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Medical Xpress / New Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug shows benefit in clinical trial

A new drug offers hope for young boys with the progressive neuromuscular disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by potentially offering an alternative to high-dose glucocorticoids that have significant side effects.

1 hour ago in Medications
Medical Xpress / Study reveals design flaws of chatbot-based symptom-checker apps

Millions of people turn to their mobile devices when seeking medical advice. They're able to share their symptoms and receive potential diagnoses through chatbot-based symptom-checker (CSC) apps.

1 hour ago in Health informatics
Medical Xpress / Study offers new details on pediatric mental health boarding

A Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatrics, offers new details about pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments across the country, a problem that has steadily increased in the last 10 years ...

1 hour ago in Psychology & Psychiatry
Medical Xpress / Adequate levels of vitamin D reduces complications, death among COVID-19 patients

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D sufficient, with a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 30 ng/mL (a measure of vitamin D status), had a significant decreased risk for adverse clinical outcomes ...

Medical Xpress / Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.

2 hours ago in Psychology & Psychiatry
Medical Xpress / Low-level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development

New research from the University of Sydney finds that even low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have an impact on a child's brain development and is associated with greater psychological and behavioral problems ...

8 hours ago in Obstetrics & gynaecology
Medical Xpress / Research challenges conventional wisdom about key autism trait

A new study into the causes of sensorimotor impairments prevalent among autistic people could pave the way for better treatment and management in the future, say psychologists.

13 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Nerve cells let others 'listen in'

How many 'listeners' a nerve cell has in the brain is strictly regulated. This is shown by an international study led by the University College London and the universities of Bonn, Bordeaux and Milton Keynes (England). In ...

4 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Ultrapotent antibody mix blocks COVID-19 virus attachment

A mix of ultrapotent antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients has been shown to recognize and lock down the infection machinery of the pandemic coronavirus and keep it from entering cells. Each of the antibody types performs ...

Medical Xpress / Hearing speech requires quiet— in more ways than one

Perceiving speech requires quieting certain types of brain cells, report a team of researchers from UConn Health and University of Rochester in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology. Their research reveals a ...

5 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Women may conceive after ovarian tumors

Women receiving fertility-sparing surgery for treatment of borderline ovarian tumors were able to have children, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in Fertility & Sterility shows. Natural fertility was ...

3 hours ago in Oncology & Cancer
Medical Xpress / New study highlights success of a mobile clinical and outreach van in helping people on the street with opioid addiction

A novel mobile health program created in early 2018 by the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly ...

3 hours ago in Addiction