More than being a basic human function, sleep is instrumental in our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. It affects our everyday lives. Time and again, research has shown that sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality can affect our decision-making, concentration and memory, in addition to causing anxiety, impulsiveness and irritability. So how to sleep better? Start with
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Paying people to participate in clinical trials remains controversial. But to date, most reservations are based on hypothetical scenarios or expert opinion with little real-world data to support them. Research released this week could change that. Investigators offered nearly 1300 participants in two clinical trials either no payment or incentives up to $500 to partake
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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has mutated since its initial emergence in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. to survive. A select few mutations have allowed the virus to spread faster and cause more severe infection. Variants of concern that contain such mutations, such as the Delta variant, have also acquired mutations to
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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on September 03, 2019 in New York City. Steven Ferdman | Getty Images SAN JOSE, CALIF — Former U.S. Defense Secretary General James Mattis testified on Wednesday that as a board member at Theranos he was “frankly amazed” at what was possible at first but later became disillusioned
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Ways to reduce the risk of violence from firearms by people with dementia were described during a webinar hosted earlier this week by the BulletPoints Project, an initiative that was authorized and funded by California’s state legislature in collaboration with the University of California. Five million Americans, or 1.6% of the population, have Alzheimer’s dementia
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Infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but the clinical manifestations are highly variable. While some individuals remain asymptomatic, others manifest mild flu-like symptoms and some contract a severe life-threatening disease requiring mechanical ventilation and intensive care. There have been several deaths reported due to COVID-19. Why
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Julia was crippled by depression and social anxiety, until she created a happy place for herself online. Now her award-winning books blog is helping her, and others, move forward I have an amazing life. In March 2020 I was named Book Blogger of the Year at the London Book Fair, for my bookish website, Julia’s
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In the last 6 years, almost 55,000 cancer patients should have been diagnosed quicker or started their treatment sooner, according to new calculations from Cancer Research UK released today. This is because, in England, the NHS has continued to miss its target to treat 85% of cancer patients within 2 months of their urgent suspected
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Learn to manage conflict sensitively and calmly, with these handy phrases When emotions are running high, the way that we phrase our thoughts and feelings can help keep difficult conversations productive and kind. Next time you’re trying to navigate conflict, use these phrases to help you keep the peace, without neglecting your needs and boundaries
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ruxolitinib (Jakafi) for treatment of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in adults and in pediatric patients 12 years and older who have already had one or two lines of systemic therapy. The product, a JAK inhibitor first marketed for use in myelofibrosis, is already approved for acute GVHD
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Scientists from the USA have recently compared the dynamics of humoral and cellular immune responses induced by mRNA-based and adenoviral vector-based coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. The findings reveal a difference in humoral immune responses. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server. Background In the USA, three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved
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Businessman walk past an Emirates Airbus A380 during the Dubai Airshow on November 18, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Christopher Furlong | Getty Images The U.K. will accept travelers vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates beginning Oct. 4, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Wednesday, reopening a popular travel route after months of deterring people
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LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) exposure in younger adulthood predicted later cardiovascular events independent of cholesterol in middle age, large observational cohorts showed. Coronary heart disease significantly correlated with cumulative LDL-C (HR 1.57, P=0.01 for trend) as well as time-weighted average LDL (HR 1.69, P<0.001 for trend) across four studies and a median of 16 years of
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A common antibiotic has been found to reduce low birth weight and premature births, if taken during pregnancy, in countries where malaria is endemic, according to a research review. The systematic review, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Lancet EClinicalMedicine, found that the antibiotic, azithromycin, reduced low birth weight
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Triple-negative breast cancer is notoriously hard to treat and tends to be more aggressive. It’s also more common among Black women. A new study has found just how much higher the risk is for this group. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania looked at the mammogram histories of just under 200,000 patients, including about 30,000
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Get your creative juices flowing with these seasonal activities Crafting is an incredible activity for wellbeing. It not only helps kids develop fine motor and problem-solving skills, but gives their self-esteem, creativity, and confidence a boost, too. And what just might be the best and most brilliant of all craft resources? Nature: it’s free, readily
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While more and more cases of COVID-19 in children are being reported recently, the FDA is in the final process of authorizing the administration of the biological preparation in the younger population, with experts saying the federal agency could release its verdict in the coming weeks.  Spike In Cases Among Children The American Academy of
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From testing to treatment, Global Fund HIV services have been hampered by COVID-19. “We’ve been set back by COVID but we’ve seen remarkable resilience, a lot of innovation and creativity,” Siobhan Crowley MD, Head of HIV at the Global Fund, told Medscape Medical News.  Dr Siobhan Crowley “If you consider that 21.9M people are getting
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Peer review is an incredibly important part of how we maintain the excellence of the research we fund. As part of Peer Review Week, we are very proud to celebrate the essential role our research community play in this process. Here we chat to Professor Marcus Munafò – a member of one of our funding committees
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