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#xenotransplantation #measles #BirthControl #fertility #ADHD #HavanaSyndrome The Med & Mic™ 3.18.24 – 3.22.24


#Doctor, did you speak to the #media about any of these topics this week? How did it go? 


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The Med & Mic™ 3.18.24 – 3.22.24

A medical news blog post

from the author of “Scoop, MD”


This Week In Medical News





Pig Kidney Transplanted in Living Human

A 62-year-old patient in Boston is the first living person to receive a transplanted kidney from a genetically modified pig. The technique has been performed with brain dead individuals. Two men have received heart transplants from genetically modified pigs, but both patients died within months. (AP, M. Stobbe, 3.21.24)





More Measles 

The CDC has issued a health alert about a dramatic rise in measles around the world. Many countries, including Austria, the Philippines, Romania, and the U.K. are experiencing measles outbreaks. In the U.S., kindergarten immunization rates are below the herd immunity threshold in 36 states. The CDC urges vaccines for babies before they travel. (CNN, B. Goodman, 3.18.24)





OTC OCP Roll Out

Over-the-counter birth control pills are now sold online and in stores. The pill is progestin only. (The Hill, N. Weixel, 3.18.24)





Global Fertility Rates Shift Downward

The average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime decreased from 4.84 in 1950 to 2.23 in 2021. This is projected to decrease further to 1.59 by 2100, shrinking the population of most countries by the end of the century. This large-scale, cross-national, cross-cultural shift toward smaller families is a first in human history. To maintain stable population numbers, countries need a fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman. (CNN, M. Cheng, 3.21.24)  





ADHD: One in Ten Children

Government statistics show that one in ten children ages 5 to 17 has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Factors that made the diagnosis more likely: being male, white, and lower income. (HealthDay, E. Mundell, 3.20.24)






Havana Syndrome Mystery

After five years of study with an array of advanced tests on more than 80 patients, the NIH has found no brain injuries or deterioration among U.S. diplomats and other government employees with “Havana Syndrome.” Symptoms of headaches, balance problems, sleep problems and thinking difficulties were first reported in Cuba in 2016 and later by hundreds of American personnel all over the world. The State Department now calls the entity “anomalous health incidents.” (AP, L. Neergaard, 3.18.24)





A note from Dr. M: The Med & Mic™ is going on spring break. During the hiatus, there will be some reorganization and reassessment of the activities at Dr. Maria ON Speaking at IWP, LLC. If you’ve loved this medical news blog, let me know, and I’ll take that into consideration.


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