Medical errors increase following the spring change to daylight saving time

DARIEN, IL — Seeking medical care after springing forward to daylight saving time could be a risky proposition. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found a statistically significant increase in adverse medical events that might be related to human error in the week after the annual time change in the spring. The study is the first…

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Cardiology compensation continues to rise; new interventional measures reported

MedAxiom, an American College of Cardiology Company and the premier source for cardiovascular organizational performance solutions, has released its eighth annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation and Production Survey. The report reveals trends across cardiology, surgery, advanced practice providers (APPs) and non-clinical compensation that help cardiovascular organizations as they face a new normal and are reevaluating compensation…

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Age-appropriate contraception counseling helps health care providers educate teens

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Preventing unplanned pregnancies in adolescents with effective and easy-to-use contraception is key to ensuring that adolescents do not become parents before they are ready. Adolescents view their health care providers as trusted sources of medical information. Thus, providers are tasked with providing adolescent patients with comprehensive, age-appropriate and nonjudgmental contraception counseling. Nexplanon,…

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Mouse-adapted SARS-CoV-2 model provides new tool for COVID-19 discoveries

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A new COVID-19 mouse model developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill captures many of the features of human disease and has helped advance a COVID-19 vaccine candidate to clinical trial. Researchers, among them virologists and microbiologists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, describe the…

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Estrogen may lessen severity of COVID-19 symptoms in women, study says

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Aug. 27, 2020 — Why are men at greater risk than women for more severe symptoms and worse outcomes from COVID-19 regardless of age? In an effort to understand why this occurs, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted a review of published preclinical data on sex-specific hormone activity, especially estrogen.…

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Beating HIV and COVID-19 may depend on tweaking vaccine molecules

LA JOLLA—Designing a vaccine starts with finding the right ingredients. Every infectious agent has molecules, called antigens, that the immune system could potentially recognize and attack. So scientists must carefully consider which antigens should go into a vaccine. Scientists know a lot about how to design vaccines, but there are many diseases that haven’t been…

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A.I. tool promises faster, more accurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis

By detecting subtle differences in the way that Alzheimer’s sufferers use language, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an A.I. algorithm that promises to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s without the need for expensive scans or in-person testing. The software not only can diagnose Alzheimer’s, at negligible cost, with more than 95 percent accuracy, but…

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A Woman May Have Been Cured of H.I.V. Without Medical Treatment

A woman who was infected with H.I.V. in 1992 may be the first person cured of the virus without a risky bone-marrow transplant or even medications, researchers reported on Wednesday. In an additional 63 people in their study who controlled the infection without drugs, H.I.V. apparently was sequestered in the body in such a way…

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The Timeless Pleasure of Playing Games

Welcome. One of the conversations I find myself having frequently with loved ones in recent months is about how we experience time passing. Is it plodding, each month seeming, since March, to contain twice as many days? Or is it careening by, a windblown mess of calendar pages left in its dust? It’s a luxury,…

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