Vaccine Breakthrough Cases Rising With Delta: Here’s What That Means

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. At a recent town hall meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Joe Biden was asked about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rising in response to the Delta variant. Touting the importance of vaccination, “We have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten a vaccination. It’s that basic, […]

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New machine learning-based model predicts mortality risk of intensive care unit patients

A research team led by Dr Rosario Delgado from the UAB Department of Mathematics, in collaboration with the Hospital de Mataró, developed a new machine learning-based model that predicts the risk of mortality of intensive care unit patients according to their characteristics. The research was published in the latest edition of the journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, with a special […]

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Walmart signals continued healthcare expansion in 37 states

Walmart Health’s primary-care provider has filed to do business in 37 states, suggesting the company is building the foundation to continue its virtual care expansion.   According to reporting by Insider, Walmart Health’s medical group, MC Medical LLC, registered to do business in 17 more states in June and July. Although Walmart did not respond to requests for comment from […]

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‘Feel good’ brain messenger can be willfully controlled, new study reveals

From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain’s “feel good” chemical related to reward and pleasure. A ubiquitous neurotransmitter that carries signals between brain cells, dopamine, among its many functions, is involved in multiple aspects […]

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Google Cloud intros new interoperability platform

Google Cloud on Thursday unveiled its new Healthcare Data Engine, which it says is designed to give researchers and clinicians a more real-time, holistic view of patient records. WHY IT MATTERS The goal is to enable more advanced analytics and artificial intelligence applications built in a secure and scalable cloud environment – helping healthcare and life sciences organizations harmonize data […]

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Africa Demands Local Production of COVID Vaccines

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa was speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a “fill and finish” deal with South Africa’s Biovac Institute under which it will carry out the […]

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Novel imaging agent identifies biomarker for iron-targeted cancer therapies

A new radiotracer that detects iron in cancer cells has proven effective, opening the door for the advancement of iron-targeted therapies for cancer patients. The radiotracer, 18F-TRX, can be used to measure iron concentration in tumors, which can help predict whether a not the cancer will respond to treatment. This research was published in the July issue of the Journal […]

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Discovery of unknown brain-repair process could lead to new epilepsy treatments

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have discovered a previously unknown repair process in the brain that they hope could be harnessed and enhanced to treat seizure-related brain injuries. Common seizure-preventing drugs do not work for approximately a third of epilepsy patients, so new and better treatments for such brain injuries are much needed. UVA’s discovery identifies a potential […]

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Testing Britney Spears: Restoring Rights Can Be Rare and Difficult

Her voice quaking with anger and despair, the pop star Britney Spears has asked repeatedly in court to be freed from the conservatorship that has controlled her money and personal life for 13 years. What’s more, she asked the judge to sever the arrangement without making her undergo a psychological evaluation. It’s a demand that legal experts say is unlikely […]

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