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Newborn screening and early treatment for spinal muscular atrophy can save both lives and money

Gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy might have a high up-front price tag. But by screening and treating infants early, the therapy can save both lives and money in the long term. By the time an infant with SMA starts showing symptoms, they've already lost 90 per cent of their nerves – which is why early detection and treatment is […]

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New York imposes Covid pass as virus returns to China’s Wuhan

New York on Tuesday announced the introduction of a de facto vaccine pass for some public spaces, as China’s Wuhan said it would test all 11 million residents after the coronavirus returned to the place where it first emerged. Meanwhile, half of the European Union’s population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, an AFP tally showed on Tuesday, putting […]

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Fully vaccinated one-third as likely to get COVID: England study

Fully vaccinated people in England were one-third as likely to test positive for COVID-19, according to an ongoing survey of the population released on Wednesday. The latest findings, from a long-running study by scientists at Imperial College London and market research company Ipsos MORI, were based on 98,233 swabs taken between June 24 and July 12. They showed one in […]

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Is the Delta Variant Making Younger Adults ‘Sicker, Quicker’?

Many doctors on the front lines say unvaccinated patients in their 20s and 30s are becoming more severely ill, and more quickly. But comprehensive data is lacking. By Roni Caryn Rabin Recently, a 28-year-old patient died of Covid-19 at CoxHealth Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. Last week, a 21-year-old college student was admitted to intensive care. Many of the patients […]

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Delirium Less Likely After TAVR Than Surgical Valve Replacement

Delirium is more common in patients undergoing transcatheter rather than surgical aortic valve replacement (TAVR, SAVR) but predicted worse in-hospital outcomes after both procedures, a new study suggests. “Patients experience delirium fairly frequently after aortic valve replacement, whether transcatheter or surgical, but we found that it happens more often after surgical replacement,” coauthor Amar Krishnaswamy, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, told […]

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How do Australians inform themselves about the COVID-19 pandemic?

A recent study in Australia indicates that public health communication is far from being the main source of information regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Instead, the study’s findings suggest that one in two Australians rely on personal friends, family, foreign contacts and social media to inform themselves about the disease and recommended interventions. A preprint version of the […]

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Cancer treatments didnt falter in Australia during 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns

Australian cancer patients kept up their pharmaceutical treatments during last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns, a big data study from UNSW Sydney shows.  The findings, published today in Lancet Regional Health—Western Pacific, come as a relief following early concerns that cancer patients would decrease, or even stop, potentially life-saving treatments during the pandemic.  But the researchers say the good news is closely […]

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As Delta surges, U.S. military braces for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – During his last days before dying from COVID-19, 26-year-old Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Myers played a breathing game with himself at a Florida hospital to see how high he could get his oxygen levels.FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin answers reporters questions at the Pentagon as the U.S. military nears the formal end of […]

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Is reducing opioids for pain patients linked to higher rates of overdose and mental health crisis?

Opioid therapy is complex. In recent years, a rise in opioid-related deaths and changing prescribing guidelines and regulatory policies have led many physicians to reduce daily doses for patients prescribed stable opioid therapy for chronic pain. Some patients have reported that this dose reduction process—called tapering –has been difficult, sometimes involving worsened pain, symptoms of opioid withdrawal and depressed mood. […]

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7 Pregnancy Workouts That Are Doctor-Approved & Actually Fun

While it may be tempting to totally chill out during pregnancy, experts recommend pregnant people incorporate regular exercise into their routine. It’s good for both baby and mama to keep everything moving and happy. For folks experiencing healthy, normal pregnancies — and who have doctor clearance — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends about 150 minutes of aerobic […]

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