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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Just 10% of kids with ADHD outgrow it, study finds

Most children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) don’t outgrow the disorder, as widely thought. It manifests itself in adulthood in different ways and waxes and wanes over a lifetime, according to a study published Aug.13 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. “It’s important for people diagnosed with ADHD to understand that it’s normal to have times in your […]

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Baby boy is left with brain damage after electrode clip used in womb

Baby boy is left with brain damage ‘after NHS doctors stuck an electrode clip on his head while in the womb to check he was healthy’ Carson Murgatroyd was born on May 13 at Leeds General Infirmary hospital Doctors used an electrode clip to measure his heartrate during labour  The clip left an abscess on his brain which has since […]

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Mice treated with this cytokine lose weight by ‘sweating’ fat

Treating obese mice with the cytokine known as TSLP led to significant abdominal fat and weight loss compared to controls, according to new research published Thursday in Science from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, the fat loss was not associated with decreased food intake or faster metabolism. Instead, the researchers discovered that […]

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Support for adults with autism

Autistic adults may have different behaviors or perspectives in the workplace or in social situations which may lead them into compromised situations. Some might be excluded from social and job opportunities, taken advantage of financially or by criminals. With this in mind, Flinders University and other experts have developed a new screening system to give autism researchers and clinicians working […]

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Synthetic tissue model with blood vessels developed

Using lab-created tissue to heal or replace damaged organs is one of the great visions for the future of medicine. Synthetic materials could be suitable as scaffolding for tissue because, unlike natural tissues, they remain stable in the organism long enough for the body to form new natural structures. A fundamental requirement for functional tissue is that blood vessels must […]

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Blood clots in people with severe COVID-19 may be related to abnormal antibody response

Inflammation and blood clotting seen in very severe cases of COVID-19 may be caused by the antibodies sent to fight the disease activating unnecessary platelet activity in the lungs. A new paper published in the journal Blood reveals how antibodies produced by our bodies to protect against COVID-19 are triggering increased function of platelets, which may be causing fatal blood […]

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