Bird flu outbreak in cows is latest avian flu curveball

Twenty-seven years ago today, a 3-year-old boy in Hong Kong developed a sore throat, spiked a fever, and started to cough. Six days later, he was hospitalized; six days after that, he died of acute respiratory distress caused by viral pneumonia. Testing showed the toddler, who’d had contact with sick chickens before becoming ill, had…

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Shaping the Future with Biotech’s Vaccine Innovations

The field of immunization has made significant progress in recent years, with advancements in vaccine development, particularly through viral vector manufacturing. This technique has accelerated the production of vaccines for diseases like measles and HPV. The development of vaccines has drastically reduced the incidence of infectious diseases and led to eradication in some cases. The…

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Providence launches digital health company Praia Health with $20M

Providence has launched Praia Health, a consumer platform for healthcare systems, following a successful $20 million Series A investment round. Frist Cressey Ventures led the round, with support from other investors. Praia Health offers a low-code ecosystem to integrate third-party consumer offerings into a health system’s digital experience. The company manages data exchange between electronic…

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AI shows promise in unlocking origins of Parkinson’s disease

New findings suggest that Artificial intelligence (AI) could help in understanding the origins and development of Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary results from a study using the AI software programme, NetraAI, identified markers associated with Parkinson’s disease, particularly related to immune system responses. This research has the potential to improve clinical trials and accelerate the development of…

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IgA Nephropathy and Social Support

IgA nephropathy is difficult to predict, but having strong emotional and social support systems can improve long-term outcomes. It is important to maintain a fulfilling life despite the challenges of kidney disease. Peer support, such as talking to others with similar health conditions, can be beneficial. Finding kidney support groups and participating in activities with…

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CDC concerned about spread of deadlier mpox strain

The CDC has issued a warning about an increase in clade I mpox cases in Africa, prompting concerns about potential global spread. While no cases have been reported in the U.S., clinicians are advised to be vigilant for possible cases in travelers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Clade I mpox is associated with…

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