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YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials

Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.” The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he founded LemonBox to sell American health supplements to Chinese millennials like himself via online channels. The company soon attracted seed funding fro...
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Study shows metformin can significantly reduce COVID-19 death risks in women

University of Minnesota Medical School and UnitedHealth Group researchers found that metformin was associated with significantly reduced COVID-19 death risks in women in one of the world's largest observational studies of COVID-19 patients.
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Black and Hispanic populations are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, shows study

Black and Hispanic populations are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, according to a systematic review published this week.
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Combination of microfluidic technology and blood flow research may help understand cardiovascular diseases

Announcing a new publication for BIO Integration journal. In this article the authors Meng Zhang, Wu Zhang, Zihuang Wang and Weiqian Chen from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China review viscoelastic flow mixing in microfluidics.
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Ventilator sharing could be feasible in crisis situations to mitigate equipment shortages

Using a single ventilator to support two patients could be feasible in crisis situations involving a ventilator shortage, researchers have found.
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Study details the impacts of ocean pollution on human health

Ocean pollution is widespread and getting worse, and when toxins in the oceans make landfall they imperil the health and well-being of more than 3 billion people, according to a new report by an international coalition of scientists led by Boston College's Global Observatory on Pollution on Health and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
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Sensitivity of coronavirus antibody tests may be lower than stated on the package

A study by University of Tartu researchers indicates that the sensitivity of tests used to detect viral antibodies in a blood sample may differ significantly. The combination of several tests may give the best result.
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Low-dose CT for lung cancer screening offers more benefit than harm for heavy ex-smokers

For heavy (ex-)smokers, lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT, LDCT) offers more benefit than harm: The procedure can save a number of people from dying of lung cancer; for some of them, it might also prolong overall survival.
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New CRISPR-Cas9 variant improves efficiency of gene editing tool

Using a new variant to repair DNA will improve both safety and effectiveness of the much-touted CRISPR-Cas9 tool in genetic research, Michigan Medicine researchers say.
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Study offers hope to parents and kids who face real danger from peanut exposure

It's a peanut-filled world--or at least it can feel that way for kids with peanut allergies. But a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and BC Children's Hospital gives hope to parents and kids who face real danger from exposure to peanuts.
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Study provides reassurance that patients and providers can use pharmacogenetic testing

A person's genetic make-up can influence whether they might experience side effects from certain medications.
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Researchers discover why older adults are more susceptible to heart disease

A team of researchers at the University of South Florida Department of Surgery has made a key discovery as to why we become more susceptible to heart disease as we age.
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New insulin molecule will make blood sugar regulation easier and safer for diabetics

Everyday life for the more than 46 million people around the world who suffer from type 1 diabetes could become much easier and safer.
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Insecticide rotation and better forest management could control ‘evolving’ malaria mosquitoes

Anopheles malaria mosquitoes in Africa and Latin America are evolving in response to human activity, studies in both continents have found.
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International scientific team reports 'super-spreader' potential Of Andes virus

"Super-spreader" events and extensive person-to-person contact propelled an outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in a small village in Argentina from 2018-2019, according to research published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Public willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine around the globe: Study

The worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented effort to develop vaccines against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection on a timescale that has never been imagined before. Even as some vaccines have begun to be administered on a large scale, scientists and governments are coming up against a difficult obstacle.
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Working from home has negatively impacted physical health and mental health, study finds

What impact has working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had on our health? In a new study, researchers from USC have found that working from home has negatively impacted our physical health and mental health, increased work expectations and distractions, reduced our communications with co-workers and ultimately lessened our productivity.
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Who are the doctors who end their own lives? [PODCAST]

“Recently, a fellow physician mom ended her life. While outwardly, a very vibrant, lively, and happy woman, she fought her own internal demons for some time. From what we know, she struggled with depression but was still committed to being a good mom, physician, and wife. Sadly, a few days before her birthday, she could […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Vaccination against tuberculosis has influence on the epidemiology of COVID-19

St Petersburg University scientists have analyzed about 100 academic papers and statistics on the incidence of COVID-19 in different countries of the world.
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Study evaluates the use of flow cytometry in diagnosing male urethritis

According to the World Health Organization, the global prevalence estimates of sexually transmitted infections for men in 2016 were 2.7% for chlamydia, 0.7% for gonorrhea and 0.6% for trichomoniasis. In men, these and other sexually transmitted infections may lead to urethritis, inflammation of the urethra.
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What are the most effective COVID policies?

A new study on the effectiveness of COVID-19 containment strategies shows that `additional measures are needed to stop the pandemic's spread. These additional steps include stay at home orders, workplace closures for all except essential workers, and targeted school closures, which are likely to have a large effect on social and economic well-being.
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Study finds no job displacement effects of hiring in foreign-educated nurses

An aging U.S. population is rapidly increasing the demand for nursing care. The number of U.S. citizens aged 65 and over is expected to almost double from 43.1 million in 2012 to 87.5 million by 2050, while the workforce is shrinking.
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Mortality rates after cancer surgery appear to be improving for Black and White patients

Mortality rates after cancer surgery declined for Black as well as white patients during a recent ten-year period, although the mortality gap between the two groups did not narrow, according to new research by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard University investigators.
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Genetically engineered T cells can target, attack pathogenic T cells that cause Type 1 diabetes

A new study has found that a novel T cell genetically engineered by University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers is able to target and attack pathogenic T cells that cause Type 1 diabetes, which could lead to new immunotherapy treatments.
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New antiviral drug completely suppresses SARS-CoV-2 transmission within 24 hours

Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a new antiviral drug, MK-4482/EIDD-2801 or Molnupiravir, completely suppresses virus transmission within 24 hours, researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University have discovered.
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Covid-19: Do I have to be vaccinated?

Ros Atkins from BBC's Outside Source asks if people will have to be vaccinated against the virus.
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Researchers discover new link between a class of persistent pollutants and gut microbiome

Researchers at Duke University have completed the most comprehensive study to date on how a class of persistent pollutants called semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) are associated with the gut microbiome in human children.
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NHS staff no longer top priority for vaccine despite fear of third wave

Health officials warn infections at Christmas gatherings could lead to overwhelmed hospitalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS staff will no longer get the coronavirus vaccine first after a drastic rethink about who should be given priority, it emerged last night.The new immunisation strategy is likely to disappoint and worry thousands of frontline staff – and comes amid urgent warnings from NHS chiefs that hospitals could be “overwhelmed” in January by a third wave ...
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Novel surveillance system can dynamically track direction, speed and acceleration of COVID-19 virus

A new COVID-19 global surveillance system has been developed which can dynamically track not just where the virus is now, but where it is going, how fast it will arrive and whether that speed is accelerating.
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Picturing the pandemic’s people: Photos capture the ‘still life’ we are all living

Innis Casey captured still life like no artist before — the kind of “safer at home” living that we’ve all been experiencing since the coronavirus outbreak jolted our daily routines. The photographer and his travel journalist sister teamed up during spring’s early days of the coronavirus shutdown and ensuing summer months to create a book of portraits they named, “Quartraits: Portrait of a Community Quarantine” set to be released next month. Casey, who grew up in Burbank and now lives in Valley V...
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