How scientists trained computers to forecast COVID-19 outbreaks

Imagine a time when your virus-blocking face covering is like an umbrella. Most days, it stays in your closet or is stowed somewhere in your car. But when a COVID-19 outbreak is in the forecast, you can put it to use. A group of would-be forecasters says it’s got the makings for such a system.

Health Highlights: Jan.23, 2023

Home drug infusions can be hazardous, but many home care staff aren't trained. There are no standard protocols for training home care nurses, caregivers or patients themselves how to watch out for and report signs of infections caused by IV lines, a study author noted. Read more

No Increase Seen in OD Deaths Involving Buprenorphine During COVID-19

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of overdose deaths involving buprenorphine did not increase in association with actions taken to facilitate access to buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid use disorder during COVID-19, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Network Open.

Nab-Paclitaxel Does Not Increase Overall Survival in Biliary Tract Cancer

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with biliary tract cancer (BTC), no significant improvement is observed in overall survival with the addition of albumin-bound paclitaxel to gemcitabine and cisplatin (GAP) versus gemcitabine/cisplatin (GC), according to a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, held from Jan. 19 to 21 in San Francisco.

Dietary Advice Can Improve Nutritional Profile in Schizophrenia

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, implementing conventional nutritional education strategies and specific nutritional advice with a symbiotic effect improves dietary-nutritional profiles, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Nutrients.

Air Pollution Tied to Psoriasis Occurrence

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term air pollutant exposures are associated with psoriasis, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in Frontiers in Public Health.

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.

AHA News: Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Lower Risk For Cognitive Problems in More People

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Several years ago, researchers published in JAMA a promising discovery: intensively lowering blood pressure appeared to reduce the risk for cognitive decline in people 50 and older with high blood pressure. But questions remained about whether the strategy was safe or effective in people whose diastolic blood pressure – the bottom number in a blood pressure reading – was low. Some data suggested intensive control might raise the risk for dementia in this group.