Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations still low but rising faster

COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising faster in Colorado than in recent weeks — though they still remain at relatively low levels — as new infections and the rate at which people are testing positive for the virus continue their upward trajectory in the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 144 people were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 as […]

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New memristors for neuromorphic computing

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and Empa have developed a new material for an electronic component that can be used in a wider range of applications than its predecessors. Such components will help create electronic circuits that emulate the human brain and that are more efficient at performing machine-​learning tasks. Compared with computers, the human brain is […]

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Study in mice suggests that COVID-19 increases risk of developing Parkinson’s disease

Brain fog, headaches, and insomnia are some of the neurological symptoms doctors have observed in COVID-19 patients. Neurological sequelae after a viral infection is not new—in fact, following the 1918 influenza pandemic, it took almost a decade for patients to present with the neurological syndrome called “post-encephalic parkinsonism.” But, the mechanisms by which viruses impact the brain are poorly understood. […]

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Growing Hospital Expenses: Rising Nurse Pay or Poor Planning?

A recent report is critical of the steep increase in staffing costs for contract nurses. But experts say it’s important to look at what’s causing nurses to leave the profession and search for ways to improve their experience at work. The workforce report by healthcare consulting firm Kaufman Hall found that hospitals’ use of contract labor for nurses during the […]

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Study shows family medicine physicians face many barriers to providing medical abortions

What prevents family medicine physicians from providing medical abortions for patients who need them? This is a question that UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers explored in a new study published today in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The study identified multiple barriers—including lack of training and restrictions from federal and state government as well […]

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How Can Healthcare Facilities Prevent 35% to 70% of Infections?

Good hand hygiene and other cost-effective infection prevention and control (IPC) practices can eliminate between 35% and 70% of healthcare-setting infections in all countries regardless of economic status, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. IPC uses a practical, evidence-based approach to help patients, healthcare workers, and visitors to healthcare facilities avoid harmful infections, which can range from infections caused by […]

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Study points to expanded genomic testing that aims to benefit children and young adults with cancer

New findings from researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and published today in the journal Nature Communications report the results of using a comprehensive sequencing approach on 114 pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with solid tumors. The researchers found that their approach identified at least one additional cancer-associated oncogenic variant in 54% of patients (62 out of […]

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