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Patients Cured of HCV Still at High Liver Cancer Risk
  

Patients Cured of HCV Still at High Liver Cancer Risk

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The burden of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) appears likely to move from patients who currently have hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to those who have previously been cured, a new modeling study suggests. Reuters Health Information

New Assay Platform Enhances Detection of Circulating Breast Cancer Cells
  

New Assay Platform Enhances Detection of Circulating Breast Cancer Cells

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Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a breast cancer model was improved by a novel assay platform that uses a dual-receptor recognition and signal amplification strategy, researchers say. Reuters Health Information

Colorado Gov. Polis is in quarantine after coronavirus exposure
  

Colorado Gov. Polis is in quarantine after coronavirus exposure

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has entered quarantine after learning Wednesday he was exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

New Drug Approved for Neuroblastoma Based on MSKCC Research
  

New Drug Approved for Neuroblastoma Based on MSKCC Research

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Naxitamab has been approved for pediatric and adult patients with relapsed/refractory neuroblastoma in the bone and bone marrow that has responded to prior therapy. FDA Approvals

FDA OKs Highly Specific COVID-19 Antibody Test
  

FDA OKs Highly Specific COVID-19 Antibody Test

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(MedPage Today) — The FDA authorized use of a COVID-19 semi-quantitative antibody testing kit that appears to detect the exact level of IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, test manufacturer Kantaro Biosciences announced on Wednesday. COVID-SeroKlir…

When and Why Do Diverticulitis Patients Need Surgery?
 

When and Why Do Diverticulitis Patients Need Surgery?

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An update to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) guideline on diverticular disease suggests that surgery may not be needed in many cases, while a study of laparoscopic resection shows that quality of life may improve, although risks exist. Reuters Health Information

Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil
  

Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

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Seniors tend to have more serious symptoms than younger coronavirus patients, including the aftereffects of hospital-based delirium. Doctors recommend physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and cognitive rehabilitation.

Higher Dose ‘Z-Drugs’ Tied to Serious Risks in Dementia Patients
  

Higher Dose ‘Z-Drugs’ Tied to Serious Risks in Dementia Patients

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Dementia patients prescribed higher doses of “Z-drugs” for sleep disturbances face an increased risk for fractures, falls, and strokes, a new study shows. Medscape Medical News

‘Hug Rooms’ Allow Elderly to Embrace Loved Ones Amid Pandemic
  

‘Hug Rooms’ Allow Elderly to Embrace Loved Ones Amid Pandemic

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When Zoom birthdays and holidays just don’t fit the bill, some nursing homes have tried to give their residents a little taste of normalcy through the creation of “hug rooms.”

Oxford Covid vaccine trial confirms encouraging results for the elderly
  

Oxford Covid vaccine trial confirms encouraging results for the elderly

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Jab generates strong immune response but data awaited on how well it protects against the disease

States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge
  

States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The deadly rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. is forcing state and local officials to adjust their blueprints for fighting the virus, with Republican governors adopting mask mandates — skeptically, in at least one…

Food safety part of the FAO’s COVID-19 response efforts
  

Food safety part of the FAO’s COVID-19 response efforts

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Food safety standards and trade is one of seven areas in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s COVID-19 response and recovery program. The United Nations’ agency is calling for $1.2 billion in initial investment to support efforts. The food safety part has a budget of $50 million and a timeframe until 2024. Trade measures have been……

Add Delirium to Checklist of COVID-19 Symptoms in Seniors
  

Add Delirium to Checklist of COVID-19 Symptoms in Seniors

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Among patients older than 65 years who presented to the emergency department, 28% showed signs of delirium, making this the sixth most common symptom overall. It is predictive of worse hospital outcomes, death. Medscape Medical News

Seniors’ Depression Overlooked; Pandemic Stress and Jaw Pain
  

Seniors’ Depression Overlooked; Pandemic Stress and Jaw Pain

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(MedPage Today) — Why are many older folks left behind when it comes to depression treatment? (Forbes) After an advisory panel voted in favor of approval, the FDA declined to okay the investigational ALKS 3831 (olanzapine/samidorphan), a schizophrenia…

Anal cancer mortality rates have more than doubled in the US
  

Anal cancer mortality rates have more than doubled in the US

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According to recent data, incidence rates for anal cancer have seen a steep growth in the United States, and mortality rates for this form of cancer have more than doubled. Share on PinterestAnal cancer mortality has been on the rise in the U.S. The human p…

AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language
  

AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language

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People’s language could reveal clues about their future risk of developing psychosis. Scientists concluded this after studying the subtle features of people’s everyday speech. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and Harvard University in Boston, …

Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective
  

Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective

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“Medical reversal” is a term that defines instances in which new and improved clinical trials show that current medical practices are ineffective or misguided. New research reveals that there are currently almost 400 medical reversals. Medical reversals occu…

Study finds evidence of ‘clear relationship’ between appendectomy and Parkinson’s
  

Study finds evidence of ‘clear relationship’ between appendectomy and Parkinson’s

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An analysis of the health system records of more than 62 million people in the United States has found a link between appendix removal and raised risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The researchers compared data on people who had undergone an appendectom…

Deleting just one gene may ‘completely prevent’ pancreatic cancer
 

Deleting just one gene may ‘completely prevent’ pancreatic cancer

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Using a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, researchers have zoomed in on a single gene that stopped aggressive pancreatic cancer from developing when the scientists removed it. Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that tends to be diagnosed quite…

Vitamin D may help fight colorectal cancer
 

Vitamin D may help fight colorectal cancer

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A new study concludes that high doses of vitamin D may help hinder the growth of advanced colorectal cancer in combination with chemotherapy. A clinical trial called SUNSHINE has found that large doses of vitamin D could significantly slow down the progressi…

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