TraCK study says schoolchildren unlikely to transmit SARS-CoV-2

An interesting new preprint research paper posted to the medRxiv* server reports there is little evidence to suggest the rapid transmission of the virus among school children while attending school.
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Danish study on the efficacy of Pfizer/BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after first and second dose

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues, many countries have rolled out vaccines against the virus. In an encouraging preprint research paper posted to the medRxiv* server, scientists report on the vaccine efficacy in the Danish vaccination program.
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South African SARS-CoV-2 variant most problematic for BNT-162b2 vaccine

Researchers from Germany and the US investigated the efficacy of neutralizing antibodies against newer variants using serum and saliva samples obtained from groups of infected, vaccinated (with Pfizer BNT-162b2), and uninfected individuals. The researchers started this study to uncover vaccine-induced immune response and show the efficiency of antibody binding and neutralization in SARS-CoV-2 variants.
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Study confirms COVID-19 vaccine rollout decreasing disease incidence across USA

By comparing vaccination rates in 580 counties across the United States with the corresponding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) incidence rates, a recent study currently available on the medRxiv preprint server finds that cumulative county-level vaccination rates are significantly associated with a concomitant fall in the incidence of COVID-19.
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Some LAUSD parents welcome elementary reopening pact, but others criticize middle/high school plan

LAUSD Board President Kelly Gonez, LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner and UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz watch a janitor change a MERV 13 HAVAC filter at Panorama High School in Panorama City on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 after a LAUSD-UTLA tentative agreement to reopen schools almost a year after closing them during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Panorama High School in Panorama City gets ready for students to return next month seen on Wednesday, Ma...
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Newly-discovered bat coronavirus 94.5% identical to SARS-CoV-2

Researchers in China and Australia have reported the discovery of novel bat coronaviruses that further reveal the diversity and complex evolutionary history of these viruses.
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Australia news live: tourism package 'won't save many jobs at all', Flight Centre boss says

Covid-positive travellers from PNG prompt ‘code yellow’ at Cairns hospital; $1.2bn tourism package announced; key crossbench senator warns PM Porter saga will become ‘albatross around his government’s neck’. Follow latest updatesHalf-price flights on offer as Australia aims to boost regional tourismEnd of December more realistic target for all Australians to get Covid vaccine, AMA says Boss of law firm MinterEllison reportedly steps down over Christian Porter furoreFollow our global coronavirus ...
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Genome-wide covariation analysis sheds light on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2

Researchers in the United States have computed genome-wide covariation within severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to investigate interactions that could be of considerable importance in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Recuperation spaces help reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations among homeless individuals

A new study shows that providing a non-acute care space after hospital discharge for patients with COVID-19 who are experiencing homelessness helped reduce hospitalizations and keep inpatient beds available for those requiring acute care.
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Researchers discover new molecular target that could treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified a new molecular target that could potentially treat the deadly, aging-related lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
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Mosquito protein study could lead to therapeutics against deadly viruses

The mosquito protein AEG12 strongly inhibits the family of viruses that cause yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Zika and weakly inhibits coronaviruses, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators.
Tags: Health, Zika, West Nile, National Institutes of Health NIH

Study examines central nervous system imaging manifestations of COVID-19 in children

While neurological complications of COVID-19 in children are rare, in contrast to adults, an international expert review of positive neuroimaging findings in children with acute and post-infectious COVID-19 found that the most common abnormalities resembled immune-mediated patterns of disease involving the brain, spine, and nerves.
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Researchers shed light on T-cell receptor activation in response to infection

Immune cells specialize to ensure the most efficient defense against viruses and other pathogens. Researchers at the University of Basel have shed light on this specialization of T cells and shown that it occurs differently in the context of an acute and a chronic infection.
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Low doses of aspirin may have a potential beneficial effect on COVID-19

Aspirin is an established, safe, and low-cost medication in long-standing common use in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and in the past a pain relief and fever reducing medication.
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Study highlights the 'clear benefit' of using e-cigarettes daily to quit smoking

A new study published Tuesday 10 March, No Smoking Day, from King's College London highlights the 'clear benefit' of using e-cigarettes daily in order to quit smoking, and supports their effectiveness when compared to other methods of quitting, including nicotine replacement therapy or medication.
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New high-performance, safe MRI contrast agent for 3D vascular mapping

Heart attack and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death in developed countries, respectively. As the disease often results in sudden death with few special prognostic symptoms, early diagnosis is very important.
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NTU scientists design new compound that could help reduce overactive immune response

When the body detects a pathogen, such as bacteria or viruses, it mounts an immune system response to fight this invader. In some people, the immune system overreacts, resulting in an overactive immune response that causes the body to injure itself, which may prove fatal in some cases.
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Study opens the door to new possibilities targeting telomeres to help treat cancer

The Telomeres and Telomerase Group led by Maria A. Blasco at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre continues to make progress in unraveling the role that telomeres -the ends of chromosomes that are responsible for cellular aging as they shorten- play in cancer.
Tags: Health, National Cancer Research Centre, Telomerase Group, Maria A Blasco

Lower dose of ketamine is as effective as the standard dose to treat pain in adults

A recent Loyola Medicine study found that reducing the standard dose of IV-administered ketamine in half is as effective as the larger, standard dose in reducing pain in adults.
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Simple blood test using nanoparticles could enable earlier detection of acute liver damage

University of Texas at Dallas chemist Dr. Jie Zheng has spent much of his career investigating gold nanoparticles for their potential impact in the field of nanomedicine.
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Australia news live: Covid-19 'code yellow' emergency at Cairns hospital; half-price airline tickets in bid to revive tourism

Federal government announces $1.2bn tourism package with 800,000 subsidised airfares; key crossbench senator warns PM the Christian Porter saga will become an ‘albatross around his government’s neck’. Follow latest updatesHalf-price flights on offer as Australia aims to boost regional tourismEnd of December more realistic target for all Australians to get Covid vaccine, AMA says Boss of law firm MinterEllison reportedly steps down over Christian Porter furoreFollow our global coronavirus live bl...
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Inter-arm blood pressure differences in children could lead to wrong diagnosis

Blood pressure measurements in children and adolescents should be taken from both arms after new research showed substantial differences could be seen depending on which arm was used.
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Study: COVID-19 has exacerbated gender differences in unpaid care work

During the height of the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, women spent more time on unpaid housework and childcare than men, were more likely to reduce working hours, and reported higher levels of psychological distress, according to a new study published last week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Baowen Xue and Anne McMunn of University College London, UK.
Tags: Health, UK, PLOS ONE, COVID, Baowen Xue, Anne McMunn

Hydroxychloroquine has no effect in treating people with COVID-19, study shows

A year ago, infectious disease doctor Christine Johnston was leading a study on the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of people with COVID-19.
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Bowel cancer screening capsules the latest in at-home care trend

Innovation in NHS self-care will see patients in England swallow tiny cameras instead of having standard endoscopyPeople will be able to check if they have bowel cancer by swallowing a tiny capsule containing miniature cameras, in an extension of patient self-care.In what experts described as a trend towards more NHS at-home care, hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of people in England will be able to avoid the discomfort of having a camera inserted into their bowel by instead swallowi...
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Bone marrow cell injections may lead to reduction in brain injury after stroke

Results of a clinical trial released in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine provide evidence that treating patients with an injection of bone marrow cells may lead to a reduction in brain injury after a stroke.
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Slowdown in global warming linked to lower incidence of malaria in the Ethiopian highlands

The slowdown in global warming that was observed at the end of last century was reflected by a decrease in malaria transmission in the Ethiopian highlands, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, an institution supported by "la Caixa" Foundation, and the University of Chicago.
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Mass immunization to stop Ebola outbreak in Guinea

As the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Africa this week, another vaccine was being rolled out in Guinea, in a bid to stop a fresh outbreak of Ebola in its tracks.
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Accuracy of rapid tests to fight coronavirus

Even with the advent of vaccines, strategies for rapid and affordable testing for COVID-19 are still paramount.
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Researchers study the effects of cocaine on patients diagnosed with schizophrenia

Alejandro Fuertes-Saiz, fourth-year Psychiatry intern at the Hospital Provincial de Castellón and doctoral candidate at the CEU Cardenal Herrera (CEU UCH) university of Valencia, along with his thesis directors, Gonzalo Haro and Ana Benito, have just published in journal Brain Science the final results of three year-long research where they have studied the effects of cocaine on patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or antisocial personality disorder.
Tags: Health, Valencia, Alejandro Fuertes Saiz, Hospital Provincial de Castellón, Gonzalo Haro, Ana Benito

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