Most Women Who “Go Flat” After Mastectomy Feel Good About the Choice
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For the survey, UCLA researchers asked 931 women who had a mastectomy without undergoing breast reconstruction to assess the motivating factors for forgoing the procedure. The researchers also measured whether surgeons provided them with sufficient information and support for going flat. Women who experienced this kind of resistance tended to be less satisfied with their decision, the study found. Women who choose to go flat should be supported by their treatment team and not treated as if they aren’t concerned about their post-surgery appearance. “This study is an important first strike at dismantling the (often unconscious) patterns of paternalism and misogyny that have festered—unseen and unexamined—in breast cancer care for decades,” she told Cancer Health.

CDC: COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020
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Since emerging in late 2019, COVID-19 has killed almost 2 million people. These data showed that over 310,000 deaths were associated with COVID-19, placing it third among the leading causes of death in 2020. According to the mathematicians, there was enough distance between the number of U.S. deaths caused by cancer (the second leading cause of death in 2019) and those caused by unintentional injuries (the fourth leading cause of mortality in 2019) to conclude that COVID-19 fell at number three on the list in 2020. Heart disease was still the leading cause of death in the United States. During the week of December 5, researchers at the University of Washington said COVID-19 had actually surpassed ischemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in America that week, reported NBC News.

Sex and the City Is Nothing Without Samantha Jones
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And just like that, Sex and the City is back. Well, all of them except for Kim Cattrall‘s Samantha Jones; in recent years, as rumors swirled of discord between the actor and her cast mates, Cattrall has said she’s done with the franchise. (Suggestions ranged from the dilettante purse designer played by Jennifer Coolidge in the original series to Leslie Jones, who seemed to have Samantha confused with Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But trust that I am dead serious when I insist that—whether you call it And Just Like That or 2 Sex 2 City or Governor Miranda Hobbes—there’s no classic show to resurrect without Samantha. To have any chance of relevance in 2021, Sex and the City would need to lean hard on 60-year-old Samantha Jones as she navigated the increasingly app-based, gender-fluid, kink-savvy dating scene she helped to bring about.

Democrats' Push to Impeach Donald Trump Puts Joe Biden in a Bind
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Less than a week after President Trump incited a violent insurrection at the Capitol that sent hundreds of lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, House Democrats are preparing to impeach him for the second time in 13 months. Dodd thinks an impeachment push at this moment would rally the GOP around Trump. Without even mentioning impeachment, Biden has said that he wants Congress to “hit the ground running” on legislation mitigating the health and economic crises paralyzing the country. Experts on both sides of the aisle believe Democrats can build a strong legal case for impeachment. A conviction in the Senate would require 67 votes, meaning least 17 Senate Republicans would need to join Democrats in voting to remove Trump from office.

CDC Requires Negative COVID-19 Test for All Air Passengers Entering U.S.
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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United StatesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

A Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Progression of Low-Grade Prostate Cancer
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The Mediterranean diet is well known for its role in helping to prevent heart disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer. But for some men with prostate cancer, this healthy and delicious way of eating may also slow existing disease. Researchers at the university followed 410 men with low-grade prostate cancer on active surveillance. Researchers calculated their Mediterranean diet score across nine energy-adjusted good groups and then split them into three groups (high, medium and low) based on their adherence to diet. For African-American men, these findings are crucial, as a prostate cancer diagnosis, higher risk of death from prostate cancer and disease progression are much higher among this group.

Cancer Mortality Drops for the Second Year in a Row
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Declines in Lung Cancer DeathWhile progress in reducing mortality due to other leading causes of has slowed, it has accelerated for cancer (the second leading cause). “As a result, lung cancer accounted for almost half (46%) of the overall decline in cancer mortality in the past five years and spurred a record single-year drop (2.4% from 2017 to 2018) for the second year in a row.”These rapid reductions reflect better treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common type. For all stages combined, survival is highest for prostate cancer (98%), melanoma of the skin (93%) and female breast cancer (90%). While lung cancer and colorectal cancer have declined, the incidence of breast cancer in women increased by about 0.5% per year from 2008 to 2017; this is attributed at least in part to declines in fertility (pregnancy protects against breast cancer) and increased body weight. Colorectal cancer has overtaken leukemia as the second leading cause of cancer death for men ages 20 to 39, reflecting rising trends in colorectal cancer among young adults and declining leukemia rates.

Large Clinical Trial Will Test Combination Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Mild to Moderate COVID-19
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A Phase 2/3 clinical trial has begun to evaluate a combination investigational monoclonal antibody therapy for its safety and efficacy in people who have mild or moderate COVID-19. The two experimental antibodies, BRII-196 and BRII-198, target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With the initiation of the BRII-196 and BRII-198 experimental monoclonal antibodies in the ACTIV-2 study, the LY-COV555 sub-study will close to enrollment. Data on each antibody from Phase I trials that are currently ongoing support the doses being used in the ACTIV-2 trial. The trial will initially enroll 220 participants with mild or moderate COVID-19, who are at risk for disease progression.

The U.S. Capitol Riot Was Years in the Making. Here's Why America Is So Divided
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There is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the United States today. The Capitol riot was not just years in the making, but decades. That has manifested itself both in politics—see redistricting and voter suppression schemes—as well as the violence we witnessed at the Capitol. Years in the making, these feelings of resentment hit a fever pitch in the Trump years, culminating in last week’s deadly riot. The same tech companies that power our modern world have also brought a revolution in our media consumption.

No, Using Condoms Doesn’t Mean You’re Smarter
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A British medical journal has retracted a 2020 study that purported that smarter people are more likely to use condoms, according to a report in Retraction Watch. The study was published in April 2020 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Just five months later, the journal retracted the paper after a reader challenged the findings. The journal that published the study, Personality and Individual Differences, receives a high rating for scientific rigor from third-party monitors. Still, the journal has been dogged by requests to retract the papers of its late founder, Hans Eysenck, according to Retraction Watch.

Black People With Liver Cancer Have Lower Survival
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Compared to white, Asian or Latino individuals, Black people have worse survival rates for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer. Hepatitis B or C, heavy alcohol use, fatty liver disease and other causes of liver injury can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. In comparison to white individuals, Black people had significantly poorer liver cancer survival. On the other hand, Asian and Latino individuals had better overall survival than white people. Click here to learn more about liver cancer.

Where is the best place to meditate? — Calm Blog
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And while it may be easier to connect to stillness in an idyllic location or in a spot that’s devoid of sound, it’s not necessary. The truth is, you can meditate anywhere that’s safe and comfortable — from your bed, on your porch, even during your afternoon stroll. The setting of your meditation practice is less important than your commitment to the practice itself. Consider the timing of your meditation practice. Once you’ve picked your meditation spot, try returning to it consistently.

Biden Selects Transgender Doctor as Assistant Health Secretary
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President-elect Joe Biden has picked transgender physician Rachel Levine, MD, to serve as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. A pediatrician with degrees from Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, Levine currently serves as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health and as the state’s physician general. To have a former state Secretary of Health in the [assistant secretary of health] position in the coming months, when there is an urgent need for closer alliance between federal and state pandemic policies, will be invaluable. “We are confident that Dr. Levine is one of the best possible candidates to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health in this time of extraordinary demands on our public health system. She would also make an excellent Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use.

Wuhan One Year After Lockdown
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But when she arrived in Wuhan on Feb. 8, 2020, she saw panic on the tear-streaked faces of her team members. Liu was charged with setting up a field hospital for COVID-19 patients outside Tongji Hospital in Wuhan. The city of 11 million had been sealed since Jan. 23 in an unprecedented lockdown that was to last 76 days. As Wuhan marks the first anniversary of its unprecedented lockdown, the city’s experiences are the cause of both hope and caution as the virus again takes hold in the country where it was first discovered. Nevertheless, one year after the start of the Wuhan lockdown, officials must be nervous.

How President Biden Handles a Divided America Will Define His Legacy
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“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile,” Biden said. How Biden handles it will help determine his legacy. House Republicans pleaded for “unity” as they voted against impeaching Trump; to them, unity meant something closer to political impunity. When Biden calls for unity, he envisions bipartisan collaboration, a kind of peace through process. When Trump urged the crowd to march to the Capitol, Centolanza joined them.

Biden Reinstates COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions
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President Joe Biden will continue to restrict travel to the U.S. from the U.K., Ireland and 26 countries in Europe, and will extend the ban to South Africa, to slow transmission of Covid-19, said a White House official familiar with the plan. The latest ban would prevent most non-U.S. citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of the virus has been identified. The U.S. is warily viewing new coronavirus strains that have originated in South Africa and Brazil, as well as one recently identified in the U.K. that’s more transmissible and potentially more harmful. Reuters first reported the U.S. plan to ban travel from South Africa for most non-U.S. citizens, citing officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Everything you need to know about the global spread of COVID-19 Please enter a valid email address.

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee December 17, 2020 Meeting Announcement - 12/17/2020 - 12/17/2020
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On This Page Meeting InformationEvent MaterialsDate: Time:Please note that due to the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic, all meeting participants will be joining this advisory committee meeting via an online teleconferencing platform. Materials for this meeting will be available at the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meetings main page. The meeting will include slide presentations with audio components to allow the presentation of materials in a manner that most closely resembles an in-person advisory committee meeting. Webcast InformationCBER plans to provide a free of charge, live webcast of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice.

Find and Replace: DNA Editing Tool Shows Gene Therapy Promise
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What’s more, they can do it without introducing any new and potentially disease-causing errors to the surrounding DNA sequence [1]. The glitches occur in genes encoding an important enzyme complex responsible for the blood cells’ normal antimicrobial activity. In this case, it was a single typo in the gene sequence on the X chromosome. That’s because the guide RNA was truly specific enough to find and replace just the DNA sequence containing the single-letter typo. In fact, a clinical trial under way at NIH and other sites around the country is now testing a more-traditional approach to CGD gene therapy [2].

HeLa Cells: A New Chapter in An Enduring Story
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HeLa Cells: A New Chapter in An Enduring StoryPosted on August 7th, 2013 by Dr. Francis CollinsOne of the first things a biomedical researcher learns is that it’s very hard to grow most human cells in the lab for an extended period. These “HeLa” cells had an amazing property not seen before: they could be grown continuously in laboratory conditions. That’s right, the HeLa cell lines were perpetual, everlasting, death-defying, or whatever other word you want to use to describe immortal. HeLa cells have been used to explore the complex processes involved in the growth, differentiation, and death of cells—processes that underlie a vast array of human diseases. Their generosity extends to the millions of people who have benefited, or will benefit in the future, from research using HeLa cells.

Personal and Social Activities
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However, visiting bars and restaurants can increase you risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. If eating indoors, ventilation flow in restaurants and bars can cause droplets to spread at distances greater than 6 feet. 2 Poor ventilation can also increase risk as it may cause the virus to accumulate in the air. Poor ventilation can also increase risk as it may cause the virus to accumulate in the air. Check the restaurant or bar’s website and social media to see if you feel comfortable with their COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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