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1971 Sylmar temblor sparked damage, death – and changed how we feel about, prepare for quakes

A half-century ago, about an hour before sunrise, the earth under the San Fernando Valley shuddered for a full12 seconds. Freeway interchanges collapsed. Buildings shifted off their foundations. Water had to be diverted from a crippled dam to avoid a deadly flood. Nearly 80,000 residents evacuated their homes. Related: How the 1971 Sylmar earthquake changed the lives of two first responders The 6.6 magnitude Sylmar earthquake rumbled across the San Fernando Valley at about 6 a.m. on Feb. 9, 1971...
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Researchers look at long-term outcomes of cancer patients diagnosed with COVID-19

Researchers at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center have joined a nationwide study to look at the long-term outcomes of cancer patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods

Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease, Mount Sinai researchers report in one of the first studies on the topic. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on January 29.
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Differences in gene readouts may shed light on mental disorders

A new study suggests that differences in the expression of gene transcripts - readouts copied from DNA that help maintain and build our cells - may hold the key to understanding how mental disorders with shared genetic risk factors result in different patterns of onset, symptoms, course of illness, and treatment responses
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Australia news live: Jacinda Ardern casts doubt on trans-Tasman travel bubble after snap closure

New Zealand PM says Australia’s closure of border over case in Auckland is forcing rethink. Hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne diagnosed with UK variant. Follow liveWHO says it is ‘too early’ to dismiss AstraZeneca vaccineVictoria Covid hotspots; NSW Covid hotspotsVictoria reported no new cases in past 24 hoursSouth Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations 4.25am GMT More from the press conference in which New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern refused to show confidence in the trans-T...
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New U.K. SARS-CoV-2 variant may cause more severe illness, study finds

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine revealed that the VOC 202012/01 variant is not only fast-spreading and easily transmissible but also may cause more severe illness.
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New study identifies best practices to improve breastfeeding in African American community

An abundance of data underscore the importance of breastfeeding and human milk for the optimal health of infants, children, mothers, and society.
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New study describes the evolutionary tale of poisonous butterflies

The Atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala) and its five closest relatives in the genus Eumaeus like to display their toxicity.
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Type of aspirating system significantly affects SARS-CoV-2 incidence among dental specialists

High-volume aspirators are recommended in dental clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the study "SARS-CoV-2 Seropositivity Among Dental Staff and the Role of Aspirating Systems" published in the JDR Clinical & Translational Research (JDR CTR), shows that the type of aspirating system significantly affects the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among dental specialists.
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New platform could help advance genomic medicine research, drug discovery

A Cleveland Clinic-led team of researchers has developed a personalized genomic medicine platform that will help advance accelerate genomic medicine research and genome-informed drug discovery, according to new study results published recently in Genome Biology.
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One-dose SARS-CoV-2 vaccine policy may lead to antigenic evolution, study finds

In a new study, published on the pre-print server medRxiv, an international team of researchers found that a one-dose policy may increase the potential for antigenic evolution. The study revealed that focusing on one dose may decrease infections in the short term, but longer-term outcomes rely on this immune strength.
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Australia news live: chief medical officer backs AstraZeneca vaccine after South Africa blow

NSW and Victoria report no new local Covid cases as hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne diagnosed with UK variant. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveWHO says it is ‘too early’ to dismiss AstraZeneca vaccineVictoria Covid hotspots; NSW Covid hotspotsVictoria reported no new cases in past 24 hoursSouth Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations 3.34am GMT There’s just under two months under Jobseeker is due to go back to pre-Covid levels, despite just about everyone apart from those ...
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Bangladesh-based Maya, a startup focused on accessible healthcare, raises $2.2 million seed round

Based in Bangladesh, Maya is dedicated to making it easier for women to get healthcare, especially for sensitive issues like reproductive and mental health. The startup announced today it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The round, which Maya said is the largest raised by a Bangladeshi health tech company so far, was led by early-stage fund Anchorless Bangladesh and The Osiris Group, a private equity firm focused on impact investing in Asian markets. The funding will be used to introduce...
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Maya, a startup focused on accessible healthcare in Asia, raises $2.2 million seed for regional expansion

Maya is dedicated to making it easier for women to get healthcare, especially for sensitive issues like reproductive and mental health. Now the startup, based in Bangladesh and incorporated in Singapore, is expanding into new countries. Maya announced today it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding, which it said is the largest raised by a Bangladeshi health tech company so far. The round was led by early-stage fund Anchorless Bangladesh and The Osiris Group, a private equity firm focused on im...
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Study shows how the brain quickly adjusts to group opinions

Scientists at HSE University have learned that disagreeing with the opinion of other people leaves a 'trace' in brain activity, which allows the brain to later adjust its opinion in favor of the majority-held point of view.
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HIV: New therapeutic approach to restore the effectiveness of immune cells

Prompted by the need to improve conventional treatments for people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), a team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique has identified a therapeutic approach to restore the effectiveness of immune cells.
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Compound isolated from Ophiura sarsii can be used as an affordable drug for photodynamic therapy

An unusual biologically active porphyrin compound was isolated from seabed dweller Ophiura sarsii. The substance might be used as an affordable light-sensitive drug for innovative photodynamic therapy and for targeted treatment of triple-negative breast cancer and some other cancers.
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Study: Older adults classified as "prediabetic" seldom progress to full diabetes

Older adults who are classified as having "prediabetes" due to moderately elevated measures of blood sugar usually don't go on to develop full-blown diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine immune response in the elderly

In a recent medRxiv preprint publication, the team led by Professor Ravindra K. Gupta has assessed the real-world immune responses following the vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2. The team measured 1) IFN-gamma (interferon-gamma) T cell responses, 2) both total IgG Spike/ IgG Spike RBD (receptor binding domain) and 3) neutralizing antibody responses to Spike in sera.
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New study to examine the effects of MS disease-modifying therapy on cognitive fatigue

Kessler Foundation researchers have received support from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to conduct an investigator-initiated study on the effects of ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) on cognitive fatigue in individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Take-at-home tests increase colorectal cancer screening rates by more than 1,000%

Colorectal cancer screening rates jumped by more than 1,000 percent when researchers sent take-at-home tests to patients overdue for testing at a community health center that predominantly serves people of color.
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Analysis finds racial and ethnic disparities in the odds of testing positive for COVID-19

An analysis of Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California early in the COVID-19 pandemic found racial and ethnic disparities in the likelihood of testing positive for the coronavirus, but no significant disparities in mortality among those who were hospitalized.
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Study examines people's behavioral responses to face mask mandates during the pandemic

Face masks mandates have led people to spend less time at home, but whether this has exposed Americans to more risk is still a question, according to a new study published Thursday in Scientific Reports.
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Researchers find new clues to how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells

The molecular details of how SARS-CoV-2 enters cells and infects them are still not clear. Researchers at Uppsala University have tested the bioinformatic predictions made by another research group and have identified receptors that could be important players in the process.
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New nanoparticle-based drug boosts the body’s innate immune system to fight tumors

A new nanoparticle-based drug can boost the body's innate immune system and make it more effective at fighting off tumors, researchers at UT Southwestern have shown.
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Brain protein responsible for causing Alzheimer's disease also plays a protective role

Findings from a new study on Alzheimer's disease (AD), led by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, could eventually help clinicians identify people at highest risk for developing the irreversible, progressive brain disorder and pave the way for treatments that slow or prevent its onset.
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Use of a botanical natural product may compromise glucose control in diabetics

Diabetic patients taking the natural product goldenseal while taking the prescription drug metformin may be unwittingly sabotaging their efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
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CRISPR genomic editing to obtain more productive and nutritive plant varieties

New study by the IBMCP of the UPV university facilitates the use of the CRISPR genomic editing technique on plants.
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Study provides insight into the genetic landscape of polycystic kidney disease in Ireland

A study has described genetic changes in patients with the most common form of hereditary kidney disease that affects an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide.
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4th preclinical study for Novavax in non-human primates, tests SARS-CoV-2 variants

Researchers in the United States have identified specific immune correlates that might be key to ensuring that vaccination against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) protects against not only disease, but also viral transmission and emerging variants.
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