Changing in Mid-bloodstream
Differences in blood types can mean the difference in whether a person qualifies for an organ transplant. If the blood type of the donor organ doesn't match the recipient's, a mismatched transplant likely results in death.
But a new approach uses enzymes to treat donor organs to make them compatible with recipients of any blood type. Right now, it's still experimental and hasn't been tried in real patients, but if proven successful, it would further ease the challenges of organ transplantation.
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It is estimated that 20% to 30% of people bite their nails.
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The pandemic has caused some patient safety achievements of recent years to slip backward, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study. In nursing homes, for example, serious falls were up 17% compared to pre-pandemic, and bed sores had increased 42%.
315: Number of animals (from 15 species) confirmed to have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. (Note: This number does not include infected mink, nearly all found on fur farms.)
Source: National Geographic