Increased rate of infections may indicate a future cancer diagnosis

Bottom Line: Patients experienced a greater occurrence of infections in the years preceding a cancer diagnosis. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Immunology Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Author: Shinako Inaida, PhD, a visiting researcher at the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University in Japan Background: «Cancer…

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Lighting the way to safer heart procedures

In the first study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers provide evidence that an alternative imaging technique could someday replace current methods that require potentially harmful radiation. The findings, published in the April issue of IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging, detail success in a heart procedure but can potentially be applied to any procedure that…

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Jimmy Webb, Purveyor of Punk Fashion, Is Dead at 62

Jimmy Webb, the kindly, spindly-legged, leather-vested East Village fixture who was the longtime manager of Trash and Vaudeville, the rock ’n’ roll clothiers that once ruled St. Marks Place, died on Tuesday at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 62. The cause was cancer, said Heart Montalbano, a friend. With a rocker’s bleached-out shag, ropy…

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How to Handwash Your Clothes

Laundromats have been deemed essential businesses in cities and states that have issued stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But many laundry business owners have chosen to close for the safety of their employees, leaving those who rely on laundromats without access to washing machines and dryers. Even if your local…

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Global Coronavirus Tracker: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePaternoster Square in London on Thursday.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times Britain extends its lockdown by three weeks. The British government announced on Thursday that it would prolong its lockdown by three weeks, amid signs that the country is nearing the peak of its coronavirus outbreak. “The government…

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Doctors Press F.D.A. to Let More Gay Men Donate Blood

More than 500 doctors, researchers and public health specialists are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate constraints on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, saying the agency did not go far enough when it relaxed its restrictions earlier this month. The demand was made in a letter dated Thursday that was…

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A Tiny Hospital Struggles to Treat a Burst of Coronavirus Patients

Dr. Desmond Wah is used to being the only physician tending to patients during his shifts at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Ind., population 6,500, where at least half of the 25 beds are usually empty. But he was hardly prepared for the weeklong shift he started on March 20, when the two counties…

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Disposable N95 Masks Can Be Decontaminated, Researchers Confirm

Researchers have confirmed that there are several effective methods for decontaminating the N95 masks worn by health professionals so that they can be used more than once, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday. A substantial body of research already showed that the masks, designed for one-time use, can be reused in a crisis. And…

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