Blood-based test accurately identifies viral infection before symptoms develop

A team of Duke Health scientists have identified biomarkers that accurately identify numerous viral infections across the clinical stages of disease, advancing a potential new way to guide treatment, quarantine decisions, and other clinical and public health interventions in the setting of endemic and pandemic infectious diseases. The blood-based test uses a gene expression assay to correctly predict nine different […]

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Study: Most with COVID-19 will develop symptoms

A new meta-analysis from PLOS Medicine is casting doubt on the theory that 50 percent of those with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, showing that four out of five with the virus display symptoms. Led by researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, the paper analyzed dozens of studies from March through early June of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test. A […]

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Researchers set the stage to improve the efficiency of living kidney donor evaluations

Living kidney donation rates have remained stagnant over the last decade, and many potential living donors perceive the evaluation process to be lengthy and difficult to navigate. Researchers recently identified indicators that may be used to monitor and improve the performance of transplant centers in how efficiently they evaluate individuals interested in becoming living kidney donors. The findings appear in […]

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FDA Warns of Danger From ‘Benadryl Challenge,’ Asks TikTok to Remove Videos

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 — Parents and other caregivers need to be more aware of the potentially lethal “Benadryl Challenge” circulating on social media, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The new internet dare, broadcast widely on teen-friendly TikTok, urges kids to overdose on the over-the-counter antihistamine Benadryl to achieve a hallucinatory state. However, attempts to do so […]

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OCR levies $2.3M fine over massive breach affecting PHI of 6M people

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that CHSPSC, a Tennessee-based management company providing business associate services to hospitals and physician clinics indirectly owned by Community Health Systems, had agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle potential HIPAA violations. According to the HHS Office for Civil Rights, the Federal Bureau of Investigations notified CHSPSC in April […]

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Intersecting social inequities increase the likelihood of severe illness due to COVID-19

Black, South Asian and Aboriginal populations from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds in Canada are nearly four times more likely to have three or more medical conditions that have been identified as risk factors for severe illness from COVID-19. Shen (Lamson) Lin, a doctoral candidate in gerontology and course instructor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Institute […]

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Why Community Is So Important to New Mom Jodie Turner-Smith

Growing up, my mother was a huge fan of political books. Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them was a particular favorite of hers, but It Takes a Village, written by former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is one that sticks out in my mind. Probably because I remember there being so much press coverage about it. And […]

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