World's most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is far from over as countries report surging cases, including those caused by emerging variants. To date, there are over 195 million cases across the globe, with more than 4.18 million deaths. In response to…

HIMSS21 to require masks for all attendees

The 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas will require masks for all attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff on the HIMSS21 campus and in all public spaces.   On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people…

Cancer: Social media spreads harmful information

A study investigated the accuracy of cancer treatment information on social media and its potential for harm. The results suggest a third of cancer articles contain misinformation, while most of these carry harmful information. The researchers hope their findings will aid the development of tools and behavioral interventions to counter…

Imaging method predicts how well stem cells can differentiate into cardiac muscle cells

Stem cell research holds great potential for regenerative therapies and treatments to combat cardiovascular disease, which is responsible for over 30% of all deaths worldwide. Highly functional cardiomyocytes—the muscle cells responsible for the contraction of the heart—are important for disease modeling, drug screening, and other regenerative medicine approaches. However, the…

Bone Drugs for Prostate Cancer May Result in Survival Benefit

There may be a notable survival benefit for men with advanced prostate cancer and bone metastases when they are prescribed bone-protecting drugs after progressing to “castrate-resistant” status (no longer responsive to androgen deprivation therapy) and move onto first-line therapy with abiraterone acetate (Zytiga). Results from a retrospective study show that…

Easy Ways To Increase Your Energy In The Afternoon

No coffee needed here! The afternoon slump is a real thing. After a long morning, it can be difficult to keep your body and mind moving at the pace you would like. But, instead of reaching for caffeine — which can make things worse in the long run — there…