incidence of death, but the health care options are limited by the rigidity and biological incompatibility of conventional devices, such as blood pressure sensors. There may … Read more

Monkeypox Probably Spreading Under The Radar ‘For Some Time’, WHO Says

The WHO said Wednesday that hundreds of monkeypox cases have surfaced beyond the African countries where the disease is typically found, warning the virus has likely been spreading under the radar. “Investigations are ongoing, but the sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for … Read more

A ‘Silent Epidemic on Wheels’ Is Killing Us, And We Need to Talk About It

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated mind-numbing statistics over the past two years: half a billion cases, 6 million deaths, 1 million in the US alone. But another, less-publicized global scourge preceded it and is likely to outlast it: traffic deaths and injuries. Around 1.35 million people die each year on the world’s roads, and another … Read more

Gun Control Laws And Firearm Deaths: This Is What The Science Says

Once again, a mass shooting in the US has fired up debate about gun control laws. Wherever you might stand ideologically on the issue, it’s becoming increasingly clear what science says: tougher firearm laws can have the power to reduce gun deaths. However, among the (surprisingly scant) body of research, it’s also apparent some legislation … Read more

This hormone treatment may reduce COVID-19 deaths

Credit: CC0 Public Domain. Scientists from the University of Southampton found that receiving hormone replacement therapy within six months of a recorded diagnosis of COVID-19 was linked to a reduction in death from the disease. The research is published in Family Practice and was conducted by Christopher Wilcox et al. The novel severe acute respiratory … Read more

What’s behind the spike in road deaths in the US?

The United States surpassed one million deaths from COVID, but another deadly trend has transportation experts concerned: a rising number of fatalities on the road. Data released this week from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2021, there was a 10.5 percent increase in traffic deaths over the year before, for … Read more

As the US reaches 1 million COVID-19 deaths, where are we in the arc of the pandemic?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain We’re in the midst of another COVID-19 surge, with cases rising substantially — but data suggests the average case may be milder, since hospitalizations and deaths are rising only “very gradually,” according to Johns Hopkins epidemiologist David Dowdy. The recent uptick follows a few promising months: From mid-February through the end … Read more

U.S. officially surpasses one million COVID-19 deaths

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University. The United States has officially surpassed one million reported COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s a morbid milestone for a new disease that first emerged in China in late 2019, claimed its first American lives in early 2020, and rapidly became … Read more