Child abuse surges in times of crisis—the pandemic may be different

While natural disasters and economic recessions traditionally unleash an uptick in child abuse, a new study suggests that cases may have declined in the first months of the pandemic, compared with the same timeframe in previous years. In the study, led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Children’s Mercy Kansas City, researchers tracked the number of pediatric inpatients ages 5 […]

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More than 800 Coloradans may have contracted COVID-19 twice, but confirmation hard to come by – The Denver Post

As many as 822 people in Colorado have been reinfected by the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, according to new data provided by the state health department Monday. However, the state’s lab only has been able to confirm five cases of reinfection because of limited test specimens, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public […]

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Transplant patients may not need steroid treatment in the long run

Long-term use of a medication used to treat kidney transplant patients may not be necessary in individuals with low-to-moderate risk of organ rejection, according to the results of a study led by a University of Cincinnati transplant researcher. The randomized clinical trial of 385 patients on immunosuppressive drugs tacrolimus and mycophenolate examined whether use of these medicines called corticosteroids could […]

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Fat cells may influence how the body reacts to heart failure, study shows

University of Alberta researchers have found that limiting the amount of fat the body releases into the bloodstream from fat cells during heart failure could help improve outcomes for patients. In a recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology, Jason Dyck, professor of pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and director of the U of A’s […]

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Study profiles immune cells fighting COVID-19, may help guide next-gen vaccine development

Even as the first vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are being distributed, scientists and clinicians around the world have remained steadfast in their efforts to better understand how the human immune system responds to the virus and protects people against it. Now, a research team—led by Johns Hopkins Medicine and in collaboration with ImmunoScape, a U.S.-Singapore biotechnology […]

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Statins may protect the heart from chemotherapy treatment of early breast cancer

Statins, common cholesterol-lowering medications, may protect women’s hearts from damage caused during chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “Two types of cancer medications, anthracyclines and trastuzumab, are effective treatments for many women with breast cancer, however, the risk of heart muscle damage has limited their use, particularly […]

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Blood pressure drug may be key to increasing lifespan, new study shows

Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated by ways to stop aging. Nearly every culture has stories to tell about people who lived for thousands of years, showing that extending lifespan has always been a deep desire across humanity. While modern medicine does not strive to find the fountain of youth, keen interest in promoting longevity has prompted research into […]

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