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States can reserve COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week

10/15/2021

U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized.

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Pfizer-BioNTech ask EU agency to OK vaccine for kids 5-11

10/15/2021

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company BioNTech said Friday they have requested to have their coronavirus vaccine licensed for children ages 5 to 11 across the European Union. If EU regulators agree, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to get immunized against COVID-19.

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FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

10/15/2021

U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing concern that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren't as protected as those given two-dose brands.

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'Superhuman, but never enough': Essay details inequities experienced by Black women physicians in the US

10/15/2021

Black women physicians in the United States face hurdles and inequities that contribute toward their underrepresentation in medicine, argues an essay in The Lancet by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physician Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, and two colleagues. The essay, titled "Superhuman, But Never Enough: Black Women in Medicine," gives voice to "the frustrations I deal with and that I talk about with my Black women physician colleagues," says Stanford, an obesity medicine physician-scientist at MGH.

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One coronavirus vaccine may protect against other coronaviruses

10/15/2021

Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown for the first time that coronavirus vaccines and prior coronavirus infections can provide broad immunity against other, similar coronaviruses. The findings build a rationale for universal coronavirus vaccines that could prove useful in the face of future epidemics.

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Misinformation on stem cell treatments for COVID-19 linked to overhyped science, researchers argue

10/15/2021

The global race to develop new stem cell-based COVID-19 treatments during the pandemic was filled with violations of government regulations, inflated medical claims and distorted public communication, say the authors of a new perspective published Oct. 14 in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

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New genes identified for fibromuscular dysplasia

10/15/2021

Three new genetic variants that regulate gene expression in the arteries are connected to fibromuscular dysplasia, an arterial disease that can cause dangerous consequences for the heart and vessels, according to a new study.

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A map of mouse brain metabolism in aging

10/15/2021

The first atlas of metabolites in the mouse brain has been published by a team led by UC Davis researchers. The dataset includes 1,547 different molecules across 10 brain regions in male and female laboratory mice from adolescence through adulthood and into advanced old age. The work is published Oct. 15 in the Nature Communications. The complete dataset is publicly available at https://mouse.atlas.metabolomics.us/.

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Study suggests genetic disease CDKL5 deficiency disorder could be treatable after childhood

10/15/2021

A devastating genetic disease called CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD), which strikes in early childhood, may be significantly treatable even in adulthood, a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests.

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Study suggests telehealth screening of some infants could aid in early autism support

10/15/2021

New UC Davis MIND Institute research suggests that telehealth evaluation could help improve access to care for infants with an elevated likelihood of autism. The study, published recently in Autism, found that telehealth approaches in the first year of life could help families facing barriers to care such as geographic distance and long waitlists and aid in early diagnosis and intervention.

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