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Kids with autism in UK detained in

A British Parliamentary committee says many people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained in “horrific” conditions and is calling for an overhaul of the system intended to evaluate their treatment. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said in a report issued Friday that it heard “grim” evidence about how young people with disabilities […]

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Mom’s murder case raises questions about what doctors knew

Olivia Gant’s mother brought her to the emergency room when she was 2, saying the girl was having trouble eating. Kelly Turner, who had recently moved to Colorado from Texas with her three daughters, told the doctor she had problems nursing and other complications feeding Olivia since she was born. Over several years, Turner would […]

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2nd Ebola vaccine to be used in Congo, as UN efforts slammed

The World Health Organization on Monday announced Congo will start using a second experimental Ebola vaccine, as efforts to stop the deadly outbreak are stalled and Doctors Without Borders criticizes vaccination efforts to date. Interested in Ebola? Since this outbreak was declared in August 2018, more than 200,000 people have received doses of a vaccine […]

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Hemophilia three times more prevalent than thought: More than 1,125,000 men around the world have the inherited bleeding disorder

More than 1,125,000 men around the world have the inherited bleeding disorder of hemophilia, and 418,000 of those have a severe version of the mostly undiagnosed disease, says a new study led by McMaster University researchers. This is three times what was previously known. Only 400,000 people globally were estimated to have the disorder which […]

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A protective factor against Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) at the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich have found that a protein called TREM2 could positively influence the course of Alzheimer’s disease. When TREM2 is present in the cerebrospinal fluid at higher concentrations, patients […]

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Heavy drinking and HIV don’t mix, study finds

Heavy alcohol consumption (three drinks or more/day for women and four drinks or more/day for men) is linked to alterations in immune function among people with HIV. While it has been known that alcohol impacts immune function, it’s been unclear the effect of alcohol on immune function in the context of HIV, a disease whose […]

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Most patients willing to share medical records for research purposes: But survey finds age, health literacy, who will see the research — and how they’re asked — are all influencing factors

As medicine becomes both bigger and more personalized, the need for massive databases of patient records, such as the 1 million person All of Us Research Program, become increasingly essential to fueling both new discoveries and translational treatments. But the looming, lingering question is to what degree are individual patients willing to share medical records […]

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Evaluating blood flow is key to early diagnosis and treatment for people with critical limb ischemia

Non-invasive techniques and devices for assessing blood flow and other diagnostic considerations for people with critical limb ischemia are addressed in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The statement provides perspective on the strengths and limitations of current imaging techniques, including the ankle-brachial index, toe […]