A drop in temperature

In the nearly two centuries since German physician Carl Wunderlich established 98.6°F as the standard “normal” body temperature, it has been used by parents and doctors alike as the measure by which fevers — and often the severity of illness — have been assessed. Over time, however, and in more recent years, lower body temperatures…

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Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020 — Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, University of California, Irvine researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for COVID-19, in contrast to previous estimates of less than 2 percent. Latino and low-income residents had the highest prevalence of…

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Shot of alcohol can help an irregular heartbeat

Research out in this week’s issue of JAMA confirms the success of a treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation (AFib) that combines the standard treatment, catheter ablation, with a separate infusion of ethanol, or alcohol, to the vein of Marshall. Miguel Valderrabano, M.D., division chief, cardiac electrophysiology, Houston Methodist, designed the procedure, first using it successfully…

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Mclean joins public-private partnership to develop early interventions for schizophrenia

Highlights: Through the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), AMP Schizophrenia (SCZ) will work to discover promising biological markers that can help early detection of those at risk of developing schizophrenia The public-private partnership brings together NIH, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and multiple nonprofit and private organizations, including McLean Hospital NIH’s National Institute of…

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