The top news stories in primary care today.
United States law enforcement seizure of ketamine have risen 349% in the last five years, according to a study. This equals a total weight of 127 pounds in 2017 and about 1550 pounds in 2022. Although an ketamine overdose is unlikely, officials are worried about it being potentially mixed with fentanyl.
A Dutch man who was left paralyzed by a bike accident 12 years ago has taken his first steps using a stimulator on his brain and spine, which he is able to control with his thoughts. The device is worn in a backpack. “The technology is still in its infancy, although it is tremendous technology,” Grégoire Courtine, a neuroscientist and professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne said in an article.
The World Health Organization (WHO) keeps a list “priority diseases” that include Zika, Ebola, SARS, plus a final entry that reads “disease x”. The name is used as a placeholder for the next unnamed deadly disease. The WHO came up with the name in 2018. In 2019, COVID emerged. “The COVID-19 pandemic was not the first to wreak havoc on the world and it will not be the last,” wrote the authors of the Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology article. “Thus, we need to prepare for the next outbreak as soon as possible.”