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The etiological agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has infected more than 107 million people worldwide and caused over 2.4 million deaths. Due to its high transmissibility, it has been difficult to
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A medic holds Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin vials during the countrywide inoculation drive, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Vishal Bhatnagar | NurPhoto | Getty Images India could become the world’s second largest Covid vaccine maker, and analysts say the country has the capacity to produce for both its own population and other developing
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Diffusion weighted imaging and machine learning can successfully classify the diagnosis and characteristics of common types of pediatric brain tumors a UK-based multi-center study, including WMG at the University of Warwick has found. This means that the tumor can be characterized and treated more efficiently. The largest cause of death from cancer in children are
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Novel genetic associations could pave the way for early interventions and personalized treatment of an incurable condition. Scientists from the University of Bergen (Norway) and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) have discovered the genes involved in autoimmune Addison’s disease, a condition where the body’s immune systems destroys the adrenal cortex leading to a life-threatening hormonal deficiency of
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s appointee to run the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listens as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 8, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Dr. Rochelle
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Hydroxychloroquine does not reduce deaths from COVID-19, and probably does not reduce the number of people needing mechanical ventilation, state the authors of a new Cochrane Review. In addition, they note that no new trials of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treating COVID-19 should be started. Authors based in India, South Africa, and the UK (LSTM,
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Dr. Virginia Banks, an infectious disease specialist, is part of a group of Black physicians and scientists who are focused on ways to solve health-care disparities. Dr. Virginia Banks Dr. Virginia Banks says if the U.S. really wants to bring the pandemic to an end, it’s going to take mobile vans of vaccines in neighborhoods
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Using publicly available coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) data from Israel, a study suggests the BioNTech-Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine is proving highly effective in the real world. Several vaccines have now been approved for COVID-19, and many countries have started intensive vaccination programs. In Israel, vaccination started on December 20, 2020. By the end of January, 33%
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Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), high-risk populations face the threat of developing severe symptoms. These include older adults and those with comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Now, researchers at the University of Glasgow and the Manchester Metropolitan University in
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Alongside the effects of lifestyle, including physical exercise and diet, on aging, research has increasingly turned its attention to the potential cognitive benefits of musical hobbies. However, such research has mainly concentrated on hobbies involving musical instruments. The cognitive benefits of playing an instrument are already fairly well known: such activity can improve cognitive flexibility,
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Inhaled budesonide (Pulmicort), a steroid generally used to treat asthma, dramatically reduced the need for hospitalization in COVID-19 patients within a week of symptom onset, a small randomized trial in the U.K. found. Among 139 patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms, 10 in the control group required either a COVID-19-related urgent care or emergency department (ED)
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Incoming Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley shared his vision for the future of HMS and was formally welcomed to his new role by Harvard President Drew Faust at a celebration in the Medical Education Center on Jan. 4. Read the full story at https://hms.harvard.edu/news/celebrating-future Like Harvard Medical School on Facebook: https://goo.gl/4dwXyZ Follow on
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Caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) exhibits a wide spectrum of clinical presentations and outcomes – from asymptomatic to severe or even fatal. To date, the virus has spread to more than 192 countries, with over 106 million confirmed cases and more than 2.3 million deaths. The
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Tykerra Wilson, a medical receptionist at a doctors office in Cambridge, receives her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton, MD on February 5, 2021. Will Newton | The Washington Post | Getty Images Confidence in the coronavirus vaccine increased among U.S. adults late last year, with
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New research finds caffeine consumed during pregnancy can change important brain pathways that could lead to behavioral problems later in life. Researchers in the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) analyzed thousands of brain scans of nine and ten-year-olds, and revealed changes in the brain structure in children
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A person walks by Broadway posters near Times Square as theaters remain closed following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on January 15, 2021 in New York City. Cindy Ord | Getty Images New York plans to use extensive coronavirus testing as a way to reopen its struggling entertainment venues that have remained
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