Cancer researchers identify checkpoint target for colorectal cancer immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to target and destroy cancer cells. Considered the future of cancer treatment, immunotherapy is less toxic than chemotherapy. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, yet chemotherapy remains the standard of care as limited numbers of patients respond to current immunotherapy treatment options. The findings published in JCI Insight could provide ...

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Electronic health records fail to detect up to 33% of medication errors

Despite improvements in their performance over the past decade, electronic health records (EHRs) commonly used in hospitals nationwide fail to detect up to one in three potentially harmful drug interactions and other medication errors, according to scientists at University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In tests using simulated medical records, the researchers found ...

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COVID-19 could be a seasonal illness

A study conducted in Sydney during the early epidemic stage of COVID-19 has found an association between lower humidity and an increase in locally acquired positive cases. Researchers discovered a 1 percent decrease in humidity could increase the number of COVID-19 cases by 6 percent. The research led by Michael Ward, an epidemiologist in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science ...

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Researchers identify seasonal peaks for foodborne infections

Each year, thousands of pounds of food are wasted and billions of dollars in food sales lost because of recalls tied to foodborne infections. Using a newly developed approach, researchers identified seasonal peaks for foodborne infections that could be used to optimize the timing and location of food inspections. “We rely upon food producers, distributors and retailers to keep food ...

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Adherence to oral diabetes drugs may improve survival in diabetics with colorectal cancer

Among patients with both colorectal cancer and diabetes in Korea, those who had a high adherence to their oral diabetes medication had a significantly reduced risk of overall mortality compared with those with lower adherence. Findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “It is estimated that only ...

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