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Red Cross warns of severe blood shortage

There’s a severe blood shortage in the United States due to a recent surge in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, the American Red Cross says. The Red Cross is appealing to Americans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood immediately. “Our teams are working around the clock to meet the extraordinary blood […]

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A better molecular test to detect tuberculosis

The ‘Xpert Ultra’ molecular test has a greater capacity than its predecessor (‘Xpert MTB/RIF’) in detecting tuberculosis cases, either passively (i.e. people who attend the hospital with disease symptoms) or actively (searching for possible cases in the community among contacts). This is the main conclusion of a study performed by ISGlobal, an institution supported by […]

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Probing deeper into tumor tissues

Today, as they did 100 years ago, doctors diagnose cancer by taking tissue samples from patients, which they usually fix in formalin for microscopic examination. In the past 20 years, genetic methods have also been established that make it possible to characterize mutations in tumors in greater detail, thus helping clinicians select the best treatment […]

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Promising new target for urinary tract infections and kidney stones

Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) have found that the secretion of uromodulin protein into urine can be induced by treatments that may protect against urinary tract infections and kidney stones, among other diseases The normal function of uromodulin, a protein that is made in the kidney and secreted into the urine, remains […]

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US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, preserves health care for millions

The US Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid by Republican-led states to overturn Obamacare, safeguarding the health insurance of millions with the coronavirus pandemic still a threat in much of America. In a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former president Barack Obama’s signature health care program, ruling […]

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Adding checkpoint inhibition to anti-HER2 breast cancer therapy brings no benefit

Adding an immune checkpoint inhibitor to anti-HER2 treatment in breast cancer does not improve pathological complete response (pCR), according to the primary analysis of the IMpassion050 trial presented today during the ESMO Virtual Plenary. The phase III trial is the first to report data comparing a neoadjuvant anti-HER2 based regimen with or without the anti-PD-L1 […]

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Anti-aging protein in red blood cells helps stave off cognitive decline

Research conducted by Qiang et al has discovered a link between a protein in red blood cells and age-related decline in cognitive performance. Published in the open access journal PLOS Biology on 17th June 2021, the study shows that depleting mouse blood of the protein ADORA2B leads to faster declines in memory, delays in auditory […]