Smoking is highly prevalent among surgery patients, shows study

Over the past 50 years or so, cigarette smoking has transformed from a widespread practice into an isolated activity: Just 14% of American adults reported smoking cigarettes in 2019 compared to over 40% in 1965.
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People who received flu shot last season had fewer complication of COVID-19

People who received a flu shot last flu season were significantly less likely to test positive for a COVID-19 infection when the pandemic hit, according to a new study.
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CureVac's COVID-19 vaccine protects mice against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants

The CVnCoV mRNA vaccine showed neutralizing antibody levels and completely protected mice infected with the B.1.351 variant. No viral genomes were seen in oral swabs, lungs, or brain.
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Pilot study finds Bartonella infection in the blood of people with schizophrenia

A pilot study from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found evidence of Bartonella infection in the blood of people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
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Survey findings reveals persistence of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Daily national surveys by Carnegie Mellon University show that while COVID-19 vaccine uptake has increased, the proportion of vaccine-hesitant adults has remained unchanged. The concerns about a side effect remain high, especially among females, Black adults and those with an eligible health condition.
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Changes in OASI gene expression increases risk of Alzheimer's and severe COVID-19 infection

Previous research identified the interferon-responsive OAS1 gene as a risk gene for Alzheimer's disease. OAS1 is an enzyme that binds to double-stranded RNA and induces the conformation to create oligoadenylates. They also activate RNase L to break down RNA.
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An electronic nose to detect harmful atmospheric free radicals

An international project involving researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is receiving 3.2 million euros from the European research and innovation program "Horizon 2020" to develop a cost-effective method for measuring certain air pollutants.
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Research identifies ways to prevent coronavirus spread to the nervous system

A number of studies have shown that human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19, appear to attack neurons and the nervous system in vulnerable populations.
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Artificial neural network for automatically decoding and interpreting cortical signals

Russian scientists have proposed a new algorithm for automatic decoding and interpreting the decoder weights, which can be used both in brain-computer interfaces and in fundamental research. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Neural Engineering.
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Study shows single dose of mRNA vaccine may suffice for those with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection

A recent study by researchers from Philadelphia, currently available on the medRxiv preprint server, shows that individuals with prior infection caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) exhibit substantial immune memory and develop a robust response to the first dose of an mRNA vaccine.
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Cellular senescence of cancer-associated fibroblasts play a key role in peritoneal dissemination

Through an analysis of cellular components (cell fractions) from malignant ascites (fluid buildup in the abdomen caused by gastric cancer), a research collaboration based in Kumamoto University (Japan) has demonstrated that cellular senescence of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play an important role in the peritoneal dissemination of gastric cancer foci (cells different from surrounding cells).
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New guidelines outline key new actions to improve delivery of HIV testing, treatment and care

These guidelines provide new and updated recommendations on the use of point-of-care testing in children under 18 months of age and point-of-care tests to monitor treatment in people living with HIV; the treatment monitoring algorithm; and timing of antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV who are being treated for tuberculosis.
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WHO releases new strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene to end neglected tropical diseases

Today, on World Water Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene as part of joint efforts by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) sectors towards ending these diseases over the next decade.
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‘Zombie’ cells come to life after the death of the brain

In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago.
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Study examines the impact of dental coverage offered through Michigan’s Medicaid expansion

As the pandemic's economic effects drive more people to enroll in Medicaid as safety-net health insurance, a new study suggests that the program's dental coverage can improve their oral health in ways that help them seek a new job or do better at the one they have.
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Gene responsible for cholesterol dysregulation in brain cancer cells could be a target for future drugs

Most people relate cholesterol to heart health, but it is also a critical component in the growth and spread of brain cancer.
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Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, study shows

It's not just your legs and heart that get a workout when you walk briskly; exercise affects your brain as well. A new study by researchers at UT Southwestern shows that when older adults with mild memory loss followed an exercise program for a year, the blood flow to their brains increased.
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Covid ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in England and Wales is being overcome, study finds

More than 80% of people who were reluctant to accept a jab in December have changed their mindCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than four in five people who said last December they were either uncertain about or intended to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine had changed their mind by February and had accepted a jab or planned to, an analysis has found.Researchers tracked responses of 14,713 adults in England and Wales over the two months, finding that the change was consist...
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Study reveals a genetic variant linked to COVID-19 severity in young men

A study of young men with COVID-19 has revealed a genetic variant linked to disease severity.
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Solving imposter syndrome in physicians [PODCAST]

“The good news is that imposter syndrome can be quieted with increased awareness and replacing negative internal messages with positive ones. In our work together, I helped Sheila identify the voices, understand the positive role the voices fill (and there is always a positive or protective role), and find specific mechanisms for turning down the […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Consumption of ultra-processed foods and drinks could raise colorectal cancer risk

Consumption of ultra-processed foods and drink could increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer. This was the conclusion of a large study undertaken by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, based on questionnaires about food behaviors completed by around 8,000 people in Spain.
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Over-expression of LRRN4CL gene linked to metastasis of certain cancers to the lungs

A gene not previously linked to cancer has been shown to play a key role in the spread of certain cancers to the lungs, new research from scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute has shown.
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Preemies have greater risk of death from chronic diseases in adulthood

The risk of dying from heart disease, chronic lung disease or diabetes in adulthood is twice as high for preemies —premature infants — as for the general population.
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Pfizer coronavirus vaccine found to be moderately less effective against South African variant

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have found that the Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine is moderately less effective against the South African variant, but still neutralizes the British variant and the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.
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Applications start next week for $259 million rent-relief program aimed at LA’s most desperate

Los Angeles residents struggling with housing costs because of the pandemic are getting some much needed help, thanks to a city program that offers at least $259 million for rent relief. City Council leaders and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday, March 23, that Angelenos can begin applying for the aid starting next Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m. until Friday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. “To the renters of Los Angeles help is on the way,” said Councilman Mike Bonin. “Relief is here.” Funding for th...
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How to Pay Your Medical Bills Without Crowdfunding

A third of all donations through the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe are for medical care, which isn’t surprising considering that the U.S. has the highest healthcare costs in the developed world. However, crowdfunding has its limits, as only a few campaigns reach or surpass their goal. You’ll want to exhaust all…Read more...
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Can coronavirus vaccines be home delivered? LA County is working on it

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 23, gave the green light to an effort that would deliver coronavirus vaccine to homebound people. The Board’s unanimous vote instructs the county’s Public Health Department and other county agencies to assess the needs of people who for health reasons or age cannot get to any site in the network of nearly 400 vaccination clinics throughout the county. Related links LA County agrees to partner with Blue Shield on vaccination netw...
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The updated benzodiazepine boxed warning: What you need to know

“I am [sharing] my story as I would like to raise awareness about the dangers of benzodiazepines and advocate for stronger warning labels.” I paused to wipe away tears before typing the final words of Bobbi’s report into the FDA’s MedWatch online reporting system. Bobbi, a physician assistant, was forced into medical detox by her […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Transmission rate spike spurs fear of new coronavirus surge in LA County

With the encouraging wane of coronavirus statistics in Los Angeles County comes a red flag on this week, an increase in the rate of transmission. The transmission rate — a measure of just how “spreadable” the virus is at a given point in time — was at .93 as of Monday, March 23, an increase over last week’s .87 rate and .77 just weeks ago, according to the the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. If the rate — otherwise known as “R,” or “R-naught” — gets above 1,  spread of the viru...
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Boris Johnson admits regrets over handling of first Covid wave

PM says he wishes ‘many things’ were done differently as country marks one year since first lockdown Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has admitted there are many things he wishes he had done differently to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic as the UK marks a year since the first lockdown and remembers the 126,000 people who have died so far.At a Downing Street press conference, England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, also conceded the country had en...
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