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Vaping and COVID-19: What are the Risks?

A recent survey of 4,351 young adults showed that electronic cigarette use might be putting individuals at a greater risk for contracting COVID-19 and possibly facing a more difficult recovery.  Study* authors concluded that a COVID-19 diagnosis was five times more likely among users of e-cigarettes, seven times more likely among users of e-cigarettes and…

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You Are What You Breathe

You are what you eat is a favorite maxim among those who strive for a healthy lifestyle. Now we’re also learning that we may be what we breathe, especially as we grow older – and air pollution could harm your brain health. This year, at least three studies have added to the long-held theory that…

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Parkinson’s Disease: Where it Starts – and Why That Matters

Typically, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is thought of as one condition with many symptoms. But a new study concludes that it is actually two diseases — a theory that could ultimately alter treatment for the progressive neurogenerative disease. Researchers, who published their findings in the neurology journal Brain, used advanced scanning techniques to show that Parkinson’s can…

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Hurricanes Disrupt At-home Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

For patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OAS), hurricanes can be especially disruptive. According to a study that surveyed OAS patients’ experiences with Hurricane Irma, many reported that they were unable to use positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy before, during, and after the storm. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine recently published the results of…

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Not Every COVID-19 Test is the Same

The pandemic has focused a spotlight on the importance of accurate medical tests, especially in light of recent increases in coronavirus cases. “The important thing to remember,” says Merce Jorda, M.D., who serves as chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Miami Health System, “is that there are multiple types of tests…

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Can Proton Therapy Help Breast Cancer Patients?

Can the precision of a proton beam keep the hearts of breast cancer patients safe during radiation treatment?  A national collaborative study is now underway to find out. And the results could help define the future of breast cancer radiotherapy treatment. Proton beam therapy, also called proton therapy, is a newer approach to delivering radiation…

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Can a Drug Cocktail Prevent COVID-19?

The lab-made antibody cocktail that President Donald Trump received when he had COVID-19 is entering clinical trials at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The UM trial, however, focuses on prevention instead of treatment. As part of a nationwide exploration into how Regeneron might combat the novel coronavirus, the trial seeks to prevent…

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PARP Inhibitors Show Promise in Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Written by Marilyn Huang, M.D. Gynecologic oncologist Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Institute     About 23,000 cases of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), which includes fallopian tube and primary peritoneal carcinoma, are diagnosed annually, They account for approximately 14,000 deaths, making it the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. Over the past 5 years, the…

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Coronavirus Treatments: Here’s Where We Are Today

While much of the world focuses on a vaccine for COVID-19, scientists are also busy studying and developing potential treatments. The two-pronged approach has led to a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t, and why symptoms differ so widely from person to person. “When we first started [treating the virus], there really was…

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Ovarian Cancer – Or Is It?

Written by Matthew Schlumbrecht, M.D., M.P.H. and  Sophia George, Ph.D. Gynecologic Oncology Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center   In 2020, there will be an estimated 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed and almost 14,000 deaths in the United States. For years, ovarian cancer has remained one of the leading causes of death for women with…

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