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New efforts to improve the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer, bone metastasis
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New efforts to improve the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer, bone metastasis

Published in the Advanced Functional Materials, University of Minnesota researcher Hongbo Pang led a cross-institutional study on improving the efficacy of nucleotide-based drugs against prostate cancer and bone metastasis. In this study, Pang and his research team looked at whether liposomes, when integrated with the iRGD peptide, will help concentrate antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) into primary prostate tumors and its bone metastases. Liposomes are used as a drug carrier system, and ASOs are a type of nucleotide drug. More importantly, they investigated whether this system helps more drugs across the vessel wall and deeply into the tumor tissue. This is critical because, although nucleotide drugs offer unique advantages in treating tumors and other diseases, they of...
Scientists Reveal How AstraZeneca Vaccine Causes Unusual Clots
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Scientists Reveal How AstraZeneca Vaccine Causes Unusual Clots

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Scientists in Germany say they've worked out the two-step mechanism by which the AstraZeneca vaccine causes rare but devastating blood clots that gobble up the body's supply of platelets. So far, European regulators have reported more than 220 cases of unusual blood clots and low levels of platelets in patients who received the vaccine, called Vaxzevria, which was developed with funding from Operation Warp Speed as part of the race to develop a suite of vaccines to protect people from COVID-19. Vaxzevria has not yet been authorized for use in the United States. "This is, in my opinion, rock-solid evidence," said Andreas Greinacher, MD, head of the I...
Want healthy eyes? What to know at 40 and beyond – Harvard Health Blog
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Want healthy eyes? What to know at 40 and beyond – Harvard Health Blog

Did the print on that label suddenly shrink? If you’re in your 40s or beyond, you may have asked yourself that question as you struggled to read something that you used to be able to see clearly with no problem. Blame your aging eyes. Much like our joints, our eyes undergo age-related changes. While eye problems can affect people of any age, some conditions become more common after age 40. Getting older? Three common eye conditions Presbyopia. The lens of the eye gets stiffer with age, which makes it harder to focus on objects nearby — hence your label-reading struggles. Many people find satisfaction with inexpensive reading glasses, but once you need them, it’s time for a midlife vision check-up. Cataracts. Another common cond...
3 Qualities to Look For in a Nursing Home – Credihealth Blog
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3 Qualities to Look For in a Nursing Home – Credihealth Blog

There comes a time when you have to consider placing your loved ones in a nursing home. Mostly, it is when they have impaired health, and there is no reliable person to take care of them at home. Under such circumstances, sending a parent or grandparent to a nursing home is the right choice since they will get all the care they need. Not all nursing homes are suitable for your loved one. Picking the perfect one can, therefore, be a challenge. Here are three factors that will help you pick the right home.   Great EnvironmentThe environment is a crucial factor when choosing a nursing home. The best environment like a dementia care home provides comfort and peace of mind for the elderly. Thus, if you want your loved one to enjoy their stay, make sure the home you pick has a great environme...
GoodRx looks to consumer education with purchase of health video company HealthiNation
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GoodRx looks to consumer education with purchase of health video company HealthiNation

Prescription price comparison platform GoodRx announced today it has acquired HealthiNation, a health education video producer, for an undisclosed sum. HealthiNation operates an online library of informational video content covering a range of health topics – from chronic condition management to nutrition and fitness. GoodRx said the acquisition will further its mission to provide consumers with healthcare savings by giving them the information needed to make critical health decisions. "We are always looking for ways to accelerate our vision of being the leading consumer digital health platform," Doug Hirsch, co-CEO and cofounder of GoodRx, said in a statement. "The acquisition of HealthiNation aligns with our effort to invest more in research and content to empower consumers, and prope...
Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia
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Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia

En respuesta a la pandemia de covid-19, el Congreso ha invertido decenas de miles de millones de dólares en los departamentos de salud pública estatales y locales, pagando por máscaras, rastreadores de contactos y campañas educativas para persuadir a las personas de que se vacunen. Sus funcionarios, que han manejado presupuestos famélicos durante años, están felices de tener este dinero adicional. Sin embargo, les preocupa que esta ayuda pueda desaparecer pronto, a medida que la pandemia se repliega, continuando con un ciclo de altas y bajas en la financiación, que ha plagado al sistema de salud pública de los Estados Unidos durante décadas. Advierten que, si los presupuestos se recortan de nuevo, la nación podría volver a donde estaba antes de covid: sin preparación para enfrentar...
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The Hidden Threat of Drug-Related Problems

Apr 152021 The Hidden Threat of Drug-Related Problems By John Horn, PharmD, professor of pharmacy, University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Seattle. John Horn Drug-related problems (DRPs) are an “unspoken pandemic.” Serious DRPs are directly responsible for 6-10% of hospitalizations. About 25% of the population will suffer from at least one serious DRP during their lifetime, ending up with severe morbidity, hospitalization, or even mortality. Although DRPs are often associated with the elderly population and the concomitant use of several medications, DRPs can occur while taking a single medication at any age. Typically, medications are prescribed for specific indications with the benefit substantially outweighing the risk associated with the treatment. This risk-be...
Researchers test technological support with robots and functional electrical stimulation
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Researchers test technological support with robots and functional electrical stimulation

Credit: Robotics and functional electrical stimulation for stroke rehabilitation. https://eprints.aihta.at/1302/ Some robots can create an additional clinical benefit in the rehabilitation of stroke patients as a supplement to standard therapy. For another method, the functional electrical stimulation of individual muscles or muscle groups, such an additional benefit cannot beproven. These are the results of a study based on scientific evidence that the Austrian Institute for Health Technology Assessment (AIHTA) conducted together with a German guideline working group and has now published. After a critical analysis of over 53 studies, the AIHTA therefore recommends a health economic evalua...
Our Pick For Best Nail File
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Our Pick For Best Nail File

ClassyLady Glass Nail Files Crystal Nail File ClassyLady Beauty Be honest for a second, and think how much have you thought about your nail file. If you’re, well… like us, then the answer would probably be “not much.” Usually stashed in your purse, cabinet, or somewhere in your room it is easy to forget about the humble nail file. But, they’re actually more important that we give them credit for, getting the right file matters. With the wrong file or the wrong technique you could be doing more harm than good. So, what’s the best option? The ClassyLady Professional Glass Nail File. Made to be extremely durable and basically last you all your life, this professional crystal glass nail file is a premium-type product without a premium price tag. Constructed from glass that’s been ha...
FDA revokes EUA for monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab to treat patients with COVID-19
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FDA revokes EUA for monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab to treat patients with COVID-19

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, when administered alone, to be used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. Based on its ongoing analysis of emerging scientific data, specifically the sustained increase of SARS-CoV-2 viral variants that are resistant to bamlanivimab alone resulting in the increased risk for treatment failure, the FDA has determined that the known and potential benefits of bamlanivimab, when administered alone, no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for its authorized use. Therefore, the agency determined that the criteria for issuance of an authorization are no l...