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CSIRO study on the effects of COVID-19 on weight and well being

The CSIRO, Australia's federal government agency responsible for scientific research, has come up with a study looking at the emotional well being and weight loss or gain associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the forced stay-at-home measures.
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Human trials expected to start next month for Covid-19 treatment derived from cows' blood

A South Dakota company expects to start human trials next month for a Covid-19 antibody treatment derived from the plasma of cows.
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Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria records 21 new Covid-19 cases as former Vic premier Steve Bracks to address ALP 'culture' – politics live

Fifteen of the people who have tested positive are in hotel quarantine; Steve Bracks says there is ‘great appetite’ for change. Follow liveFormer Vic premier optimistic about tackling ALP ‘cultural issues’Covid-19 infections spike in VictoriaPauline Hanson charged taxpayers for three-day Perth fundraising spreeFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 4.29am BST Pat Dodson thanks his colleague Malarndirri McCarthy for a...
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Including patients in hospital discharge letters could enhance outcomes of care

Sending discharge letters to patients as well as their GPs when they leave UK hospitals could make a substantial difference to patient outcomes, according to a new study by University of Warwick researchers.
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Antibiotic X-206 effective against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro

The current study published on the preprint server bioRxiv aims to understand how these compounds affect SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. The researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark examined 11 natural PEIs, with a single synthetic analog, screening them for inhibitory activity against the CPE of SARS-CoV-2 infecting cultured cells with overexpression of TMPRSS2, a serine protease that is instrumental in cleaving the spike protein of the virus.
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Hepatitis C virus co-opts an immune protein to evade antiviral defenses

By discovering a trick the hepatitis C virus uses to evade the immune system, scientists have identified a new antiviral defense system that could be used to treat many virus infections, according to new research published today in eLife.
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Study: One in five adults experienced a decrease in their sexual behavior early in the pandemic

One in five adults in the United States report they have experienced change - mostly a decrease - in their sexual behavior during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers.
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How antibodies neutralize SARS-CoV-2 in convalescent patients

A new study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Taiwan and published on the preprint server bioRxiv in June 2020 describes the structural basis for the neutralizing effect of the SARS-CoV-2 antibody on the virus. This also indicates a possible therapeutic molecule by identifying its binding epitope as possibly a major neutralizing site.
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Anti-TNF drug preserves beta-cell function in newly diagnosed pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes

In research led by a University at Buffalo pediatric endocrinologist, a drug called golimumab showed that it preserved beta-cell function in children and young adults with newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes, according to findings from a Phase 2 study.
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Some states see Covid-19 cases surging as restrictions are relaxed

As states move forward with relaxing virus-compelled restrictions -- and as people grow weary of complying with them -- some areas are reporting a record number of new daily cases.
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TERAVOLT tracks outcomes of people with thoracic cancers affected by COVID-19

New data from TERAVOLT, a global consortium that tracks outcomes of people with thoracic cancers affected by COVID-19, offers clues as to why they experienced a high death rate of 33% when the coronavirus swept across Europe.
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Researchers create superior bone grafts using primitive stem cells

Although most broken bones can be mended with a firm cast and a generous measure of tender loving care, more complicated fractures require treatments like bone grafting.
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A new, daily home-monitoring program for patients presumed COVID-19 positive

How do you monitor patients who have COVID-19 symptoms but are not ill enough to come to the emergency department? And how do you help those patients feel cared about and less frightened while convalescing at home?
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Two potent small molecules appear to suppress tumor growth in multiple cancers

City of Hope scientists have identified and developed two potent small molecules that appear to suppress tumor growth in multiple cancers even when other treatments cease to work, possibly due to the development of drug resistance.
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Cancer results from interaction between individual’s genetics and exposure to carcinogens

A new study led by the University of Hawai?i Cancer Center looks into how and why certain individuals develop cancer and others do not.
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Scientists discover unexpected role of heat shock proteins during neuronal differentiation

A research team led by Dr Chaogu Zheng from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with a team led by Professor Martin Chalfie (2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) from the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, recently discovered an unexpected role of the heat shock proteins, also known as the molecular chaperones, during neuronal differentiation, which refers to the process a neuron takes to acquire its shape and function.
Tags: Health, Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Martin Chalfie, School of Biological Sciences, Chaogu Zheng


Scientists evaluate SARS-CoV-2 infection risks in livestock, poultry, pets and wildlife

A large-scale single-cell screening endeavor on a wide variety of animals showed that cells targeted by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are most abundant in cats, but are also found in other animals – unveiling a valuable resource for controlling the ongoing disruptive coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Experts evaluate options for treating cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis

Experts in cognitive research evaluated the status of available treatments as well as promising strategies for treating cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis.
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Researchers develop a simple tool for making mouse models of COVID-19

Until there are effective treatments or vaccines, the COVID-19 pandemic will remain a significant threat to public health and economies around the world. A major hurdle to developing and testing new anti-viral therapies and vaccines for COVID-19 is the lack of good, widely available animal models of the disease.
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Research team generates comprehensive developmental map of human T-cells

Chintan Parekh, MD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, has led a team of investigators that generated a comprehensive roadmap for how T-cells develop in the human thymus.
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Key factors to "flattening the curve": Western Washington state's COVID-19 experience

Despite having the first confirmed case of coronavirus and the first major COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the state of Washington implemented a response plan that kept its death rate the lowest among all states that have had major outbreaks.
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Severity of COVID-19 linked to heparanase activity and heparan sulfate levels

Researchers at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands reported an increase of heparanase activity and heparan sulfate levels in the plasma of patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which was also associated with the severity of the condition – suggesting, in turn, potential treatment utility of low molecular weight heparins. The paper is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
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Georgia Tech professor donated 7,000 gallons of redesigned sanitizer to fight COVID-19

So many people Seth Marder spoke to didn't see the hand sanitizer crisis brewing. The country was going to run dangerously short if someone did not act urgently.
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Persistent DNA damage in the placenta can affect embryonic growth

Scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have shown that a dysfunctional placenta can play a previously unrecognized role during the earliest stages of development in mouse models of Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
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Toilet flushing can create a cloud of virus-containing aerosol droplets

Researchers used a computer simulation to show how a flushing toilet can create a cloud of virus-containing aerosol droplets that is large and widespread and lasts long enough that the droplets could be breathed in by others.
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Exposure to certain e-cig cartridges may cause fatal lung damage

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, have shown that long-term exposure to certain electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) may cause lung toxicity and injury among vapers.
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Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria records 21 new cases of Covid-19 – politics live

Fifteen of the people who have tested positive are in hotel quarantine, while another works at a hotel. Follow liveCovid-19 infections spike in VictoriaPauline Hanson charged taxpayers for three-day Perth fundraising spreeFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 1.10am BST On the number of Covid cases recorded in Victoria in the last 24 hours - 21, with 15 attributed to returned travelers, Daniel Andrews says:Firstly, ...
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Study highlights vulnerability of people in refugee camps to COVID-19

A COVID-19 outbreak in a refugee settlement will likely overwhelm the available healthcare capacity and infrastructure and spread through nearly the entire settlement population if left unchecked, according to a new study published June 16 in PLOS Medicine by Paul Spiegel of Johns Hopkins University, United States, and colleagues.
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How novel coronavirus affects children

New insights into the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of pediatric patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could facilitate early identification and intervention in suspected patients, according to a study publishing on June 16, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Xihui Zhou of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, China and colleagues.
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Common cholesterol drugs could slow breast cancer metastasis to the brain

A new study from the University of Notre Dame shows drugs used to treat high cholesterol could interfere with the way breast cancer cells adapt to the microenvironment in the brain, preventing the cancer from taking hold.
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