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Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript Republicans and Democrats Remain Divided on Stimulus Package Lawmakers were still at an impasse after meeting Friday, and President Trump’s advisers said they would recommend that he act on his own through an executive order. “It was a disappointing meeting. We reiterated in very strong…

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checkmate 743 shows that dual immunotherapy, nivolumab + ipilimumab

Denver—(Embargoed for 7 a.m. EST August 8, 2020) The combination of first-line nivolumab and ipilimumab demonstrated an improvement of overall survival for patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma compared to platinum-based chemotherapy, according to research presented today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Virtual Presidential Symposium. The study is presented by…

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Phase 3 eXalt3 study shows significantly longer progression-free survival

Denver—(Embargoed for 7 a.m. EST August 8, 2020)—Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) carrying anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene alterations who received ensartinib experienced substantially longer progression-free survival than a matched group of patients who received crizotinib, according to a presentation at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer World Conference on…

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Addition of sintilimab to pemetrexed and platinum improved progression-free survival

Denver—(Embargoed for 7 a.m. EST August 8, 2020)—The interim analysis of ORIENT-11, a phase III double-blind randomized trial has shown a nearly two-fold increase in progression-free survival with addition of sintilimab to chemotherapy in patients with advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer without EGFR or ALK genomic aberrations, according to research data presented…

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Treating Our Shared World as an Extension of Our Homes

Welcome. The At Home team got a lovely email recently from a woman in Brooklyn who lives near Prospect Park. One of her pandemic activities, she reported, is to go to the park to collect trash. She walks in one direction, gloved and masked, picking up detritus and filling a plastic bag. Then she walks…

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Why the Coronavirus is More Likely to ‘Superspread’ Than the Flu

For a spiky sphere just 120 nanometers wide, the coronavirus can be a remarkably cosmopolitan traveler. Spewed from the nose or mouth, it can rocket across a room and splatter onto surfaces; it can waft into poorly ventilated spaces and linger in the air for hours. At its most intrepid, the virus can spread from…

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Parents of College Students Worry, Should They Stay or Go?

When Jacqueline Tourville, of Wells, Maine, thinks about sending her daughter off to college this month, the same questions keep circling in her mind. “I worry about her getting sick,” said Ms. Tourville, a children’s book author, whose daughter, Claire Brown, 18, plans to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., a drive that Ms. Tourville…

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Need to Take the MCAT? You’ll Still Have to Do It in Person

Students applying to graduate schools can take the GRE, the LSAT and other tests at home this year because of the risks of gathering in an exam room for hours during the pandemic. But applicants sitting for the longest and arguably most grueling graduate entrance exam, the Medical College Admission Test, do not have that…

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A New Hampshire Poet Laureate Lifts Her City’s Covid-19 Advisories

They arrive each week. Words of light encouragement. Moments to reflect. On Sundays, thousands of residents of Portsmouth, N.H., find a poem nestled inside the city’s Covid-19 newsletter. The poems, written by Tammi J. Truax, the city’s poet laureate, help offset the gloom of the pandemic while giving residents a chance to pause briefly and…

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Love Letter: Behind the Velvet Rope of Club Marriage

For many singles, the pressure from parents, family members and friends to find love and get married can often result in feelings of inadequacy. Some assume that not being in a relationship is synonymous with a sad and lonely life (some also assume that marriage is the cure). In this week’s Modern Love essay, after…

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