Does the new heart transplant allocation policy encourage gaming by providers?

For the past two years, a different national allocation policy has been in effect in order to more fairly distribute hearts to those who require a life-saving transplant. People who need temporary mechanical pumps to support their hearts, like ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) or a temporary LVAD (left ventricular assist device), are now given high preference. These mechanical pumps are […]

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One in three Americans with arthritis say pain, symptoms persist

(HealthDay)—About 30 million U.S. adults live with osteoarthritis and the pain and stiffness it causes, a new survey finds. And nearly one-third of these people said their symptoms are not well-managed, according to the Arthritis Foundation survey of almost 2,000 adults. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage cushioning the joints gradually wears down, leading to swelling, and limiting a person’s abilities to […]

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Neuropilin-1 drives SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, finds breakthrough study

In a major breakthrough an international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings, published in Science today [20 October] describe how the virus’s ability to infect human cells can be reduced by inhibitors that block a newly discovered interaction between […]

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Melanoma risk not as obvious as some think

QIMR Berghofer research has found almost a quarter of the Queensland population underestimates their risk of developing potentially deadly melanomas—with those at highest risk also the worst at predicting their chances of getting the skin cancers. The researchers examined data from nearly 42,000 Queenslanders who participated in the QIMR Berghofer-led QSkin study. The research findings have been published today in […]

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COVID-19 could threaten patients’ hearts

It has been months since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation, leaving more than 200,000 people dead—a number that continues to climb. Meanwhile, we are learning more about the virus and its unusual presentation, as well as the toll it takes on the human body. One particular side effect of the disease is catching our eye. We are seeing more […]

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Foot kinematics change over course of pregnancy

The walking style, or gait, of women in the third trimester of pregnancy changes significantly from that seen in the earlier steps of the pregnancy and is markedly different from that observed in women who are not pregnant. The adaptations are assumed to be in response to the changing weight, posture and balance of the women at that stage. Understanding […]

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How to look after eczema as the temperature drops

If you have eczema, you’ll already know just how much the weather can affect your skin. For those who don’t have experience with it, eczema is a condition that affects one in five children and one in five adults. It varies from person to person, but essentially means that the skin doesn’t produce the same fats and oils and may […]

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What’s Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 — Combining medication with group or family-based therapy gives patients struggling with bipolar disorder their best shot at living stable lives, a new review suggests. “People with bipolar disorder have significant mood swings, from periods of depression to mania,” explained study author David Miklowitz, a professor of psychiatry with UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine’s Semel […]

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