Month: October 2020

Latest Healthy Kids News THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) The prevalence of COVID-19 is low among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a study published online Oct. 19 in the American Journal of Perinatology. Kaashif A. Ahmad, M.D., from the Pediatrix Medical Group of San Antonio, and colleagues surveyed NICUs
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Scientists at The Wistar Institute have designed and tested the first-of-its-kind synthetic DNA vaccine against Powassan virus (POWV), targeting portions of the virus envelope protein. A rapidly reemerging tick-borne disease, POWV has been reported to be fatal in 10% of infected people with detrimental neurological consequences including encephalitis
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Surface modification can optimize medical device performance, safety and biocompatibility. For many applications, surfaces are often modified to impart anti-thrombogenic, antimicrobial, anti-fouling or lubricious properties. Hydrophilic or hydrophobic coatings can however be associated with manufacturing, cost and durability challenges. Surface modifying additive technologies can offer a simpler solution to overcome such challenges while achieving low
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Specialists from the Department of Fundamental Medicine of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) with Russian and Japanese colleagues have probed into mechanisms of COVID-19 inside-the-body distribution linked to erythrocytes damaging. According to researchers, the virus might attack red marrow, thus being detrimental not only for erythrocytes in the
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Medtronic is acquiring Ai Biomed a little more than a month after its last tuck-in deal was announced. This makes the seventh acquisition the Dublin-based company has announced in 2020. The deal would give Medtronic access to the PTeye system, a probe-based technology designed to help confirm parathyroid tissue identified visually by the physician during thyroid
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Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of October 29, 2020. This daily report shares critical data on the spread of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. For the latest news, trends, and expert insights on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the JHU Coronavirus Resource Center: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/ Explore COVID-19 trends around the world with our in-depth
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 The same biochemical triggers that spur a “fight or flight” response when we encounter threats may help tumor cells to thrive. A team of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking at ways to disrupt that dynamic so that cancer treatments can be more effective. Their
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Calcification is the bane of the human heart valve. Human heart valves are plagued by stenosis1 – or the thickening or stiffening of the valve leaflets caused by a build-up of calcium. Millions of patients are affected each year.2 A patient with a stenotic valve needs a replacement valve at some time in their life
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Both cancer patients and their medical teams found it beneficial when patients shared their symptoms in real time using a web- or telephone-based reporting system, according to a national multi-institutional study. Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his colleagues
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Digital health has been a hot topic this year as COVID-19 has served as a catalyst to digital health technologies. But as Sandra Nagale, PhD, points out in this episode of Let’s Talk Medtech, the industry was already on a good trajectory toward preparing for this world-changing pandemic, thanks to the evolution of digital health. Because of that evolution, companies
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Certain varieties of pancreatic cancer exhibit multiple tumor cell subtypes that work, somewhat mysteriously, to quickly become resistant to chemotherapy agents. Researchers at Purdue University have now built a unique microfluidic device that can be used to test a cancer drug on multiple tumor cells subtypes. Using this technology the researchers believe that new drug
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Latest Mental Health News THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes in lifestyle behaviors, including increases in sedentary behavior and decreases in physical activity, and declines in mental health, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in Obesity. Emily W. Flanagan, Ph.D., from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in
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Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of October 30, 2020. This daily report shares critical data on the spread of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. For the latest news, trends, and expert insights on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the JHU Coronavirus Resource Center: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/ Explore COVID-19 trends around the world with our in-depth
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Medtronic is acquiring Ai Biomed a little more than a month after its last tuck-in deal was announced. This makes the seventh acquisition the Dublin-based company has announced in 2020. The deal would give Medtronic access to the PTeye system, which helps confirm parathyroid tissue identified visually by the physician – a crucial step in
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Latest Coronavirus News THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 Nearly 6 percent of patients requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 are health care personnel (HCP), according to research published in the Oct. 26 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Anita K. Kambhampati, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 A University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist has used an unprecedented objective approach to identify which molecular mechanisms in mammals are the most sensitive to chemical exposures. The study, published in the journal Chemosphere, advances the understanding of the interaction of chemicals, both pollutants and pharmaceuticals, on
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PrimeStone Capital is getting its way on at least one of the changes it’s asked of LivaNova. CFO Thad Huston is expected to resign from the company by the end of the week. The London-based company has been under pressure from PrimeStone. The activist investor that wants to see big changes at LivaNova, including a new CEO.
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