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The Med & Mic™ 05.02.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Sublingual Vaccine for Recurrent UTIs

In a Canadian study, a vaccine absorbed under the tongue reduced the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections in women, some down to zero. The study involved 67 women with three or more UTIs per year. Of those who got the 3-month course of vaccine, 40% had no UTIs in the nine months afterwards. The vaccine comes from whole-cell inactivated bacteria and has shown similar results in European studies. (Source: MedPage Today, M. Bassett, 5.1.23)

A Pattern of Parkinson’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

People with a positive blood test for rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease within four years of follow-up, according to a Korean study of insurance claims data. Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition marked by stiffness, slowness, and tremor, was diagnosed in 1.2% of 55,000 patients with the autoimmune arthritis compared to 0.6% of a comparable population of 273,000 without RA. Those with clinical RA but negative autoantibodies did not have the increased risk. The researchers raised the possibility of impaired clearing of damaged proteins as a shared process with both diseases. (Source: MedPage Today, J. Gever, 5.1.23)

Functional MRI Measures Thoughts

Researchers have been able to used artificial intelligence to decode brain signals. In a study, subjects listened to a podcast or watched videos without words while getting a special type of MRI scan that can image brain function. From the information combined with a large language model, the researchers were able to derive descriptions of the media the subjects took in. One of the researchers participated as a subject. Finding subjects has been difficult because they would have to keep their whole body still for two hours. (Source: STAT News, B. Trang,5.1.23)

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