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What Keeps Dr. Anthony Fauci Awake at Night

What Keeps Dr. Anthony Fauci Awake at NightTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When the pandemic hit, Dr. Anthony Fauci saw his "worst nightmare" realized. Now, a different worry keeps him up at night: that humanity will forget the lessons learned.That's the crux of a new editorial penned by Fauci, who became a household name in 2020 after quietly leading the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades.Those years saw many challenges, including the HIV/AIDS crisis. Yet the thing that persistently kept him up at night, Fauci says, was the threat of a deadly pandemic caused by a virus that spreads through the air. When that threat turned into a reality in 2020, that was the "nightmare."Now a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Fauci no longer has "pandemic...

Living Alone Raises Americans' Cancer Risk by Nearly a Third

19 October 2023
Living Alone Raises Americans` Cancer Risk by Nearly a ThirdTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who live alone have a greater risk of dying from cancer, a new study warns.Researchers from the American Cancer Society showed that U.S. adults who live alone had a 32% higher risk of cancer death than those who live with others. For men that was even higher, at 38% greater risk, while women living alone had a 30% higher risk. The data was particularly concerning for middle-aged adults, those ages 45 to 64, who had a 43% higher risk of cancer death than those living with others.“Previous studies have shown an association between living alone and cancer mortality, but findings by sex and race/ethnicity have generally been inconsistent, and data by socioeconomic status are sparse,” said study author Hyunjung Lee, principal scientist...

Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your Door

19 October 2023
Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your DoorTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Soon, you may be able to step out on your front porch and wait for your prescription medication to drop from the sky. On Wednesday, Amazon Pharmacy announced that it is starting to test speedy prescription drug delivery by drones in selected locations.“We’re taught from the first days of medical school that there is a golden window that matters in clinical medicine,” Dr. Vin Gupta, chief medical officer of Amazon Pharmacy, said in a company news release. “That’s the time between when a patient feels unwell and when they’re able to get treatment. We’re working hard at Amazon to dramatically narrow the golden window from diagnosis to treatment, and drone delivery marks a significant step forward. Whether it’s an infectious...

Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live Longer

19 October 2023
Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live LongerTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with Down syndrome have a critical lifeline in Medicaid insurance, new research confirms.But the publicly funded insurance program will have to respond to rising numbers of older adults with Down syndrome, researchers say.“As more people with Down syndrome survive to older ages, the Medicaid system needs to be ready to serve this population with tailored, sensitive, and comprehensive care,” study co-author Eric Rubenstein, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a school news release.The study authors noted that life expectancy has increased substantially for people in the United States who have Down syndrome, from a median age of 4 years old in the 1950s to 57 years old in...
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