Prone positioning associated with lower mortality and intubation in COVID-19 patients

In the absence of specific antivirals to combat the pandemic, supportive care is paramount. In this context, a new preprint posted to the medRxiv server describes the observed efficacy of prone positioning to reduce mortality and the risk of intubation in COVID-19 patients with respiratory insufficiency.
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Single-dose vaccination effective for healthcare workers with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection

The findings reveal that healthcare workers previously infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) develop significantly higher antibody titers in response to a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as compared to healthcare workers without prior SARS-CoV-s infection. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
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Highly conserved neutralizing epitope identified on SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

A recent study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, has identified a highly conserved neutralizing antibody binding site on the spike S2 domain of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The study findings might help develop novel spike-targeting antibodies for widespread protection. The study is currently available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
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Lysosomal-immune axis associated with COVID-19 severity

New research suggests the modulation of lysosomal-immune pathways may present a novel drug-targeting strategy to attenuate SARS-CoV-2 infections.
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Senior Citizen Discount Programs: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years

  The notion that retirement is a never-ending personal vacation experience for senior citizens is just that – a notion. It is really hard to become a retired person in the post-pandemic era of the 21st century. The average retired person receives a $1,500 monthly Social Security check. However, the average Social Security check only […] The post Senior Citizen Discount Programs: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years appeared first on Personal Finance Advice.
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Survey: Half of the people with uncontrolled asthma smoke cannabis

As the number of states increase where medical and recreational cannabis use is legal, so does the importance that physicians discuss with patients the effects of cannabis on those with asthma.
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Gene mutations may explain the poorer outcomes in Hispanic and Latino children with leukemia

A combination of genetic mutations may explain the higher incidence of and poorer outcomes from pediatric leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
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Remyelinating drug shows potential to improve vision in patients with MS

A team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, reports a drug -- an estrogen receptor ligand called indazole chloride (IndCl) -- has the potential to improve vision in patients with multiple sclerosis, or MS.
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Reducing barriers in cancer care for LGBTQ2SPIA+ patients

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, published by Elsevier, undergraduate researchers from the University of Alberta's Radiation Therapy Program in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry describe how LGBTQ2SPIA+ patients face unique cancer risks, including fear of discrimination, higher incidence of certain cancer sites, and lower screening rates, resulting in more cancers detected at later stages.
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Study shows accuracy of dried blood spot testing for detection of CMV infection in newborns

In Minnesota, there are currently about 60 diseases that all newborns are screened for at birth using a heel prick and a few drops of blood.
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Researchers find possible cause for self-destructive immune system attacks in autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases, in which the body's own immune system attacks healthy tissue, can be life-threatening and can impact all organs.
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Air pollution may have a detrimental effect on people's cognitive skills later in life

A greater exposure to air pollution at the very start of life was associated with a detrimental effect on people's cognitive skills up to 60 years later, the research found.
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Immune profiling shows differences in COVID-19 and influenza pathologic pathways

A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore has revealed distinct differences in the immune pathways that are activated by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and those that are activated by influenza.
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ECMO life-support therapy can increase odds of survival for critically-ill COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 has caused more than 2 million deaths worldwide since the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in March 2020.
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UQ researchers discover how the brain 'tangles' in Alzheimer's disease and dementia

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a new 'seeding' process in brain cells that could be a cause of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Most of the telehealth appointments found to be audio-only visits

Telehealth use has surged during the pandemic at clinics that serve lower-income Americans, which allowed the clinics to maintain access to care at a time when many other health care organizations saw significant declines in utilization, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
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Yale scientists develop an injection-based therapy for skin cancer

Yale researchers are developing a skin cancer treatment that involves injecting nanoparticles into the tumor, killing cancer cells with a two-pronged approach, as a potential alternative to surgery.
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Study finds link between lack of ICU beds and patient mortality during COVID-19 pandemic

A new study by Yale researchers found a significant association between the availability of hospital resources -- particularly ICU beds -- and patient mortality during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Researchers develop rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test affordable for low-income families

A test that detects antibodies to the novel coronavirus in 10 minutes and costs only a fifth of the market average has been developed by researchers at the University of São Paulo's São Carlos Chemistry Institute and Brazilian startup Biolinker, with São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP's support.
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Automated method identifies and tracks harmful tau deposits involved in Alzheimer's disease

Amyloid-beta and tau are the two key abnormal protein deposits that accumulate in the brain during the development of Alzheimer's disease, and detecting their buildup at an early stage may allow clinicians to intervene before the condition has a chance to take hold.
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Previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may negate need for two vaccine doses

Researchers in the United States have shown that two doses of vaccine may not be necessary to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among people who have already been infected with the causative agent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
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Bot MD, an AI-based chatbot for doctors, raises $5 million for expansion into more Asian markets

Time is critical for healthcare providers, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Singapore-based Bot MD helps save time with an AI-based chatbot that lets doctors look up important information from their smartphones, instead of needing to call a hospital operator or access its intranet. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Venture. Other backers include SeaX, XA Network and SG Innovate, and angel investors Yoh-Chie Lu, Jean-Luc Butel and Steve Bl...
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MIT engineers design origami-inspired medical patch for minimally invasive tissue sealing

Many surgeries today are performed via minimally invasive procedures, in which a small incision is made and miniature cameras and surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumors and repair damaged tissues and organs.
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Regenstrief and Boomerang Ventures partner to expand the reach of healthcare innovations

Regenstrief Institute and Boomerang Ventures are announcing a partnership to develop and disseminate healthcare solutions to improve the well-being of people around the world.
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Immune dysregulation can affect the efficacy of CAR T therapy in some lymphoma patients

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR T, has been a breakthrough in the treatment of blood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
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Decision-support tool may help clinicians to appropriately treat children with diarrhea

A decision-support tool that could be accessed via mobile devices may help clinicians in lower-resource settings avoid unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for children with diarrhea, a study published today in eLife shows.
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Kids with autism show the biggest drop in physical activity between ages 9 to13

A recent study from Oregon State University has found that to best help kids with autism maintain healthy rates of physical activity, interventions should be targeted during the ages of 9 to 13, as that's when kids show the biggest drop in active time.
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Sinovac and Sinopharm - what do we know about the Chinese vaccines?

China has 16 vaccines in development, but those from Sinovac and Sinopharm are the front-runners.
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Covid: How an aspiring athlete keeps on track in lockdown

Millie King,16, still has her sights set on England success despite Covid cancelling competitions.
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Study finds increased opioid consumption two years after intensive care

Nearly 11 percent of people admitted to an intensive care unit in Sweden between 2010 and 2018 received opioid prescriptions on a regular basis for at least six months and up to two years after discharge.
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