Vitamin C-B1-steroid combo linked to lower septic shock mortality in kids

Treating septic shock in children with a combination of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1 and hydrocortisone (a commonly used steroid) is associated with lower mortality, according to a study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This is the first pediatric study of the safe and relatively inexpensive treatment for septic shock,…

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Influenza vaccination of children cuts hospitalization in half: Ben-Gurion U. researchers

BEER-SHEVA…January 21, 2020 — Fully vaccinating children reduced the risk of hospitalization for complications associated with influenza by 54%, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and University of Michigan researchers. The research, published in the December, 2019 print journal Clinical Infectious Disease, is one of the few studies worldwide…

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New AGA guideline outlines treatment best practices for ulcerative colitis patients

Bethesda, Maryland (Jan. 21, 2020) — Ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, can be life-altering for patients with moderate to severe disease activity. An increasing number of drugs are available for long-term management of moderate to severe UC, leading to questions about treatment strategies…

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Recent health reforms in Oregon reduce infant deaths, improve access for women’s health

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon’s unique health care delivery system for low-income patients is resulting in fewer infant deaths, according to a recent study by Oregon State University researchers. The study found that Oregon’s implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in 2012 was associated with infant mortality rates falling significantly among Medicaid patients relative to non-Medicaid…

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Persistent environmental contaminant changes the gut microbiome of mice

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An industrial chemical — phased out since 2002, but previously used in stain and water-repellent products and firefighting foam — alters the gut microbiome of mice and could have implications for human health, according to an international team of researchers. Perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, persists in the environment and in the…

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Novel SwRI software tool extracts important chemical exposure data

SAN ANTONIO — Jan. 21, 2020 — Southwest Research Institute is introducing Floodlight™, a novel software tool that efficiently discovers the vast numbers of chemical components — previously known and unknown — present in the food, air, drugs and products we are exposed to every day. This cheminformatics machine learning tool integrates algorithms with analytical…

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Possible Parkinson’s treatment successfully targets two major nerve systems

Scientists have discovered that a non-invasive technique which could one day be used to treat Parkinson’s disease, can successfully target a highly specific group of brain cells which play a key role in development of the condition. In 2015, scientists demonstrated that a form of gene therapy could target and stimulate a group of nerve…

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I Quit My On-Demand Laundry Service

ImageCredit…Photo illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times In my study of time, I realized that these so-called conveniences were not actually saving me any. Jan. 20, 2020 Three months ago, on Oct. 18, I ended a five-year relationship with my provider of on-demand clean underwear. I did this first by deleting the app and…

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They Quit This Assignment

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times An editor gets ghosted. By Anya Strzemien Jan. 20, 2020 In the course of putting together this series of essays about quitting, even the project itself wasn’t quit-proof, as my ultimately one-way correspondence with a writer who accepted the assignment — then disappeared — proved. I Quit!…

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I Quit Friendships, Regularly

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Telling someone you don’t want to be friends anymore can be awkward. So don’t tell them. By Mariah Smith Jan. 20, 2020 The rules for breaking up with a partner have long been established: Try to do it in person or at least on the phone, don’t…

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