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Schlieren techniques demonstrate patterns of exhaled air spread from wind instruments and singers

In an interesting new research paper published recently on the bioRxiv preprint server, scientists describe the dispersal of exhaled air, potentially infected, from singers and those playing wind instruments, using Schlieren techniques, a visual process that is used to photograph the flow of fluids of varying density. This could help assess measures to assess the actual spread of infectious droplets or aerosols in such situations.
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New probiotic coffee and tea drinks are packed with gut-friendly live probiotics

Good news for those who need a cuppa to start the day. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created new probiotic coffee and tea drinks that are packed with gut-friendly live probiotics.
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Tetherin downregulation by SARS-CoV-2 enhances viral spread

A new preprint research paper published on the bioRxiv server describes the role of a host protein called tetherin in the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Synthetic lung organoids provide high-throughput platform to identify new cellular targets of SARS-CoV-2

An interesting new study published on the bioRxiv preprint server describes a new platform that allows a high-throughput workflow to generate matched human lung buds in the tens of thousands. This allows researchers to study SARS-CoV-2 infection and therapeutics in lung tissue that mirrors the key aspects of human lung development.
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Large-scale genome sequencing shows how SARS-CoV-2 mutated

A new study published on the preprint server bioRxiv* describes the results of genomic sequencing of the virus, which may help trace the routes of transmission of the virus from person to person, and from country to country.
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The Latest: Scores test positive in China’s Hebei province

By The Associated Press BEIJING — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. The outbreak focused on the Hebei cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai is one of China’s most serious in recent months and comes amid measures to curb the further spread during next month’s Lunar New Year holiday. Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a m...
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Study shows P681H mutation is becoming globally prevalent among SARS-CoV-2 sequences

In a recent bioRxiv preprint study, researchers from the University of Hawaii showed that the S gene of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is continuously mutating according to the sequence and phylogenetic analysis.
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Naturally selected mutations of SARS-CoV-2 easily duplicated in vitro

In a recent and timely paper, currently available on the bioRxiv preprint server, researchers from Israel and France demonstrated how in vitro evolution of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) receptor-binding domain (RBD) follows contagious mutation spread – but can also generate an efficient infection inhibitor.
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How this surgeon beat a medical staff disciplinary action [PODCAST]

“I recently represented a physician in a noteworthy peer review case at an academic medical center. The medical staff president initiated a complaint against a surgeon, who would later become my client. The complaint was that the surgeon inappropriately collected cash payment from an uninsured patient at the hospital’s point of service instead of having […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Researchers pinpoint spike protein regions as targets for passive and active COVID-19 vaccines

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have identified regions of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that have relatively few mutations and might therefore serve as important targets for prophylactic agents against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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The Latest: Japanese Health Ministry finds new virus variant

By The Associated Press TOKYO — The Japanese Health Ministry has found a coronavirus variant in people arriving from Brazil that’s different from the ones in Britain and South Africa. The variant was found in airport tests on a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and two teens, the ministry said Sunday. Japan was working with other nations, the WHO and other medical experts to analyze the new version of the virus, and it was still unclear whether available vaccines would work. The man who tested ...
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Australia news live: NSW reports four new local Covid cases, as south-east Qld lockdown to end today

NSW premier announces three new cases linked to Berala cluster to 8pm, plus one Mt Druitt case overnight. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Covid hotspots NSWNSW reports four new local casesSouth-east Queensland lockdown to end 12.22am GMT Chief health officer Chant has been asked if the highly contagious UK variant of Covid-19 has become more common in hotel quarantine:It’s expected that we will continue to see these variant strains and they will be in an increasing proportion of...
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Modeling study sheds light on SARS-CoV-2 genome packaging

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have conducted a study exploring how the spatial patterning of certain genomic RNA regions in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) promotes compaction, packaging, and cyclization of the viral genome.
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New test detects SARS-CoV-2 in less than 5 mins

A fast and accurate virus detection strategy is very crucial to reduce the rate of transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the pathogen responsible for COVID-19. The global scientific research community responded to this unprecedented demand in diagnostic testing by developing several detection platforms, the most sensitive of which detect the viral RNA.
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Australia news live: Brisbane and south-east Qld Covid lockdown to end at 6pm Monday

No new local cases in past 24 hours, Queensland premier says in coronavirus update. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 11.25pm GMT Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young has been asked if one more UK variant case would be enough to send the city back into lockdown. It depends where it is found. If we find one of these people we have put into quarantine in their home and we find them positive... then no it wouldn’t because they are there in quarantine. We are doing that in...
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Officials hope LA County’s coronavirus hospitalizations could be plateauing

As state officials closed in on 30,000 coronavirus deaths, Los Angeles County’s daily report slid below 200 fatalities for the first time in six days on Sunday, Jan. 10, as public officials hoped for a break in the as-yet uncontrolled post-holiday COVID surge. The county Public Health Department reported 14,482 new cases of COVID-19 and 166 additional deaths on Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 920,177 cases and 12,250 fatalities. Meanwhile, state officials posted 468 deaths on Sunday, a d...
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Australia news live: Queensland awaits Covid lockdown update; Victoria records no new cases; next 14 days 'pivotal' for NSW

Queensland premier to give update at 9am as Brisbane enters day three of snap lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.54pm GMT Melburnians are set to swelter today as the city braces for the hottest day in more than a year (and I say this from a place of authority as I’m currently typing this blog sitting in front of a fan on full blast and it isn’t even 9am). This comes as the state’s north-west is on high alert for bushfires.The temperature is set to hit 38C in Melbourne ...
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Australia news live: Queensland awaits news on coronavirus lockdown; next 14 days 'pivotal' for NSW

Victoria records no new Covid cases; Queensland premier to give update at 9am as Brisbane enters day three of snap lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.23pm GMT Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is speaking with ABC News Breakfast now. He was asked how Queensland’s lockdown and other border closures have affected Australia’s economic recovery:We have this new strain. It is more infectious, and the Queensland government took a prudent course of action, which was a short, ...
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Israel, already leading the world in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines, aims to immunize entire country by the end of March

Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Amir Cohen/AP Israel expects to have immunized all its citizens who are 16-years-old and up by the end of March.  That timeline would likely make Israel the world's first country to immunize the vast majority of its population from the pandemic.  Israel has far outpaced the rest of the world with its vaccination campaign, already having ...
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A resident’s perspective on personal loss and patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic 

The day before the United States border with Canada shut down to non-essential travelers, my mother left Chicago to take care of my grandparents who lived by themselves in Ottawa, Canada. With the COVID outbreaks at nursing homes, she took it upon herself to stay with them as long as they needed her. During the […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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The Latest: Virus infections top 90 million confirmed cases

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Coronavirus infections have now surpassed 90 million confirmed cases around the world, as more countries braced for wider spread of more virulent strains of a disease that has now killed nearly 2 million worldwide. The number of infections worldwide has doubled in just 10 weeks, according to a tally by John Hopkins University on Sunday. COVID-19 infections had hit 45 million as recently as late October. As of Sunday afternoon, John Hopkins counted 90,005,787 i...
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Democracy and the health of a nation 

I am a Philadelphian. I was born in a hospital within a few blocks of Independence Hall, where the Constitution was written, and of Thomas Jefferson’s lodging, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Whether it was elementary school trips to Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin’s Printing House or, yes, to see the crack in […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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One in five in England have had Covid, modelling suggests

Analysis shows 12.4 million people infected since start of pandemic, against 2.4 million detected by test and trace Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne-in-five people across England may have had coronavirus, new modelling suggests, equivalent to 12.4 million people, rising to almost one in two in some areas.It means that across England the true number of people infected to date may be five times as high as the total number of known cases according to the government da...
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Possible virus exposure for lawmakers sheltering during riot

By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump. The Capitol’s attending physician notified all lawmakers Sunday of the virus exposure and urged them to be tested. The infected individual was not named. Dr. Brian Moynihan wrote that “many members of the House community were in protective isolation in the large r...
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Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'

The face of South Africa’s Covid science on why Africa has been hit less hard than Europe, the new variant in the region, and the danger of vaccine nationalism Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa’s Anthony Fauci. As co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, he is the government’s top adviser on the pandemic and has become the country’s face of Covid-19 science. He also s...
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Why do I laugh during a pandemic?

I just started laughing. It was early on Monday morning during our COVID surge. I couldn’t help myself. Phones were not on yet, but I already had triage COVID calls.  “Put on your roller skates” was all I was thinking. I questioned my laughter. The day and a life of a primary care physician during […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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The Latest: Africa tops 3 million confirmed virus cases

By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in South Africa could be because the country carries out more tests than many other African countries. South Africa is bat...
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Why it's time to stop pursuing happiness

Positive thinking and visualising success can be counterproductive – happily, other strategies for fulfilment are availableLike many teenagers, I was once plagued with angst and dissatisfaction – feelings that my parents often met with bemusement rather than sympathy. They were already in their 50s, and, having grown up in postwar Britain, they struggled to understand the sources of my discontentment at the turn of the 21st century.“The problem with your generation is that you always expect to b...
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All UK adults will be offered Covid vaccine by autumn, says Matt Hancock – video

The health secretary promised vaccines would be offered to every adult in the UK ‘by the autumn’. Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Hancock said it was ‘very, very important’ that as many people as possible get a vaccine. More than 200,000 people are now being vaccinated each day, he addedMatt Hancock does not rule out further toughening of lockdown rules Continue reading...
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Are our personalities set in stone, or can we work on – even improve – them?

Ask yourself what your ideal personality will be and, with self-awareness and repetitive practice, traits will followAt some point most of us have been assigned a neat label for our personality, as if it were a brand of clothing. It could have occurred during a job interview, for an online dating profile, or in a social-media quiz that matches your traits with a character from Game of Thrones. Or perhaps you’ve endured a conversation with friends in which everyone is declared an “introvert” or “...
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