Two new AHA statements focus on heart failure: How social determinants can affect outcomes; impact on caregivers

DALLAS, April 30, 2020 — Treatment for heart failure should take into consideration a patient’s social determinants of health — their overall living environment, socio-economic status, as well as the needs of unpaid family caregivers, according to two new scientific statements from the American Heart Association, published simultaneously today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation.…

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Changes to gut microbiome may slow cancer growth in smokers

Bethesda, MD (April 30, 2020) — Changes to the gut microbiome interacted with the immune system to slow the growth of cancer in mice exposed to cigarette smoke, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2020. DDW® data will be published in the May online supplements to Gastroenterology and…

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Fecal transplantation improves outcomes in patients with multi-drug resistant organisms

Bethesda, MD (April 30, 2020) — Transferring fecal matter from the digestive systems of healthy donors to extremely ill patients who had previously been infected with drug-resistant bacteria resulted in shorter hospital stays, fewer bloodstream infections and infections that were easier to treat, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week®…

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Live Updates: F.D.A. Plans to Announce Emergency Use of Coronavirus Drug

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLab technicians loading vials of remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug to treat the coronavirus, at a Gilead Sciences facility last month in California.Credit…Gilead Sciences, via Reuters The early results of a federal trial showing that treatment with remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug, can speed recovery in patients infected with…

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Remdesivir Shows Modest Benefits in Coronavirus Trial

Modest results from a federal trial of an experimental drug helped send the stock market soaring on Wednesday, another sign of the desperation for a viable treatment against the coronavirus. Just before markets opened, Gilead, maker of the antiviral drug remdesivir, announced that it was “aware of positive data” about the drug’s performance in a…

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Powerful Meat Industry Holds More Sway After Trump’s Order

Hundreds of employees have been getting sick or not showing up for work for fear of contracting the virus. Labor unions, which had been largely quiet in their dealings with many of the large meat companies before the pandemic, started to hold regular news conferences to highlight the growing number of deaths among their workers.…

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New Coronavirus Test Offers Advantages: Just Spit and Wait

A new test for the coronavirus is so simple and straightforward, almost anyone could do it: Spit a glob of saliva into a cup, close the lid and hand it over. While not as fast to process as the speediest swab tests, saliva tests could transform the diagnosis of Covid-19. If manufactured in enough numbers…

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‘This Isn’t the Time for Caviar’: A Chef Finds New Flavors in a Pandemic

BANGKOK — When the coronavirus struck, desperate chefs in Bangkok’s fine-dining scene began offering sea urchin on toast and Wagyu katsu sandwiches for delivery since eating in was banned. Deepanker Khosla kept cooking, too, but he has eschewed the foams, emulsions and other flourishes of molecular gastronomy that normally flavor his cuisine. Instead, his kitchen,…

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People Are Talking About ‘Travel Bubbles.’ But Could They Work?

Last week, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said that he and Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, were talking about creating a “travel bubble” that would let people move between their two countries, which have both made progress in containing the coronavirus. The move would benefit businesses and help the economies of both…

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