Will it kombucha? (video)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2020 — Kombucha is a bubbly, fermented tea that has gained popularity in the health and wellness scene over the last decade — but what is it exactly? This week, the Reactions team breaks down kombucha’s chemistry and investigates which ordinary beverages they can turn into kombucha: https://youtu.be/YxARRckS9dA. ### Reactions is a…

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Developing new classification criteria for improving antiphospholipid syndrome research

An international team of more than 80 collaborators led by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) investigators is developing new classification criteria for clinical research of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), a life-threatening autoimmune clotting disorder. In their paper, published online ahead of print on November 30, 2020, in Arthritis Care & Research, the investigators reported on the…

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Infant circumcision may lead to social challenges as an adult undergoing circumcision as an infant

Infant circumcision may lead to social challenges as an adult Undergoing circumcision as an infant has delayed psychological complications. This is shown by an international study led by researchers from Aarhus University. Researchers have long disagreed about the health implications – also for mental health – of small boys being circumcised. A study now shows…

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Protein linked to progressive lung scarring in scleroderma patients

Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease associated with inflammation and fibrosis, or scarring, that affects organs including the skin, heart, kidney and lungs. This form of scleroderma, this tightening and thickening of the skin, is a progressive, orphan illness that affects approximately 80,000 Americans and has no clear pathogenesis or FDA approved treatment option, leaving…

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Improving hospital nurse staffing is associated with fewer deaths from sepsis

Researchers at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, conducting independent research on whether pending nurse staffing legislation in New York state is in the public’s interest, found that the wide variation in patient-to-nurse ratios across hospitals in New York is contributing to avoidable deaths…

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How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected measles vaccination rates?

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that more families are putting off their children’s preventive care visits, causing pediatric providers to worry about missed vaccines. In a recent study published in Pediatrics, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital evaluated changes in measles vaccination rates from before the pandemic to this summer, when return for clinical…

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