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Child Abuse

Let Victims Speak, German Child Abuse Inquiry Says

A girl on an East German cooperative farm beaten by her father, then raped and trad for sex by her brother. An emotionally troubled boy undressed in “counseling sessions” by a priest at his boarding school. A swimmer abuse by his instructor. It was set up after investigations in 2012 and 2013 into the Jimmy…

Transfusion medicine

Younger Blood Donors are Needed to Keep Program

Big milestones were celebrated at the Gravenhurst Canadian Blood Services donor clinic on March 26. Elaine St. Pierre, territory manager for Barrie, Muskoka, Simcoe, Dufferin and Grey, said that although 50% of the population is eligible to donate blood, only four per cent actually do. “There is half a million people who are supplying the blood…

Incurable Cancer

Persons Living With Incurable Cancer a Growing, Neglected Group

People with metastatic incurable cancer are living longer, thanks to better treatments, including immuno therapies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), yet few studies have addressed the non biomedical needs and challenges of this rapidly growing population. Unfortunately, the research community failed to study and address the psychological, social, spiritual, and financial impact of living for…

Measles

Does It Make Sense to Delay Children's Vaccines?

When Elyse Imamura’s son was an infant, she and her husband, Robert, chose to spread out his vaccinations at a more gradual pace than the official schedule recommended. “I was thinking, ‘OK, we’re going to do this,’ ” says Imamura, 39, of Torrance, Calif. ” ‘But we’re going to do it slower so your body…

Skin cells

Sun Protection To Patients SWith Rare Genetic Disease

Skin cells taken from patients with a rare genetic disorder are up to ten times more sensitive to damage from ultraviolet A (AVA) radiation in laboratory tests, than those from a healthy population; so according to new research from the University of Bath. It is hope that the work; which involve designing a brand new…

Anesthesiology

Ketamine Infusions Show Initial, Repeated Depression Benefits

A new study shows that weekly ketamine infusions are associated with continued and maintained reductions in depressive symptoms among patients with treatment-resistant depression. The findings, which are considered novel among studies assessing ketamine administration for patients with treatment-resistant depression; evidence the promising role the controversial drug could play in psychiatric care. Controversial drug A team of…

Geriatrics

Older Adults With Cancer to Receive Geriatric Assessment

Although the majority of patients who have blood cancers are older adults, they make up only a small percentage of participants in the clinical trials that lead to new therapies. That’s because the standard research methods used in oncology (cancer medicine) are not ideal for identifying certain vulnerabilities linked to aging; such as having multiple…