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Twin with cystic fibrosis finally gets £28,000 drug

Twin, 31, left fighting for his life with cystic fibrosis after the disease killed his brother has finally got the £28,000 drug that will save him – on the NHS The £28,000-per-year Kaftrio works for 90 per cent of those with cystic fibrosis  Anthony Usher, 31, lost his identical twin brother Elliot to the disease […]

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A 65p pill can end delusions that haunt thousands with Parkinson's

Ghostly figures, disembodied voices and plagues of bugs: How a 65p pill can end the terrifying delusions that haunt thousands with Parkinson’s NHS trial will offer 200 volunteers chance to try 65p-a-day drug ondansetron Medication, designed to treat cancer-related sickness, can stop hallucinations  Parkinson’s affects 145,000 Britons and also causes problems with movement Ghostly figures that […]

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The unexpected repair function of neutrophils

Scientists at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) have discovered that neutrophils, the most abundant cells of the innate immune system, have many more functions in the body than previously thought. This finding suggests possible new treatments for many diseases, including cancer. In a study published in the journal Cell, the research team demonstrates […]

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How the appreciation of beauty can foster perceptual learning

“Stopping” and “seeing” are crucial components of many types of meditative practices, including Buddhist Zen meditation. In fact, these practices typically entail ceasing all activities to observe the thoughts, feelings and sensations arising at a given time, as well as sounds or other sensory stimuli in one’s surrounding environment. In Buddhist meditation, “stopping and seeing” […]

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Tocilizumab Does Not Prevent Intubation, Death in COVID-19

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 — For moderately ill hospitalized patients with COVID-19, tocilizumab is not effective for preventing intubation or death, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine. John H. Stone, M.D., M.P.H., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a randomized trial involving patients […]