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Antibiotics for C-sections are effective when given after clamping the umbilical cord

Antibiotics for cesarean section births are just as effective when they're given after the umbilical cord is clamped as before clamping – the current practice – and could benefit newborns' developing microbiomes, according to Rutgers co-authored research.
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Study examines effects of social density and intention to vaccinate against COVID-19

Concerns over infecting others play a greater role in people's willingness to be vaccinated in sparsely populated areas than dense urban ones, according to newly published findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States.
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Researchers have a promising lead on COVID-19 treatment

By taking a lesson from prostate cancer, researchers now have a promising lead on treatment for COVID-19.Two proteins, ACE2 and TMPRSS2, help the coronavirus gain entry and replicate within cells. TMPRSS2 is well-known to Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D. His lab discovered that TMPRSS2 fuses with the ETS gene to drive more than half of all prostate cancers. They also knew that TMPRSS2 was regulated by the androgen receptor.
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A real-time platform for monitoring microvascular health of COVID-19 patients in ICUs

As COVID-19 spread worldwide in early 2020, the avalanche of patients requiring admission into intensive care units (ICUs) suddenly became overwhelming to the healthcare systems.
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Study depicts previously unknown molecular mechanism underlying healthy brain development

A research team led by Michael Fox, a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has identified the type of brain cell that produces collagen 19, a protein that is crucial for the formation of inhibitory circuits in the brain.
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Community-based testing sites were key in minimizing exposure to COVID-19 virus

A new study looking at the results of testing children for COVID-19 through a Children's National Hospital community-based testing site found that one in four patients had a positive test.
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Study suggests effective mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 cases in college campus

As colleges and universities consider strategies for the spring semester to keep COVID-19 cases down, a study conducted by experts in epidemic modeling may help shed light on what mitigation strategies may be most effective, both in terms of infections prevented and cost.
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Discovery reveals new type of brain cell sensitive to distance and direction of objects

The existence of GPS-like brain cells, which can store maps of the places we've been, like our kitchen or holiday destination, was already widely known, but this discovery shows there is also a type of brain cell sensitive to the distance and direction of objects that can store their locations on these maps.
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Study highlights the far-reaching effects of mutagenic compounds on human health

In order to survive, flourish and successfully reproduce, organisms rely on a high degree of genetic stability. Mutagenic agents, which can threaten the integrity of the genetic code by causing mutations in DNA, pose a serious risk to human health.
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Study provides new insights into the molecular underpinnings of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A UT Southwestern research team has catalogued gene activity in the skeletal muscle of mice, comparing healthy animals to those carrying a genetic mutation that causes Duchene muscular dystrophy (DMD) in humans.
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High altitude experts explain pneumolysis caused by COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 1 million deaths which can be attributed to its severe progressive pulmonary compromise.
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Reston virus causes severe respiratory disease in piglets

Reston ebolavirus (RESTV) should be considered a livestock pathogen with potential to affect other mammals, including people, according to National Institutes of Health scientists.
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Australia coronavirus live: NSW records eight new Covid cases as Avalon cluster grows to 90

Victoria reports one Covid case as the number of new cases in NSW falls for a second day. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • NSW Covid hotspots – list of venues and case locations • Border restrictions: the new state and territory rules for NSW travellers• Australia’s Covid restrictions and lockdown rules – state by state• Follow the global liveblog 1.36am GMT About 350 people from NSW have now been released from SA hotel quarantine, after they were incorrectly told they needed t...
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Nocturnal respiratory rate of heart patients can help predict the success of ICD treatment

onditions causing arrhythmia are among the most common cardiac conditions. A study headed by Prof. Georg Schmidt of the Technical University of Munich has demonstrated for the first time that the nocturnal respiratory rate can help with an important prediction: It is an indicator of whether a defibrillator will help to extend the life of patients with arrhythmia.
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Researchers explore why seizures happen in a subset of MS patients

A research team at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine has identified a pathway involving astrocytes, a class of central nervous system support cells, that could shed light on why seizures happen in a subset of multiple sclerosis, or MS, patients.
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Absence of anti-tumor protein may cause resistance to EGFR-targeting therapies

The absence of a protein that works to prevent tumor formation may explain why some patients are resistant to a common cancer therapy, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
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New report offers recommendations to address opioid epidemic during COVID-19 pandemic

A new report from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers recommendations aimed at federal, state, and local policymakers to address the opioid epidemic during the pandemic, which has seen sharp increases in fatal and nonfatal overdoses.
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Does your doctor’s age matter? [PODCAST]

“If I had $100 for every time I walked into a patient’s room, introduced myself as the doctor, and was immediately asked, ‘Hey, how old are you?’ I might be able to retire right now — at the age of 28. Of course, I am exaggerating, and yet this question echoes for my baby-faced colleagues […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Traditional mathematical model may not be the best way to predict spread of COVID-19

A mathematical model that can help project the contagiousness and spread of infectious diseases like the seasonal flu may not be the best way to predict the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus, especially during lockdowns that alter the normal mix of the population, researchers report.
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Stem cells in the brain divide over months to create new nerve cells

For the first time, scientists at the University of Zurich have been able to observe stem cells in the adult mouse brain that divide over the course of several months to create new nerve cells. The study shows that brain stem cells are active over a long period, and thus provides new insights for stem cell research.
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The weak spot of colon cancer stem cells

Colon cancer stem cells have one weak spot: the enzyme Mll1. An MDC team led by Walter Birchmeier has now shown in Nature Communications that blocking this protein prevents the development of new tumors in the body.
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Novel microcopy methods used to study tiny traction forces during T-cell activation

Highly complicated processes constantly take place in our body to keep pathogens in check: The T-cells of our immune system are busy searching for antigens - suspicious molecules that fit exactly into certain receptors of the T-cells like a key into a lock.
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Bedford woman 'lost hands and feet' as Covid led to sepsis

Caroline Coster is determined to enjoy her "second life" despite her limbs being partially amputated.
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Australia coronavirus live: NSW records eight new Covid cases as Gladys Berejiklian gives update

Victoria reports one Covid case as the number of new cases in NSW falls for a second day. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 12.20am GMT Chant is asked about hotel quarantine, given two different airport workers have now seemingly contracted the virus from returned travellers in the past week.“Clearly there’s some leakage in the system,” she is asked. 12.16am GMT NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant has confirmed that a Victorian, who was visiting the northern beaches and retur...
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Early shutdown suppressed excess pandemic deaths in California

Nearly 20,000 more Californians died in the first six months of the pandemic than would have been expected to die in a normal year, with a disproportionate number of those deaths occurring among older adults, Black or Latino residents, or those who had not completed high school, according to an analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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Sex-specific difference could prevent Alzheimer's treatment from working in females

A University of Ottawa study has found a specific Alzheimer's treatment is effective in male and not female mice, providing a window into the biology of the disease and the effectiveness of targeted treatments.
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First patient enrolled in Phase II clinical trial of stem cell therapy for traumatic injuries

The first patient has enrolled in a Phase II clinical trial evaluating a stem cell therapy for the potential early treatment of traumatic injuries and their subsequent complications at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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Stem cell engineering used to identify gene signaling pathway linked to schizophrenia

Using human-induced pluripotent stem cells engineered from a single family's blood samples, a gene signaling pathway linked to a higher risk for developing schizophrenia was discovered by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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Using data from wearables to characterize COVID-19 and influenza

By analyzing Fitbit data and self-reported symptoms, researchers from Evidation Health and collaborators analyzed trends in heart rate, step count, and symptom duration between patients with flu and those with COVID-19.
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Researchers demonstrate potential preventive treatment for Crohn's disease

A potential preventive treatment for Crohn's disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, has been demonstrated in a mouse model and using immune-reactive T cells from patients with Crohn's disease.
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