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COVID-19 treatments are not vaccine replacements

With the pharmaceutical company Merck applying in October for emergency authorization of its antiviral pill treatment against COVID-19, North Carolina and the rest of the country soon may see its first widely accessible treatment against the disease. And Merck’s drug, known as molnupiravir, is promising. It can cut someone’s chance of hospitalization in half, the […]

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Vulnerable populations not receiving cancer survivorship care plans

Survivorship care plans are an important tool to help cancer survivors transition out of active treatment and back to their regular lives, but a new study found that a number of vulnerable groups are not receiving those plans. A survivorship care plan is a formal treatment summary that includes information on actions needed to prevent and detect new and recurrent […]

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Common prescription drugs (not themselves antibiotics) may increase risk of developing antibiotic resistance

New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) taking place online (9-12 July), suggests that three commonly prescribed classes of drugs that are not themselves antibiotics—proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), beta-blockers and antimetabolites—could lead to antibiotic resistant infections caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family. These antibiotic resistant infections […]

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Patients may not take advice from AI doctors who know their names

As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health applications grows, health providers are looking for ways to improve patients’ experience with their machine doctors. Researchers from Penn State and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) found that people may be less likely to take health advice from an AI doctor when the robot knows […]