Coronavirus in China: New Outbreak Brings Wuhan-Style Lockdown

In Shulan, a city in China’s northeast, the streets are eerily quiet, devoid of taxis and buses. Apartment complexes have been sealed off, confining residents inside. Teams of government workers go door to door rounding up sick people as part of what they call a “wartime” campaign. Residents described the atmosphere as tense. Li Ping,…

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COVID-19 evidence and strategies for orthopaedic surgeons

May 21, 2020 — How should orthopaedic surgeons respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? A review in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery analyzes evidence and strategies for managing the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus — including critical lessons from past pandemics. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. «Controlling the spread of…

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Scientists at UC Riverside to study how lungs respond to worm infections

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to investigate lung immune responses to parasitic worm infections. The research will explore how macrophages, a type of white blood cell, mediate tissue repair following infection-induced injury. «We…

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Lungs of deceased COVID-19 patients show distinctive features

In a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), senior author, Steven J. Mentzer, MD, thoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a team of international researchers examined seven lungs obtained during autopsy from patients who died of COVID-19. They compared this group to seven autopsied lungs obtained from patients who…

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Study unveils many ways carcinogens trigger development of breast cancer

Newton, Mass. (May 21, 2020) — In the most comprehensive review to date of how breast cancer develops, scientists have created a detailed map that describes the many ways in which environmental chemicals can trigger the disease. Using ionizing radiation as a model, the researchers identified key mechanisms within cells that when disrupted cause breast…

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Harness artificial intelligence and take control your health

Sedentary behaviours, poor sleep and questionable food choices are major contributors of chronic disease, including diabetes, anxiety, heart disease and many cancers. But what if we could prevent these through the power of smart technologies? In a new University of South Australia research project announced today and funded by $1,118,593 from the Medical Research Future…

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A clinical decision support system to help predict individual trauma patient outcome

Chinese researchers from The Trauma Center of Peking University People’s Hospital and National Institute of Health Data Science at Peking University are using big data to help identify trauma patients who could experience potential adverse health events in the emergency department through the aid of a clinical decision support system. It was developed using a…

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Hearts that drum together beat together

Group work and cooperation are crucial in everyday life. As such, it is important to explore the avenues by which synchrony within a group may enhance cohesion and influence performance. What role can music play in this effort? In an interdisciplinary study published today in the journal Scientific Reports researchers report their discovery that while…

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Patients with COVID-19 may develop thyroid infection

WASHINGTON—COVID-19 infection may cause subacute thyroiditis, according to a new case study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Subacute thyroiditis is an inflammatory thyroid disease characterized by neck pain and is usually preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. It may be caused by a viral infection or a post-viral inflammatory reaction,…

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