La catarata de información sobre la inscripción a Medicare no explica bien las opciones de Medigap

La temporada anual de inscripción abierta de Medicare ya está en marcha, y millones de beneficiarios, impulsados ​​por una masiva campaña publicitaria, y con la ayuda de un sitio web federal detallado, elegirán un plan Medicare Advantage privado. Pero aquellos que han optado por el Medicare tradicional se enfrentan a una decisión crítica sobre los seguros privados. Con demasiada frecuencia, […]

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COVID-19 and Health Supplements

A deficiency in micronutrients including zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, D, and E have been shown to be deleterious during viral infections. Meanwhile, supplementation with multivitamins, for example, has been shown to reduce the risk of respiratory infection. Image Credit: Lallapie/Shutterstock.com So, can dietary supplementation and herbal ‘medicine’ help ameliorate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? If so, they present a potentially […]

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What is Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)?

FPIES is a non-immunoglobulin E (IgE) and cell-mediated food allergic disorder that is characterized by protracted and repetitive vomiting, as well as frequent diarrhea. As a result of these primary symptoms, individuals with FPIES often also present with dehydration, lethargy, pallor, hypotension, and certain metabolic disorders. Image Credit:  By SizeSquares/Shutterstock.com A brief history of FPIES Some of the earliest reports […]

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Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) is a nutrient-rich leafy vegetable. It contains several important micronutrients which encompass a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber, protein, and fatty acids which are essential for the maintenance, improvement, and regulation of tissue. Image Credit: nesavinov/Shutterstock.com Spinach is also a substantial source of antioxidants that are obtained from carotenoids and […]

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Justice Department Targets Data Mining in Medicare Advantage Fraud Case

The Justice Department has accused an upstate New York health insurance plan for seniors and its medical analytics company of cheating the government out of tens of millions of dollars. The civil complaint of fraud, filed late Monday, is the first by the federal government to target a data mining company for allegedly helping a Medicare Advantage program game federal […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis treated with implanted cells that release drug

With a goal of developing rheumatoid arthritis therapies with minimal side effects, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have genetically engineered cells that, when implanted in mice, will deliver a biologic drug in response to inflammation. The engineered cells reduced inflammation and prevented a type of damage to bone, known as bone erosion, in a mouse […]

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Antibody protects against broad range of COVID-19 virus variants

The virus that causes COVID-19 today is not the same as the one that first sickened people way back in December 2019. Many of the variants circulating now are partially resistant to some of the antibody-based therapeutics that were developed based on the original virus. As the pandemic continues, more variants inevitably will arise, and the problem of resistance will […]

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Innate versus Adaptive Immunity

The human immune system is split into the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system. Both systems work in harmony to protect us from infections and disease. Here, we discuss their differences, as well as how they overlap and contribute to autoimmune diseases. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei/Shuttershock.com The innate immune system The innate immune system mediates the body’s response […]

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Cell-based immunotherapy shows promise against melanoma

An immunotherapy based on supercharging the immune system’s natural killer cells has been effective in treating patients with recurrent leukemia and other difficult to treat blood cancers. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown in preclinical studies conducted in mice and human cells that this type of cell-based immunotherapy also could be effective against […]

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