Major US hospital-based study shows waterbirths as safe as traditional births

A new U.S. study of waterbirths found that hospital-based births involving water immersion had no higher risk of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or special care nursery admission than comparable deliveries in the control group without water immersion. The primary purpose of the study is to address the lack of methodologically sound research regarding maternal…

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Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic?

To date, a few verified repeat SARS-CoV-2 infections have been documented around the world. “Should reinfection [with SARS-CoV-2] prove commonplace, and barring a highly effective vaccine delivered to most of the world’s population, SARS-CoV-2 will likely become endemic,” write Jeffrey Shaman and Marta Galanti in this Perspective. For many viruses, a number of processes –…

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Blood test could identify COVID-19 patients at risk of ‘cytokine storm’ hyperinflammation

Southampton researchers have identified a blood profile that could help identify COVID-19 patients at greatest risk of deterioration and direct them towards trials of specific treatments that could modify their immune systems’ responses. A new study jointly led by Professor Tom Wilkinson and Dr Tristan Clark of the University of Southampton, has shown a blood…

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