Merry Christmas – 2020

This is a tradition on the blog: Recorder artist Victoria Rigel played two recorders at once in this 2008 performance of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I accompanied her on the guitar. She adds the second recorder at the beginning of the second verse. O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Fellowship Community Church Worship Team #NowPlaying #np #soundclick — Warren ET Throckmorton (@wthrockmorton) December 25, 2019 Another tradition is to feature music by Audible Waters. I usually do ...
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NSW premier calls on shoppers to avoid Sydney's Boxing Day sales as Covid cluster grows to 108

Australian Retailers Association says the warning for people to avoid the city centre on Saturday is ‘incredibly disappointing’Follow the Australia liveblogNSW Covid hotspots – list of venues and case locationsBorder restrictions: rules for NSW travellersSydney shoppers have been urged not to enter the central business district for the traditional Boxing Day sales after the state recorded seven new locally acquired coronavirus cases and the northern beaches cluster grew to 108.The Australian Ret...
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Kessler Foundation researcher receives grant to study emotional processing deficits in children with TBI

Jean Lengenfelder, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, received a two-year $168,001 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research to study the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the ability of children to reliably process the emotions of others.
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Protein encourages similar developing cells to clump together

Tohoku University scientists have, for the first time, provided experimental evidence that cell stickiness helps them stay sorted within correct compartments during development.
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Health officials collectively hold breath as holidays threaten to worsen coronavirus surge

As Los Angeles County hospitals fill rapidly with COVID-19 cases, often beyond the ability to immediately find patient beds, health officials today fretfully awaited another holiday weekend that threatens to spread the virus even further, potentially leaving medical centers completely overrun. So far, the deaths of 6,499 people in L.A. County have been attributed to COVID-19. The county on Thursday, Dec. 24, set another single-day record for COVID-19 fatalities — 148 — having broken the record a...
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Polygenic risk scores from multi-population data could improve IBD predictions

Using genetic data from nearly 30,000 people, Mount Sinai researchers have built risk scores from a combination of datasets representing distinct ancestral populations that improve prediction of risk for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The study was published in Gastroenterology on December 24.
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Why corruption is ruining your health care [PODCAST]

“Doctors help patients, and they love us for it. We fix bones, replace joints, cure killer infections, and control diabetes with insulin. We use painless scans for diagnosis. Liver, kidney, and heart transplants are now routine. Some patients get cured of lymphomas, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and testicular cancer. Lives are prolonged for myeloma and amyloidosis. […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Study clarifies the effect of aging on hematopoietic stem cells

By transferring mouse aged hematopoietic stem cells (aged HSCs) to the environment of young mice (bone marrow niche), it was demonstrated that the pattern of stem cell gene expression was rejuvenated to that of young hematopoietic stem cells.
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New device for investigating intrinsic extracellular pH dynamics in the brain

Researchers at Tohoku University have developed the first all-in-one miniature pH probe for real-time investigations of intrinsic extracellular pH dynamics in the deep brain structures.
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Severity of COVID-19 correlates with the ratio of antibodies targeting crucial viral protein

COVID-19 antibodies preferentially target a different part of the virus in mild cases of COVID-19 than they do in severe cases, and wane significantly within several months of infection, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford Medicine.
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Australia live news: NSW records seven local Covid cases after 70,000 tests as Christmas Day celebrations continue

Gladys Berejiklian discourages Sydneysiders from shopping in CBD on Boxing Day; experts fear Christmas could turn into a superspreading event as ‘Avalon cluster’ rises to 108 and spreads throughout Sydney. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveNSW Covid hotspots – list of venues and case locationsAuthorities fear Sydney CBD workers could spread Covid at ChristmasBorder restrictions: rules for NSW travellersMorrison and Albanese thank essential workers in Christmas messagesChristmas Day wea...
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Johnson refuses to rule out national lockdown as UK death toll rises by 574

Total number of UK deaths from Covid-19 now 69,625, with further 39,036 daily cases recordedSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has refused to rule out another national lockdown as the UK death toll from coronavirus rose by 574, with a further 39,036 cases.Thursday’s figure, covering people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, brings the total number of UK deaths to 69,625. Continue reading...
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Australia live news: Christmas Day celebrations begin as Sydney Covid cluster puts NSW on knife-edge

Experts fear Christmas could turn into a superspreading event as ‘Avalon cluster’ spreads throughout greater Sydney; people in NSW and Victoria encouraged to hold gatherings outdoors. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveNSW Covid hotspots – list of venues and case locationsAuthorities fear Sydney CBD workers could spread Covid at ChristmasBorder restrictions: rules for NSW travellersMorrison and Albanese thank essential workers in Christmas messagesChristmas Day weather around Australia ...
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A call schedule to fix the Supreme Court

Though pushed to the back-burner by the never-ending orange election drama, the Supreme Court, with its significant conservative majority earned against the run of play, (to borrow a metaphor from sport) is one decision away from potential political irrelevance. Is there a way forward for the Supreme Court? Conservative hypocrisy and liberal outrage at the […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Microplastics have been found in human placenta

Italian researchers have discovered microplastic particles in human placenta.Out of six collected placentas, four contained colored plastic microparticles.That petrochemical pollutants are present in such a critically important organ is alarming. For the last few years, researchers have become increasingly alarmed at the degree to which microplastics—bits of plastic that are smaller than 5 millimeters in length—have invaded, well, basically everywhere and everything. In 2018, a small sampling o...
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Boosie Badazz Begs Fans on Instagram for Emergency Diabetes Medication

Lil Boosie can’t catch a break in 2020. Just last month, the rapper was shot in the leg after attending a vigil for his artist Mo3 who was gunned down on a Dallas Highway. Following the shooting, Boosie underwent a medical procedure to remove bullet fragments from his leg and has been in a wheelchair since. Though he is currently confined to the wheelchair, Boosie has still been doing shows and has been in good spirits. View this post on Instagram ...
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The laws of The House of God and Man’s 4th Best Hospital

Forty-two years ago, when I had finally finished the seven revisions of my first novel, The House of God, my editor said, “Why don’t you add a glossary and a list of The Laws of the House of God.”  Writing the Laws, I hardly needed to refer to the text; they just flowed out. The […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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SARS-CoV-2 spike-antibody binding strength and hydrogen bond numbers are temperature dependent, study finds

A new preprint on the bioRxiv* server describes the interactions between the binding spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with the antibodies. Earlier studies have addressed the similarity in the 3D structures of the spike protein in the two SARS viruses as seen on cryo-EM.
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Could engineered red blood cells be an effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2?

In a new study, released on the bioRxiv* preprint server, a team of researchers explores the antiviral potential of red blood cells against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative pathogen of COVID-19.
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Animal study suggests palmitoylation inhibitor reduces virulence of SARS-CoV-2

A new study preprint on the bioRxiv* server demonstrates the ability of a fatty acid synthase inhibitor to improve the survival of mice infected with murine hepatitis virus. In so doing, it adds to the sum of knowledge about the relationship of SARS-CoV-2 with cholesterol metabolism in the host cell.
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Anti-SARS-CoV-2 NTD-directed antibodies are protective against lethal infection

As the world struggles to contain the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for over 1.6 million deaths and 76 million infections globally, researchers are trying to pin down the determinants of lethality, of infectivity and of protection. Such data would help contain its spread and develop preventive and therapeutic antivirals and vaccines. A new preprint that appeared recently on the bioRxiv* server describes the high degree of protection afforded by antibod...
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As Christmas arrives, hope endures for flock at fire-damaged Mission San Gabriel

Carrie Evanilla sighed, then spoke about a morning she will never forget. “It was very devastating,” she said Wednesday, of the four-alarm fire on July 11 that swept through the church at the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, which next September will celebrate its 250th anniversary. “My husband woke me up because he had woken up at 4:30 in the morning. He read a text from someone saying, ‘There’s a fire at the mission.’ “ Evanilla, 67, has been a parishioner there all her life. She was baptized the...
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6 things people should know about the COVID-19 vaccines

Two COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA so far, and many health care workers and first responders are already receiving the vaccine. As the general public waits their turn, there are many questions and even more misinformation and disinformation about the vaccine. 1. The Pfizer and Moderna […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Why dog poop is a metaphor for challenge, controversy, and change

I run outside, barefoot, and encounter natural phenomena along the way.  One of these is dog poop.  Ironically, there’s been recent chatter about dog poop on our community Facebook page.  It’s a topic worthy of multiple posts and the impetus for the rather absurd bit of writing to follow. The Facebook posts center on those […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Immunologic modeling of COVID-19 severity and chronicity

In a new study by researchers at Universidad de Costa Rica and other institutions, a bioinformatics approach is used to determine whether Chronic COVID-19 (CC) might have a distinct immunologic signature compared to the mild to moderate (MM) or the severe/critical COVID-19.
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Loss of taste and smell may be most reliable COVID-19 symptoms for digital surveillance

A team of researchers from various institutions in London, Israel, and the USA recently tested the existence of consistent links between COVID-19 symptoms and SARS-CoV-2 test status in 3 national surveillance platforms.
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Mental disorders highly prevalent during coronavirus pandemics

Researchers in the United States have conducted an analysis showing the high prevalence of mental disorders across populations impacted by coronavirus pandemics.
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Reopening college campuses could initiate COVID-19 superspreading

Researchers at Stanford University in the United States have conducted a study showing that college campuses have an extremely high incidence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and that reopening them could initiate superspreading into neighboring communities.
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Analysis: Some said the vaccine rollout would be a ‘nightmare.’ They were right.

Even before there was a vaccine, some seasoned doctors and public health experts warned, Cassandra-like, that its distribution would be "a logistical nightmare."
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Researchers find correlation between consistent mask-wearing and improved well-being

A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that wearing face-covering promotes mental health. Those who wore face coverings or masks most of the time had better mental health and well-being than those who did not.
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