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High speed air hand dryers spread contamination more than paper towels

High speed air dryers not only leave more contamination on poorly washed hands compared to paper towels, but during hand drying, they can also spread germs onto clothing, ultimately transferring more bacteria to other surfaces, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology […]

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Heart attack diagnosis missed in women more often than in men

Chest pain is misdiagnosed in women more frequently than in men, according to research presented today at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The study also found that women with chest pain were more likely than men to wait over 12 hours before seeking medical […]

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Britain lines up 40 mln more vaccine doses from Valneva

The British government has exercised an option to buy 40 million more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the French-Austrian group Valneva for delivery next year, the company said Monday. London announced in September it had agreed to buy as many as 190 million doses from Valneva in a deal worth up to […]

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More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have purchased small devices called pulse oximeters for use in their home—based on well-intentioned recommendations from health care providers and the media. Pulse oximeters are devices, usually placed on a person’s finger, used to noninvasively measure oxygen levels in the blood. Clinics and hospitals, for example, use them regularly […]