BU researchers: Race and income shape COVID-19 risk

Underlying conditions that increase risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 are much more common among Black, Native American, and lower-income people in the United States. The new coronavirus does not discriminate, but discrimination and inequality have shaped the risk of severe illness and death, according to a new Boston University School of Public…

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Albany, Wisconsin teams search for molecular clues to defeat COVID-19

In the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are racing to maintain quality care for patients with severe disease while facing a shortage of resources and limited understanding of the novel coronavirus. One physician on the front lines—Dr. Ariel Jaitovich, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Albany Medical Center in New York—sought out…

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Boston Children’s Hospital to lead nationwide study on COVID-19 in children

BOSTON — Boston Children’s Hospital has launched a two-pronged study of COVID-19 disease among children and youth up to age 25 across the country, with $2.1 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Overcoming COVID-19 study will perform real-time surveillance at more than 35 U.S. children’s hospitals to capture data…

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C-Path receives letter of support from EMA on type 1 diabetes biomarker initiative

TUCSON, Ariz., April 28, 2020 —The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) today announced that its Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Consortium has received a letter of support from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to facilitate the development and validation of the proposed regulatory qualification of pancreatic islet autoantibodies commonly used in clinical practice to diagnose T1D: insulin…

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Heart disease more likely for adults with dysfunctional childhoods

High family adversity in childhood tied to heart attacks, strokes as adult Childhood adversity can lead to lifelong stress, smoking, anxiety, depression, sedentary lifestyle in adulthood Social, economic support for young children has biggest ‘bang for the buck’ to combat issues CHICAGO — Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are at…

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Sexual risk behavior is reduced with involvement of parents and healthcare providers

Health care providers and parents have been valuable partners in managing adolescent sexual and reproductive health. But research has been limited concerning the efficacy of «triadic» interventions, or those implemented with parents and providers with the goal of reducing adolescent sexual risk behavior. Now, a randomized clinical trial carried out under a grant by the…

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Study of nearly 10,000 women explores feasibility and safety of multi-cancer blood test

In an exploratory study of nearly 10,000 women with no history of cancer, researchers evaluating a multi-cancer blood test report that it successfully detected some cancers, including early cancers that could be localized and surgically removed. Among the cancers detected were ovarian cancers, which are typically diagnosed at an advanced stage. Important to the authors’…

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Alcoholics anonymous method can mesh well with other treatments for alcohol misuse

Most treatment providers for individuals with alcohol use disorders are well versed in either the 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous program or in a different treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy — but the two approaches can mesh well, according to a Baylor University researcher. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common psychological disorders experienced by…

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