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November 16, 2023 | Volume XIV | Issue 46

Music therapy eases path for young patients at Jacksonville's Wolfson Hospital

Dan Scanlan reports for WJCT via Health News Florida:

She is 13, going on 21, her music therapist says, laughing as she describes a young patient who has long dealt with a blood disorder at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

But as Kaylei recovered over the summer from a bone marrow transplant, she decided to sing as part of her recovery, using her own heartbeat as the rhythm behind her lyrics in the hospital’s new recording studio.

“Everything changed all at one. Nothing is the same as it was,” Kaylei’s lilting lyrics go. “I used to be colorful and bright. But now I feel like I have lost my light. But I’m getting closer to feeling right.”

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The remaining frontiers in fighting hepatitis C

Daniela Hirschfeld

Q&A — Virologist Charles M. Rice

A scientist whose work was key to identifying, studying and finding treatments for this life-threatening virus discusses the scientific journey and challenges that persist

A, B, C, D, E: It’s a short, menacing alphabet representing the five types of virus causing viral hepatitis, a sickness afflicting some 400 million people around the world today.

Hepatitis viruses are a set of very different pathogens that kill 1.4 million people annually and infect more than HIV and the malaria pathogen do combined. Most of the deaths are from cirrhosis of the liver or hepatic cancer due to chronic infections with hepatitis viruses B or C, picked up through contact with contaminated blood.

Hepatitis B was the first of the five to be discovered, in the 1960s, by biochemist Baruch S. Blumberg. Hepatitis A, which is most commonly spread through contaminated food and water, was next, discovered in 1973 by researchers Stephen Mark Feinstone, Albert Kapikian and Robert Purcell.

Screening tests for those two types of viruses paved the way to discovering a third. In the 1970s, hematologist Harvey Alter examined unexplained cases of hepatitis in patients after blood transfusions and found that only 25 percent of such cases were caused by the hepatitis B virus, and none were linked to the hepatitis A virus. 

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FDA authorizes home test for chlamydia and gonorrhea

CNN reports:

The US Food and Drug Administration has greenlit the first test for chlamydia and gonorrhea that will allow users to collect samples at home. After HIV, this is the first FDA-authorized test that will allow more accessible home collection for a sexually transmitted infection.

The Simple 2 Test, made by New York- and Dublin-based LetsGetChecked, got FDA market authorization Wednesday.

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State of lung cancer report

CBS Pittsburgh

The American Lung Association's recently released sixth annual "State of Lung Cancer" report highlights how the toll of lung cancer varies by state and examines key indicators throughout the U.S. including new cases, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment and screening rates. The report found that the lung cancer five-year survival rate increased 22% nationally to 26.6% from 2015 to 2019. In addition, the survival rate has increased at a faster pace among communities of color, so that it is no longer significantly lower compared to white individuals.

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