Monday Morning Round-Up #9


Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

NIH to limit the amount of grant money a scientist can receive via Nature

For the first time, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will restrict the amount of funding that an individual scientist can hold at any one time, on the basis of a point system. The move, announced on 2 May, is part of an ongoing effort to make obtaining grants easier for early- and mid-career scientists, who face much tougher odds than their more-experienced colleagues.

Babies’ brain signals offer window into treating their pain via Stat News

Neuroscientist Caroline Hartley and her colleagues studied 72 infants undergoing medically necessary painful procedures, like a needle prick for a blood test. They found, using electrodes on the babies’ scalps, a signature change in brain activity about a half-second after a painful stimulus. In the future, that measure could help pain researchers objectively establish if an infant is in pain and, ultimately, determine how to manage it.

Pillsy launches smart pill bottle and app to improve medication adherence via Mobi Health News

Seattle, Washington-based Pillsy has officially launched its digital medication adherence and tracking tool, which consists of a smart pill bottle and companion app. PillsyCap, as the product is known, uses Bluetooth to sense when the bottle is opened and closed, and syncs with the app to automatically tracks when a user takes their pills, reminds them when they forget a dose or warns if multiple dosages are taken too early, and allows for information sharing with family and loved ones.

Try This At Home: Program Brings Drug Addiction Treatment To Patients via Kaiser Health News

Treating addiction is a growing business, and some treatments, especially inpatient care, can run tens of thousands of dollars. For many people, the help is only temporary. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 40 to 60 percent of people addicted to drugs relapse. But there is a way to help some people pay less for better results, said Matt Eacott, vice president of Aware Recovery Care.

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again via The Huffington Post

Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes in the melting permafrost of Siberia. One such virus, 30,000 years old, was still infectious when it was discovered in 2015, though it posed no danger to humans, Live Science reports. There are also concerns that some old enemies thought vanquished could reappear. It turns out that permafrost is excellent at preserving bacteria and viruses that can lie dormant, then become reactivated with warming.


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