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The European Union (EU) Council Endorse New Measures to Prevent Medical Device Shortages:  The agreed-upon revisions also include registration updates for the electronic European database on medical devices and an extension to the Invitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) transition period for Invitro Diagnostic (IVD) medical devices.

The Council of the European Union (EU) recently announced new measures to help prevent medical device shortages, create greater transparency, and access to information.

FDA Clears First Non-drug Prescription Device for Women with Osteopenia:  Company representatives talk about differentiating the device’s design and navigating FDA’s Breakthrough Device designation

At a Glance –
• The device uses vibration technology to promote bone health.
• Clinical trials validate the device’s effectiveness in reducing bone strength loss and vertebral bone density.
• The company is in discussions with payers/insurers regarding pricing and coverage.

Blood Test to Predict Schizophrenia Shows Promise

Blood test for schizophrenia coming soon: A blood test for schizophrenia biomarkers, expected to be available later this month, may help psychologists diagnose early-stage disease and choose the best treatment, says Alexander Niculescu, a professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience and the senior author of a study in Molecular Psychiatry. Niculescu and colleagues monitored patients for more than a decade to identify biomarkers associated with hallucinations, delusions and hospitalizations, and they identified biomarkers that existing drugs target.

In world first, 13-year-old has been cured of incurable brain cancer:  Doctors had told Lucas’ parents that he will not live

13-year-old is the first to be cured of rare brain cancer: A child named Lucas was diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer at the age of 6, which gave him a life expectancy of about a year, but at the age of 13, he has become the first known person to beat the disease through a clinical trial in France. The treatment is showing promise in around 10 other children, but no others have been cured, and researchers have built organoids that are replicas of the patients’ tumors to better understand the factors contributing to Lucas’ response to the treatment.

Falmouth, Maine couple searches for answers to daughter’s rare disease, connects with other patients worldwide:  Tess Bigelow, 14, has a rare gene mutation that has inspired research to find potential treatments

Family raises rare disease awareness through foundation: Tess Bigelow, a young girl dealing with health issues like autism and epilepsy, found her long-elusive diagnosis of Hao-Fountain Syndrome after her parents connected with a researcher on social media. This led her family to launch the Foundation for Hao-Fountain Syndrome, USP7 Gene, to raise awareness for the disease and allow them to connect with 200 similar families around the world.

A 25-year-effort uncovers clues to unexplained deaths in children:  Seizures during sleep appear to play a role in these mysterious deaths

Hope arises from scientist’s tragedy: Research scientist Laura Gould’s journey to co-founding the San Diego SUDC Research Project, the SUDC Foundation and the SUDC Registry and Research Collaborative began with the sudden, unexplained death of her daughter at two (2) years old. At the time, the only research Gould could find was on sudden infant death syndrome, and the foundations and research collaborative have started filling the gap, with recent studies finding an association between febrile seizures and sudden unexplained death in childhood.

Birth Control Pill Might Lower Odds for Sports Injuries

Birth control linked to reduced injury risk in active women: Active women who use oral contraceptives appear to have a lower risk of sprains and strains compared to those not on birth control, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. “This understanding holds promise for informing the development of targeted preventive strategies and interventions aimed at reducing injury risk in women, benefiting both athletic and nonathletic populations,” said lead researcher Luis Rodriguez.

Scientists can tell how fast you’re aging. Now, the trick is to slow it down

Scientists work to understand, slow aging: Journalist Allison Aubrey took part in a Northwestern University Human Longevity Lab study focused on interventions to slow the rate at which people age. She submitted to a battery of health tests and gained inspiration for a writing project called “How to Thrive As You Age.” “There are going to be ways that we are going to slow down this process and give people a longer health span,” said Potocsnak Longevity Institute Director, Douglas Vaughan.

‘Obviously ChatGPT’ — how reviewers accused me of scientific fraud:  A journal reviewer accused Lizzie Wolkovich of using ChatGPT to write a manuscript.  She had not — but her paper was rejected anyway

How AI (Artificial Intelligence) can undermine science without even trying: Journal reviewers rejected a manuscript authored by Lizzie Wolkovich not because they suspected academic or scientific fraud; however, because they decided — erroneously — that Wolkovich had used ChatGPT to write the paper. “Given how much work I put into writing, it was a blow to be accused of being a chatbot,” Wolkovich writes. She submitted GitHub plain-text files tracking the manuscript’s versions, but the reviewers shrugged it off, and the episode shows “how AI could corrupt science without even trying,” Wolkovich writes.