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Stents or bypass surgery can improve outcomes in patients with stable ischemic heart disease

A recent study by University of Alberta cardiologists at the Canadian VIGOUR Centre shows that a particular group of patients with stable ischemic heart disease have better outcomes with percutaneous coronary intervention (also called angioplasty with stent) or coronary artery bypass surgery and medication, versus conservative management with medication alone.
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Researchers develop new tool to decipher cellular conversations

An interdisciplinary team of biologists and mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new tool to help decipher the language cells use to communicate with one another.
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Specific cell-to-cell communication associated with progression of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are a subytpe of cancers known as sarcomas. GIST is the most common type of sarcoma with approximately 5,000 to 6,000 new patient cases annually in the United States.
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Immune response to SARS-CoV-2 may be limited by a set of genes

Neutralizing antibodies develop within two weeks of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, but their durability and intensity can vary by individual, prompting concerns about the prospects of long-lasting immunity and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
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Victorian family tests positive to Covid a day after state emerges from lockdown

Health officials confident the new cases will not lead to further infections as they had been in isolationThree members of a Victorian family, two of whom quarantined at the Melbourne airport Holiday Inn, have tested positive to coronavirus a day after the state’s five-day lockdown was lifted.Health authorities were confident the new cases, which came after two days of zero cases in Victoria, will not spark further infections as they were isolating at home during their infectious period. Continu...
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Study explores the perceptions and use of antibiotics among older adults

While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, and say they're cautious about taking the drugs, a sizable minority have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose, and appear to think the drugs could help treat colds, which are caused by viruses not bacteria.
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Combination therapy produces clinical benefit for early stage non-small cell lung cancer

he first randomized Phase II clinical trial to report on single and combined neoadjuvant immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy in stage I-III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) found combination therapy produced a significant clinical benefit, as assessed by major pathologic response (MPR) rate, as well as enhanced tumor immune cell infiltration and immunological memory.
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Zambia study casts doubt on the assumption that COVID-19 skipped Africa

A new study concluding out of Lusaka, Zambia last summer has found that as many as 19% (almost 1 in 5) of recently-deceased people tested positive for COVID-19.
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Appointments are no longer needed to get tested for COVID-19 at L.A. city-run sites

Starting next Monday, appointments will no longer be needed to get tested for COVID-19 at sites run by the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday, Feb. 18. People interested in getting tested can show up to one of the city’s testing sites during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from Monday through Saturday, Garcetti said. Registration can be completed while people waiting in line, Garcetti said. People should bring their insurance information or identification,...
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Human brain adapts to loss of sensory information by tapping into visual cues

Evidence that a sense of our physical selves can develop even without the sense of touch has been uncovered in a new study by researchers in the UK and the United States.
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Novel method for rapid and efficient separation of oxygen-18 from oxygen-16

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) plays a major role in the early detection of various types of cancer.
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Novel gel electrophoresis method for MS-based quantification of protein biomarkers

Mass spectrometry (MS) is a powerful method for biomarker analysis because it enables highly sensitive and accurate measurement of target molecules in clinical samples.
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USDA, FDA highlight no credible evidence of COVID-19 transmission through food or food packaging

After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19.
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Study examines to what extent surgical site infection rates correlate with surveillance quality audits

The incidence of surgical site infections after an operation is an important quality indicator for hospitals.
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Many women feel left out of breast reconstruction decision making, QUT research reveals

When women undergo surgical treatment for breast cancer, they often also have reconstructive surgery but new QUT research reveals many women feel left out of the decision making.
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Changes in drinking and smoking during England’s first COVID-19 lockdown

The worldwide spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 infection in early 2020 prompted many nations to close their borders and institute mandatory lockdowns. While lockdowns abruptly stopped daily life, researchers from the University College London and the University of Sheffield found drug-seeking behaviors did not.
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Study of newlyweds suggests a possible genetic link to marriage satisfaction

Variation in a specific gene could be related to traits that are beneficial to bonding and relationship satisfaction in the first years of a marriage, according to a new study by a University of Arkansas psychologist.
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Study shows positive correlation between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognitive health in preschoolers

Researchers report that 4-6-year-old children who walk further than their peers during a timed test - a method used to estimate cardiorespiratory health - also do better on cognitive tests and other measures of brain function.
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Pandemic-Related Unemployment Linked to 30,000 Excess Deaths in U.S., Study Finds

A new study out Thursday is one of the first to try measuring deaths during the pandemic that were caused not by the virus itself but by the economic devastation it sparked. The study estimates that the spike in unemployment seen last spring helped cause an additional 30,000 deaths among working-age adults in the U.S.…Read more...
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Telehealth in underserved populations needs telecommunication expansion [PODCAST]

“COVID-19 has propelled the nation into widespread telehealth services to provide consumer-based care, especially for those who access this technology. Equity issues arise when using digital communication because many underserved populations lack access to digital and/or mobile services. Inevitably, this brings up the greater concern of an unintentional exacerbation of disparities because low-income groups face […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and C...
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Researchers develop new method using smartphones to track food consumption

A team of researchers has devised a method using smartphones in order to measure food consumption--an approach that also offers new ways to predict physical well-being.
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O-glycosylation of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in insect and human cell lines

The mapping of O-glycosites requires instruments that can support electron transfer dissociation (ETD) fragmentation. In a new study published on the bioRxiv preprint server, researchers report their results on whether O-glycosylation patterns affect immunogens for vaccine development.
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Polycomb complexes found to be essential for proper skin development

Mount Sinai researchers have discovered that Polycomb complexes, groups of proteins that maintain gene expression patterns, are essential for proper skin development, according to a paper published in Genes & Development on February 18.
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Henry Ford first in the U.S. to offer FDA-approved DBS system to treat Parkinson's disease

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Henry Ford Health System was the first in the United States to offer a new FDA-approved device to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
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Researchers discover potential new way to target pancreatic tumors with high IFN signaling

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have uncovered a potential new way to target pancreatic tumors that express high intratumoral interferon signaling (IFN).
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Citing increases in homeless, Norwalk may ask federal judge for right to enforce anti-camping laws

Norwalk may become the next city to seek permission from a federal judge to enforce its anti-camping laws.. City officials said they want to begin talks because of concerns about increasing numbers of homeless in the community. “We’re looking to have a conversation with Judge Carter, just to see what the options are,” Mayor Jennifer Perez said, referring to U.S. District Judge David O. Carter who is overseeing a lawsuit involving the city of Los Angeles and Orange County over homelessness issues...
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UC San Diego researchers launch clinical trial to test gene therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have launched a first-in-human Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a gene therapy to deliver a key protein into the brains of persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that often precedes full-blown dementia.
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Study provides new insight into the effects of antidepressant drugs

The effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other conventional antidepressants are believed to be based on their increasing the levels of serotonin and noradrenalin in synapses, while ketamine, a new rapid-acting antidepressant, is thought to function by inhibiting receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate.
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Restricting testing to 'classic triad' of symptoms may have missed some COVID-19 cases

Extending the symptoms that trigger a PCR test for COVID-19 could help detect around a third more cases of the disease.
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Early immunosuppressive biomarkers could predict bone regeneration after trauma

An abnormal suppression of the immune system linked to the onset of numerous diseases has been associated with poor functional regeneration of traumatic bone injuries.
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