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What you experience in your dreams might feel random and disjointed, but that chaos during sleep might serve a function, according to Erin Wamsley, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Furman University in Greenville, SC. In fact, evidence uncovered by Wamsley and her team suggests that dreams can prepare the mind for
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The big idea The COVID-19 pandemic has led to substantial reductions in student learning in metro-Atlanta public elementary and middle schools. What’s more, these impacts have grown over time, according to our new research. By winter of 2020-21, we found that average math achievement within a grade was up to seven months behind where students
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC has officially classified the delta variant of the coronavirus as a “variant of concern” to monitor in the U.S. The variant, which was first identified in India and is also known as B.1.617.2, now accounts for 10% of cases
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“America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel has been open for many years about his struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, in a recent interview with People magazine, the comedian discussed how painful that struggle could be: “If I’m not laughing, then I’m crying. And I still haven’t been that open about how dark
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A high-profile, Washington-based consumer advocacy group is calling for the removal of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) acting commissioner and two other top officials, saying that the agency’s approval of the Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab (Aduhelm, Biogen) was “reckless.” In a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra,
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Jack Resneck Jr., MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area, is the new president-elect of the American Medical Association and will take over as president in June 2022 Known for his advocacy efforts — promoting telemedicine and digital health and fighting rising prescription drug prices, among other issues — he has testified in
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Activated charcoal are all the rage these days, used in teeth whitening products like toothpaste, toothbrushes and many more. pixabay (CC0) Are you conscious about your teeth? Get a picture-perfect smile with charcoal-infused teeth whitening products, which have become a growing trend in the beauty industry. Activated charcoal has a natural bleaching agent, which can remove teeth stains caused
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Patients who developed upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding during a hospital stay experienced worse adverse outcomes than those admitted for upper GI bleeding alone, French researchers found in a prospective study. Currently hospitalized patients (dubbed “inpatients”) with upper GI bleeding showed a significantly higher mortality rate at 6 weeks than patients hospitalized for GI bleeding alone
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For the eighth consecutive year, Boston Children’s Hospital has captured the no. 1 spot in the national honor roll of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Released today, the 2021–2022 rankings, which acknowledge 50 US centers for delivering exceptional care in several specialties, also give the Massachusetts hospital the top spot in 4
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Microbes are everywhere – and they aren’t all friendly. spawns/E+ via Getty Images Jerry Malayer, Oklahoma State University There are about 1,400 known human pathogens – viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and helminths that can cause a person’s injury or death. But in a world with a trillion individual species of microorganisms, where scientists have counted
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Insomnia symptoms that persisted since childhood were strong determinants of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults, a 15-year longitudinal study showed. Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep that continued from childhood through adolescence and into young adulthood was tied to a three-fold increased risk of internalizing disorders (HR 3.19), reported Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, of Penn
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. In normal times, summer travel is all about unwinding, spending time outdoors, and putting most cares aside — at least temporarily. Through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, carefree summer travel looks more challenging. Consider the safest way to get
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A deep neural network model predicted the brain age of patients based on electroencephalogram (EEG) data recorded during overnight sleep studies. The artificial intelligence (AI) model predicted brain age with a mean absolute error of 4.604 and a Pearson’s r value of 0.933, surpassing the performance of prior research, reported Yoav Nygate, MS, of EnsoData
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Dartmouth’s medical school is dropping charges against students whom they accused of cheating by looking up course materials online during closed-book remote exams, according to The New York Times. In March, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine charged 17 students on the basis of a review of online activity on Canvas, a popular online course management
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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) safety committee is continuing its review of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 vaccines. “Currently, further analysis is needed to conclude whether there is a causal relationship with the vaccines, and the PRAC requesting additional data from the companies marketing them,” the EMA said in a statement issued Friday.
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One in three survivors of COVID-19, those more commonly referred to as COVID-19 long-haulers, suffered from neurologic or psychiatric disability six months after infection, a recent landmark study of more than 200,000 post-COVID-19 patients showed. Researchers looked at 236,379 British patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over six months, analyzing neurologic and psychiatric complications during that time
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Only one biomarker was useful in predicting the relapse of Crohn’s disease in children after anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α therapy, Korean researchers found in a retrospective observational study. At 1 year following anti-TNF-α therapy, albumin-to-globulin ratio (AGR) was the only marker associated with time-to-relapse in Crohn’s disease (HR 0.02, 95% CI 0.002-0.181, P<0.001), reported Yon
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s not just people coming out of lockdown: As COVID-19 restrictions ease and masks come off, as crowds gather and vacationers travel, viruses that had been reduced, in some cases to negligible threats, are reemerging. Some of the indications of fewer
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A year ago, when U.S. health authorities issued their first warning that COVID-19 would cause severe “disruption to everyday life,” doctors had no effective treatments to offer beyond supportive care. There is still no quick cure, but thanks to an unprecedented global research effort, several treatments are helping patients survive COVID-19 and stay out of
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Following a safety review, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has advised against use of the AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine in people with a history of capillary leak syndrome. Capillary leak syndrome will be added
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