Study finds certain immunosuppressing drugs do not increase risk for COVID-19

Patients on immunosuppressive therapy for common skin and rheumatic diseases like psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis are not at increased risk for contracting COVID-19 and should continue taking their medicine as prescribed, say Henry Ford Health System dermatology researchers in a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of…

Are at-home ‘learning pods’ the right fit for your family?

(HealthDay)—Emily Davis and her husband started a ‘learning pod’ with another family this summer, hiring a teacher for child care and now for the start of first grade. Their 6-year-old son is an only child, which was a big factor in the decision. The other family has two kids. “It…

Immune cells sculpt circuits in the brain

Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain’s neural circuits, according to research published in September, 2020 in Neuron. The immune cells that reside there, known as microglia, not only protect the brain from infection and inflammation, they also help physically sculpt circuits in the developing brain. The…

Infant formula standardisation could reduce risk of over- or under-feeding

Standardization of infant formula reconstitution ratios and improvements in manufacturer feeding guides may reduce risks of under- and overfeeding, according to the authors of a Perspective published online today by the Medical Journal of Australia. Under the Infant Formula Products in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, and while…

Super-fast surgery could soon be offered to one million Britons

Super-fast surgery could soon be offered to one million Britons with a ‘racing heart’ condition that puts them at high risk of a stroke The new and highly accurate operation is being used to treat atrial fibrillation Procedure, known as ablation, involves burning millimetre-wide areas of heart New version, which…

Novel discovery challenges a current kidney cancer paradigm

Newly published research has reversed our understanding of an aspect of kidney tumor growth. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) discovered that two key proteins have opposite roles than what was previously believed. The proteins HIF-1α and HIF-2α regulate the response to…