Don’t Write Off the Persistent Man From California

A few matters might have stood in the way of a relationship between Mallika Pereira and Dr. Kennedy Cosgrove. She is a committed planner and he said his best friend in medical school referred to him as “Mr. TBD.” She lived in New York. He lives in Lafayette, Calif. But from the first moment he…

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Melding biology and physical sciences yields deeper understanding of cancer

BOSTON — An evolving understanding of cancer that incorporates the physical properties of tumors and their surrounding tissues into existing biologic and genetic models can direct cancer researchers down previously uncharted avenues, potentially leading to new drugs and new treatment strategies, say investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Ludwig…

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Petricoin receives funding for study focused on discovering cancer protein biomarkers

Emanuel Petricoin, III, Co-Director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), received $280,696 from Gateway for Cancer Research for: «Discovery of Protein Biomarkers for Response Prediction to Novel Phase II Targeted Therapy Agents for Stage II/III Breast Cancer Patients in the ISPY2 TRIAL.» This funding began in October 2020 and will end in late…

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Infection by confection: COVID-19 and the risk of trick-or-treating

Like a specter, the question looms: How risky is trick-or-treating with SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the air — and possibly on the candy? In a study published October 30, 2020 in the journal mSystems, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University analyzed the viral…

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Healthcare app reduces symptoms of COPD compared to regular treatment

COPD is a common respiratory condition and one of the top causes of hospital admissions each year, particularly during winter months. In the UK it accounts for over 140,000 hospital admissions and one million bed days at a major cost to the NHS. At a time when fewer people are able to access face-to-face consultations…

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New drug candidate for the treatment of COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Kent, the Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and the Hannover Medical School (Germany) have identified a drug with the potential to provide a treatment for COVID-19. The international team led by Professor Martin Michaelis, Dr Mark Wass (both School of Biosciences, University of Kent), and Professor Jindrich Cinatl (Institute…

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Washing hands and Halloween candy can mitigate COVID-19 contamination risks

Washington, DC — October 30, 2020 — New research shows that COVID-19 exposure risk from contaminated candy could be successfully mitigated both by washing hands and washing candy using a simple at-home method. A team of researchers published this work today in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The researchers enrolled…

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New cause of inflammation in people with HIV identified

Boston — While current antiretroviral treatments for HIV are highly effective, data has shown that people living with HIV appear to experience accelerated aging and have shorter lifespans — by up to five to 10 years — compared to people without HIV. These outcomes have been associated with chronic inflammation, which could lead to the…

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