Analysis of all COVID-19 research provides a comprehensive overview

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have explored all COVID-19 research published during the initial phase of the pandemic.
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Loneliness levels highest in the 20s and lowest in the 60s, finds study

Loneliness is a prevalent and serious public health problem impacting health, well-being and longevity. Seeking to develop effective interventions, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine examined the psychological and environmental factors that lead to patterns of loneliness in different age groups.
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Study highlights challenges of fieldwork for LGBTQ+ geoscientists

For a geoscientist, the benefits of performing fieldwork are countless. Researching in nature gives geoscientists firsthand contact with the earth's raw materials and a chance to test ideas and develop theories -- as well as to make new discoveries.
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Two studies focus on ethical aspects of brain-computer interface technologies

Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers.
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Scientists use bacteria to produce 3D objects made of nanocellulose

A team at Aalto University has used bacteria to produce intricately designed three-dimensional objects made of nanocellulose.
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Research examines changes in physical activity, sitting and sleep during Scotland's COVID lockdown

A new study by researchers at the University of Strathclyde, published as a preprint on the medRxiv* server, examined changes in 24-hour movement behaviors across three designated period blocks: from 1) pre-lockdown (T1) to the 1st UK national lockdown (T2); and 2) first UK national lockdown to initial easing of lockdown (T3).
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Garcetti: Dodger Stadium to be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for daily coronavirus testing

Daily coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium has been expanded to 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday, Nov. 10. During a COVID-19 status update, Garcetti said the capacity of Los Angeles testing sites will be increased to 32,400 tests per day and the city’s other testing sites will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. “This is one of the most precarious and dangerous and fragile moments in our fight against COVID-19,” Garcetti said. “Just yesterday, the most Americans to ever get COVI...
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Parents normalize children's symptoms to discount COVID-19, study finds

A new study by researchers from King's College London explores parental perceptions of COVID-19-like symptoms in their children and attitudes towards isolating them from others in the household when they are feeling unwell.
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Cabotegravir highly effective in preventing HIV among women

UNAIDS has been strongly encouraged by groundbreaking new study results showing that the antiretroviral medicine cabotegravir administered by an injection every two months – prevents HIV among women.
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Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 survivors develop mental illness within 90 days

A new study has found that people who have COVID-19 may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, including anxiety and depression, within 90 days after diagnosis.
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L.A. County moves to create worker-driven coronavirus compliance councils

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Nov. 10, to create worker-run public health councils in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus in work environments. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment and I’m proud that L.A. County is launching this first-in-the-nation program,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the motion. “As COVID-19 caseloads rise again, it is imperative that every employer and employee do their utmost to fully implement public health protocols...
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Promising new antivirals target arboviruses and SARS-CoV-2: Nodosome inhibitors

A new study describes two promising small molecules that inhibit a host cell factor, called nucleotide binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (NOD2), that inhibits the replication and spread of many arboviruses. This could lead to the development of broad-spectrum antivirals. The study's findings have been published on the preprint server bioRxiv*.
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COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis caused by aspergillus fumigatus

A new study published on the preprint server bioRxiv in November 2020 discusses the characteristics of COVID-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA).
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Lowest risk for autism associated with mid-levels of immune marker measured at birth

The causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - including genetic and environmental factors - are not entirely understood. Many studies have already shown that serious maternal infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for offspring in both people and animals.
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Novel super-activating macrophage receptor could explain hyper-inflammation in severe COVID-19

Immunity is a curious thing. While essential in protecting the body against invading pathogens and foreign antigens, it can also turn against the body and trigger destructive immunological processes. A new study published on the preprint server bioRxiv* in November 2020 reports on the role played by hyperactive macrophages in a range of acute and chronic hyper-inflammatory conditions.
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New insights into the relationship between sweet taste of sugar and satiety regulation

To date, very little is known about how sweetness perception contributes to satiety. This study, conducted by an Austrian-German team led by chemists Veronika Somoza and Barbara Lieder, provides new insights into the relationship between the sweet taste of sugar, energy intake and the regulatory process of hunger and satiety.
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Artificial olfactory system mimics the mammalian nose to assess meat freshness

A team of scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has invented an artificial olfactory system that mimics the mammalian nose to assess the freshness of meat accurately.
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Researchers uncover new 'hidden' gene in SARS-CoV-2

Researchers have discovered a new "hidden" gene in SARS-CoV-2--the virus that causes COVID-19--that may have contributed to its unique biology and pandemic potential.
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Study finds diabetes epidemic among Xavante indigenous community in Central Brazil

The Xavante, one of the indigenous communities most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil, are suffering from an epidemic of diabetes, a "silent" disease considered a risk factor for severe COVID-19.
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Lessons from USS Theodore Roosevelt on limiting shipborne COVID-19 outbreaks

A new study published on the preprint server medRxiv* in November 2020 discusses such a scenario in terms of various possible approaches. It suggests that a viable strategy could be evacuating everyone from the ship and extensive surveillance testing.
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New double-balloon catheter receives Canadian patent

Medical University of South Carolina radiologist assistant Cephus E. Simmons Sr., Ph.D., realized that catheters on the market were not optimal for providing the needed diagnostic yield during radiology procedures.
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Study could provide a new tool to predict relapse in bipolar disorder

Relapse in people with bipolar disorder can be predicted accurately by their tendency towards having pessimistic beliefs, according to a study published today in eLife.
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SARS-CoV-2 RNA genome structure reveals potential targets for development of drugs

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus RNA genome structure was studied in detail by researchers from the University of Groningen, the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, and Leiden University.
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KIT researchers develop versatile assistance robots for managing everyday life

Staying independent and in familiar surroundings as long as possible in old age - this is the wish of the most of us. It will be made possible by humanoid assistance robots that help people cope with everyday life and wearable robots that support the movements of the wearer.
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Strenuous jobs increase the likelihood of having a baby with fetal macrosomia

For the first time, researchers have attributed an understudied adverse fetal outcome to the strenuousness of an expectant mother's job.
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SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein optimized for conditions present in human airways

Researchers from Belgium and Germany demonstrated how the spike glycoprotein of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is fine-tuned towards the temperature and protease conditions of the human airways, which in turn enhances viral transmission and subsequent pathology. Their study is available on the bioRxiv* preprint server.
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Federal Legislation Aims to Help Veterans Struggling with Mental Health

With recent spikes in veteran suicide rates, federal legislation was approved in October to help veterans struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
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Robotic-assisted kidney transplant and weight loss surgery can be performed safely for obese patients

A kidney transplant is often denied to patients who are obese due to an increased risk of surgical complications, particularly infections. Surgeons at UI Heath -- the clinical and academic health enterprise of the University of Illinois Chicago -- have pioneered the use of robotic-assisted surgery for kidney transplants in obese patients to successfully reduce surgical complications.
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Semi-automated approach accelerates artificial organoid growth and selection

The method currently used to produce stem cell-derived tissues has a very limited throughput. By semi-automating tissue differentiation, researchers from MIPT and Harvard have made the process nearly four times faster, without compromising on quality.
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Endothelial cells resistant to SARS-CoV-2 infection

A team of scientists from Imperial College London has conducted a series of in vitro studies to investigate the susceptibility of endothelial cells to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, the causative pathogen of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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