September 28, 2016
Zika might be transmissible through sweat
The Salt Lake City case where a gentlemen contracted Zika while taking care of his elderly father who died of Zika complications prompted the discussion of how one contracts Zika if not through travel, mosquitoes or sex. Its been concluded the caretaker’s lack of glove use while wiping tears and moving his father was the cause of his infection and therefore Zika was possibly transmitted through tears and sex. A related study found Zika to be present in tears as well.
Secondhand smoke more dangerous than previously thought
Second hand smoke could put people at risk for lung disease, cancer and heart disease. But many don’t realize they are being exposed. Blood levels of cotinine maybe more accurate than questionaires to determine one’s expsoure to second hand smoke.
First “artificial pancreas” approved by the FDA for diabetes
The MiniMed 670G will measure blood sugar every 5 minutes and deliver or withhold insulin as needed. This will help type I diabetics whose pancreas’ do not produce insulin appropriately to regulate their sugar.