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Personalized 3-D magnetic micromachines from patient blood-derived biomaterials

A facile strategy for the 3D printed personalized micromachines from patient blood–derivable biomaterials. Harvested blood from the patient can be rapidly and robustly processed to obtain blood plasma, albumin, and platelet lysate. We use these biomacromolecules to prepare the microfabrication precursor mixtures containing the photosensitizer rose bengal and magnetic iron …

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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

This July 2020 file photo shows the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Montana’s legislature passed restrictive laws severely curbing quarantine and isolation powers, increasing local officials’ power over local health boards, preventing limits on religious gatherings, and banning employers—including in health care settings—from requiring vaccinations …

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20 years later, fallout from toxic WTC dust cloud grows

by David B. Caruso In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings, walk through the area, in New York. Two decades after the twin towers’ collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the …

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Vaccinations in rural India increase amid supply concerns

by Aniruddha Ghosal and Rishabh R. Jain Villagers stand in a queue to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 in village Nizampur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. India has dramatically increased COVID-19 vaccination rates in its vast rural hinterland, where around 65% of the country’s …

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Lockdowns or vaccines? 3 Pacific nations try diverging paths

A commercial business is closed in Sydney on Aug. 13, 2021, as greater Sydney continues a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown. Japan, Australia and New Zealand all got through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic in relatively good shape, but now are taking very divergent paths in dealing with new outbreaks …

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Extreme heat is a growing health issue, with evidence-based adaptation plans needed to prevent unnecessary deaths

Heat extremes and hot weather are harming health. While mitigating climate change is vital, theinevitable rise in global temperature is expected to exacerbate these harms in future, and identifyingopportunities for applying sustainable cooling strategies in heat-vulnerable settings is also important. Credit: The Lancet Extreme heat is an increasingly common occurrence …

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Some doctors write mask exemptions for students who don’t need them

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Parents in Kansas City who don’t want their children to wear masks in school despite mandates are swapping names of local physicians and nurse practitioners they claim will sign medical exemptions for families. Some local pediatricians report they’re getting more requests for exemptions lately and confirm …

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What the Delta variant means for COVID-19

A Texas A&M nursing student prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications The highly contagious Delta variant has caused a surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, largely among the unvaccinated. This latest development in the coronavirus pandemic has renewed debates …

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