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XPOMET© Healthcare News Round-Up: 11.11.19

Whether its the latest breakthroughs in healthcare or the latest going ons at XPOMET©, our Healthcare News Round-Up is your one-stop shop to get an idea of what’s happening in the industry. From new drug approvals to experimental trails to new discoveries, read on to see the most important healthcare news in the past week. 

Two Cannabis Drugs Approved by NHS

The NHS (British National Health Service) has given the go-ahead for two new cannabis-based medicines to go into use. A CBD-based oral solution named Epidyolex will be used for Children with epilepsy, while Sativex is a mouth spray that will be used to treat muscle stiffness and spasms. This follows a general trend in the country towards more liberal cannabis laws. 

Brain Implants Trialled to Fight Addiction in USA

The US is trying a new method of fighting opioid addiction: inserting brain implants into patients. It is a complex procedure, and involves all players from ethicists, psychologists and regulators. The first operation took place at the West Virginia University Medicine Hospital on the start of November, with the patient monitored for the next two years. If successful it could prove to be crucial in the fightback against one of the main killers of Americans under 50. 

Exercise Linked to Fighting Depression 

By increasing ones levels of physical activity, the chances of depressive episodes — even with people with severe symptoms — can be drastically reduced. According to data from nearly 8,000 participants at the Partners Healthcare Biobank, it shows how depression can be influenced despite genetic risks. The results were discovered by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and published recently in the journal Depression and Anxiety. 

Copper Hospital Beds Can Save Lives

Sometimes the simplest of innovations can be the most effective. New research has confirmed that copper beds in the Intensive Care Unit contain around 95% less bacteria than conventional beds, meaning that they can drastically reduce the risk of death at hospital. This is quite the breakthrough considering that 100,000 people die from hospital-related infections in the USA each year.