Relaxation of social and physical distancing measures may result in profound mortality

Even as the world struggles to live and make a living, faced with the dual threat of a rapidly spreading viral illness and economic slowdown, a new study published on the preprint server medRxiv in May 2020 says that relaxing non-pharmacological interventions will allow the SARS-CoV-2 virus to become endemic.
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Lessons for COVID-19 from 2009 H1N1

The world has experienced many outbreaks of viral diseases. Over the past two decades, we have also seen the emergence of zoonotic human respiratory coronaviruses with pandemic potential.
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Covid-19 infects intestines, kidneys and other organs, studies find

The new coronavirus can infect organs throughout the body, including lungs, throat, heart, liver, brain, kidneys and the intestines, researchers found.
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Contact tracing is becoming increasingly important...

Contact tracing is becoming increasingly important in containing the spread of the coronavirus as states push to re-open. CNN's Tom Foreman has more.
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Low albumin levels could predict poor outcome in COVID-19

A Spanish study has revealed that COVID-19 patients who have a low level of albumin have a poorer outcome compared to those with normal levels of blood albumin. The study titled, “Low albumin levels are associated with poorer outcomes in a case series of COVID-19 patients in Spain: a retrospective cohort study,” was released prior to peer-review on the open-access preprint server site Medrxiv*.
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MRI reveals signs of fetal alcohol syndrome in the womb

New images reveal the earliest impairments to nonhuman primate fetal brain development due to alcohol ingested by the mother, in a study led by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University involving rhesus macaques.
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New treatment improves survival for people with common liver cancer

For the first time in over a decade, scientists have identified a first-line treatment that significantly improves survival for people with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.
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Conservative-Dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Out State's Coronavirus Emergency Order

In a jaw-dropping move on Wednesday, the conservative-dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the entirety of the emergency shutdown order Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ administration ordered to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
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Study shows 19 out of 25 COVID-19 patients improved with convalescent plasma treatment

The country's first convalescent plasma transfusion trial results have been published and show 19 out of 25 patients improved with the treatment, and 11 were discharged from the hospital.
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Leave packages unopened and untouched for 72 hours to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Researchers have advised that people need to leave their parcels and packages unopened and untouched for 72 hours to help stop the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease. The virus, as is evident from the raging pandemic across the world, is highly infectious and could survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
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Abbott's fast Covid-19 test may miss too many cases, NYU study finds

A new study suggests that the Covid-19 diagnostic test being used by the White House frequently misses cases of the virus.
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COVID-19 lockdown exit strategies: deliverance or disaster?

A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge, Universidad de Sevilla, and the University of Massachusetts, published on the preprint server medRxiv in May 2020, shows that it is essential to choose a restrictive exit strategy while easing COVID-19 lockdowns, because failure to do so may lead to catastrophic results.
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Does HIV infection increase the severity of COVID-19?

A new study by researchers at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine and published on the preprint server medRxiv* in May 2020 reports that being infected with HIV at the time of acquiring COVID-19 does not significantly increase the severity of illness or the risk of complications.
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Pediatric cancer patients are not at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, study finds

Researchers from MSK Kids at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) found that children with cancer are not at a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19.
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Cats can infect other cats with coronavirus, researchers find

Cats can infect other cats with the novel coronavirus Covid-19.
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Trial E3311: Less intense treatment for HPV+ oropharynx cancer shows positive results

The final results of the randomized phase two trial E3311 will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, to occur virtually from May 29-31.
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Researchers identify CoV Mac1 proteins as a potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine target

A recent study by researchers at the University of Kansas and published on the preprint server bioRxiv* reveals that Mac1 protein implicated in the infection process of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has a strikingly similar structure and activity in all coronaviruses – suggesting that possible future treatments targeting this protein may exert broad antiviral activity.
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Study uncovers how the body synthesizes triglycerides

Doctors regularly warn their patients that having high levels of triglycerides, a major dietary fat, can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease.
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A deep look into hormone-producing cells of the gut

Researchers from the Hubrecht Institute and Utrecht University generated an in-depth description of the human hormone-producing cells of the gut, in a large collaborative effort with other research teams. The results are presented in the scientific journal Cell on the 13th of May.
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Should I wear a mask? Experts on how we stay safe as Australia eases coronavirus restrictions

Can I hug relatives? Is it safe to pet that dog? Health professionals answer common questions about Covid-19 social distancingSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsScott Morrison has laid out a three-step plan to reopen Australia by July, and the states and territories have quickly followed suit with their own timelines for easing coronavirus restrictions.But according to Prof Hassan Vally, an infectious...
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Interactive VR blood flow simulation tool to improve cardiovascular care

Biomedical engineers at Duke University are developing a massive fluid dynamics simulator that can model blood flow through the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution.
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C-Path, Provention Bio collaborate to improve scientific community's insight into type 1 diabetes

The Critical Path Institute and Provention Bio, Inc. are proud to announce their collaboration to significantly improve the scientific community's insight into type 1 diabetes through Provention's contribution of data from the Phase III Protégé study of teplizumab to the T1D Trial Outcome Measures Initiative integrated database.
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U of A researchers and Tonix Pharmaceuticals join forces to develop, test COVID-19 vaccine

University of Alberta researchers launched a joint effort with U.S.-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals to develop and test a vaccine against COVID-19.
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Should school closures related to COVID-19 be continued long-term?

Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, many countries have introduced restrictive measures to curb the circulation and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
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Simpler ventilator design receives FDA's Emergency Use Authorization

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) is safe for use in the United States under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization, which helps support public health during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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Study finds potential under-diagnosis of food allergy among Medicaid-enrolled children

Prevalence of food allergy among Medicaid-enrolled children across the U.S. was substantially lower (0.6 percent), compared to previous national estimates using parent surveys (7.6 percent) and reports of physician confirmation of food allergy (4.7 percent).
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Black light experiment shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant

A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected.
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WPI receives NSF Grant to study how coronavirus pandemic impacts student learning

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers with expertise in fields ranging from psychology to architectural engineering will use a $199,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how the novel coronavirus global pandemic is affecting stress in college students and their ability to learn in remote settings.
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Worldwide study of ICU data to provide insight into best COVID-19 treatments

Queensland researchers are leading a worldwide clinical study using AI to examine COVID-19 patient data from 300 intensive care units to provide insight for health professionals to determine the best treatments for the disease.
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Developing innovative radiation treatment for inoperable brain and spinal tumors

An innovative radiation treatment that could one day be a valuable addition to conventional radiation therapy for inoperable brain and spinal tumors is a step closer, thanks to new research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers at the Canadian Light Source (CLS).
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