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Researchers develop more reliable rapid tests for COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed two rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 that are nearly as accurate as the gold-standard test currently used in laboratories. Unlike the gold standard test, which extracts RNA and uses it to amplify the DNA of the virus, these new tests can detect the presence ...

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Healthy fat impacted by change in diet and circadian clock

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Changing your eating habits or altering your circadian clock can impact healthy fat tissue throughout your lifespan, according to a preclinical study published today in Nature by researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Healthy fat tissue helps provide energy, supports cell growth, protects organs, and keeps the body warm. A ...

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Medication may help heavy-drinking smokers’ health

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A recent UCLA clinical trial has shown encouraging results in helping daily smokers who are also heavy drinkers quit smoking and cut down their alcohol intake. The study of 165 people tested two prescription drugs—varenicline, for smoking addiction, and naltrexone, which is used to treat alcoholism. Studies have shown that varenicline, marketed under the brand name ...

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COVID-19 reinfection rate less than 1% for those with severe illness

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A review of more than 9,000 U.S. patients with severe COVID-19 infection showed less than 1% contracted the illness again, with an average reinfection time of 3.5 months after an initial positive test. Those are the findings from a study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care. The ...

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Researchers discover that a protein that facilitates DNA repair may enhance chemotherapy

Binding of PrimPol to ICL lesions in DNA. PrimPol protein (red) is distributed between the nucleus (blue) and cytoplasm of osteosarcoma cells (left). In the presence of ICL lesions, PrimPol quickly binds to damaged DNA to facilitate its repair (right). Credit: CNIO Chemotherapy kills tumor cells by causing damage to them. One of the most effective ways of causing damage ...

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Bed sharing not as critical as claimed

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research led by the University of Kent has found that there is no link between bed sharing, infant-mother attachment, and infant behavioral outcomes. Contrary to previous beliefs that bed sharing is beneficial (or even required) for babies to develop a secure attachment style and for mothers to develop a strong bond to their baby, researchers ...

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Rates of reamputation high in patients with diabetes

(HealthDay)—Nearly four in 10 patients with diabetes who have undergone initial amputations secondary to diabetes will have a reamputation within five years, according to a review published online June 10 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Rongqi Liu, from Podimetrics Inc. in Somerville, Massachusetts, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to assess trends in reamputation rates in people ...

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Family history doubles asthma risk for preschoolers

(HealthDay)—Children with a family history of asthma have more than twofold higher rates of asthma through age 4 years, according to a study published online May 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and colleagues used data from the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes consortium (May 1, 1980, through ...

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