Month: August 2022

For some, a world where cigarettes don’t exist might be difficult to imagine. Less than 30 years ago it would’ve been hard to picture a world free from tobacco advertising, or a pub or workplace free from smoke. Smokefree campaigning, and the government action that produced, turned those seemingly farfetched ambitions into reality. We look
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Historically, monkeypox outbreaks have been primarily found in Central and West Africa. This zoonotic infection is caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV), which belongs to the Poxviridae family of the Orthopoxvirus genus. Until 2022, the incidence of monkeypox outside Africa was a rare event. The recent detection of monkeypox outside Africa was found to be linked to
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Declines in essential health care utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and lower-middle-income countries devastatingly impact women and children’s health, according to a new study publishing August 30th in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Tashrik Ahmed of the World Bank, US, and colleagues. In some of the world’s poorest countries, the projected corresponding
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If “video killed the radio star” and Zoom squelched the commute, it seems certain that virtual reality and 3D imaging will be the death knell for cadavers. Recently, NBC Nightly News did a story featuring staff members from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine using the metaverse and 3D imaging to map out the
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A shocking report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Tuesday that about half of healthcare providers worldwide do not have basic hygiene services even though patients receive care in their facilities.  According to the latest Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) report by the organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), around 3.85
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New research links the use of glucocorticoids with changes in white matter microstructure — which may explain the development of anxiety, depression, and other neuropsychiatric side effects related to these drugs, investigators say. Results from a cross-sectional study showed that use of both systemic and inhaled glucocorticoids was associated with widespread reductions in fractional anisotropy
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In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers predicted the efficacy of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine boosters. Study: Predicting the efficacy of variant-modified COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Image Credit: No-Mad/Shutterstock Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination provides efficient protection against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. However, the emergence of novel variants like
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