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Pioneering remote screening for vital health signs indicating COVID-19

A key symptom of COVID-19—oxygen saturation—is now being estimated remotely from a camera, thanks to research from University of South Australia engineers Professor Javaan Chahl, Dr. Ali Al-Naji and their team of graduate students. AI health monitoring software developed by the team this year, and licensed to North American drone company Draganfly Inc, already detects

Health care workers most at risk for COVID-19

Health care workers—particularly nurses—have a higher prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection than non-health care workers, according to researchers at Rutgers, which released baseline results from a large prospective study of participants at Rutgers and affiliated hospitals recruited during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, found that

Providing a safe environment for psychiatric patients during pandemic

The very heart of inpatient care for psychiatric patients is socialization, group therapy, shared meals, and a standard two people per room. Then COVID-19 hit with the accompanying public health warnings to isolate, socially distance, and wear masks. That sent clinicians and staff from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) moving

USPSTF Finds Evidence Lacking for Child HTN Screening

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2020 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that current evidence is inadequate for assessing the balance of benefits and harms of screening children and adolescents for high blood pressure. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of

New research supports clinical utility of circulating tumor cell count for metastatic breast cancer

Menarini Silicon Biosystems has announced the publication of a research study providing support for the reliability of using circulating tumor cell (CTC) count to guide frontline therapy choice for patients with estrogen receptor-positive (ER+), HER2-negative (HER2) metastatic breast cancer. Published in the November issue of JAMA Oncology, this is the first study to support clinical

EU signing Pfizer contract ‘soon’ for 300-million doses

The European Union said Monday that it was very close to signing a contract with drugs firms Pfizer and BioNTech for 300 million doses of a future new coronavirus vaccine. “European science works!” declared Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, congratulating the US and German companies after they claimed a breakthrough.

Tips for a healthier holiday season

(HealthDay)—Give your heart the gift of healthy eating this Thanksgiving, the American Heart Association suggests. “It’s easy to get off track from making healthy choices during the holidays, and the pandemic may add to the stress,” Dr. Anne Thorndike, chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Nutrition Committee, said in a heart association news release.

Telemedicine reduces cancellations for care during COVID in large Ohio heath center

New research presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that expanded use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic improved cancelation rates, no-shows and completed medical visits for rheumatology ambulatory clinics in one large Ohio health system (ABSTRACT #1584). Telemedicine is the practice of medicine at a physical distance using various

Scientists uncover proteins essential for memory B cell survival

Signals from two key proteins are essential for the survival of our ‘immunological memory’, according to new research from scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Memory B cells are long-lived cells that confer immunological memory by providing rapid and robust antibody responses to infections our body has seen

France braces for tougher restrictions as virus cases soar

France could announce tougher measures later this week to bring the coronavirus under control after the number of daily cases topped 50,000 for the first time, government sources suggested on Monday. President Emmanuel Macron will gather his top ministers Tuesday to review efforts to curtail the outbreak, his office said. Prime minister, Jean Castex, will

Antifungal Meds Cut Risk for Death After Lung Transplant

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2020 — Preventive antifungal medications cut the risk for death following a lung transplant by more than half, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Kelly M. Pennington, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues evaluated the effect of antifungal

Time to Diagnosis Longer for Subtle Seizures in Focal Epilepsy

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 — Patients with new-onset focal epilepsy with subtle seizures experience prolonged time to diagnosis, according to a study published online Oct. 20 in Epilepsia. Jacob Pellinen, M.D., from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues examined the causes and consequences of delayed diagnosis in patients