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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Study seeks to reduce barriers to breastfeeding premature babies

A mother’s own breast milk has infection-fighting factors and nutrients to help fuel growth and development in babies and may be easier to digest than formula. Providing this nourishment is particularly important for infants born prematurely, both while they are receiving care in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and after they are able…

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Boston University researcher receives grant to fight melanoma

(Boston)—Deborah Lang, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust to further her basic science research on the molecular and cellular biology of melanoma. Specifically, the award will support her project: Transcriptional Mechanisms underlying the shared…

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