Scientists study the sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 variants to neutralize antibodies

The B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants of SARS-CoV-2 were first detected in the UK and South Africa respectively, and have since spread to many other countries.
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Arginine methylation important in SARS-CoV-2 viral replication

Researchers show that methylation of arginine in the virus nucleocapsid protein controls the protein's functions and plays a role in the life cycle of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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Vaccine-induced 2C08 antibody protects against SARS-CoV-2 variants

A new preprint study posted to the bioRxiv* server led by Ali H. Ellebedy from the Washington University School of Medicine found that the monoclonal antibody 2C08 produced by the Pfizer vaccine could help neutralize COVID-19 variants.
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Have scientists found SARS-CoV-2's Achilles' heel?

Have scientists uncovered the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Achille's heel? New preclinical research from Cell neutralizing antibodies targeting the N-terminal domain of the coronavirus could be a potential target for antibodies to bind and effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2.
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New study reports increased spread of B.1.1.7 variant in Houston, Texas

Research led by Jimmy Gollihar from the CCDC Army Research Laboratory-South in Austin, Texas found the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant B.1.1.7 —first detected last fall in England — increased in Houston, Texas. The B.1.1.7 variant is rapidly spreading with a case doubling time of 6.9 days.
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Emergence of novel SARS-CoV-2 variants and co-mutations in India

The study "Genomic surveillance and phylodynamic analyses reveal the emergence of a novel mutation and co-mutation patterns within SARS-CoV2 variants prevalent in India" is available as a preprint on the bioRxiv* server, while the article undergoes peer review.
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Parents report lower rates of child car seat use in ride-share

A national survey of parents revealed that most parents who used ride-share services did so with their children, but only half of the respondents reported that children who were 8 years or younger traveled in the recommended child car seats or booster seats when in ride-share vehicles.
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FDA-approved cancer drug blunts SARS-CoV-2 protein's detrimental effects

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have identified the most toxic proteins made by SARS-COV-2-;the virus that causes COVID-19 – and then used an FDA-approved cancer drug to blunt the viral protein's detrimental effects. In their experiments in fruit flies and human cell lines, the team discovered the cell process that the virus hijacks, illuminating new potential candidate drugs that could be tested for treating severe COVID-19 disease patients.
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Varied physical activity can promote well-being and better mental health

The recommendations are clear: physical activity is good for mental health. But it also depends on how varied it is. That's what a new study by researchers at the University of Basel shows, pointing to one of the reasons why well-being suffers during the pandemic.
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Researchers propose new standards to measure moisture leaks into bionic devices

Applied physicists at the University of Sydney have proposed new standards to measure moisture leaks into bionic devices such as pacemakers, cochlear hearing implants and retinal replacements.
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Low-intensity exercise not enough to counteract effects of long-term weightlessness on the heart

As NASA seeks to build a lunar outpost, visit Mars and commercialize spaceflight, the long-term effects of weightlessness on the human heart are of critical importance, according to researchers.
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Low-cost hypertension management intervention can be cost-effectively scaled up in rural South Asia

A low-cost intervention to improve hypertension--or high blood pressure (BP)--prevention and management can be cost-effectively scaled up for rural communities in low- and middle-income countries, according to findings from a multi-country trial published in The Lancet Global Health.
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HSV-1 infection induces strain-specific transcriptional differences in infected neurons

Why do some people with cold sores around their lips experience painful lesions, while others have no symptoms at all, yet still spread the virus? A new study conducted at Penn State finds that these differences could be due to variations in the way certain strains of herpes simplex (HSV-1) -- the virus that causes cold sores, as well as genital herpes -- activate gene expression in neurons.
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Health care issues during COVID-19 may worsen pregnancy, chronic disease-related inequities

Pregnancy complications affect up to one in three pregnancies and are increasingly linked to future chronic disease.
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18-Meter Tapeworm Extracted from Raw Beef Eating Thai Man

Negligence and lack of medical concern has potentially led to this abominably grotesque occurrence as an 18-meter long tapeworm was extracted from the body of an old Thai man, one said to be the longest recorded in Thailand in 50 years. Suffering from “extreme flatulence” and agony of the stomach region, the 67-year-old Thai man […]
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GlyNAC could improve many age-associated defects in older humans

A pilot human clinical trial conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine reveals that supplementation with GlyNAC - a combination of glycine and N-acetylcysteine as precursors of the natural antioxidant glutathione - could improve many age-associated defects in older humans to improve muscle strength and cognition, and promote healthy aging.
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New model for analyzing the effects of irradiation on skin in laser treatments

Laser treatment is now commonplace across various fields of medicine including dermatology, where it is commonly used to remove scars, wrinkles, and freckles.
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Apes mount a much stronger early immune response compared to African and Asian monkeys

A new study out of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in humans, chimpanzees, rhesus macaques and baboons has found key differences in early gene expression in response to pathogen exposure, highlighting the importance of choosing the right animal model for the right questions.
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Study investigates SARS-CoV-2 infection in asymptomatic dental patients

Asymptomatic carriage of SARS-CoV-2 is a potentially significant source of transmission, yet remains relatively poorly understood.
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How to protect your resilience [PODCAST]

“Health care delivery will always be inherently unpredictable and challenging. Those drawn to medicine are among our most resilient, but the current landscape reveals acutely a rise in burnout that exceeded acceptable levels even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Such innate resilience in clinicians and clinical care teams is an individual and strategic asset worthy of […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Restricting excessive consumption of added sugars may reduce NAFLD risk in children

A review of more than 20 studies by researchers at Arizona State University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, suggests that nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing dietary problem for children across the globe.
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Study shows safety, efficacy of percutaneous thermal ablation for treating metastatic gynecologic cancers

A new study by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found using percutaneous image guided needle based thermal ablation -- the precise application of extreme heat or cold to a tumor using sophisticated ultrasound, CT or MRI in a single outpatient session -- is a safe and effective adjunctive therapy for the local control of metastatic gynecologic cancers throughout lungs, liver, soft tissues in the abdomen and pelvis and bones in patients with advanced localized cancers un...
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Advanced technology provides a fine-grained picture of lung pathology in COVID-19

A team led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian has used advanced technology and analytics to map, at single-cell resolution, the cellular landscape of diseased lung tissue in severe COVID-19 and other infectious lung diseases.
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Australia news live: eight new local Qld Covid cases as Brisbane enters lockdown; Berejiklian 'disgusted' by parliament sexting

Queensland outbreak rises to 15 cases of the highly contagious UK variant, as Brisbane embarks on first day of three-day lockdown; NSW on high alert after cases partied in Byron Bay. Follow all the latest developments Queensland Covid hotspots; • Covid hotspots NSW 12.27am BST Okay all these clusters are a bit confusing but luckily Young has broken it down a bit: I have initially got three cases related to the PA doctor back earlier in March [the doctor cluster]. Right? Then I’ve got an addi...
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Intelligent near-infrared vein scanner may make blood draws much easier

Researchers from Skoltech have developed an early prototype of a medical imaging system that uses neural networks to analyze near-infrared images of veins and project a venous pattern onto a patient's body - this may make blood draws much easier and less of a nuisance for patients with difficult access to veins.
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Coronavirus alarm rising nationally, as LA County continues to report encouraging statistics

Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Monday, March 29, echoed warnings from the federal government, urging adherence to physical distancing and masking against the threat of a new surge of coronavirus. “Every time the virus is passed from one person to another, community transmission increases along with the possibility of proliferation of variants,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in a statement updating the latest human toll of the virus in the county. Even as federal offic...
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Diabetes drug appears to exploit vulnerability of AIDS-causing retrovirus HIV

A team led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine discovered an important vulnerability of the AIDS-causing retrovirus HIV, and has shown in preclinical experiments that a widely used diabetes drug, metformin, seems able to exploit this vulnerability.
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Study: Common medications are often derived from animal byproducts

More physicians and pharmacists are advocating for patients to be made aware of animal byproducts contained in common medications, according to new research in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
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New modeling approach to better understand how tumors become aggressive

Although the development of secondary cancerous growths, called metastasis, is the primary cause of death in most cancers, the cellular changes that drive it are poorly understood.
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New Covid vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists

Survey of experts in relevant fields concludes that new variants could arise in countries with low vaccine coverageThe planet could have a year or less before first-generation Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective and modified formulations are needed, according to a survey of epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists.Scientists have long stressed that a global vaccination effort is needed to satisfactorily neutralise the threat of Covid-19. This is due to the threat of variatio...
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