New study highlights success of a mobile clinical and outreach van in helping people on the street with opioid addiction

A novel mobile health program created in early 2018 by the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the homeless, a population that faces the highest risk of near-term death from drug overdose. The early success of the program, […]

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Loving-kindness meditation will make you happier: Study

Researchers from HSE University compared the effect of two meditation practices—loving-kindness meditation (LKM) and compassion meditation (CM). Loving-kindness meditation turned out to be more effective when it comes to increasing happiness, but, in contrast with previous studies, compassion meditation also did not result in a growth of negative emotions. The paper was published in Mindfulness journal. Meditation has long become […]

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Study shows weighted blankets can decrease insomnia severity

Weighted blankets are a safe and effective intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to Swedish researchers who found that insomnia patients with psychiatric disorders experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket. Results of the randomized, controlled study show that participants using the weighted blanket for four weeks reported significantly […]

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Study examines women’s attitudes toward long-acting injectable therapy to prevent HIV

Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective method of reducing risk for HIV, yet use of PrEP is uniformly low, especially among women. As a result, researchers have developed long-acting injectable (LAI) versions of PrEP, one version of which was recently shown to be superior to oral PrEP in Phase 3 trials. A new study among women at high […]

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Study highlights failure to recognise risks of epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Doctors are often failing to inform patients about the risk of birth defects to their unborn babies of a commonly used drug to treat epilepsy, according to a literature review by a University of Manchester researcher. The study by Wejdan Shroukh also reveals that both clinical staff and patients can dangerously misjudge the risk of taking a group of drugs—called […]

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Study shows high prevalence of fatigue following SARS-CoV-2 infection independent of COVID-19 disease severity

Research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection. The study is by Dr. Liam Townsend, St James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues. As the […]

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Study of circadian rhythm reveals differences in men and women

A pair of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has been analyzing papers by researchers studying the circadian rhythm in humans and has found a pattern: there are gender differences. Seán Anderson and Garret FitzGerald have published a Perspective piece in the journal Science describing the differences they found. Prior research has found that humans and other animals have more […]

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Coronavirus antibodies last four months, largest study to-date finds

Hope for coronavirus immunity and vaccines: Largest antibody study to-date finds they last at least FOUR months and a ‘second wave’ of the infection-fighting cells may offer lasting protection Scientists tested blood samples from 15% of Iceland’s population – more than 30,000 people – for antibodies to COVID-19 About one percent of the population was infected in the pandemic’s first […]

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Study finds that sleep restriction amplifies anger

Feeling angry these days? New research suggests that a good night of sleep may be just what you need. This program of research comprised an analysis of diaries and lab experiments. The researchers analyzed daily diary entries from 202 college students, who tracked their sleep, daily stressors, and anger over one month. Preliminary results show that individuals reported experiencing more […]

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Insect spray chemical can kill coronavirus: UK study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A chemical used in insect repellent can kill the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to a preliminary study by Britain’s defense laboratory published on Wednesday. Scientists at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that Citriodiol, the active ingredient in repellents such as Mosi-guard, had anti-viral properties if mixed with the virus in […]

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