Early-life education improves memory in old age — Especially for women

WASHINGTON — Education appears to protect older adults, especially women, against memory loss, according to a study by investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center, published in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. The results suggest that children—especially girls—who attend school for longer will have better memory abilities in old age. This may have implications for…

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Long term care faclities are where most COVID-19 deaths occur

BOSTON — Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are a major driver of total COVID-19 deaths. Reported today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) geriatricians Rossana Lau-Ng, Lisa Caruso and Thomas Perls studied the past month’s case and death data reported by the Massachusetts…

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New data show Abbott’s FreeStyle® Libre 14 day system significantly reduces costs associated with diabetes management and complications

Cost model data published in U.S. Endocrinology show for commercially-insured people with diabetes on intensive insulin therapy, using FreeStyle Libre technology costs 60% less compared to traditional blood glucose monitoring This cost-savings includes costs associated with severe hypoglycemia, including hospitalizations, which were approximately 50% less for FreeStyle Libre 14 day system users versus testing with…

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Telephone interventions could be used to reduce symptoms of cancer

Telephone interventions could be used to successfully treat symptoms of cancer such as fatigue, depression and anxiety, new research in the Cochrane Library reports. This could help patients receive the care they need during the current Covid-19 pandemic when face- to- face access with medical professionals is limited. During this unique study researchers from the…

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Addressing the challenges of dementia through clinical drugs

Frontiers in Clinical Drug Research — Dementia is a book series which presents comprehensive reviews about research on Dementia, a term which references the loss of brain function associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other related medical conditions. The disease affects the parts of the brain that deal with memory, thought, and language. Chapters in each…

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Fewer antibiotics to better fight bacterial infections

The increase in antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antibiotics is currently a major global health problem. Reducing the use of antibiotics appears to be one of the only solutions to preserve their effectiveness and limit the emergence of resistance. Relatively long courses of treatment remain standard, however, although they seem to be based…

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This Time, Hardly Anyone Followed Trump’s Lead on Virus Drugs

Newly compiled prescription data shows that President Trump’s decision to take an antimalarial drug to ward off the coronavirus did not inspire many Americans to do the same, reflecting the fast-changing landscape surrounding the virus and efforts to treat it. First-time prescriptions ticked up by only several hundred the day after Mr. Trump mentioned at…

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Trump Administration Sets Demographic Requirements for Coronavirus Reports

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday released new requirements for states to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity, age and sex of individuals tested for the virus, responding to demands from lawmakers for a clearer picture of the pandemic and its racial discrepancies. All laboratories — as well as nonlaboratory facilities offering on-site…

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Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared

CAIRO — For months, one enduring mystery of the coronavirus was why some of the world’s most populous countries, with rickety health systems and crowded slums, had managed to avoid the brunt of an outbreak that was burning through relatively affluent societies in Europe and the United States. Now some of those countries are tumbling…

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Doctors Heavily Overprescribed Antibiotics Early in the Pandemic

The desperately ill patients who deluged the emergency room at Detroit Medical Center in March and April exhibited the telltale symptoms of the coronavirus: high fevers and infection-riddled lungs that left them gasping for air. With few treatment options, doctors turned to a familiar intervention: broad-spectrum antibiotics, the shot-in-the-dark medications often used against bacterial infections…

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