Older people with early, asymptomatic Alzheimer’s at risk of falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in older adults, causing more than 800,000 hospitalizations and about 30,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Some risk factors are well-known — advanced age, problems with vision or balance, muscle weakness — but an under-recognized factor is early Alzheimer’s disease. Older people in the earliest stages…

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Combining two precision medicines can treat drug-resistant cancers

Launching a dual-pronged attack on tumours using a combination of two innovative precision medicines could treat patients with multiple common cancers, a new clinical trial shows. It is the first trial to use the pioneering genetically targeted drug olaparib — already licensed for ovarian, breast and prostate cancer — together with a promising new medicine,…

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Live Covid-19 Tracker: Maps, Cases and Deaths Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump heading to Joint Base Andrews for a trip to Nevada on Saturday.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times Trump defenders are asked on Sunday shows why Trump had downplayed the virus. White House and Republican officials struggled to respond to sharp questioning by Sunday morning news show hosts about…

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Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday issued a far-reaching executive order aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs, but the pharmaceutical industry immediately denounced it and experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry it out. The order belatedly makes good on — and expands upon — a promise Mr. Trump…

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Vaccine Makers Keep Safety Details Quiet, Alarming Scientists

The morning after the world learned that a closely watched clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine had been halted last week over safety concerns, the company’s chief executive disclosed that a person given the vaccine had experienced serious neurological symptoms. But the remarks weren’t public. Instead, the chief executive, Pascal Soriot of AstraZeneca, spoke at…

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Trump Loyalists Tried to Influence C.D.C. Virus Reports

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMichael Caputo, a Republican political operative and former Trump campaign official, was installed by the White House as the top spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services in April. Credit…Mark Wilson/Getty Images Trump appointees at the Health and Human Services Department have meddled in the C.D.C.’s weekly disease…

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Are Fever Checks a Good Gatekeeper for Covid?

In recent weeks, a new cadre of gatekeepers armed with thermometer guns has appeared at the entrances of hospitals, office buildings and manufacturing plants to screen out feverish individuals who may carry the coronavirus. Employees at some companies must report their temperature on apps to get clearance to come in. And when indoor dining resumes…

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Asthma patients given risky levels of steroid tablets

More than one quarter of asthma patients have been prescribed potentially dangerous amounts of steroid tablets, with researchers warning this puts them at greater risk of serious side-effects. Researchers, led by University of Queensland Professor John Upham, analysed data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to find out how often Australians with asthma were taking…

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Improved early psychosis detection system may halve risk in young people

Doctors have developed a new data mining method to detect many young people with emerging psychosis. The new methods, based on advanced data mining to pick up early risk sign from schools, hospitals, and general doctors, will be presented at the ECNP virtual congress, and is in press with a peer-reviewed journal (* see notes,…

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