Here’s how artificial intelligence can help predict breast cancer risk

(Jennifer Kite-Powell/ Forbes) — For Dr. Denis Lacombe, CEO of the European Organisation Research Treatment Cancer (EORTC) to fight cancer you need big data. “Cancer is notoriously complex,” said Lacombe. “Not only is it more than 200 separate diseases, but it can express itself differently in each person and at each stage of its progression.” Lacombe belives […]

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Covid antiviral pill halves hospitalisations and deaths, maker says

(Hannah Devlin/ The Guardian) — An antiviral pill was found to reduce hospitalisations and deaths by half in patients newly diagnosed with Covid-19, according to results announced on Friday. If approved, the drug made by the US firm Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics would be the first simple oral medication shown to be effective against Covid-19, […]

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Highly effective ovarian cancer treatment could help thousands of women

(Andrew Gregory/ the Guardian) — Thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from a revolutionary drug combination after it was shown to shrink tumours in half of patients with an advanced form of the disease. The pair of drugs – which work together to block the signals cancer cells need to grow – could offer a […]

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Tylenol during pregnancy? Here’s why researchers are urging caution

(Jeanine Santucci/ USA Today) –– Researchers are warning that taking Tylenol during pregnancy might have adverse effects on fetal development.  There is growing evidence to suggest that exposure to acetaminophen can cause neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders, but much more research is needed to determine its exact effects, said Ann Bauer, an epidemiologist at the […]

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Vaccine hesitancy: The scientific process needs to be better explained

(Marc-Antoine De La Vega/ The Conversation) — When I first wrote about the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in early March 2020, the question was whether or not the new virus would become a pandemic. At the time, most experts believed that we had already reached the point of no return. Today, 18 months later, the answer is […]

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Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against COVID

(Leonardo Benassatto/ Reuters) — Brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake inhibited coronavirus reproduction in monkey cells, a possible first step toward a drug to combat the virus causing COVID-19. A study published in the scientific journal Molecules this month found that the molecule produced by the […]

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Vaccines are ‘massively reducing’ long COVID cases

(Dave Yasvinski/ The Healthing) — The chances of contracting a case of long COVID are cut in half for people who have been fully vaccinated, according to a new study that found the rate of hospitalization and the emergence of extreme symptoms become considerably less likely after inoculation. The study, conducted at King’s College London […]

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Among the unvaccinated, delta variant more than doubles risk of hospitalization

(Melissa Healy/ The Seattle Times) — New research from England’s public health service has confirmed a suspicion spawned by bursting hospital wards across the United States: The delta variant of the coronavirus not only spreads 50% more readily than the alpha variant it rapidly overtook, it’s also making unvaccinated people sicker. Through most of April and […]

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Needle fears can cause COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, but these strategies work

(Meghan McMurtry/ The Conversation) –– Think of the last time you were really afraid — and I mean terrified: Cold sweats, trembling, pounding heart. Now think about what it would be like to have that reaction if you saw a needle or even heard people talking about COVID-19 vaccines. For about 1 in 10 people, this […]

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New cancer treatments may be on the horizon—thanks to mRNA vaccines

(Stacey Colino/ National Geographic) — Molly Cassidy was studying for the Arizona bar exam in February 2019 when she felt an excruciating pain in her ear. The pain eventually radiated down through her jaw, leading her to discover a bump under her tongue. “I had several doctors tell me it was stress-related because I was […]

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