Paxlovid reduces risk of long-term health problems, death from COVID-19

The risk of long-term health problems, hospitalization and death after a COVID-19 infection diminishes among those who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid within five days after testing positive, according to an analysis of federal health data by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care system. Paxlovid works to stop […]

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Withdrawal of financial incentives for NHS GPs in Scotland linked to reductions in quality of care

Ending performance-related payments for NHS GPs in Scotland was associated with a decline in the quality of some aspects of care compared with England where financial incentives have continued, finds a study published by The BMJ today. The researchers say further research is needed to better understand the full impact of withdrawal and the accompanying refocusing of quality improvement resources. […]

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A New Way to Gauge Suicide Risk?

It’s possible to flag suicide risk by automatically extracting clinical notes on social determinants of health (SDOH) from a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) using natural language processing (NLP), a form of artificial intelligence, new research shows. Researchers found SDOH are risk factors for suicide among US veterans and NLP can be leveraged to extract SDOH information from unstructured data […]

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The Top 10 Most Unique Pet Names of 2022

In 2022, our team at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) helped hundreds of thousands of animals. For each call, a record was kept, including the pet’s name, and at the end of 2022, APCC created a list of the top 10 most unique names they received calls about. See the names (and some faces) below! Captain Poof Duster Indiana Bones […]

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