German vials in spotlight as COVID-19 vaccine nears

As expectations grow that the first COVID-19 jabs will be administered in a matter of weeks, German glassmaker Schott is quietly doing what it has been for months: churning out vials that will hold the vaccine. The 130-year-old company, whose founder Otto Schott invented the high-quality borosilicate glass favoured by the pharma industry, has been working round the clock to […]

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US, Europe plan vaccination schemes as second virus wave builds

Plans for vaccination programmes began taking shape in Europe and the United States following recent breakthroughs, as surging coronavirus caseloads prompted gruelling new restrictions, with Austria taking the unpopular step Tuesday of closing schools and shops. Global hopes of vanquishing the coronavirus pandemic were high after US biotech firm Moderna said its vaccine candidate was nearly 95 percent effective in […]

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Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home have worse heart function as adults

The more secondhand tobacco smoke children breathe at home while growing up, the higher chance they have of developing markers of decreased heart function as adults, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “We already know from previous studies that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have structural differences […]

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U.S. Sets Another Daily Record for COVID Cases as Virus Spreads on College Campuses

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2020 — As the daily U.S. coronavirus case count shattered yet another record on Thursday with 121,000 infections reported, a new survey shows that nearly a quarter of a million COVID-19 cases have now been identified at colleges and universities nationwide. More than 38,000 of those campus cases have been reported in the past two weeks, The […]

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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Reflects on His AS Diagnosis and Chronic Pain

Not backing down. For years, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has been suffering from chronic pain due to ankylosing spondylitis — but he hasn’t let the condition break his stride. The Grammy-nominated musician looked back at his journey to discovering the source of his back pain in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly while discussing his work with the Monster […]

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New research strengthens the case for e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids

New research shows that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can help smokers quit smoking cigarettes, according to an editorial in JAMA by Nancy Rigotti, MD, director of the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Nearly a half million Americans die each year from tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and emphysema, which makes smoking the leading […]

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As cancer has evolved, it is time for cancer research to do the same

The observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November affords an opportunity to take stock of current approaches to lung cancer research, and to cancer research more widely. While there have been improvements in understanding, prevention and overall survival, it is still shocking to note that more than 1.7 million people died of lung cancer in 2018 alone. This is […]

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Tips to Cope With Lockdown as Cold Weather Arrives

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 — Isolation may pose mental health challenges for people as they spend more time indoors in the winter during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert warns. Maintaining safe forms of social contact is crucial, especially for people who live alone, according to Frank Ghinassi, president and CEO of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, in New Jersey. Ideas […]

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Fracking takes a toll on mental health as drilling and truck traffic rattle neighborhoods

Hydraulic fracturing has boomed in the U.S. over the past decade, but unless you live near it, you may not realize just how close fracking wells can be to homes and schools. In Colorado, the wellbore—the hole drilled to extract oil or gas—can be 500 feet from someone’s house under current state rules. In some states, like Texas, drilling can […]

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