What If You Never Get Better From Covid-19?

Anecdotally, at least, some long-haulers are experiencing the type of viral reactivation Klimas describes. In late October, seven months after contracting the coronavirus, Lauren Nichols developed shingles — a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. The episode, which featured burning, “out of this world” nerve pain, sent her to the emergency room. A lesion…

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Study finds racial disparities in breast cancer prognosis testing

Black women have higher recurrence and mortality rates than non-Hispanic white women for certain types of breast cancer, according to a University of Illinois Chicago researcher’s study published recently in JAMA Oncology. Dr. Kent Hoskins, associate professor in the UIC College of Medicine’s division of hematology/oncology, and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research group in…

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Counting patients social determinants of health may help doctors avert fatal heart attacks

Doctors may be able to predict their patients’ risks of fatal coronary heart disease more accurately by taking into account the number of adverse social factors affecting them, according to a new study led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The researchers, whose findings appear Dec. 3 in Circulation, analyzed data from the…

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New biochemical clues in cell receptors help explain how SARS-CoV-2 may hijack human cells

The SARS-CoV-2 virus may enter and replicate in human cells by exploiting newly-identified sequences within cell receptors, according to work from two teams of scientists. The findings from both groups paint a more complete portrait of the various cellular processes that SARS-CoV-2 targets to not only enter cells, but to then multiply and spread. The…

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Creating a safe CAR T-Cell therapy to fight solid tumors in children

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy–CAR T–has revolutionized leukemia treatment. Unfortunately, the therapy has not been effective for treating solid tumors including childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma. Preclinical studies using certain CAR T against neuroblastoma revealed toxic effects. Now, a group of scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have developed a modified version of CAR T…

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