New recommendations for healthcare workers: Prioritize opportunities for families to say final goodbyes

Phone calls between patients and their relatives should be prioritized during the pandemic to allow loved ones to say goodbye, a new study providing recommendations to healthcare professionals has suggested. The study, by researchers at the Universities of Sheffield, Oxford and Liverpool is the first of its kind to give a voice to those bereaved […]

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First cell-based gene therapy approved for multiple myeloma

Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel), a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of multiple myeloma, the agency announced Saturday. Abecma, a B-cell maturation antigen-directed genetically modified autologous CAR T-cell therapy, is the first cell-based gene therapy to be approved for patients with multiple myeloma and […]

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Steroid hormone could reduce risk of preterm birth for high-risk single baby pregnancies

Taking progestogens—steroid hormones—during pregnancy could reduce the risk of preterm birth in high-risk single baby pregnancies, research has shown. Although these compounds have been in use for some time, results of individual clinical trials investigating their effectiveness in preventing preterm birth have been conflicting, and so further evaluation of the research evidence was needed. University […]

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