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The impact of the new coronavirus could lead to the longest flu season in decades
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a third spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) activity across the United States, as researchers working with AccuWeather predicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The COVID-19 outbreak unfolding in the United States may affect healthcare-seeking behavior, which, in turn, would impact [CDC flu] data,” the CDC noted in its weekly update.
COVID-19 has now spread to more than 160 countries or regions with more than 240,000 confirmed cases and at least 10,000 deaths. In the U.S., there have been more than 14,500 confirmed cases – up from 3,770 just last week – and at least 175 deaths.
Visits to health care providers for ILI increased for the second straight week to 5.8 percent after it was 5.2 percent last week, according to the CDC. For comparison, the highest peak during all of last year’s difficul
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5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Immune System While Social Distancing
As COVID-19 continues to spread and we make lifestyle adjustments in response, the challenge is to maintain your mental and physical health in light of mounting stress. These strategies will help.
As social distancing becomes our new “norm” over at least the next several weeks, the pressures may be overwhelming. There are challenges finding childcare and keeping necessities stocked, never mind keeping yourself safe at work and out in the world. And how much disinfectant is enough, anyway? We all need to think about practical coping strategies while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five to employ today:
Use facts and precautions to manage your fear. The unknown can be scary and can overwhelm us. Fear can inflate negative thoughts, which leads to unhealthy stress. Ongoing stress releases hormones that get us ready for emergencies, but also severely depress our immune systems
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Laura van 't Veer, PhD, Co-Inventor of MammaPrint, Honored with the PMWC Luminary Award at Precision Medicine World Conference 2020
Laura van 't Veer, Ph.D., co-founder of Agendia Inc. and developer of MammaPrint, the 70-gene risk of recurrence assay for breast cancer patients, was recognized by Precision Medicine World Conference with the PMWC Luminary Award on January 21, 2020. This award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to accelerate personalized medicine within the clinical setting.
As a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Director of Applied Genomics at the University California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. van 't Veer is committed to translational medicine that aims to leverage the genomic makeup of patient tumors and improve their clinical outcomes. Dr. van 't Veer has authored more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is a co-inventor on 6 patents.
In 2007, she received the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) life-t
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Interventional radiologists can be “game changers” in the treatment of kidney cancer
For some patients, kidney cancer can be effectively treated without surgery, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology’s first-ever position statement on the role of percutaneous ablation in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma. The position statement was published with an accompanying quality improvement document, which establishes performance thresholds for patient safety for IR groups who wish to develop a renal ablation practice.
The position statement and quality improvement document, published in the February issue of SIR’s flagship Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), were written by a multidisciplinary group of experts, including interventional radiologists and urologists.
The authors recommend thermal percutaneous ablation (PA) for kidney cancer patients with small renal tumors calling it “a safe and effective treatment with less complications t