The Benefits of Talking to Strangers

I’m a lifelong extrovert who readily establishes and relishes casual contacts with people I encounter during daily life: while walking my dog, shopping for groceries, working out at the Y, even sweeping my sidewalk. These ephemeral connections add variety to my life, are a source of useful information and often provide needed emotional and physical…

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Is Telemedicine Here to Stay?

Telemedicine is having its moment. Over the last few months, millions of people have relied on video or telephone calls to talk to their doctors. But as the pandemic moves across the United States, and eventually recedes in some places, how long will the moment last? While patients used virtual visits to avoid overcrowded and…

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Men’s Wearhouse Owner Files for Bankruptcy

The owner of Men’s Wearhouse and JoS. A. Bank, which once dominated the market for affordable men’s suits, filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday, as demand plummeted for its corporate clothing with the coronavirus pandemic keeping America’s office workers at home. The company, Tailored Brands, had approximately 1,400 stores and 18,000 employees. It had already…

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Live Coronavirus Updates: Tracking Global News, Cases and Deaths

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDr. Deborah L. Birx. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April,” she said on the CNN program “State of the Union” on Sunday. “It is extraordinarily widespread.”Credit…Michael A. McCoy for The New York Times Birx urges Americans in hot spots to consider wearing a mask…

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Women skip medications more in the US than other countries

For patients, especially those living with chronic conditions, nonadherence to prescription medicines due to cost is a common problem. By not filling prescriptions, skipping doses, delaying refills, or splitting pills, patients risk compromising the therapeutic benefit of their treatments. To understand the extent of this problem, Jamie Daw, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management…

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How many people are now immune to SARS-CoV-2?

Who has overcome an infection with the virus without noticing, and how many people have already produced protective antibodies against the new coronavirus? Various antibody studies are now under way that will provide information on immunity or seroprevalence in the population. However, in order to compare these studies in a timely and reliable manner and…

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A blood test could predict who benefits from immunotherapy

A test which detects changing levels of tumour fragments in the blood may be an easy, non-invasive and quick way to predict who will benefit from immunotherapy, a treatment option for advanced cancers. Although immunotherapy has been shown to shrink tumours and prolong survival for patients for whom other treatments have failed, about 20-30% of…

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Child sleep problems associated with impaired academic and psychosocial functioning

Philadelphia, August 3, 2020—Whether children have ongoing sleep problems from birth through childhood or do not develop sleep problems until they begin school, a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that sleep disturbances at any age are associated with diminished well-being by the time the children are 10 or…

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COPD underdiagnosed in older adults, but can be managed

«Recognizing and Treating COPD in Older Adults,» the latest issue of the What’s Hot newsletter from The Gerontological Society of America, addresses what is known about the prevalence, incidence, and impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in older adults. Despite high incidence of COPD — as many as 30 million Americans are affected —…

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