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Brain Tumors Virus Treatment

Unusual treatment shows promise for kids with brain tumors

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For decades, a deadly type of childhood cancer has eluded science’s best tools. Now doctors have made progress with an unusual treatment: Dripping millions of copies of a virus directly into kids’ brains to infect their tumors and spur an immune system attack. A dozen children treated this way lived… Read

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British variant of COVID-19 not as severe as feared: The Lancet

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A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first identified in Britain does not cause more severe disease in hospitalised patients, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Monday. The strain, known as B.1.1.7, was identified in Britain late last year and has become… Read

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Anxious about going out into the world? You're not alone, but there's help

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It’s the moment we thought we were all waiting for…or is it? We were cautiously optimistic about the end of the pandemic in view of increasing vaccine availability and decreasing case numbers after the peak in January. Then, whether due to variants, pandemic fatigue or both, cases and case positivity… Read

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Pink Ribbon Design Award raising awareness about breast cancer in Japan

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, and in Japan it affects more than 90,000 people each year. Currently, 1 in 9 women in Japan are expected to be affected by the cancer during their lifetime, with this statistic and the number of people who die from breast… Read

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Boat, snowmobile, camel: Vaccine reaches world's far corners

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After enduring 40-knot winds and freezing sea spray, jostled health care providers arrived wet and cold on two Maine islands in the North Atlantic late last month to conduct coronavirus vaccinations. As they came ashore on Little Cranberry Island, population 65, residents danced with excitement. “It’s a historic day for… Read

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FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

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U.S. regulators have approved the first new drug in over a decade for children with ADHD, which causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The Food and Drug Administration OK’d Qelbree (KELL’-bree) for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children ages 6 to 17. It comes as a capsule that’s taken daily.… Read

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Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

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Most children with a serious inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus had initial COVID-19 infections with no symptoms or only mild ones, new U.S. research shows. The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive… Read

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Novavax starts allowing participants on placebo to get COVID-19 vaccine in trials

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Novavax Inc says participants in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa and the UK can now receive additional shots, ensuring those who received a placebo can also get the active vaccine. Allowing volunteers to crossover to the active vaccine offers them an incentive to continue in the trials… Read

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WHO does not back vaccination passports for now

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The World Health Organization does not back requiring vaccination passports for travel due to uncertainty over whether inoculation prevents transmission of the virus, as well as equity concerns, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "We as WHO are saying at this stage we would not like to see the vaccination passport… Read

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In mutant variants, has the coronavirus shown its best tricks?

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The rapid rise in different parts of the world of deadly, more infectious coronavirus variants that share new mutations is leading scientists to ask a critical question - has the SARS-CoV-2 virus shown its best cards? New variants first detected in such far-flung countries as Brazil, South Africa and Britain… Read

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