Children with cognitive delays are more likely to have CT scan to diagnose appendicitis

CHICAGO (August 21, 2020): Computed tomography (CT) is used at a higher rate than ultrasound in children with developmental and cognitive impairments to diagnose appendicitis, even though CT scans increase radiation risk in smaller bodies. Additionally, these children have higher rates of postoperative emergency room visits and hospital readmissions after undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy (surgical removal…

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AMP commends HHS on decision to lessen regulatory burden on laboratory professionals

ROCKVILLE, Md. – August 21, 2020 – The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostics professional society, commends the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind the requirement for premarket review of laboratory developed testing procedures (LDPs) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). LDPs are…

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Mount Sinai study finds COVID patients were most commonly readmitted to hospital for respiratory complications

Publication: Journal of General Internal Medicine Authors: Girish Nadkarni, MD, Co-Chair; Anuradha Lala, MD, Member; Benjamin Glicksberg, PhD, Member; and other coauthors of the Mount Sinai COVID Informatics Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Bottom Line: This study describes characteristics of patients with COVID-19 who returned to the ER or required…

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Lum and Koper studying impact of COVID-19 On Fairfax County Police Department

Cynthia Lum, Professor and Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, and Christopher Koper, Principal Fellow and Associate Professor, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, are conducting analyses to help the Fairfax County Police Department prepare, prevent, and respond to ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. As part of this…

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Long-acting, injectable drug could strengthen efforts to prevent, treat HIV

Scientists have developed an injectable drug that blocks HIV from entering cells. They say the new drug potentially offers long-lasting protection from the infection with fewer side effects. The drug, which was tested in non-human primates, could eventually replace or supplement components of combination drug “cocktail” therapies currently used to prevent or treat the virus.…

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Group of international scientists align on a definition for ‘synbiotic’

The word ‘synbiotic’ appears on a growing number of food and supplement products, with synbiotic ingredients showing promise for modulating the community of microbes living in the human gut, while providing a health benefit. Synbiotics are generally understood to be a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic–but experts have deemed this description too limiting…

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Mass General researchers create bioluminescent tag to detect DNA break repair

BOSTON – A new bioluminescent reporter that tracks DNA double stranded break (DSB) repair in cells has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. The international team’s novel bioluminescent repair reporter (BLRR)-based system can be used to monitor DNA repair pathways directly in animals as well as…

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Detailed map of natural killer cells in COVID-19 patients expands understanding of innate immune response to SARS-CoV-2

A new study of 27 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has provided a detailed map of natural killer (NK) cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection, revealing that specific characteristics of NK cell activation associate with different levels of disease severity. The findings are consistent with previous reports that NK cells exist in lower frequencies in the blood…

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