Not Saying My Dog Is Cupid, but …

You can tell a lot about a man by how he treats his dogs. My ex-husband called Tilly, our Labrador retriever mix, “pinhead.” He banished her from our bed (while welcoming our other dog) because she lavished affection on me, or so I surmised, and by doing so, he managed to punish us both. After…

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Viewing COVID-19 through the lens of data science

Multidisciplinary study of the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging impact has become an urgent endeavor worldwide. To further and deepen global understanding of the crisis, the Harvard Data Science Review (an open access platform of the Harvard Data Science Initiative) is publishing a special issue examining the novel coronavirus and its impact through the lens…

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Still not enough women and older adults in cholesterol drug trials, study finds

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and older adults are more likely to have heart and vascular disease than young people, randomized clinical trials testing medications to lower cholesterol have historically underenrolled both groups. Randomized clinical trials generate the best evidence regarding the benefits or harms of given drug, and…

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RIHN taking initiative on discussion toward ‘new life’ after COVID-19 pandemic

The initiative of Covid-19 and Sustainable Transitions was inspired by a blog by the leadership of the Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge-Action Network and began in late-March in the form of an interactive online Open Forum, which has now developed into a diverse community of over 100 people including scientists, economists, and educators.…

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No evidence blanket ‘do-not-resuscitate’ orders for COVID-19 patients are necessary

DALLAS, May 22, 2020 — It’s inappropriate to consider blanket do-not-resuscitate orders for COVID-19 patients because adequate data is not yet available on U.S. survival rates for in-hospital resuscitation of COVID-19 patients and data from China may not relate to U.S. patients, according to a new article published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,…

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Glucose levels linked to maternal mortality even in non-diabetic women

An elevated pre-pregnancy hemoglobin A1c—which measures average blood glucose concentration—is associated with a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes even in women without known diabetes, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Joel Ray of ICES and the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues. Diabetes mellitus and obesity are both…

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Blood test could predict diabetes years before it strikes

Scientists have identified metabolites in the blood that accurately predict whether a woman will develop type 2 diabetes after experiencing a transient form of illness during pregnancy. This discovery could lead to a test that would help doctors identify patients at greatest risk and help them potentially avert the disease through interventions including diet and…

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Kidney transplants: Better results can be inferred from a larger number of cases

In complex operations, is there a correlation between the volume of service provided per hospital and the quality of the treatment outcome? This question is addressed in eight commissions on minimum volumes that the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has issued to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). The IQWiG report is…

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