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Hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant

A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man's family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve ...

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Chemicals in plastic may contribute to weight gain

It may sound strange, but chemicals in plastic may make the bathroom scale a less pleasant place to visit.

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How nursing schools can forward nurse-led innovation

In order for nurses to lead in health and health care innovation, schools of nursing and nursing programs must think strategically about the knowledge and skills the next generation of nurses will need and then support those ...

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Philips faces fresh hit from toxic foam recall

Dutch electronics giant Philips said Wednesday it has set aside a further 225 million euros for a recall of faulty respiratory equipment that puts users at risk of inhaling toxic foam.

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Sanofi to buy US biotech firm Amunix for $1 bn

French pharma giant Sanofi said Tuesday it had signed a billion-dollar deal to buy US-based biotech firm Amunix, which develops cancer treatments that enlist the body's immune system.

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Can we unlearn pain? Helping make sense of chronic pain

Outwit, outplay, outlast. Just like the motto on television show Survivor, a three-pronged approach to learning about pain could improve the lives of people experiencing chronic pain, according to new research from the University ...

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Mistreatment is common among LGBTQ surgery residents

U.S. surgical residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other sexual and gender identities (LGBTQ+) reported higher rates of mistreatment in their training programs compared to their non-LGBTQ+ peers, ...

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Which mask is best for speaking?

To assess how different styles of face masks affected speech intelligibility in normal hearing listeners, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis put some of the most popular mask designs to the test.

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Sing on: Certain face masks don't hinder vocalists

When singers generate beautiful notes, they can also release harmful particles like the coronavirus. Wearing a mask prevents virus transmission, but it also affects the sound.

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The Chinese dad making medicine to treat his dying son

Two-year-old Haoyang has likely just months to live—but the only medicine that can help his rare genetic condition is not found anywhere in China and closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean he cannot travel for ...

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Workplace discrimination common among liver doctors

Hepatologists—physicians who specialize in liver disease—say they experience workplace discrimination, especially if they are women or BIPOC (an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous or People of Color). A new survey ...

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AstraZeneca opens research center as UK builds science hub

Prince Charles praised Cambridge as a center of scientific collaboration Tuesday as the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca opened a 1 billion-pound ($1.34 billion) research center, hoping to build on work in developing one ...

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UK to probe 'systematic bias' in medical devices tech

Britain's health secretary announced Sunday he has launched an independent review to examine if "systematic bias" exists in the development of medical devices, after COVID-19 brought the issue "to the fore".

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Pfizer, US ink $5.29B deal for possible COVID-19 treatment

The U.S. government will pay drugmaker Pfizer $5.29 billion for 10 million treatment courses of its potential COVID-19 treatment if regulators authorize it, the nation's largest purchase agreement yet for a coronavirus therapy.

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Novo Nordisk to buy RNA technology firm

Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's leading insulin maker, said Thursday it will buy US-based Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, a developer of RNA interference technology which targets genes that cause disease.

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Food scientists create zinc index for human body

Zinc deficiency is prevalent around the world, and among children, these mineral shortfalls can lead to stunting, embryonic malformations and neurobehavioral abnormalities. Over several decades, science has improved understanding ...

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Johnson & Johnson plans to split into two companies

US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson on Friday announced plans to break up, splitting its consumer health arm that sells Band-Aid and Tylenol from its pharmaceutical division that includes the single-shot Covid-19 vaccine.

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Pfizer lifts outlook as COVID-19 vaccine drives results

Pfizer again boosted its 2021 profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday, bolstered by the latest surge in COVID-19 vaccinations, including regulatory approvals for boosters and shots for younger children.