During COVID-19, women are opting for ‘freebirthing’ if homebirths aren’t available, and that’s a worry

The pandemic is prompting some Australian pregnant women to give birth at home without a midwife or registered health provider, according to a survey out this week. Another new survey helps explain why. The number of women who say they have either had or were thinking about “freebirthing” is concerning, due to the increased risk to mothers and babies when […]

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Is it safe to visit the dentist during the pandemic?

Is it safe to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dentists can’t eliminate all risk, but they are taking steps to minimize the chances of spreading the coronavirus. You’ll likely notice changes as soon as you enter the office. Many dentists have removed magazines from waiting rooms, for example, as well as some chairs to encourage social distancing. They […]

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Here’s how lung, immune system in kids protect from severe Covid-19

Differences in lung physiology and immune function in children may explain why they are more often spared from severe illness associated with COVID-19 than adults, according to a research which sheds more light on the biological process behind the deadly infectious disease. Scientists, including those from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in the US, said […]

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Study finds decreased rates of high-cost care after a community development initiative

More than a decade into the community development initiative called Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families, the 30-block Southern Orchards neighborhood on Columbus, Ohio’s South Side had clear, notable improvement. Home vacancy fell from 30% to under 6%. High school graduation rates increased. More than $40 million in investments were generated in the area. But Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a lead partner in […]

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A helping hand for cancer immunotherapy

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of PRMT5 inhibitors to sensitize unresponsive melanoma to immune checkpoint therapy. PRMT5 inhibitors are currently in clinical trials in oncology, and this research provides a strong rationale for evaluating the drugs in tumors that are not responsive to immune checkpoint therapy. The study was published in Science […]

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When you take birth control every day, this is what happens to your body

Birth control comes in many forms, including what is commonly referred to as “the pill.” However, not all birth control pills are created equal.   Combination birth control pills contain both estrogen and progestin — hormones that aid in regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle (via Drugs.com). They can either be monophasic, meaning they have the same amount of each hormone, or […]

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Iran says virus deaths cross 12,000

Iran said on Wednesday that its deaths from the novel coronavirus had surpassed 12,000, with authorities considering reimposing restrictive measures in Tehran to contain a resurgence of the disease. It came a day after the Islamic republic reported its highest single-day fatality count of 200 from the COVID-19 illness. Iran has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the […]

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Why are scientists trying to manufacture organs in space?

Gravity can be a real downer when you are trying to grow organs. That’s why experiments in space are so valuable. They have revealed a new perspective into biological sciences, including insights into making human tissues. Gravity influences cellular behavior by impacting how protein and genes interact inside the cells, creating tissue that is polarized, a fundamental step for natural […]

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The Netherlands thought it was prepared for a pandemic, but was in for a surprise

Has the Netherlands responded well to the coronavirus crisis? Or are we, as Geert Wilders terms it, the “dunce” of Europe? A group of authors including Leiden professor Arjen Boin have analyzed the Dutch approach and come up with valuable lessons for the next pandemic. The book COVID-19. An Analysis of the National Crisis Response reads like an exciting reconstruction. […]

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