In the largest genetic study of suicide attempts to date, researchers have identified a region of the genome on chromosome 7 containing DNA variations that increase the risk that a person will attempt suicide. The study also found overlap in the genetic basis of suicide attempts and that of related psychiatric disorders, particularly major depression,
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Taking care of a loved one who is ill is probably one of the biggest challenges any of us will ever face.  And so often caregivers are on their own—doing it alone without help or guidance.  Thirty-six percent of family caregivers describe their situation as  highly stressful according to a report by AARP and the
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Spot the signs, and address gambling addiction before it gets out of hand The gambling industry in the UK is colossal, with The Gambling Commission’s most recent published statistics showing that gambling companies had a total gross yield of £5.9 billion between April and September 2020. The feeling of winning is pleasurable and addictive, something
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Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified omicron as a variant of concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strongly encouraging everyone to follow its prevention strategies to hamper the possible spread of the virus in the country.  Variant Of Concern After carefully assessing the specific mutations and behavior of the
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When skies were blue and air pollution was reduced during stay-at-home lockdowns in the United States at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI) occurred, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the link between air pollution and STEMI in 29 US states from January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020,
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President Joe Biden said Monday he is directing federal agencies to be prepared to move as quickly as possible to approve additional vaccines or boosters tailored to shield against the new omicron coronavirus variant. The current Covid vaccines are believed to provide at least some protection from the heavily mutated omicron strain, and booster shots
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Washington University in St. Louis is joining a major international effort to advance data science, catalyze innovation and spur health discoveries across Africa. Researchers at the School of Medicine are receiving one of 19 grant awards that will support data science research and training activities in Africa. The researchers will focus their efforts on developing
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George Q. Daley will assume leadership role at HMS on Jan. 1 Read the full story at http://hms.harvard.edu/news/new-dean-faculty-medicine Like Harvard Medical School on Facebook: https://goo.gl/4dwXyZ Follow on Twitter: https://goo.gl/GbrmQM Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/s1w4up Follow on LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/04vRgY
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(Reuters) – BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are working on vaccines that specifically target Omicron in case their existing shots are not effective against the new coronavirus variant, the companies said on Monday. The variant’s emergence has triggered a strong global response as countries worried that it could spread fast even in vaccinated populations
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Our Flame of Hope Awards are an annual celebration of our most dedicated volunteers and supporters, many of whom have powerful personal reasons for going above and beyond to support our pioneering science. In this article, we hear from this year’s Philanthropy category award winners, who tell us why they’ve devoted time, effort and millions
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They’ve been making our lives easier all year, and now is our opportunity to give back to those in the service industry It’s the season of giving, and also a time to reflect on the things that we are most grateful for. Throughout the year, there are people who make our everyday lives run a
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The mind and body are closely connected. Studies show there is a link between physical and mental health. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders have been associated with heart conditions, immune deficiencies, and numerous other conditions. Credits: Lead Image: Dreamstime Medscape Reader Polls © 2021  Cite this: Do You Discuss Mental Health With Your Patients? - Medscape - Nov 24, 2021.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response, in Dirksen Building on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Americans need to be
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Quarraisha Abdool Karim has spent the past three decades studying HIV and AIDS. She has become one of the world’s leading epidemiologists and made major contributions to the global understanding of how HIV affects young women. As associate scientific director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Abdool Karim
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Doctor, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant. Three different healthcare paths with three overlapping but distinct outcomes. How can you know which is right for you? I’ll help you decide. The doctor training path, whether MD or DO, is the longest by far. After your 4 premed years in college, you’ll complete another 4 years of
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first treatment for post-transplant cytomegalovirus (CMV) that is resistant to other drugs. The treatment, maribavir (Livtencity), is approved for adults and children 12 years and older who weigh at least 35 kg (77 pounds). There are an estimated 200,000 adult transplants every year globally. CMV, a type of
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The appearance of objects can often change. For example, in dim evenings or fog, the contrast of the objects decreases, making it difficult to distinguish them. However, after repeatedly encountering specific objects, the brain can identify them even if they become indistinct. The exact mechanism contributing to the perception of low-contrast familiar objects remains unknown.
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From a fit, healthy, and confident husband and dad to being unable to walk or function, chronic pain and mental ill-health very nearly overwhelmed Ian. But, thanks to the incredible support of his family and a reignited passion for cooking, he’s found the recipe for resilience I had never heard of fibromyalgia, nor thought that
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(Reuters Health) – Women with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation see sustained benefits in progression free survival rates after two years of maintenance olaparib therapy, a clinical trial analysis suggests. The study focused on women with BRCA mutations and newly-diagnosed advanced high grade serous or endometrioid ovarian cancer who had a complete
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