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Plastic drapes reduce hypothermia in premature babies

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Most babies born prematurely or with health problems are quickly whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they might require assisted heating devices to regulate their temperature. A University of Houston College of Nursing researcher is reporting that the traditional use of cloth blankets and towels during peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) placement ...

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A promising drug ‘soldier’ in the battle against COVID-19

Scientists propose the repurposing of anti-malarial drug mefloquine to fight the novel coronavirus. Credit: Tokyo University of Science Early 2020 saw the world break into what has been described as a “war-like situation”: A pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the likes of which majority of the living generations across most of the planet have ...

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Using targeted therapy to treat breast cancer

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Proton therapy is a newer type of radiation therapy that uses energy from positively charged particles called protons. Studies have suggested that proton therapy may cause fewer side effects than traditional radiation, since doctors can better control where the proton beams deposit their energy. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Robert Mutter, a Mayo Clinic radiation ...

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Antidiabetic drug causes double the weight loss of competitor

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Patients with Type 2 diabetes who were prescribed SGLT2 inhibitors lost more weight than patients who received GLP-1 receptor agonists, according to a University at Buffalo-led study. The research, which sought to evaluate the difference in weight loss caused by the antidiabetic medications—both of which work to control blood sugar levels—found that among 72 patients, people ...

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The mind of a blind ‘Batman’ reveals that novel maps can emerge in the adult brain

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The adult brain is more malleable than previously thought, according to researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. They trained a 50-year-old man, blind from birth, to ‘see’ by ear, and found that neural circuits in his brain formed so-called topographic maps—a type of brain organization previously thought to emerge only in infancy. This finding reported recently ...

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Study identifies risk factors for severe COVID-19 in individuals with sickle cell disease

Normal blood cells next to a sickle-blood cell, colored scanning electron microscope image. Credit: Wikipedia/Illustration from Anatomy & Physiology New research published today in the journal Blood Advances finds that certain factors, such as a history of severe pain episodes and coexisting organ conditions, increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, including hospitalization, in individuals living with sickle cell disease ...

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Hundreds evacuated as fires add to deadly Canada heat wave

VANCOUVER: Hundreds of people were evacuated in western Canada as fires added to the unprecedented heat wave in the region, which for days has been baking in record-breaking temperatures. The village of Lytton, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Vancouver, was evacuated on Wednesday night because of a fire that spread quickly. The fire came a day after the village, ...

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