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Self-assembling nanofibers prevent damage from inflammation

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a self-assembling nanomaterial that can help limit damage caused by inflammatory diseases by activating key cells in the immune system. In mouse models of psoriasis, the nanofiber-based drug has been shown to mitigate damaging inflammation as effectively as a gold-standard therapy. One of the hallmarks of inflammatory diseases, […]

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New tablet promises to prevent AND treat crippling migraines

New tablet promises to prevent AND treat crippling migraines as experts hail the biggest breakthrough in years One of those involved in the rimegepant trials, Darlene LeBlanc, 63, describes how the drug was the first treatment she’d tried in over 40 years that worked well for her debilitating symptoms For almost three decades, Jennifer Farrington’s […]

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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 […]

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Trial shows hydroxychloroquine does not prevent COVID-19 in health care workers

University of Minnesota Medical School physician researchers studied hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to prevent COVID-19 for those with high-risk for exposure to the virus—health care workers. The pre-exposure prophylaxis trial results, which were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, determined that taking 400mg of hydroxychloroquine once or twice weekly did not prevent the development of COVID-19 […]

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Contraceptive jab could PREVENT cervical cancer

Contraceptive jab could PREVENT cervical cancer by encouraging pre-cancerous cells to die, study claims Research found the injectable Depo-Provera contraceptive was protective Use of the jab is becoming increasingly common in developing countries  It was given out 900,000 times in the UK in 2018 and works for three months  Scientists said the injection could protect […]

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Melatonin may not help prevent delirium after heart surgery

Delirium is observed in approximately 15% of hospitalised older adults, and it is more common in the critically ill and in those undergoing major surgery, such as heart surgery. Studies have found that blood levels of melatonin, a serotonin-derived hormone, decrease following surgery and are lower in surgical patients who develop delirium. A new study […]