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U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

Aug. 4, 2022 – The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday. There have been over 6,600 reported cases of the disease in the United States, up from less than 5,000 cases reported last week.“This public health emergency will allow us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments more quickly…

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Which Source of Dietary Fiber Works Best?

Which Source of Dietary Fiber Works Best?

By Amy Norton HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If your diet is low in fiber, you can do your gut some good by adding more -- regardless of the fiber source, new research suggests.Many people know fiber as the nutrient that keeps you regular. But it's also a key player in the…

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Does Health Insurance Cover Abortion?

Does Health Insurance Cover Abortion?

By Beth BravermanEven before the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision on June 24, the ability to use health insurance to pay for an abortion depended on many things, including the insured woman’s state, the type of insurance involved, and where the procedure took place.Lack of coverage means that most Americans who get…

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Leftover Food Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Leftover Food Dangers and How to Avoid Them

In early 2022, news outlets nationwide picked up the story of a college student in Massachusetts who had to get his legs and fingers amputated after alleged food poisoning from leftover lo mein noodles. It turned out that the illness was actually caused by a meningococcal blood infection and had nothing to do with spoiled…

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Health outcomes for rural communities may be poorer than previously thought

Health outcomes for rural communities may be poorer than previously thought

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A joint project by the Universities of Otago and Waikato to reclassify what is considered rural in a health context will provide more accurate data of differences in health outcomes between rural and urban areas. The study, "Defining rural in Aotearoa New Zealand: A novel geographic classification for health purposes," published…

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New Zealand’s plan to eliminate HIV transmission ignores deepening inequities in health outcomes for Māori women

New Zealand’s plan to eliminate HIV transmission ignores deepening inequities in health outcomes for Māori women

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The New Zealand government plans to spend NZ$18 million on becoming the first country to eliminate transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within a decade. In a draft action plan launched last week, associate health minister Ayesha Verrall set out key measures to increase prevention and testing, improve access to…

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Nitric oxide signaling in health and disease

Nitric oxide signaling in health and disease

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In a recently published review article in Cell, researchers Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet summarize research in nitric oxide (NO) with a focus on what is happening right now. When NO was discovered as a neurotransmitter almost 40 years ago, it…

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Researchers decipher a new, unconventional functional mechanism in leukemia cells

Researchers decipher a new, unconventional functional mechanism in leukemia cells

Graphical abstract. Credit: Cancer Research (2022). DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.can-21-1908 Although there has been significant progress in the treatment of rare forms of blood cancer in recent years and new drugs have been approved in Germany, the prognosis for many affected individuals remains unfavorable. Research teams at Leipzig University's Faculty of Medicine are working on several preclinical…

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New insights into retinal neurons

New insights into retinal neurons

Left: Retinal ganglion cell recorded both at its cell body (soma) and at its axon, which sends spikes to the brain. Right: Electrical trace from the soma and axon of the cell on the left. Large somatic spikes are transmitted down the axon. Small spikes are not. Credit: Northwestern University Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified…

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