Do You Have the Heart for Marijuana?

Do you have the heart to safely smoke pot? Maybe not, a growing body of medical reports suggests. Currently, increased smoking of marijuana in public, even in cities like New York where recreational use remains illegal (though no longer prosecuted), has reinforced a popular belief that this practice is safe, even health-promoting. “Many people think…

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Racial, socioeconomic disparities in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer treatment

BOSTON – A new study shows that Black individuals with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy for their disease compared to white and other racial groups. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, the results indicate that individuals who are Black, elderly, uninsured, or have non-private health insurance and lower…

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For pregnant women with heart disease, multidisciplinary care may be essential

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 26, 2020)–Cardiovascular disease is now the number one cause of maternal mortality in the United States, but a new study suggests that care from a multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team may improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce hospital readmission rates. The study was conducted by researchers from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and…

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Research team wins Catalyst Award in first year of international challenge

A research team at Rochester Institute of Technology recently won a Catalyst Award from the National Academy of Medicine for their project, “Improving Health for the Aging through Daily Vital Signs Monitoring.” They were among the more than 1,300 innovators from around the world who submitted project proposals in the academy’s inaugural Healthy Longevity Global…

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How we get around

Whether or not we’re aware of it, humans — animals in general — constantly use environmental cues to navigate from one place to another. We choose a feature from the landscape and use it to guide our behavior, gathering and computing information about our surroundings. It’s a process so old and so essential for survival…

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Risk score predicts prognosis of outpatients with COVID-19

BOSTON – A new artificial intelligence-based score considers multiple factors to predict the prognosis of individual patients with COVID-19 seen at urgent care clinics or emergency departments. The tool, which was created by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), can be used to rapidly and automatically determine which patients are most likely to develop complications…

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‘What wound did ever heal but by degrees?’ delayed wound healing due to gene mutations

“Wound healing is one of the most complex biological processes,” write Professor Kazumitsu Sugiura and Dr Kenta Saito from Fujita Health University, Japan, in their article recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. As countless researchers in the field have noted, several automated coordinated biological activities take place during wound healing, from stopping the bleeding to…

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