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Tuberculosis and polio vaccines may offer temporary protection against SARS-CoV-2

As the world grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, scientists race to develop an effective vaccine to protect against the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus. While potential vaccines are still being developed and tested, researchers propose that existing vaccines could give the immune system a temporary boost to ward off infection.
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Glycans "lock and load" the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein for infection

A new study by scientists from the University of California San Diego, USA and Maynooth University, Ireland and published on the preprint server bioRxiv* in June 2020 reports preliminary results showing that the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2, as well as its glycan coat, has “hitherto unseen functional and structural” properties. These may be useful in designing novel therapeutics to target this molecule.
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Hydroxychloroquine ineffective in animal SARS-CoV-2 infection

A new study by scientists from the U.S and U.K. and published on the preprint server bioRxiv in June 2020 reports that there is no evidence of efficacy for the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) against infection with SARS-CoV-2 in hamsters or macaque models. This finding does not support the current widespread prophylactic and therapeutic use of HCQ in COVID-19.
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Steroidal drugs subvert SARS-CoV-2 interaction with ACE2 receptors

A new study by Italian researchers and published online on the preprint server bioRxiv* in June 2020 reports the ability of several existing steroidal drugs to reduce the binding of the SARS-CoV-2 to the ACE2 receptor. This could help define newer strategies using viral entry blockers to reduce viral load.
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Daniel Andrews sacks Adem Somyurek for 'deplorable' conduct and comments – politics live

Victoria’s premier says minister accused of branch stacking was not given an opportunity to resign. Follow the latest updates liveAndrews says there is no place in his government for SomyurekCabinet ministers claim expenses for trip involving fundraiserFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 2.21am BST On Friday the commonwealth attorney general, Christian Porter, lodged notices to intervene in three high court cases ...
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Remdesivir prevents replication of SARS-CoV-2 in human intestinal organoids

A new German study published on the preprint server bioRxiv* in June 2020 shows that the drug remdesivir can reduce the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in human intestinal organoids.
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Factors that determine COVID-19 mortality

A potentially important new study by MIT researchers and published on the preprint server medRxiv* in June 2020 shows that COVID-19 death rates in U.S. states correlate with several factors like commuting to work, temperatures, and geographical location, but not with ICU beds, obesity or poverty. This work, if validated, could help identify the actual contributing factors that shape mortality rates across the USA.
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New York could roll back reopening if coronavirus restrictions violated, Gov. Cuomo says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned people on Sunday that high violations of Covid-19 restrictions could cause the state to roll back its reopening.
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Effect of human genes on severity and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2

Now, a new paper published on the preprint server medRxiv* reports the results of an analysis of the association between the genetic variants in the patients and the clinical progression of the disease. The study included 332 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in a single-center, with widely varying laboratory and clinical features. There were 25, 12, and 17 patients with asymptomatic, mild, and critical disease.
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Coronavirus Australia update: Victorian minister Adem Somyurek quits amid branch stacking allegations – politics live

Upper house MP says he will be providing a ‘rigorous defence’ to the claims against him. Follow the latest updates liveVictoria’s small business minister steps downCabinet ministers claim expenses for trip involving fundraiserFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 1.26am BST The federal Labor leader says the focus on wage growth needs to continue - because it helps the economy as a whole If you have a system where by...
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Giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic: an obstetric anesthesiologist’s perspective [PODCAST]

Thank you for listening to the podcast. There were some audio difficulties, which I hope you can overlook. It certainly does not take away from Dr. Sheikh’s message and her wonderful interview. “‘It’s a strange time to be having a baby,’ my patient said as she sat alone in her labor room. The state order […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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An entire trimeric S-protein of SARS-CoV-2 is necessary for protective immune response

Researchers from Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington described a high-throughput and rapid technique to quantify circulating levels of functional antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), suggesting that the entire viral spike protein should be used to characterize the immune response. Their paper is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
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Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria minister Adem Somyurek quits amid branch stacking allegations – politics live

Upper house MP says he will be providing a ‘rigorous defence’ to the claims against him. Follow the latest updates liveCabinet ministers claim expenses for trip involving fundraiserFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 12.28am BST Scott Morrison says in April alone, the country lost the equivalent of 30 months of job growth. But he repeats that the spending we have seen will be stopped:We must be extremely cautious ...
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Early respiratory distress syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2 in a newborn

A recent case report from the researchers at the University of São Paulo, published in the journal CLINICS, shows how newborns can also be infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and develop serious symptoms, even though the most likely route of infection in such cases is still not completely clear.
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MPs criticise exclusion of NHS workers from free visa extensions

It will cost low-paid NHS and social care staff thousands to stay in UK, says reportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExcluding foreign care workers and lower-paid NHS staff from a fee-free NHS visa extension scheme is unfair and fails to recognise their contribution to the fight against Covid-19, an influential group of MPs has said.In a report, the cross-party home affairs select committee said some of the lowest-paid workers in healthcare were facing charges of thous...
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Early neutralizing response to SARS-CoV-2 dominated by IgA antibodies

Researchers from France and the U.S. demonstrated how severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection could induce an early and vigorous virus-specific IgA response that paves the way for the production of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies, with even better neutralizing properties. Their paper is currently available on the medRxiv preprint server.
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Coronavirus Australia update: Andrews to address explosive allegations of branch-stacking by Victorian MP – politics live

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews expected to address allegations of branch stacking by a minister he once described as a ‘very good friend’. Follow the latest updates liveCabinet ministers claim expenses for trip involving fundraiserFollow the global coronavirus blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 11.27pm BST Obviously the most important issue facing the country right now EXCLUSIVE | Images of the defaced Captain Cook statue on Belmore Road, Randwi...
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Cannabis plant may harbor SARS-CoV-2 for at least a week

Researchers at the Medicinal Genomics Corporation have warned that cannabis flowers exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) may harbor the virus for at least seven days.
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Questions you should ask before elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many states are beginning to reopen, and hospitals are once again scheduling elective surgeries. The question on many patients’ minds is, “Should I undergo elective surgery right now?” Although 31 percent of people have chosen to delay care and 50 percent of people over 65 have decided to wait to receive care during COVID-19, according […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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NIAID and Moderna scientists describe SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development

Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Moderna Inc., have described the potent neutralizing effects of a candidate vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that is currently being tested in a phase II trial.
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Why we must keep learning from the coronavirus pandemic

Looking back on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, I hope that we are able to take away several lessons. Immediately after the virus showed up in the United States, many physicians without access to virus testing seemed to go straight to imaging for an answer. While a few imaging tests proved to be […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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US Surgeon General: Coronavirus face masks promote freedom

The US Surgeon General on Sunday urged people to wear face coverings, saying they will promote freedom during the coronavirus pandemic.
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WHO cautions against further lifting of lockdown in England

Exclusive: senior official says contact tracing should be more effective before measures easedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s coronavirus lockdown should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system has proven to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization has said after widespread criticism of the first results of the new tracking operation. Continue reading...
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New test can detect the RNA of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples in 30 minutes

A new diagnostic test can detect the RNA of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in urine, blood, saliva or mouth swab samples in just 30 to 45 minutes, according to a new study published June 12, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Laura Lamb of the Beaumont Health System, Michigan, USA, and colleagues.
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Study reveals protein responsible for vulnerability in cancer cells

A new University of California, Irvine-led study reveals a protein responsible for genetic changes resulting in a variety of cancers, may also be the key to more effective, targeted cancer therapy.
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Self-care for parents in a pandemic: Finding the time when you don't have it

Self-care is necessary for recharging your batteries and fulfilling responsibilities. Here's how to prioritize it and find the time, especially during this now months-long pandemic and our added ongoing concerns over racial inequality.
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Study: Parasite infection closely linked to the make-up of gastrointestinal microbiome

Parasite infections are a constant presence for many people who live in tropical regions, particularly in less industrialized areas.
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Using a face mask reduces the spread of COVID-19 infections

A study by a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor has found that not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person's chances of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.
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Processing Your Baggage

In the later years of Walt Disney’s life, he actively worked on his vision for EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). His intention was to build a complete city of the future – a place for people to live and work in harmony. His designs included a central downtown hub with skyscrapers, Monorails and People Movers for transportation, houses for people to live in, entertainment centers, parks, waste management, and more. It was a big picture vision that he’d been working on for many...
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New AI algorithm could help people with type 1 diabetes better manage their glucose levels

Researchers and physicians at Oregon Health & Science University, using artificial intelligence and automated monitoring, have designed a method to help people with type 1 diabetes better manage their glucose levels.
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