Next Generation RNA Technology Could Unlock Treatments For Chronic Conditions

Even before scientists used modified RNA to create the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, they dreamed of using the engineered genetic code to revolutionize medical treatments for many other diseases. There’s just one major problem: The body destroys the strands of RNA soon after they are injected. That’s fine for use in vaccines that aim…

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Hospital Emergency Departments Bearing Brunt Of Youth Mental Health Crisis

For Dr. Joeli Hettler, the symptoms kids are showing up with in her emergency room are not only extreme — they’re confusing. “I have never seen so many kids come in with unusual complaints, like a body part that won’t stop shaking, or a body part that they can no longer move,” said Hettler, chief…

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‘COVID Hit Us All So Hard’: Vt. Hospice Workers Say PTSD Will Last Years

The trauma of the pandemic has affected many: health care workers, first responders, even grocery store clerks. Hospice workers – who deal with death every day – were heavily affected. The isolation of the coronavirus pandemic turned hospice care on its head. While the death rate from COVID-19 has dropped, some hospice workers worry about…

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For Deerfield Community School, Some Pandemic Changes Are Here to Stay

A year ago, New Hampshire schools shut down for what many thought would just be three weeks. Now, schools across the state are reopening fully. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson visited Deerfield Community School, where teachers and students have been spending a lot of the pandemic outside. And as they return, many are hoping that doesn’t change.…

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Traveling By Boat, Vaccinators ‘Injecting Hope’ For Maine Islanders

Even as the number of clinics that offer the COVID-19 vaccine has grown, some Mainers still face challenges getting access. Sometimes the barrier is no internet connection. Sometimes it’s finding a ride. And for some communities, it’s miles of ocean. Residents of Maine’s islands face unique hurdles in their efforts to get vaccinated, but a…

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