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Newswise: Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking
Released: 28-Jul-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking
UC Davis Health

Smokers who have thoracic surgery are much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also complete a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Your brain on birth control
University of Ottawa

They are used by 150 million women worldwide and have been around for over 60 years. Oral contraceptives - like birth control pills - are part of many women's lives, often starting during puberty and early adolescence.

Newswise: NYU School of Global Public Health Creates COVID-19 Safety Training for Rideshare Drivers
Released: 28-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
NYU School of Global Public Health Creates COVID-19 Safety Training for Rideshare Drivers
New York University

New York University’s School of Global Public Health is teaming up with the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) to increase the safety of rideshare drivers and passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Press Register Now; ATS 2020 Virtual Starts Aug. 5
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Join us on Aug. 5-10 2020 for ATS 2020 Virtual, when the American Thoracic Society will host a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Press are invited to attend (see press guidelines) and may register now. Same day registration will be available during the meeting.

24-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Acute depression, stress, anxiety higher during peak of COVID-19 pandemic
PLOS

Rates of elevated psychological distress, including depression and anxiety symptoms, were found among Australian adults during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, according to a new study published July 28, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jill Newby of the University of New South Wales at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia, and colleagues.

24-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
What’s the best way to estimate and track COVID-19 mortality?
PLOS

When used correctly, the symptomatic case fatality ratio (sCFR) and the infection fatality ratio (IFR) are better measures by which to monitor COVID-19 epidemics than the commonly reported case fatality ratio (CFR), according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Anthony Hauser of the University of Bern, Switzerland, and colleagues.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
McLean Hospital Webinar Series: Mental Health in the Asian American Community
McLean Hospital

Dr. Geoffrey Liu Discusses Stigma and Barriers to Care

Newswise: Labs Still Do Not Have Supplies for COVID-19 Testing, AACC Survey Finds
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Labs Still Do Not Have Supplies for COVID-19 Testing, AACC Survey Finds
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

A new survey of U.S. clinical laboratories conducted by AACC has found that nearly half of all responding labs still do not have the supplies they need to run COVID-19 tests. AACC presented these findings to the White House Coronavirus Task Force today in a letter that calls on the federal government to take a more active role in alleviating this problem, so that labs can increase their testing capacity in the midst of the virus’s latest surge.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

It seems there will never be enough “thank-yous” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients who have COVID-19, the dangerous coronavirus disease. Their dedication, determination and spirit enable Johns Hopkins to deliver the promise of medicine. As the mother of a 2-year-old, with responsibilities that sometimes require escorting COVID-19 patients at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Safety and Security Officer, SPO, Lolita Moore says she takes the necessary steps to protect herself and her family against the virus and prays daily. “I like that I can still be out helping people during the pandemic,” she says.

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27-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Alzheimer’s protein in blood indicates early brain changes
Washington University in St. Louis

Two decades or more before symptoms arise, plaques of a sticky protein called amyloid begin forming in the brains of people later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s? Markers for TAU Take Us a Step Closer
27-Jul-2020 9:05 AM EDT
A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s? Markers for TAU Take Us a Step Closer
Alzheimer's Association

A simple blood test for Alzheimer’s would be a great advance for individuals with — and at risk for — the disease, families, doctors and researchers.

Newswise: Researchers make significant step toward blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
28-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Researchers make significant step toward blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a technique to detect minute amounts of a protein fragment linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the blood. The study, which will be published July 28 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), shows that levels of p-tau-217 are elevated during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and could lead to a simple blood test capable of diagnosing the neurodegenerative disorder years before any symptoms begin to appear.

Newswise: BioMed Valley Discoveries’ ulixertinib (BVD-523), a first-in-class ERK inhibitor cancer therapy, receives Fast Track designation and launches Phase II trial in collaboration with Cmed and Strata Oncology
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
BioMed Valley Discoveries’ ulixertinib (BVD-523), a first-in-class ERK inhibitor cancer therapy, receives Fast Track designation and launches Phase II trial in collaboration with Cmed and Strata Oncology
BioMed Valley Discoveries

BioMed Valley Discoveries (BVD), a clinical stage biotechnology company, announces the receipt of Fast Track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for investigation of the ERK inhibitor ulixertinib (BVD-523) as a treatment for patients with non-colorectal, solid tumors that harbor BRAF mutations G469A/V, L485W, or L597Q. BVD has launched a Phase II multi-center study of ulixertinib for patients with advanced malignancies harboring these atypical (non-V600) BRAF alterations or a MEK alteration.

Newswise: U.S. News & World Report Ranks Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Among the Top Ten Cancer Hospitals in the Nation for Over 10 years
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Among the Top Ten Cancer Hospitals in the Nation for Over 10 years
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

UWMC/ Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), part of Washington state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, has been recognized as the 9th Best Cancer Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report, and the only ranked number one cancer hospital in the Pacific Northwest for more than ten years. The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

Newswise: Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Welcomes Seven New Trustees
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Welcomes Seven New Trustees
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of David M. Epstein, Esq., Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE, Sandra Keary, Jeremy Grunin, Rick Loshiavo, Alexander Taylor and Gary Tolchin to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Dealing with Crohn's Disease During Pregnancy
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"Because it affects them in their childbearing years, women need to know when it is safe to get pregnant," says Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, a national expert on IBD and pregnancy and a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, shares her expertise on Crohn's disease and pregnancy.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Screening for Hepatitis C: Not Just for Baby Boomers
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

While screening guidelines for hepatitis C previously targeted baby boomers, experts say more universal testing guidelines should be followed for early detection and better outcomes.

Newswise: Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social Raises Nearly $90,000 for Programs and Services at Southern Ocean Medical Center
Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social Raises Nearly $90,000 for Programs and Services at Southern Ocean Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health

The annual Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social, held on July 24, raised nearly $90,000 for the greatest needs at Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center. In lieu of the planned in-person celebration because of COVID-19, the foundation moved the event to a virtual format that was live streamed to raise funds for the medical center, helping it to enhance care for the community throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Newswise: Rutgers Study Finds Abnormal Puberty Onset Related to Long-Term Health Outcomes, Including Infertility
Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Rutgers Study Finds Abnormal Puberty Onset Related to Long-Term Health Outcomes, Including Infertility
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Puberty is a critical stage in child development and can be a trying time for both children and parents. For some adolescents, however, a delay or early onset of puberty can have long-term negative effects, including future infertility. A study by principle investigate Sally Radovick, MD, explores these implications.

27-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
New Study Finds Racial Disparities in COVID-19-related Deaths Exist Beyond Income Differences in 10 Large U.S. Cities
NYU Langone Health

New analyses by a team of researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine examine the interplay between race/ethnicity and income on COVID-19 cases and related deaths in 10 major U.S. cities. The researchers found that non-white counties had higher cumulative incidences and deaths compared to predominantly white counties—and this was true for both low-income and high-income communities.

Newswise: Novel diabetes drug candidate shows promising properties in human islets and mouse models
23-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Novel diabetes drug candidate shows promising properties in human islets and mouse models
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers have discovered a new drug candidate that offers a major advance to treat diabetes. Tested on human and mouse pancreatic islets, mouse and rat cell cultures and animal models of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the drug significantly improved four detrimental characteristics of diabetes.

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Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
New study explores how coronavirus travels indoors
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

A new study from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering analyzes how the coronavirus spreads indoors—information that could help businesses and schools take precautions to reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission as they reopen.

Newswise: Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response
Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A team led by Dan Jacobson of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the Summit supercomputer at ORNL to analyze genes from cells in the lung fluid of nine COVID-19 patients compared with 40 control patients.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Higher BPA Levels Linked to More Asthma Symptoms in Children
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Children in low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore tended to have more asthma symptoms when levels of the synthetic chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) in their urine were elevated, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine.

Newswise: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Among Nation's Best in Nine Specialties
Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Among Nation's Best in Nine Specialties
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is recognized as a national leader in nine specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings. In total, 11 Ohio State specialties ranked in the top 10% of all hospitals in the country. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center ranks as Columbus’ “Best Hospital” and second in Ohio.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Inhibiting Key Molecular Chaperone Sensitives Tumors to Radiation Therapy in Animal Models
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While heat shock protein 90 inhibitors have shown limited benefit in directly treating cancer, low doses may improve the efficacy of radiotherapy, a new study finds.

Newswise: Loyola University Medical Center Ranks #4 in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report
Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Loyola University Medical Center Ranks #4 in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report
Loyola Medicine

Loyola University Medical Center is ranked 4th in the state of Illinois and has been ranked among the top 5 hospitals each year since U.S. News hospital rankings started in 2013. Loyola has five nationally ranked specialties and is “high performing” in 11 other specialties, conditions and procedures in U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 Best Hospitals rankings. Loyola is nationally ranked in five specialty categories: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (21st in the U.S.), Nephrology (37th), Pulmonology (45th), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (48th), and Neurology & Neurosurgery (50th). Five Loyola specialties are high performing: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Orthopaedics and Urology.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:40 AM EDT
CHOP Spine Surgeons Outline Framework for Prioritizing Procedures as Elective Surgeries Resume
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

As hospitals resume elective procedures, including pediatric spine surgeries, surgeons from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have outlined a framework for prioritizing pediatric spine surgeries amid the pandemic. The recommendations were published recently in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Do Serology Tests Work for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Dr. Grenache addresses the growing push for COVID-19 antibody testing, bringing much-needed clarity to the question of what these tests can—and can’t—do.

Newswise: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 19th Time
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 19th Time
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System has been ranked again as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report. This year marks the 19th time, and the 17th consecutive year, that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 31 years ago.

Newswise: U.S. News & World Report again names University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center among nation’s Best Hospitals
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:45 AM EDT
U.S. News & World Report again names University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center among nation’s Best Hospitals
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Announcement of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center's rankings in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals list.

Newswise: MedStar Washington Hospital Center Again Ranks Among Top U.S. Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Again Ranks Among Top U.S. Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has again been recognized as one of the top 50 cardiovascular centers in the country. The Hospital Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program moved up four spots from last year’s survey, to No. 37, in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings. It also received the highest rating possible in aortic valve surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Newswise: U.S. News & World Report: UVA Again No. 1 Hospital in Virginia
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
U.S. News & World Report: UVA Again No. 1 Hospital in Virginia
University of Virginia Health System

For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Virginia Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia.

Newswise: Virologist Shares What We Know About COVID-19
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Virologist Shares What We Know About COVID-19
University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky virologist Rebecca Dutch answers key questions about SARS-CoV-2 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Therapy Helps Children with Food Allergies Manage Severe Anxiety
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has launched the Food Allergy Bravery (FAB) Clinic to help children with a phobia of anaphylaxis. This revolutionary clinic, housed within the Food Allergy Center, is the first in the world to bring together psychologists and food allergy experts to treat food allergic children with severe phobia of anaphylaxis.

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Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Baylor Scott & White Health Again Recognized as Most Awarded Not-for-profit Health System in Texas by U.S. News & World Report
Baylor Scott and White Health

In the midst of the extraordinary health challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor Scott & White Health remains committed to quality, safe care and helping Texas communities navigate the uncertainty of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Today, this commitment to safety and quality is recognized as U.S. News & World Report releases its 2020-2021 Best Hospitals list.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Memorial Sloan Kettering Named One of the Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by U.S. News & World Report for the 31st Year in a Row
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has been recognized as the number two hospital for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals listing. Since U.S. News & World Report established the prestigious rankings more than 30 years ago, MSK has earned either the first or second spot for best cancer care in the country each year.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
McLean Hospital Ranks Among the Country’s Best Hospitals for 2020-2021
McLean Hospital

U.S. News & World Report’s annual best hospitals survey ranks McLean second overall in the nation for psychiatry, making McLean America’s top-ranked freestanding psychiatric hospital for the 18th consecutive year.

Newswise: Back to School This Year Is Far from Back to Normal For Kids with Allergies and Asthma
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Back to School This Year Is Far from Back to Normal For Kids with Allergies and Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Kids with allergies and asthma may have to take extra precautions as they head back to school this year.

27-Jul-2020 4:00 PM EDT
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation Announces Funding of over $2.2 Million in Research and Career Development Awards, Abstract Awards, and Emerging Liver Scholars Program
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Foundation, the largest private supporter of liver disease research and training in the United States, today announced its combined investment of over $2.2 million in Research and Career Development Awards, Abstract Awards, and its Emerging Liver Scholars (ELS) Program.

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27-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Medieval medicine remedy could provide new treatment for modern day infections
University of Warwick

To fight antibiotic resistance more antimicrobials are needed to treat bacterial biofilms, which protect an infection from antibiotics

Newswise: UC San Diego Health Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:05 AM EDT
UC San Diego Health Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health is ranked first in San Diego and sixth in California, placing it among the nation’s best hospitals, according to the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report. Eight common procedures and conditions were also rated “high performing.”

Newswise: Keck Medical Center of USC Named to U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 Best Hospitals Honor Roll
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Keck Medical Center of USC Named to U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 Best Hospitals Honor Roll
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was ranked No. 18 on the U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The academic medical center also was ranked among the top 5 hospitals in California and top 3 hospitals in the Los Angeles metro area.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:05 AM EDT
The Mount Sinai Hospital Ranked Among Top in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report; Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Claims No. 1 Spot in Specialty Rankings
Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Hospital, the flagship hospital of Mount Sinai Health System, was listed among the nation’s top hospitals for care excellence in U.S. News and World Report, marking the fifth straight year the hospital has been listed among the top 20 in the country while landing on the distinctive “Honor Roll” list.

28-Jul-2020 12:05 AM EDT
UChicago Medicine rises in US News’ hospital rankings
University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine has continued to improve in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of the country’s best hospitals, released July 28, moving up to having nine specialties ranked among the top 50 in the nation, including six in the top 25.

22-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Study Reveals How Renegade Protein Interrupts Brain Cell Function in Alzheimer’s Disease
NYU Langone Health

Dozens of molecules may tangle up with rogue bundles of tau, a protein that normally gives nerve fibers structure, to cause brain cell damage that contributes to neurodegenerative diseases, a new study shows.

Newswise: Wills Eye Earns Top Hospital Ranking by Nation’s Ophthalmologists
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:00 AM EDT
Wills Eye Earns Top Hospital Ranking by Nation’s Ophthalmologists
Wills Eye Hospital

Wills Eye Hospital has earned a top national ranking for the 31st consecutive year on U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Best Hospital’s Survey.

Newswise: UT Southwestern ranks Nationally, Regionally Among 'Best Hospitals'
27-Jul-2020 4:00 PM EDT
UT Southwestern ranks Nationally, Regionally Among 'Best Hospitals'
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – July 28, 2020 – UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth – the nation’s fourth-largest metro area – and ranks among the top 50 hospitals nationally in 10 specialties ranging from brain to heart care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals report released today. Six of the specialties rank in the top 25.

Newswise: John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Participated in ZUMA-2 Study Leading to FDA Approval of First CAR T-Cell Therapy for Recurrent/Persistent Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Released: 27-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Participated in ZUMA-2 Study Leading to FDA Approval of First CAR T-Cell Therapy for Recurrent/Persistent Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Hackensack Meridian Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval for brexucabtagene autoleucel (TECARTUS™, formerly KTE-X19) as the first and only CAR T-cell therapy for patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) relapsed or refractory to prior treatments. Investigators from Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey participated in the pivotal trial which the approval was based: the ZUMA-2 clinical trial, which assessed the safety and effectiveness of brexucabtagene autoleucel in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL who had received up to five prior regimens of treatment and had exhausted all other therapies. That transformative study showed that 93% of patients responded to treatment, with 67% achieving a complete response (no evidence of disease). The data were published in the April 2, 2020 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


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