‘Soaring alcohol misuse’ could overwhelm services

Addiction services in England could struggle to cope with “soaring” numbers of people misusing alcohol, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning. Many adults are drinking more since the coronavirus pandemic began, data shows. The college estimates that in June, more than 8.4m people in England were drinking at higher-risk levels, up from 4.8m in February. It says deep cuts […]

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What is the COVID ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in Australia?

The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practice mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of your own household. But several countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, have experimented with bubbles larger than a single household. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews will […]

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Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life

Modifying 12 risk factors over the lifecourse could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases, according to an update to The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care, which is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2020). Combined, the three new risk factors are associated with 6% of all dementia cases—with an estimated 3% of cases […]

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Immune system could be trained to spot drug-resistant cancers

Aggressive cancers could be treated with immunotherapies that direct the immune system to kill cancer cells with specific drug resistance-causing mutations, a major new study suggests. Drug resistance mutations which restore activity of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes as a way of avoiding the effects of drug treatment could leave tumors vulnerable to the effects of immunotherapy, the research found. […]

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Immunity check at sporting events could ensure safety of those attending: report

Coronavirus pandemic forces doctors on the front lines to become inventors Doctors share new COVID-19 treatment methods, practices over social media, podcasts. When sports finally emerge from their slumber, one physician believes proof of coronavirus immunity can eventually be a way to ensure the safety of those who attend certain arenas. Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician at a hospital in […]

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OM85: How bacteria in a capsule could protect us from coronavirus and other respiratory infections

Scientists around the world are continuing to test countless vaccines and drugs in the hope of finding effective ways to prevent and treat COVID-19. Among the trials happening in Australia is one my team is about to begin, looking at something called OM85. OM85 is not a conventional drug, but a combination of molecules extracted from the walls of bacteria […]

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Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

As progress continues toward finding a vaccine that prevents COVID-19, millions of Americans are frightened at even the notion of getting a shot: Studies suggest 63% of young adults—those born in 2000 or later—fear needles. As a physician trained in pediatrics, I think we found the answer for the huge rise in needle phobia. Now—and even more critical: What might […]

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How the coronavirus could be prevented from invading a host cell

How might the novel coronavirus be prevented from entering a host cell in an effort to thwart infection? A team of biomedical scientists has made a discovery that points to a solution. The scientists, led by Maurizio Pellecchia in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, report in the journal Molecules that two proteases—enzymes that break down […]

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