Pediatric health researchers offer insights for RSV vaccine

In healthy adults, RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, feels like the common cold with a runny nose, chest congestion and cough. However, it is the second leading cause of death in infants. In fact, nearly 40 percent of infants who contract this widespread virus develop severe bronchiolitis or pneumonia, with 1 to 3 percent hospitalized. Each year, there are about […]

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Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could offer new treatment for neurological disorders

A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s. The device, named the WAND, works like a “pacemaker for the brain,” monitoring the brain’s electrical activity and delivering electrical stimulation if […]

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Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 — Opioid use is associated with small improvements in pain and physical functioning in patients with chronic noncancer pain, according to research published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Jason W. Busse, Ph.D., from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of randomized clinical […]

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Donor hearts at increased disease risk offer better survival rates for transplant recipients

Accepting an organ that has an increased risk of potentially transmitting disease offers a higher one-year survival rate for candidates on the heart transplant list over waiting for an organ with less risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Increased risk donors make up a growing number in the donor pool […]

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New drugs, test offer TB hope for millions

Thousands of scientists, activists and disease survivors Saturday wrap up a global conference on lung health dominated by the announcement of several breakthroughs in the battle against tuberculosis. The following is a round-up of developments in how doctors and aid workers are tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Miracle drug Some strains of TB—a severe lung infection that can spread […]

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