Month: November 2020

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 24 2020 A recent study evaluating the use of force by police against children found that Black and Hispanic adolescents are significantly more likely to die from shootings related to police intervention compared to non-Hispanic white adolescents. The findings, led by Children’s National Hospital researchers and reported online Nov. 24
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Image credit: vladwel/Shutterstock.com Subscribe | Spotify | Stitcher | Apple | iHeartRadio | Mobile | Download In recent years webinars have seen a resurgence within many scientific sectors. They form a great platform to bring together technically minded individuals to explore more complex topics. Equipment manufacturers use them as a cost-saving alternative to tradeshows giving
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Omalizumab (Xolair) maintained efficacy for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, a researcher reported. In an open-label extension study of two, 24-week clinical trials, omalizumab was associated with significant improvements in nasal polyp scores (mean change -0.97, 95% CI -1.25 to -0.69), nasal congestion scores (mean change -0.99, 95% CI -1.14 to -0.83), and Sino-Nasal Outcome
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A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. Dado Ruvic | Reuters LONDON — British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Monday said an interim analysis of clinical trials showed its coronavirus vaccine has an average efficacy of 70% in protecting against the virus. This is
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 20 2020 There is growing evidence that adipose tissue plays a key role in the aggravation of COVID-19. One of the theories under investigation is that fat cells (adipocytes) act as a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 and increase viral load in obese or overweight individuals. Scientists also suspect that during infection
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Owning a dog while pregnant appeared to shape children’s immune systems well into adolescence, a researcher reported. In a cohort of 1,193 mother-child pairs in southeast Michigan, the area under the curve for immunoglobulin E levels over ages 10-14 (“IgE trajectory”) was 28.8% lower in children with prenatal pet exposure vs children whose mothers kept
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View of Corporate and Research and Development Headquarters of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Old Saw Mill River Road in Tarrytown, New York. Lev Radin | LightRocket | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted an emergency use authorization for Regeneron‘s Covid-19 antibody treatment, the experimental therapy given to President Donald Trump when he
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 19 2020 A UC Davis Health pediatric team presented a powerful case series of three teenagers who had unexplained breathing problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series highlighted the similarities between e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) and COVID-19 symptoms and manifestations. EVALI and COVID-19 share many symptoms
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The Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, warned that the United States could “see another 100,000 deaths by Inauguration Day” as the coronavirus death rate climbs and public health professionals raise the alarm.  “Once we get into the spring we easily could be at 450,000 or even 500,000 deaths,” said
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 20 2020 The results gained in a study involving approximately one million Danish children increase the understanding of how socio-economic differences in childhood affect the development of mental disorders in the Nordic countries. Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Aarhus University and the University of Manchester have investigated the link
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Treatment with the investigational anti-IgE biologic ligelizumab was generally effective in patients with H1 antihistamine-unresponsive chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who did not achieve complete symptom control with omalizumab (Xolair), an exploratory analysis of a phase IIb extension study showed. In a subset of omalizumab-treated patients with a score greater than 0 on the 7-day urticaria
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European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images LONDON — European governments should lift coronavirus lockdowns and other social restrictions gradually to prevent a third wave of infections, according to the president of the European Commission. Europe has been grappling with a second surge in Covid-19 infections since
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 20 2020 In a new publication from Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications, Lei Zhang, Tiewei Lv, Xiaoyan Liu, Chuan Feng, Min Zheng, Jie Tian and Huichao Sun from the Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China and the Chongqing Key Laboratory of Pediatrics, Chongqing, China consider a case of pediatric
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 19 2020 Researchers from the University of Alicante (UA) and Alicante General University Hospital’s Institute for Health and Biomedical Research (ISABIAL) have developed a new non-invasive method for diagnosing and preventing colorectal cancer (CRC) through the analysis of volatile organic compounds in stool samples. It is worth noting that over
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 19 2020 When it comes to understanding why children from non-white race groups have such poor health outcomes compared with their white counterparts, it’s time for researchers to look beyond their genes and delve deeper into social factors, according to a commentary published today in the journal Pediatrics. Framing race
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A blood sample is prepared for analysis by a laboratory technician at Accel Research Sites on August 4, 2020 in DeLand, Florida, U.S. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images Moderna‘s announcement earlier this week that its vaccine was more than 94% effective at preventing the coronavirus, according to preliminary trial data, raised global hopes further
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 18 2020 In a controlled study of smokers, nonsmokers, and e-cigarette users, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette users exhibited significantly altered immune responses to a model of influenza virus infection, suggesting increased susceptibility to disease. The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory
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While vaccine candidates undergo clinical trials or await regulatory body approval, non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) aimed at reducing the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative pathogen for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, has been the dominant approach of most countries around the world. These NPIs have mostly entailed government-led behavioral
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