Month: April 2020

Mylagic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. Affected persons often cannot pursue ordinary activities — physical or mental — because of an incapacitating loss of energy and other symptoms, and may find themselves confined to bed or house-bound for years. Anyone can develop ME/CFS, though it most commonly afflicts people between
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Since the emergence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China in December 2019, health experts have cautioned that the disease is particularly serious in high-risk populations, including older adults, those with underlying diseases, and those who are immunocompromised. Now, doctors in the United Kingdom warn of a rare and severe inflammatory disease in children with
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 28 2020 Boston Children’s Hospital has launched a two-pronged study of COVID-19 disease among children and youth up to age 25 across the country, with $2.1 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Overcoming COVID-19 study will perform real-time surveillance at more than 35 U.S.
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Photo: iStockPhoto In ordinary times, a baby’s first year is full of checkups, adorable weigh-ins on the scale at the doctor’s office, and a pretty packed vaccine schedule, with shots administered every few months. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, venturing into any healthcare setting with your little one can feel very risky—we’ve been told to
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Sugar water is a solution made with sucrose or glucose and water. It is used in medical care as an effective remedy for pain relief in babies. Besides, in some cultures, it is used as a traditional supplemental feeding along with breast milk. However, the use of sugar water in
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Intensivists caution against the use of premature novel therapies in lieu of traditional critical care principles in patients with COVID-19 in a recent correspondence letter in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. In “A Call for Rational Intensive Care in the Era of COVID-19”, Benjamin Singer, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and
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The mammalian cell lines that are engineered to produce high-value recombinant-protein drugs also produce unwanted proteins that push up the overall cost to manufacture these drugs. These same proteins can also lower drug quality. In a new paper in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of California San Diego and the Technical University of Denmark
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 24 2020 A study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found cognitive behavioral therapy to be effective, in treating binge eating disorder in adolescence, with lasting results. Binge-eating disorder, characterized by recurrent episodes of uncontrolled eating that occurs in the absence of compensatory behaviors to prevent weight gain, is the most
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines are popularly called painless vaccines.However, there are other painless variants too. For instance, mucosal vaccines are also considered a painless vaccination since they do not require an injection to deliver it to the child. The pain and other reactions associated with injections can be a
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Three researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received awards to pursue treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state’s stem cell agency. The recipients are Dr. Gay Crooks, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and of
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Apr 24 2020 A Fight for Sight funded research study has successfully demonstrated that an imagining technique could help children keep their sight after brain surgery for epilepsy, in results published in Frontiers in Neuroscience this month (April 8). Professor Christopher Clark The pre-surgical evaluation can be carried out using existing technology and is now
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Your toddler is ready to transition out of the crib into a regular or an adult-size bed. However, the thought of your child rolling over and tumbling out onto the hard floor seems scary. As a parent, there is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain. So let’s help put your mind at ease
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Psychotherapist Liza Finlay shares five simple yet effective tips to help you get your kids to listen. Why won’t they listen? I hear this lament a lot. In fact, just recently, at a workshop I was leading, I asked the parents attending to name their beefs, and almost every one complained, “My kids just don’t
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