Scientists seek faster route to treat depression

By Karina Ninni | Agência FAPESP – Treatment of depression faces two main challenges. The first is that almost 50% of patients do not respond well to existing antidepressants. The second is that conventional medications take a relatively long time – around three to five weeks – to have the desired effect. A group of…

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Psychological distress during first months of pandemic equal to that during prior year

The coronavirus pandemic is creating a large spike in significant psychological distress among Americans, with the first month of the pandemic causing as much distress in the same number of individuals that experienced it during the whole previous year, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Findings from the first longitudinal study of psychological distress…

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One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media

CHICAGO — While many physicians benefit from social media by networking with potential collaborators or interfacing with patients, a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago found many physicians also report being sexually harassed and personally attacked on these platforms on the basis of their religion, race or medical recommendations. Although the…

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More women embracing ‘going flat’ after mastectomy

LOS ANGELES — A growing number of women forgoing reconstruction after a mastectomy say they’re satisfied with their choice, even as some did not feel supported by their physician, according to a study led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study, published in the Journal Annals of Surgical Oncology, surveyed 931…

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Study resolves long-running controversy over critical step in gene silencing

BOSTON — A long-running debate over how an important gene-silencing protein identifies its targets has been resolved by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Their findings, reported in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, also explain certain mysteries about the behavior of this protein, known as Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2). PRC2 helps regulate whether genes…

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The true cost of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for breast cancer costs the UK economy more than £248 million annually, including ‘out-of-pocket’ personal costs of more than £1,000 per patient — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new study published today is the first to investigate the total non-healthcare cost of chemotherapy to the UK. It includes…

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As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics

As governments around the world rush to vaccinate their citizens against the surging coronavirus, scientists are locked in a heated debate over a surprising question: Is it wisest to hold back the second doses everyone will need, or to give as many people as possible an inoculation now — and push back the second doses…

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Inflatable Costume May Be Behind Outbreak at California Hospital

An air-powered, inflatable costume, worn by a staff member on Christmas to spread holiday cheer, may be to blame for a coronavirus outbreak that infected dozens of workers in a hospital in San Jose, Calif., a hospital spokeswoman said. An employee wore the costume “briefly” in the emergency department at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical…

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