Patient monitoring systems for sepsis — mixed results on patient outcomes

August 24, 2020 — Automated patient monitoring systems (PMSs) have been designed to reduce delays in diagnosis of sepsis in hospitalized patients. But so far, studies evaluating these systems have shown inconsistent effects on mortality rates and other patient outcomes, according to an evidence review in a special September supplement to the Journal of Patient…

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Ludwig Chicago study identifies a novel drug target for the control of cancer metastasis

AUGUST 24, 2020, NEW YORK — Researchers led by Ludwig Chicago Co-director Ralph Weichselbaum and Ronald Rock of the University of Chicago have identified in preclinical studies a potential drug target for curtailing cancer metastasis. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes how a compound named 4-hydroxyacetophenone (4-HAP) activates…

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Less aggressive treatment better for heart patients who go into shock

New Haven, Conn. — Less is sometimes more when treating heart patients who go into shock after a heart attack. A new study found that more than 30 percent of hospital patients who have a heart attack complicated by low blood pressure undergo an aggressive treatment in which coronary stents are placed in cardiac blood…

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Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tied billions of dollars in badly needed coronavirus medical funding this spring to hospitals’ cooperation with a private vendor collecting data for a new Covid-19 database that bypassed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highly unusual demand, aimed at hospitals in coronavirus hot spots using funds passed by…

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Covid-19 Updates: White House Claims a ‘Therapeutic Breakthrough’ Is Coming

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJavier Alvarez donating his plasma at Houston Methodist Hospital in July after his grandmother died from the virus.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The F.D.A. has authorized the use of blood plasma to treat Covid-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday authorized the emergency use of blood plasma from…

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To Test Spread of Coronavirus, These Scientists Put on a Concert

LEIPZIG, Germany — The German pop singer Tim Bendzko was trying his best to energize the crowd at Quarterback Immobilien Arena here on Saturday morning. Flanked by band members and backup singers, he bounced across a stage at the indoor concert and sports venue, thrusting his microphone toward about 1,400 tightly packed audience members, prompting…

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Black Artists Find Ways to Make Their Voices Heard in Portland

Over the years, Bobby Fouther has watched the historic center of African-American life in Portland bloom, shrink and expand again. The 69-year-old artist was born into a creative family from the neighborhood of Albina, which he remembers filled with jazz music and beauty. “Black artists were thriving here in the 1950s,” he recalled. “My parents…

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Play these Old School Games

Dots and Boxes First published in the 19th century by the French mathematician Édouard Lucas, Dots and Boxes was called La Pipopipette. Credit…Mary Jane Callister How to play Two players take turns joining two horizontally or vertically adjacent dots by a line. The player who completes the fourth side of a square (i.e., a box)…

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