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Study examines racial disparities in underinsurance

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) have become much more common among all racial/ethnic and income groups, but the health savings accounts (HSAs) that make these plans potentially workable are far less common among Black, Hispanic, and lower-income enrollees--and the gap is growing.
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Biden wins, but his health agenda dims with GOP likely to hold Senate

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House on Saturday, major news organizations projected, after election officials in a handful of swing states spent days in round-the-clock counting of millions of mail-in ballots and early votes.
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Researchers to develop new optogenetic tools for biology and medicine

The European Research Council (ERC) is providing 10 million euros in funding for an interdisciplinary, collaborative project in the structural and biophysical analysis of selected photoreceptors and their development into "OptoGPCRs", light-controlled molecular switches with a wide range of applications in biology and medicine.
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As faith in vaccines falters, Biden is under pressure to name new FDA chief stat

President-elect Joe Biden made COVID-19 a linchpin of his campaign, criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership on everything from masks and packed campaign rallies to vaccines.
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New strategy shows promises for treating RNA-repeat expansion disorders

A new strategy for treating a variety of diseases known as RNA-repeat expansion disorders, which affect millions of people, has shown promise in proof-of-principle tests conducted by scientists at Scripps Research.
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Study shows SARS-CoV-2 direct heart muscle cell infection, cell death, loss of contractility

In the study, published on the pre-print journal bioRxiv, the researchers revealed that SARS-CoV-2-infected EHTs manifested the typical characteristics of myocarditis or heart inflammation. These include the stimulation of immune cells, heart cell death, and decreased contractile force generation.
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Australian politics live: Scott Morrison praises Joe Biden as 'man of grit and integrity'

Federal parliament returns as incoming Biden administration vows to sign back up to Paris agreement. Follow all the updates live• Coronavirus global news – live updates• Joe Biden begins transition – US election live 4.20am GMT Senate question time ended with Labor asking the aged care minister, Richard Colbeck, about when he became aware of allegations against a former aged care executive who was awarded more than $900,000 in consultancy contracts over the past year.Colbeck didn’t answer th...
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Researchers launch clinical trial to assess therapeutic drug monitoring for patients with inflammatory diseases

New research presented at ACR Convergence, the American College Rheumatology's annual meeting, showed that patients with rheumatic diseases whose infliximab treatment was individually assessed and adjusted with a new strategy called therapeutic drug monitoring did not achieve remission at higher rates compared to those who received standard care.
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Researchers compare rhesus and cynomolgus macaques for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials

A team of researchers at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre based in the Netherlands have aimed to determine the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen on these monkeys and, subsequently, whether they make good animal models for future research in the area.
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Study suggests honey and Nigella sativa expedites viral clearance in COVID-19 patients

A team of researchers from various institutes across Pakistan, Chile, Canada, and the USA recently conducted a clinical trial to investigate the potential effectiveness of a combination of honey and Nigella sativa (HNS) in treating COVID-19 patients. Their study is published on the preprint server medRxiv prior to the scientific peer review process.
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Australian politics live: Scott Morrison praises Joe Biden as 'man of grit and integrity' – question time live

Federal parliament returns as Biden administration vows to sign back up to Paris agreement. Follow all the updates live• Coronavirus global news – live updates• Joe Biden begins transition – US election live 3.19am GMT Everything in that answer...sigh. 3.19am GMT Anthony Albanese to Scott Morrison:I refer to the fact that now more than 70 countries have committed to net zero emissions by 2050, including Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. And now the United St...
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Study suggests SARS-CoV-2 mutation fingerprints could be used for molecular contact tracing

In a recent groundbreaking study, researchers from Stanford University demonstrated the potential of multiplexed targeted next-generation sequencing assay for detecting SARS-CoV-2 genetic fingerprints used in mutation profiling, with the potential of massive scalability required for population studies. The findings are currently available on the medRxiv preprint server.
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Mobile phone contamination could be part of SARS-CoV-2 transmission chain in hospitals, Brazil case study suggests

Researchers conducting a study at a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) intensive care unit (ICU) in São Paulo, Brazil, have warned that infection control guidelines need to include a universal policy regarding the disinfection of mobile phones in the hospital setting.
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SARS-CoV-2 antibodies wane, depending on age, symptoms and ethnicity

Researchers at the University of Oxford have conducted a study of UK healthcare workers showing how antibody responses to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection can wane over time, depending on age, previous symptoms and ethnicity.
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SARS-CoV-2 infection risk in day care centers for children and educators is low

Their findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infection rarely occurs in daycare centers, and thus, these centers should not be considered as potential reservoirs of the virus. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
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SARS-CoV-2 viral antigens found in non-pulmonary tissues in recovering patients

A team of researchers in Singapore, led by Dr. Joe Yeong, and Prof. Tony Kiat Hon Lim, have reported the presence of residual SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA) – the virus' genetic material – in stool samples and gastrointestinal tissues from patients recovering from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Delirium common after hospital discharge in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Anesthesiologist and other researchers from Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, New York Medical College, Valhalla and Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, have reported a case series of critically ill coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who have developed neuropsychological symptoms after having been discharged from the hospital.
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Medical aid in dying is not assisted suicide [PODCAST]

“To help the reader understand the issues better, I would like to relate some stories. A friend of mine was dying of pancreatic cancer. He had an implantable morphine pump and was on both hospice and palliative care. Still, he found that his suffering was unbearable and wanted to die sooner. Doctors told him that […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Study shows SARS-CoV-2 infection four times more likely through household transmission than community

A group of researchers from across the United States working in collaboration with their Swiss counterparts have conducted an extensive population-based serological survey to understand the transmission dynamics of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2) – the novel agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Australian politics live: NSW reports no new locally transmitted Covid cases as Victoria records no new infections for 10th day

Federal parliament returns as Biden administration vows to sign back up to Paris agreement. Follow all the updates live• Coronavirus global news – live updates• Joe Biden begins transition – US election live 12.33am GMT That exchange ended with this:SM: How can you determine that they wouldn’t be acting consistent if you haven’t seen the program? Well Sam you’re making assumptions. You’re making assumptions. All I’m simply saying is the Government wants the ABC to stand up for it’s charter ...
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FDA authorizes marketing of new device intended to provide temporary relief from sleep disturbances

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of a new device intended for the temporary reduction of sleep disturbance related to nightmares in adults 22 years or older who suffer from nightmare disorder or have nightmares from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Health workers with religious beards experiencing professional discrimination amid COVID-19, UK study finds

A new study conducted by researchers across the UK has looked at how male health workers with religious beards have been affected by workplace practices during the pandemic. The researchers from Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, UK, sought to determine some of the effects on male healthcare workers who had been asked to remove their beards in light of personal protective equipment (PPE) policies, particularly strict mask fit-testing stipulations.
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Decreasing humidity in the winter is likely to lead to more COVID-19 cases

A team of researchers from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, USA, and Johns Hopkins University, USA, found evidence to support the notion that increased humidity may have contributed to lesser cases in spring earlier this year (2020). However, as the winter season fast approaches, the researchers fear that the decreasing humidity is likely to lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
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Cats shed SARS-CoV-2 RNA for a shorter duration compared to humans, study finds

Since the emergence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there have been numerous reports of pets becoming infected. Both dogs and cats have been observed to exhibit symptoms of infection.
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Innate immunity key to limiting viral load in COVID-19 cases

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to cause many difficulties for public health authorities, research is ongoing to understand how the virus can cause fatal effects on those infected and thereby suggest effective preventive and therapeutic measures against it.
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Study shows increasing size of respiratory droplets under cold humid conditions

Considerable evidence has accumulated to suggest that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus may spread through prolonged or brief contact with infected patients - with the infection being spread through respiratory droplets and aerosols. The need to understand how these infectious droplets behave becomes ever more urgent. A recent study published in the preprint server medRxiv* in October 2020 reports the results of such an investigation.
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Second wave of COVID-19 in UK has reached “critical” stage, says study

The current paper reports the preliminary findings of the sixth round of the REal-time Assessment of Community Transmission-1 (REACT-1) study, which has traced the path of the outbreak in England since May this year (2020).
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Universal nanoparticle platform may help in rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine

A research group in China recently published a paper on the pre-print server bioRxiv* that reports the performance of a potentially universal nanoparticle platform that may prove useful for the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other vaccines in the future.
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LA County reports 2,000-plus new coronavirus cases for fourth straight day

Recording its fourth straight day of more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County health officials continued to battle an outbreak that has returned to levels not seen since the pandemic’s summer peak, on Sunday, Nov. 8. Officials announced 2,238 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 322,207 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Two new coronavirus-linked deaths were also reported, pushing the county’s death toll to 7,172. The Sunday totals were particularly jolting...
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ZINC AND FOLATE SIGNIFICANTLY HELP MEN'S SPERM COUNT AND FERTILITY

Men's Fertility Enhanced With Zinc and Folate My husband has always taken a multivitamin and fortunately, we never had a problem with his sperm Sandy Robertson's You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturallycount. However, according to this article, zinc and folate taken together can have a dramatic positive affect on sperm counts. Read more:Recent studies indicate zinc supplements along with folic acid may increase sperm count and improve sperm motility in some men.One published Dutch study...
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