martes, febrero 27

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Desperate Families Search for Affordable Home Care
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Desperate Families Search for Affordable Home Care

It’s a good day when Frank Lee, a retired chef, can slip out to the hardware store, fairly confident that his wife, Robin, is in the hands of reliable help. He spends nearly every hour of every day anxiously overseeing her care at their home on the Isle of Palms, a barrier island near Charleston, S.C.Ms. Lee, 67, has had dementia for about a decade, but the couple was able to take overseas trips and enjoy their marriage of some 40 years until three years ago, when she grew more agitated, prone to sudden outbursts and could no longer explain what she needed or wanted. He struggled to care for her largely on his own.“As Mom’s condition got more difficult to navigate, he was just handling it,” said Jesse Lee, the youngest of the couple’s three adult children. “It was getting harder and harder...
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Hoosen Coovadia, Medical Force in South Africa’s H.I.V. Fight, Dies at 83

“It took weeks to get the walls rebuilt,” his daughter, Anuschka, said, “and during that time, my father’s medical students came on a schedule, protecting the house with broom poles and sticks, sitting out all night. There was so much love from his community of students.”In addition to his son and daughter, he is survived by his wife and five grandchildren.Dr. Coovadia wrote a textbook on child health now in its seventh edition, mentored dozens of students and researchers, many of whom became health ministers and key figures in global health, and conducted pioneering work on measles and pediatric kidney disorders. He advised successive South African governments from various positions, including a seat on the powerful National Planning Commission; led international research projects; publis...
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Mary Lou Retton Crowdfunded Her Medical Debt, Like Many Thousands of Others

When Mary Lou Retton, the decorated Olympic gymnast, accrued medical debt from a lengthy hospital stay, her family did what countless Americans have done before them: turned to crowdfunding to cover the bills.On Tuesday, Ms. Retton’s daughter started a fund-raising campaign on social media for her mother, who she said was hospitalized with a rare pneumonia.“We ask that if you could help in any way, that 1) you PRAY! and 2) if you could help us with finances for the hospital bill,” McKenna Kelley, Ms. Retton’s daughter, wrote in a post on Spotfund, a crowdfunding platform similar to GoFundMe.The public swiftly responded, with thousands donating $350,000 in less than two days, shattering the goal of $50,000.The United States has the highest health care prices in the world. Each year, a quart...
¿Te sientes mal tras la vacuna contra la covid? Quizás es porque está funcionando
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¿Te sientes mal tras la vacuna contra la covid? Quizás es porque está funcionando

Un nuevo estudio ofrece un mensaje alentador para los estadounidenses que evaden las vacunas contra la covid porque les preocupan los efectos secundarios: los escalofríos, la fatiga, el dolor de cabeza y el malestar general que pueden presentarse tras la vacunación quizás sean señales de una respuesta inmunitaria robusta.Según la nueva investigación, las personas que presentaron esos efectos secundarios después de la segunda dosis de la vacuna tenían más anticuerpos contra el coronavirus al mes y seis meses después de la aplicación, en comparación con quienes no tuvieron ningún síntoma. El aumento de la temperatura de la piel y de la frecuencia cardiaca también indicaban niveles más elevados de anticuerpos.“Sabemos que la aceptación de la vacuna puede ser compleja y, en algunos casos, esto...
FDA Issues Warning Over Misuse of Ketamine Therapy
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FDA Issues Warning Over Misuse of Ketamine Therapy

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert on Tuesday about the dangers of treating psychiatric disorders with compounded versions of ketamine, a powerful anesthetic that has become increasingly popular among those seeking alternative therapies for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other difficult-to-treat mental health problems.Compounded drugs are those that have been modified or tailored in a lab for the specific needs of an individual patient.The agency, citing reports it had received of adverse incidents, warned that the unsupervised use of compounded ketamine heightened the risk of dangerous psychiatric reactions and health problems like increased blood pressure, respiratory depression and urinary tract issues that can lead to incontinence.The warning soug...
New A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
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New A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table

Once their scalpels reach the edge of a brain tumor, surgeons are faced with an agonizing decision: cut away some healthy brain tissue to ensure the entire tumor is removed, or give the healthy tissue a wide berth and risk leaving some of the menacing cells behind.Now scientists in the Netherlands report using artificial intelligence to arm surgeons with knowledge about the tumor that may help them make that choice.The method, described in a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, involves a computer scanning segments of a tumor’s DNA and alighting on certain chemical modifications that can yield a detailed diagnosis of the type and even subtype of the brain tumor.That diagnosis, generated during the early stages of an hourslong surgery, can help surgeons decide how aggressivel...
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Gestational surrogacy in Europe: high prices make it difficult for families to achieve their dreams

Gestational surrogacy has presented itself as a solution for families and single people who have had their dreams of becoming parents dashed. In the modern world, there are increasingly more alternatives, so conceiving in a non-conventional way is becoming more common, but not necessarily more accessible. The high prices for these services remain a difficult obstacle to overcome, especially when there is so much misinformation about what costs and services should be included. Numbers that don’t add up in gestational surrogacy In Europe and in many parts of the world, the prices of gestational surrogacy are too high and unaffordable. It is important to keep in mind that the costs involved include medical, legal, and agency fees, as well as the expenses of the surrogate. These can quick...
Scientists Use CRISPR to Make Chickens More Resistant to Bird Flu
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Scientists Use CRISPR to Make Chickens More Resistant to Bird Flu

Scientists have used the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR to create chickens that have some resistance to avian influenza, according to a new study that was published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.The study suggests that genetic engineering could potentially be one tool for reducing the toll of bird flu, a group of viruses that pose grave dangers to both animals and humans. But the study also highlights the limitations and potential risks of the approach, scientists said.Some breakthrough infections still occurred, especially when gene-edited chickens were exposed to very high doses of the virus, the researchers found. And when the scientists edited just one chicken gene, the virus quickly adapted. The findings suggest that creating flu-resistant chickens will requ...
Illicit Vapes and E-Cigarettes Flood Stores as F.D.A. Struggles to Combat Imports
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Illicit Vapes and E-Cigarettes Flood Stores as F.D.A. Struggles to Combat Imports

Juul was once the cool vape, blamed for hooking teenagers on e-cigarettes, and it is set to pay billions of dollars in legal settlements.Then came Puff Bar, which was hot in high schools until federal officials began impounding those vapes. Elf Bar stepped in, and its products have been seized at the border. A parade of facsimiles is moving in right behind them: Virtue Bar, Juicy Bar, Lost Mary, Lost Vape and many more.The latest flood of illicit e-cigarettes is arriving from China in Barbiecore colors and fruit, ice cream and slushy flavors, and accounts for a major share of the estimated $5.5 billion e-cigarette market in the United States.The never-ending influx of vapes, some offering 5,000 or more puffs per device or escalating nicotine levels, has exposed a gaping lapse in enforcemen...
Lawsuit Challenges Insurance Restrictions on Weight Loss Drugs Like Wegovy
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Lawsuit Challenges Insurance Restrictions on Weight Loss Drugs Like Wegovy

Jeannette Simonton was a textbook candidate for the obesity drug Wegovy when her doctor prescribed it to her in February.At 5 feet 2 inches and 228 pounds, she had a body mass index of nearly 42 — well above the cutoff U.S. regulators had approved for eligibility for the medication. She also had serious joint problems after decades of struggling with her weight.But her insurance refused to pay for the medication, citing a blanket ban on covering weight-loss drugs, according to a letter Ms. Simonton received in March from her benefits administrator.Now, Ms. Simonton is suing the Washington State agency that purchases health insurance for public employees like her. Her lawyers argue that the state’s health plans are discriminating against Ms. Simonton — and others who, like her, are seeking ...