Blood cancer patients with COVID-19 fare better with convalescent plasma

A large, retrospective, multicenter study involving Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can dramatically improve likelihood of survival among blood cancer patients hospitalized with the virus. The therapy involves transfusing plasma—the pale yellow liquid in blood that is rich in antibodies—from people who have recovered from COVID-19 into patients who […]

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Demi Lovato's Pixie Cut and Baby Bangs Are Back

Well, 2021 has certainly been an exciting year for Demi Lovato's hair. The singer-songwriter entered the new decade with a textured blonde bowl cut, completely ditching their signature, longer jet-black hair. Since then, they have shown that short haircuts don't limit style possibilities at all. On January 10, they debuted a pastel pink pixie, hopping on the immensely popular hair-color […]

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Vicariously Experienced Racism Leaves Teens Feeling Helpless, but Also Spurs Activism

(Reuters Health) – Interviews with teens reveal that vicarious exposure to racism via the media can lead to feelings of helplessness, but may also spark activism as a coping mechanism, according to a new study. The focus groups with 18 youth in the greater Chicago area ages 13-19 uncovered helplessness as the primary negative emotion they experienced when they observed […]

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Microscopic metals found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients

Oxidized iron and copper are vital for the operation of numerous enzymes in the human body. Research has implicated disruptions in the regulation of these and other charged metal ions in neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers were surprised to discover highly reactive particles of elemental iron and copper in postmortem brain samples from people with Alzheimer’s. The metals appeared […]

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Hope for women with the 'Angelina Jolie' gene

Hope for women with the ‘Angelina Jolie’ gene as scientists find drugs that can kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones unharmed Around one in 200 people carry a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes  The mutations raise the risk of breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer Angelina Jolie had a preventative mastectomy in 2013 after testing positive for […]

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Ducey Blocks ASU Policy Requiring Masks for Unvaccinated

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday blocked a new Arizona State University policy that would have required unvaccinated students to submit to twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask, calling the decision “bad policy.” The Republican governor issued an executive order saying students at the state’s public […]

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Researchers identify 16 medicines that could be used to treat COVID-19

In the scientific journal Pharmaceutics, researchers from the ESI International Chair of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU UCH) and ESI Group have just published a new computational topology strategy to identify existing medicines that could be applied to treat COVID-19 without waiting for the research and clinical trial phases required to develop a new medicine. This mathematical model applies […]

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A 'key clinical role' for community pharmacies in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

Community pharmacies represent credible and trustworthy services across the UK, which could be key to COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, especially when addressing vaccine hesitancy. Pharmacy. Image Credit: Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock.com One of the four pillars of the UK primary care system New research led by Aston University in Birmingham, UK, in collaboration with UK and international researchers, shows how community pharmacies play […]

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