Medical Health Cluster


UCSD engineers study how a smartphone could someday help you track your blood oxygen level.

Your phone camera might have another useful feature beyond taking selfies. Engineers at UC San Diego and the University of Washington published a proof-of-concept study that showed a smartphone was capable of detecting blood oxygen levels almost on par with the industry standard medical device. If you’ve ever gone into […]

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Study Finds Significant Increase in Firearm Assaults in States that Relaxed Conceal Carry Permit Restrictions

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the average rate of assaults with firearms increased an average of 9.5 percent relative to forecasted trends in the first 10 years after 34 states relaxed restrictions on civilians carrying concealed firearms in public. […]

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Ivermectin Doesn’t Help Treat COVID-19, Large Study Finds

Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that became popular as an alternative treatment for COVID-19, showed no signs of quelling the disease or reducing patients’ risk of hospitalization, according to results from a large clinical trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The findings pretty much rule out the drug as a treatment […]

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Side Effects of COVID mRNA Vaccines Are Mild and Short, Large Study Confirms

Data from the first 6 months after the rollout of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in the United States released today show that adverse effects from shots are typically mild and short-lived. Findings of the large study, compiled after nearly 300 million doses were administered, were published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Researchers, led […]

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COVID Vaccines Do Not Trigger Sudden Hearing Loss: Study

Anecdotal reports have linked the vaccines against COVID-19 to the sudden loss of hearing in some people. But a new study has found no evidence for such a connection with any of the three approved shots. The analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting […]

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Study: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Severe COVID

People with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have a severe or critical case of COVID-19, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study is based on data from Israel’s first two coronavirus waves before vaccines were widely available. The scientists stressed that vitamin supplements aren’t a substitute […]

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