No increased skin cancer risk with topical immunosuppressant ointments

Adults with the chronic skin condition atopic dermatitis can rest easy in the knowledge that two topical immunosuppressant medications commonly prescribed to treat the condition do not appear to increase the risk for the most common forms of skin cancer, despite package label warnings to the contrary, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found. Looking at data on nearly 94,000 […]

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Coronavirus May Spread Farther Indoors Than Previously Thought — Up to 16 Feet, Study Finds

The novel coronavirus may actually spread farther than six feet, according to a new study. Although six feet is the measurement used by current social distancing guidelines, the study from a team of virologists at the University of Florida concluded that the virus can actually travel up to 16 feet away from an infected person. The researchers focused on how […]

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Teens’ social media use does not raise risk for depression: study

Contrary to popular wisdom, daily social media use is not a strong or consistent risk factor for depressive symptoms among adolescents, according to a new study by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers. The results are published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “Increasingly, teenagers are active on social media, particularly during the pandemic, as they have to […]

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Scientists identify hundreds of drug candidates to treat COVID-19

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have used machine learning to identify hundreds of new potential drugs that could help treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2. “There is an urgent need to identify effective drugs that treat or prevent COVID-19,” said Anandasankar Ray, a professor of molecular, cell, and systems biology who led the […]

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Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis—a condition thought to explain a number of mysterious experiences including alleged cases of alien abduction and demonic night-time visits—could be treated using a technique of meditation-relaxation, suggests a pilot study published today. Sleep paralysis is a state involving paralysis of the skeletal muscles that occurs at the onset of sleep or just before waking. While temporarily immobilised, the […]

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Study examines role of hyperglycemia in COVID-19 severity

As COVID-19 continues to rage across the U.S., researchers are digging deeper into how the virus wreaks havoc on the body, especially for those with a pre-existing chronic illness. Now, after preliminary observations of 200 COVID-19 patients with severe hyperglycemia, a Michigan Medicine team is shedding light in a new American Diabetes Association paper about why high blood sugar may […]

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Mexico signs deals for coronavirus vaccine trials

Mexico said Tuesday it had signed deals with three pharmaceutical companies from the United States and China to carry out clinical trials of potential coronavirus vaccines in the hard-hit country. The Latin American nation, which has the world’s third-highest COVID-19 death toll, said that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, CanSino Biologics and Walvax Biotechnology, would begin Phase 3 […]

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Combining genetic information with EMRs to pinpoint childhood epilepsies

A team of researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) affiliated with the CHOP Epilepsy Neurogenetics Initiative (ENGIN) further bridged the gap between genomic information and clinical outcome data by systematically linking genetic information with electronic medical records, focusing on how genetic neurological disorders in children develop over time. The findings were published today in the journal Genetics in Medicine. […]

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