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Facilitating a dialogue between patients and pharmaceutical companies can not only help the patients feel heard but also improve pharma marketing and product development. That’s according to Jack Barrette, chief innovation officer at Health Union, which maintains 33 condition-specific online communities. Barrette discussed the advantages of connecting patients and the life sciences industry at a
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Keeping blood insulin levels within strict, healthy parameters is a daily goal for people with diabetes. But now, researchers from Japan have found that regulating blood insulin levels may even help lower the risk of getting COVID-19. In a study published this month in Diabetes, researchers from Osaka University have revealed that a protein called
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Researchers at Monash University in Australia and Harvard University have developed a new treatment for infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. To achieve this, they attached a chemoattractant to an antibiotic drug molecule, meaning that it attracts neutrophils to the site of an infection and primes them to kill the bacteria. The two-pronged technique could give
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Maybe it’s because Halloween is upon us, or maybe it’s because I’ve been binge-watching The Walking Dead: World Beyond, but lately I’ve had Zombies on the brain. Several years ago, a team of Cornell University researchers used statistical mechanics and techniques used in modern disease modeling and critical phenomena to explore how a zombie outbreak might spread across
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A 3D-printed polymer-based implant that could be used to repair a damaged eardrum is entering commercial development. The PhonoGraft hearing-restoration technology was developed by researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE). If clinical development of the technology
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In this interview, News-Medical speaks to Professor Tomohiro Kurosaki about his research into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how he has developed a new vaccine approach that could prevent future pandemics.Thought LeadersProfessor Tomohiro KurosakiCenter for Infectious Diseases Education and ResearchOsaka University Please could you introduce yourself, tell us about your background in immunology, and what
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Men with Stage IV breast cancer and known estrogen (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) status benefit from surgical intervention and from trimodal therapy (systemic therapy, surgery, and radiation), according to a study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines to treat men with Stage
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With its latest proposed acquisition, 23andMe could get into one of the fastest growing markets in healthcare – telemedicine. The consumer genetics company said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire  Lemonaid Health, an on-demand platform for accessing medical care and pharmacy services online, for $400 million. About 25% will be paid in cash and 75%
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The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). SARS-CoV-2 initially emerged from Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, and has since caused large-scale global outbreaks and over 4.9 million fatalities worldwide. Study: Targeting SARS‐CoV‐2 with Chaga mushroom: An in silico study toward developing a natural antiviral
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