J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response – The Denver Post

LONDON — Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that a booster of its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a stronger immune response months after people receive a first dose. J&J said in statement that an extra dose — given either two months or six months after the initial shot — revved up protection. The results haven’t yet been published or vetted by […]

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Rates of the most common form of liver cancer are rising in rural areas

Research indicates that rural Americans are disproportionately affected; those most at risk are men ages 60–69, non-Hispanic Blacks, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and those who live in the South or in high-poverty areas. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to national cancer statistics. Historically, […]

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Five dimensions of age-related macular degeneration provide new insight

A new study—published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers—suggests that linking to a fifth dimension for molecules and affected cells could help define new therapeutic strategies for those suffering from age-related macular degeneration. Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D., White-McKee Endowed Professor in Ophthalmology with UAB’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, says these findings […]

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Aurora VA hospital one of the world’s most expensive facilities

When the U.S. Veterans Affairs medical complex in Aurora finally opened, a decade behind schedule and more than $1 billion over its initial budget, it was already the most expensive VA hospital in the country. Three years later, costs to get the 11-building, 1.2 million-square-foot, 31-acre medical campus operating have grown by another $40 million —  pushing the total tab […]

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Largest study of osteoarthritis to date discovers new genetic risk factors and identifies drug targets

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints and affects over 300 million individuals worldwide. It is characterized by a gradually increasing degeneration of the cartilage on the joint surface. This results in chronic pain and stiffness in the joints and is a leading cause of disability. Until today, no curative treatments have been available. An improved understanding of what causes […]

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What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean? – The Denver Post

What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean? It means Pfizer’s shot for people 16 and older has now undergone the same rigorous testing and regulatory review as dozens of other long-established vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. were initially rolled out under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization, which allows the agency to speed the availability […]

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Aerosol from a wide range of vaping devices negatively impacts blood vessel function

Aerosol generated from vaping devices likely impairs blood vessels’ ability to function comparable to traditional cigarette smoke, according to preliminary research in rats presented at the American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions 2021. Vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, is often promoted as a less harmful alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain a cartridge with a liquid containing […]

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