Lower Plasma Ferritin and Higher Heart Failure Risk in Older Adults

Lower plasma ferritin levels are linked to higher left ventricular filling pressure and increased risk for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in older adults without anemia or prevalent heart failure. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, analyzed data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. Participants…

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Contributed: ​​Blockchain in healthcare and enhancing security and transparency

Blockchain technology in healthcare is transforming data security, patient privacy, and supply chain management. It offers decentralized and tamper-evident solutions to protect patient data securely. Patients have control over who can access their health records, enhancing privacy and ownership. It also ensures transparent and traceable access to data, reducing the risk of breaches. Real-world applications…

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Florida Defies CDC in Measles Outbreak, Telling Parents It’s Fine to Send Unvaccinated Kids to School

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo sent a letter allowing unvaccinated children to attend school during a measles outbreak, contradicting CDC advice. Measles is highly contagious and can lead to severe complications, hospitalizations, and even death. Vaccination is safe and effective, but vaccine exemptions are on the rise. Only about a quarter of Florida counties are…

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STAT readers on older presidents, polypills, Medicare, and more

STAT publishes selected Letters to the Editor in response to First Opinion essays to foster discussion on challenging issues. Contributors reflect on aging and cognition, the benefits of a polypill for cardiovascular disease prevention, and Medicare coverage for Puerto Ricans. One physician acknowledges individual aging experiences while another stresses the importance of assessing studies comparing…

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Gaza: “No health system left,” says MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières informed the UN Security Council that the healthcare system in Gaza is no longer functioning due to the destruction of hospitals by Israel’s military. MSF’s secretary general emphasized that there is very little left to provide healthcare in the region. Despite claims of medical facilities being used for military purposes, no concrete…

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New cell-based immunotherapy offered for melanoma

Siteman Cancer Center is among the first to offer a newly approved cell-based immunotherapy targeting melanoma, approved by the FDA. Washington University physicians at the center will administer TIL therapy to treat certain patients with metastatic melanoma that has not responded to other treatments. This therapy, developed by Iovance Therapeutics, uses the patient’s own T…

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