Cost-effective hood reduces aerosol exposures to patients, otolaryngologists

(Boston)–The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cause dramatic shifts in the practice of otolaryngology. Even with standard precautions such as physical distancing and wearing personal protective equipment, aerosol-generating procedures such as nasolaryngoscopy (a commonly performed in-office procedure in which a soft, flexible fiber-scope is passed through the nose and into the throat) and intranasal instrumentation […]

Cost-effective hood reduces aerosol exposures to patients, otolaryngologists — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cause dramatic shifts in the practice of otolaryngology. Even with standard precautions such as physical distancing and wearing personal protective equipment, aerosol-generating procedures such as nasolaryngoscopy (a commonly performed in-office procedure in which a soft, flexible fiber-scope is passed through the nose and into the throat) and intranasal instrumentation […]

Fiji’s vaccine program reduces childhood death and illness: study

Fiji’s national vaccine program against pneumonia, a serious lung condition, and rotavirus, a common disease which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, has reduced illness and death, new research shows. The University of Melbourne-led research team, which worked with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, says the results underline the importance of vaccines and […]

New drug for HCM reduces heart mass — ScienceDaily

For the first time, a medication has impacted heart muscle thickness and function for patients with the most common inherited heart condition, rather than simply addressing their symptoms. “This is the first study to show a favorable impact of a medication on cardiac structure and function in any form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,” says Sara Saberi, […]

Treating spinal mets with fewer, higher doses of radiation reduces pain more effectively

ARLINGTON, Va., October 26, 2020 — A new study shows using fewer and higher doses of high-precision radiation therapy is a more effective approach for treating painful spinal tumors than conventional radiation therapy. More than twice as many patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) reported an enduring, complete reduction in pain, compared to […]

Aspirin use reduces risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients — ScienceDaily

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were taking a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular disease had a significantly lower risk of complications and death compared to those who were not taking aspirin, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Aspirin takers were less likely to […]