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CDC study says face mask mandates reduced COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S.

A new study by researchers at the CDC examined whether the implementation of the mask mandate is tied to COVID-19-related hospitalization growth rates among different age groups.
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LAUSD officials call for vaccines to be prioritized for school employees

Prioritizing school employees for vaccines was the theme of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 17, as Los Angeles Unified School District officials and representatives from some of their labor employee groups gathered at the Roybal Learning Center near downtown LA to mark the opening of the district’s first vaccination center. District officials also used the occasion to announce plans to run a second, much larger vaccination center at SoFi Stadium, in partnership with the Los Angeles Rams, Hollywood Pa...
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Study: Cognitive SuperAgers resist protein tangles that lead to Alzheimer’s disease

A new Northwestern Medicine study showed cognitive SuperAgers have resistance to the development of fibrous tangles in a brain region related to memory and which are known to be markers of Alzheimer's disease.
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Australia's coronavirus vaccine rollout to start next week in 240 aged care homes

Chief medical officer warns ‘there will be bumps in the road’ during vaccination program as Victoria emerges from its snap lockdownAustralia’s Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it? Queensland says new variant was detected in Brisbane quarantineAustralia will begin its first coronavirus vaccinations from Monday in about 240 aged care homes across more than 190 locations around the country.The rollout will begin with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with the AstraZeneca/Ox...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, Brisbane, Victorian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Melbourne, South Australia, Coronavirus, AstraZeneca Oxford, Aged care (Australia


New 3D imaging technique helps detect breast cancer, COVID-19, other diseases

A research team led by UMass Lowell is pioneering a new 3D imaging technique to better detect breast cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19.
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New study sheds light on potential pathophysiological mechanism underlying delirium

Delirium, a common syndrome among older adults, particularly in those who have recently undergone surgery, critically ill patients in the ICU, and in older patients with multiple health issues, is a form of acute confusion that is characterized by poor attention, disorientation, impaired memory, delusions, and abrupt changes in mood and behavior.
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Study sheds light on pathological characteristics behind sudden cardiac death

Nearly a half-million people a year die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the U.S. -- the result of malfunctions in the heart's electrical system.
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Sensor-based asthma inhalers can benefit pediatric asthma patients

Sensor-based inhalers integrated into health care providers' clinical workflows may help improve medication adherence and support children with asthma - and their families - to more effectively manage this condition, according to a new Northwestern and Lurie Children's study published in Pediatrics.
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GDP significantly associated with greater COVID-19 vaccine distribution

ccording to a report published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the world's gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 4.6% in 2020. As per WHO estimates, at least 65% of the world population should be vaccinated to contain the virus's spread and achieve herd immunity.
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Convalescent plasma shows CD8+ T cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 variants

Researchers in the United States have conducted a study suggesting that individuals who have recovered from or been vaccinated against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) should maintain effective CD8+ T-cell responses against the major variants that have recently emerged.
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Opioid supply-controlling policies may have unintended consequences, finds study

In response to the increase in opioid overdose deaths in the United States, many states have implemented supply-controlling and harm-reduction policy measures aimed at reducing those deaths.
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Study: Gynecologists have a negative attitude towards clitoral reconstruction after female genital cutting

"Gynecologists in Sweden are a very polarized group regarding clitoral reconstruction, and our study is one of very few on the subject," says Malin Jordal, researcher and senior lecturer in caring sciences at University of Gävle.
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Where might future novel coronaviruses come from?

The researchers predicted many more associations between coronaviruses and host species than have been observed to date. They also predicted 30 times more potential recombination hosts of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Researchers find a way to improve deletion efficiency of new genome editing tool

CRISPR deletion (CRISPR-del) is a new genome editing tool that can delete or cut out certain pieces of DNA in living cells with surgical precision.
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Using complementary disinfection strategies to make swimming pools safer

Swimming in indoor or outdoor pools is a healthy form of exercise and recreation for many people. However, studies have linked compounds that arise from chlorine disinfection of the pools to respiratory problems, including asthma, in avid swimmers.
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Nasal antiviral blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets

A nasal antiviral created by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons blocked transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ferrets, suggesting the nasal spray also may prevent infection in people exposed to the new coronavirus, including recent variants.
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Physical therapy improves patient outcomes post-cesarean section

Women who received physical therapy after undergoing a cesarean section had significantly improved outcomes compared to those who did not according to a new study from University of Missouri Health Care.
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New method uses DNA biomarkers to flag prenatal environmental exposures in children

Scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health developed a method using a DNA biomarker to easily screen pregnant women for harmful prenatal environmental contaminants like air pollution linked to childhood illness and developmental disorders.
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Purely mathematical perspective on delaying the second dose of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine

High demand for the vaccines has raised questions as to whether it would be better in the long term to ensure that as much of the population as possible has received the first dose, i.e., vaccinate twice as many people with a lower rate of efficacy.
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Facebook's botched Australia news ban hits health departments, charities and its own pages

Social media company’s ban on sharing news has also affected dozens of government, not-for-profit and community pagesThe Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, charities and Facebook itself are among those to have been hit by Facebook’s ban on news in Australia. On Thursday morning Facebook began preventing Australian news sites from posting, while also stopping Australian users from sharing or viewing content from any news outlets, both Austra...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Australia, Social Media, Australia news, Digital Media, Australian politics, Australian media, Bureau of Meteorology


Mice study finds altered brain connectivity after prolonged anesthesia

Prolonged anesthesia, also known as medically induced coma, is a life-saving procedure carried out across the globe on millions of patients in intensive medical care units every year.
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Researchers develop new tool for tackling disseminated intravascular coagulation

Researchers have developed a new tool for addressing disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) - a blood disorder that proves fatal in many patients.
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Prolonged sedentary time linked to distractibility in adults with overweight, obesity

Scientists used accelerometers to track daily activity levels for a week in 89 adults with obesity or overweight and, in a series of tests, measured their ability to multitask and maintain their attention despite distractions.
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$1.3 million grant funds clinical trial to test psilocybin for treating patients with phantom limb pain

The Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UC San Diego has received a $1.3 million grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to fund a clinical trial investigating the therapeutic potential of psilocybin in treating phantom limb pain.
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Improving eye health globally can have substantial benefits for economic, social prosperity

An estimated 1.1 billion people were living with untreated vision impairment in 2020, but researchers say more than 90 per cent of vision loss could be prevented or treated with existing, highly cost-effective interventions.
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People with asthma in deprived areas have worse outcomes, study reveals

People with asthma in the most deprived areas are 50% more likely to be admitted to hospital and to die from asthma compared with those in the least deprived areas, a new five-year study of over 100,000 people in Wales has revealed.
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Innate immune system prevents severe COVID-19 in children

Children are protected from severe COVID-19 because their innate immune system is quick to attack the virus, a new study has found.
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Facebook blocks health departments, charities and its own pages in botched Australia news ban

Social media company’s ban on sharing news has also affected dozens of government, not-for-profit and community pagesThe Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, charities and Facebook itself are among those to have been blocked on Facebook in Australia as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news. On Thursday morning Facebook began preventing Australian news sites from posting, while also stopping Australian users fro...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Australia, Social Media, Australia news, Digital Media, Australian politics, Australian media, Bureau of Meteorology


Colorado school-based initiative aims to help disadvantaged kids with asthma breathe better

The National Institute of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is supporting an estimated 3-year, $2.7 million award to the University of Colorado Denver through its Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk) initiative to address health disparities in diverse Colorado communities.
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Study uncovers how the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant entered the United States

A team led by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health has found how the B.1.1.7 variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first found in the United Kingdom, made its way into several states in the United States.
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