For new patients with paralysis, tighter blood pressure management may lead to more mobility

Patients with new spinal cord injuries whose blood pressure is maintained within a newly defined range during surgery may stand a better chance of regaining some mobility and functionality—even in patients with the most devastating injuries—according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. For one patient in particular, a father of two injured in a surfing accident, […]

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Ecstasy can help people with PTSD, study says

Fox News Flash top headlines for November 5 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted therapy has been able to aid people with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to researchers.  In an updated study first published in May in the journal Nature Medicine, authors from New York University, UC San Francisco and […]

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Children with autism twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts, according to new research

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts during screened for suicidal ideation during routine medical assessments, according to new research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The study, which was published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, highlights the importance of implementing suicide risk screenings as part of routine health care in […]

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Patients with severe COVID-19 could benefit from higher doses of corticosteroids

A large international study in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 has shown that while a higher dose of steroids did not significantly reduce mortality, there was a trend towards benefit without increased side effects. Published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study compared the standard 6mg dose of the steroid dexamethasone with 12mg in patients requiring […]

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Man chops off his penis with a kitchen knife and is left with a stump

Schizophrenic Kenyan man, 48, is left with a stump after chopping off his penis with a kitchen knife following ‘marriage problems’ A schizophrenic man amputated his own penis with a kitchen knife in Kenya  Doctors could not reattach the penis because it was not preserved properly  They operated on the wound to prevent it becoming infected and healed well A […]

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Parents of children with chronic lung conditions concerned with safety and side effects of COVID-19 vaccine

With the emergence of different SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern including the more transmissible Delta variant, children are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 than with previous variants. Although in most countries children are yet not vaccinated against COVID-19, many high-income countries including Australia have started vaccinating children aged 12 years and above. It is likely that by end of […]

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Building trust with migrant and refugee communities is crucial for public health measures to work

During COVID-19 we’ve seen racism and discrimination against migrant and refugee communities erode trust between them and authorities. So as the Delta variant spreads, we must find ways to build that trust. With greater trust, we can improve contact tracing and the chance of people following public health advice. This is essential if we are to help prevent more infection, […]

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Safer dental procedures with new biosafety air curtain device

Researchers at the National Dental Research Institute Singapore (NDRIS) have developed a novel device that aims to limit the spread of aerosols generated during dental procedures, thereby lowering the risk of COVID-19 crosscontamination in the dental setting. Known as Aeroshield, the innovation utilizes air curtain technology to create an air barrier, segregating aerosols generated at the patient’s mouth from the […]

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Do humidifiers help with allergies?

The source of allergy trouble ranges from pet hair and dander to dust and pollen, resulting in sneezes, wheezing, and rashes – but do humidifiers help with allergies? The symptoms of allergies are common, with nearly a sixth (50 million) of the US population suffering from some type of reaction.  In this feature, we’ll look at what a humidifier is […]

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Helping children with autism and hyperlexia learn to understand what they read

Hyperlexia is a condition where preschool children display an intense early interest in letters in a way that is very advanced for their age. They can decode words accurately, but without understanding their meaning. It is most common among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—with approximately 6–20% of children with autism demonstrating hyperlexia. There is a lot of debate in […]

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