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Joining the Vaccine Rollout

When I wrote my last post, COVID in Shanghai: March 2021 Update, I had been unable to make a vaccination appointment. I was unsure why at the time, but it looks like the vaccine rollout to foreigners was just intentionally slow to get going, and the first few days were quickly fully booked (maybe even at midnight?). My wife and mother-in-law got in touch with our local community officials, who promised to give them a call when more vaccine slots were available. And they actually did! We got ...
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The interaction between blood clotting and SARS-CoV-2 infection

Coagulopathy - a condition in which the blood's ability to clot is impaired, is recognized as a significant aspect of morbidity in COVID-19 patients. In a recent study, Prof Lewis Cantley and a team of researchers explored the role of coagulation factors in the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Their recent study is posted on the bioRxiv server.
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Real-world proof Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in the real world. The report is based on a CDC study where it routinely tested prospective cohorts of health care professionals, first responders, and essential and frontline workers for SARS-CoV-2 infections.
Tags: Health, Cdc, Pfizer, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Moderna


Bispecific antibodies neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and its variants

A new bioRxiv preprint study led by Joshua Tan from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, involves generating bispecific antibodies using a new method cross-linking the antibodies with adjacent spike proteins using dual N-terminal domain/receptor binding domain specificity.
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Evidence of monoclonal antibodies effectively neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 variants

Makdasi et al. The neutralization potency of anti-SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic human monoclonal antibodies is retained against novel viral variants. bioRxiv, 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.01.438035, https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.01.438035v2
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Manufacturing workers more susceptible for developing carpal tunnel syndrome

Researchers at Henry Ford Health System have found that workers in construction and other manufacturing jobs are more susceptible for developing carpal tunnel syndrome than those who work in office jobs.
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COVID-19 antibodies persist in breast milk for months following mother’s vaccination

Nursing mothers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine may pass protective antibodies to their babies through breast milk for at least 80 days following vaccination, suggests new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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Addiction experts seek to understand why people engage in 'extreme' drinking

It's a health crisis often hidden in plain sight. While binge drinking behaviors -- drinking alcohol to a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08% or higher -- have been studied before, relatively little research has focused on people's behaviors and the consequences surrounding "extreme" drinking, or drinking alcohol to a blood alcohol concentration level of more than 0.16%.
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Michigan Medicine to kick off first national study on allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines

In a carefully controlled study, Michigan Medicine researchers will kick off the first national trial to study allergic reactions to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.
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Unique fungal environment in the lungs

The lungs were for a long time considered to be sterile in health, while in diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) failure in immune mechanisms were thought to allow microorganisms to proliferate and persist.
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Australia news live: TGA mulls EU advice on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots; sexual harassment laws to change

Victoria to open two mass vaccination hubs; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?• Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines• Harassment scandals could hit vaccination rates due to dimin...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment


Unhealthy eating can have immediate effects on workplace performance

A recent study finds that unhealthy eating behaviors at night can make people less helpful and more withdrawn the next day at work.
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Scientists investigate the influence of sport on eating habits

Worldwide 39 percent of the adults were overweight in 2016, according to statistics of the World Health Organization. In the US the prevalence of obesity was 42.4 percent in 2017/2018, according to a survey of the National Center for Health Statistics.
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Phase II of Singapore's National Precision Medicine strategy to begin in April 2021

Precision medicine is part of Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2025 strategic goal to transform and protect the health of every Singaporean.
Tags: Health, Singapore, National Precision Medicine, Research Innovation and Enterprise


Study highlights how women's choice of birth control is affected by out-of-pocket costs

Getting a birth control implant used to cost some women hundreds of dollars, if they were among the nearly half of privately insured Americans covered by a health plan with a high deductible that they were responsible for paying.
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South African, Brazilian coronavirus variants discovered in LA County as caseload declines plateau

The rate of decline of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles over the last month or so has slowed, Los Angeles County public health officials said Wednesday, April 7. Experts remained cautiously optimistic that the region was on track for newly minted goals of lifting heavy restrictions on the economy by June 15. Underlying the caution was the discovery in the county of the coronavirus mutant strains — known as the South African and Brazilian variants. Public Health Chief Barbara Ferrer said one case...
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LA City Council urges state to close Playa del Rey natural gas facility

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday, April 7, to approve a resolution in support of any legislation or administrative action that would help close the Playa del Rey natural gas storage facility. Introduced by councilmembers Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz, the resolution calls for the state to set up a transition process and timeline for the shutdown of the facility at 8141 Gulana Ave in Playa Del Rey run by SoCalGas. “We must move aggressively to get off fossil fuels, and we mus...
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Australia to consider EU and UK findings over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots

Review follows a UK decision to offer people under 30 an alternative jab following formal link to rare blood clots• Follow the Australia liveblog • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca•Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine? • Brussels urges unity over AZ jab to boost public confidence• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?• Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccinesAustralian authorities will review ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Step length synergy while crossing obstacles found to be lower in Parkinson’s patients

A multidisciplinary research group affiliated with the Department of Physical Education's Human Movement Laboratory at São Paulo State University in Bauru, Brazil, measured step length synergy while crossing obstacles in patients with Parkinson's disease and concluded that it was 53% lower than in healthy subjects of the same age and weight. Step length is one of the main variables affected by the disease.


Urolithin A shows promise to slow progression of Duchenne Muscle Dystrophy

Progression of Duchenne Muscle Dystrophy (DMD) can be delayed in mice by supplementing their diets with Urolithin A, according to new results reported today.


Hopkins Medicine endocrinologist publishes first clinical practice review on diabetes management

New medicines for people who have diabetes seem to pop up all the time. Drugs that help the body break down carbohydrates, drugs that increase excretion of glucose in the urine, drugs that help muscles respond to insulin and drugs that stimulate the pancreas to produce it -; the list of pharmaceutical options to treat diabetes gets longer and longer.


Getting AstraZeneca's shot is safer than flying on a plane, experts say - the bigger problem is an 'explosion of vaccine skepticism'

French Health Minister Olivier Veran receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the outskirts of Paris on February 8, 2021. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images Blood clots are a "very rare" side effect of AstraZeneca's shot, European regulators said Wednesday. But five medical experts told Insider they aren't convinced the shot actually causes clotting. Experts worry that public skepticism may unnecessarily derail AstraZeneca's global vaccine rollout. See more stories on Insi...
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Memory and executive function symptoms are valuable for predicting CTE pathology, suggests study

Diagnosing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) during life is crucial for developing therapies and for determining how common the disease is among individuals exposed to repetitive head impacts from contact sports, military service and physical violence.


NIH-funded clinical trial begins study of systemic allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines

A clinical trial is underway to determine whether people who are highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder are at increased risk for an immediate, systemic allergic reaction to the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.


Pandemic's mitigation efforts may have contributed to drop in clinical trial completion rates

Social distancing and lockdowns may have reduced the spread of COVID-19, but researchers from Penn State College of Medicine also report those actions may have affected clinical researchers' ability to finish trials.
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Study offers localized treatment direction for a cause of Crohn's disease

People with Crohn's disease are typically treated with powerful anti-inflammatory medications that act throughout their body, not just in their digestive tract, creating the potential for unintended, and often serious, side effects.
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Australia news live update: Scott Morrison gives press conference amid concerns over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots

Australian health authorities to consider EU regulator’s advice; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine? • Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines • Harassment scandals could hit vaccina...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Morrison


Manual workers are twice as likely to develop ALS, study finds

ALS is a progressive neurological disease that attacks the nerves that interact with the body's muscles. The disease typically leads to complete paralysis of the body, robbing patients of their ability to walk, speak, eat and breathe.
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A proprioceptive control strategy for management of low back pain

Ever since the early humans learned to walk upright, they have suffered, as an unfortunate consequence of their erect posture, from low back pain.
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SlowMo therapy helps treat paranoid thoughts in people experiencing psychosis

A new clinical trial from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience, in collaboration with Oxford University, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex University, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has established an innovative therapy as an effective means of treating paranoid thoughts in people experiencing psychosis.
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