Why I wanted to get the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

I’ve waited patiently for my COVID-19 vaccine. I felt like I was at the deli counter of life hoping my number comes up next. And while I know the luck of the draw determines which shot you get, I wanted the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No offense to Moderna or Pfizer, but I have some family history with the giant pharmaceutical company and wanted to see it come full circle. My paternal grandparents, Ramon and Ernestina Berrios, owned a dairy farm in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, a town about 23 miles from ...
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COVID in Shanghai: March 2021 Update

I’ve been reading a lot of American news about progress getting the U.S. population vaccinated against COVID-19. Up until last week, it did not feel like much progress with vaccinations was being made around me, where I live in Shanghai. Then BOOM! starting last week, it seemed like suddenly everyone around me was getting their first shots. There’s an interesting attitude about the COVID vaccination among Chinese friends I talk to. Almost no one I talked to wanted to get it early, but pretty ...
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New coronavirus variant with E484K mutation detected in Arizona

Arizona joins the ever-growing list of American states harboring a variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A study led by Efrem S. Lim of Arizona State University confirms evidence of the B.1.243.1 with an E484K mutation on the spike protein.
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Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in the US: CDC report

The study, published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), underlies the importance of evaluating the impact of strategies addressing adult mental health status during the pandemic. This way, these can help plan strategies and interventions for the affected groups.
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mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective among front liners, CDC study shows

The study, published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), highlights the efficacy of mRNA vaccines in protecting against SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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SARS-CoV-2 mutation T478K spreading at alarming speed in Mexico

Several SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged, posing a renewed threat to COVID-19 containment and to vaccine and drug efficacy. In this study, we analyzed more than 820,000 SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequences deposited up to March 26, 2021 and identified a novel T478K mutation located on the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein.
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Study estimates premature mortality burden due to poor urban and transport planning

Failure to comply with international exposure recommendations for air pollution, noise, heat and access to green space is associated with more than 1,000 deaths per year in Barcelona and more than 900 in Madrid, accounting for 7% and 3% of overall premature mortality, respectively.
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Female doctors experiencing domestic abuse fear the consequences of reporting it

Female doctors who suffer domestic abuse can feel unable to get help due to perceptions that it "should not happen to a doctor" and a judgemental culture in medical settings, a new study suggests.
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New research shows how to make people follow pandemic restrictions without fear

Making people fear the coronavirus may motivate us to wash our hands, keep our distance and wear a face mask. But fear also takes a heavy toll on our mental health and is fertile ground for discrimination and prejudice.
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Australia news live: NSW government demands apology over federal vaccine comments; Qld records two new Covid cases

NSW records one positive case linked to Byron Bay hen’s party; Australia joins 13 countries to express concerns about China’s cooperation with WHO investigators. Follow live GPs frustrated at Covid vaccine delivery problemsQueensland Covid hotspots • NSW Covid hotspotsBrisbane doctors demand probe into how medical workers at centre of outbreak became infectedAustralia’s vaccine tracker: how is the rollout progressing? 3.18am BST The president for the peak body for doctors, the Australian Med...
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Research sheds light on expression of diversity in sexual and gender identity among teens

A growing number of young people are identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and many are challenging binaries in gender and sexual identity to reflect a broader spectrum of experience beyond man or woman and gay or straight.
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Comparing the transmission routes of two SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern

The research team had previously identified the UK variant as having higher viral RNA shedding than the D614G variant. However here, they wanted to compare the transmission of such variants through different routes of potential infection: direct contact, aerosol (airborne droplets), and fomite (objects which may be contaminated and therefore spread infectious agents).
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Mice study provides insight into the beneficial effects of selenium supplementation

Adding the nutrient selenium to diets protects against obesity and provides metabolic benefits to mice, according to a study published today in eLife.
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New tool could help children with medical complexities avoid long hospitalizations

Too often, contends UMass Lowell faculty researcher Brenna Morse, children with complex chronic medical conditions spend days in the hospital undergoing tests for what could be a simple diagnosis.
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Protein could be key to blocking the most common bacterial cause of food poisoning

Washington State University researchers have discovered a protein that could be key to blocking the most common bacterial cause of human food poisoning in the United States.
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Fat grafting shows potential to help cancer patients with radiation-induced skin injury

As cancer survival rates improve, more people are living with the aftereffects of cancer treatment. For some patients, these issues include chronic radiation-induced skin injury - which can lead to potentially severe cosmetic and functional problems.
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Survey: COVID-19 pandemic has led to more advanced-stage cancer diagnoses

Doctors who oversee cancer clinics say that new patients are arriving for treatment with more advanced disease than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
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Stress and boredom may have contributed to increased cigarette use during the pandemic

Stress, increased free time and feelings of boredom may have contributed to an increase in the number of cigarettes smoked per day during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic by nearly a third of surveyed Pennsylvania smokers.
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Study compares performance of open-label placebo to blinded placebo in IBS patients

For decades, the power of the placebo effect was thought to lie in patients' belief that they were -- or at least, could be -- receiving a pharmacologically active treatment.
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Eco-bio-developmental model of emergent literacy helps identify risk factors of reading difficulties

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a new framework for different factors influencing how a child's brain is "wired" to learn to read before kindergarten.
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Study reveals how exercise during pregnancy confers metabolic health benefits in offspring

A mechanism has been identified that explains how physical exercise in pregnancy confers metabolic health benefits in offspring.
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Research finds key factors that could lead to further pandemics

Humans are creating or exacerbating the environmental conditions that could lead to further pandemics, new University of Sydney research finds.
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Prime editing enables more precise correction of genetic problems than traditional CRISPR

The latest gene editing technology, prime editing, expands the "genetic toolbox" for more precisely creating disease models and correcting genetic problems, scientists say.
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What’s open? What’s MORE open? Check out the Orange-tier rules launching Monday in LA County

If you’ve been thirsting for a drink at a bar (even if that belt is served outdoors) or dying to get back inside the card parlor, Monday is your day. At 12:01 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles County will shift to the Orange tier in the state’s coronavirus recovery blueprint. With the color change comes these new health guidelines:  Bars that don’t serve meals can operate outdoors, with no counter service; tables spaced 8 feet apart with a maximum of six people from up to three different households; no ...
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Australia news live: Queensland reports two local Covid cases amid Brisbane lockdown; NSW records no new cases

Princess Alexandra hospital is shutting down as a precaution; Australia joins 13 countries to express concerns about China’s cooperation with WHO investigators. Follow live GPs frustrated at Covid vaccine delivery problemsQueensland Covid hotspots; • NSW Covid hotspotsBrisbane doctors demand probe into how medical workers at centre of outbreak became infectedAustralia’s vaccine tracker: how is the rollout progressing? 1.32am BST There has been one news case in NSW - however, as it was discov...
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COVID-related smoking cessation messages effective in encouraging smokers to quit

An international survey that included 600 smokers in the UK has found that cessation messaging focused on easing the burden on our health system is most effective in encouraging people to quit.
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Microbiota-derived molecules do not change the entry or replication of SARS-CoV-2 in intestinal cells

A study conducted at the University of Campinas in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, shows that compounds produced by gut microbiota (bacteria and other microorganisms) during fermentation of insoluble fiber from dietary plant matter do not affect the ability of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 to enter and replicate in cells lining the intestines.
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Scientists launch clinical trial of CRISPR gene correction therapy in patients with sickle cell disease

Scientists at UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UCLA have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to jointly launch an early phase, first-in-human clinical trial of a CRISPR gene correction therapy in patients with sickle cell disease using the patient's own blood-forming stem cells.
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Researchers identify factors linked to poor outcomes in patients with childhood-onset lupus

UT Southwestern researchers have identified factors that put patients with childhood-onset lupus at elevated risk for poor outcomes, such as end-stage renal disease or death, as they transition from pediatric to adult health care.
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The Dream Team opens clinical trial to find better treatment options for pancreatic cancer

A new team of pioneering pancreatic cancer researchers has been formed to predict which treatments might work best for individual pancreatic cancer patients based on the molecular traits of tumors.
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