Face Mask Hoarders May Raise Risk of Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

Even though there are only five cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States, the mask hoarding has begun. Some pharmacies report being entirely sold out of masks. Some popular sellers on Amazon say deliveries will be delayed for weeks. Although masks actually do little to protect healthy people, the prospect of shortages created by…

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American Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in Four Years

WASHINGTON — Life expectancy increased for the first time in four years in 2018, the federal government said Thursday, raising hopes that a benchmark of the nation’s health may finally be stabilizing after a rare and troubling decline that was driven by a surge in drug overdoses. Life expectancy is the most basic measure of…

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Research brief: Mothers on antiepileptic medication can safely breastfeed

Breastfeeding is associated with benefits for children and their mothers. However, when mothers take medications there is a potential for adverse side effects in the infant. In a recently published study in JAMA Neurology, a University of Minnesota-led research team looked at antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure in infants who were breastfed by mothers with epilepsy.…

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To best treat a burn, first cool with running water, study shows

WASHINGTON, D.C.— New research in the January edition of Annals of Emergency Medicine reveals that cooling with running water is the best initial treatment for a child’s burn. Researchers found that cool running water can reduce the odds of needing a skin graft, expedite healing and lessen the chance that a young burn victim requires…

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US birth weights drop due to rise in cesarean births, inductions

U.S. birth weights have fallen significantly in recent decades due to soaring rates of cesarean deliveries and inductions which have shortened the average pregnancy by about a week, new CU Boulder research shows. «Our data indicate that there has been a dramatic shift in birth timing in this country, it is resulting in birthweight decline,…

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GW study identifies need for disaster preparedness training for dermatologists

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2020) — The dermatology community is inadequately prepared for a biological disaster and would benefit from a formal preparedness training program, according to a study from the George Washington University (GW). The article is published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Natural and man-made disasters can cause a range of dermatologic…

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Study provides first look at sperm microbiome using RNA sequencing

DETROIT — A new collaborative study published by a research team from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the CReATe Fertility Centre and the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides the first in-depth look at the microbiome of human sperm utilizing RNA sequencing with sufficient sensitivity to identify contamination and pathogenic bacterial colonization. «We show…

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