Why is India seeing such a huge surge in Covid-19 cases?

A ‘double mutant’ strain, lack of medical supplies and the relaxation of lockdowns have combined to foment disasterIndia has seen a terrifying increase in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks. Monday saw another new record when the country racked up 273,810 new cases, with no sign that the surge is abating. The capital, New Delhi, was placed in lockdown for a week from Monday, and Maharashtra state, the centre of the surge and home to the financial capital, Mumbai, further tightened restricti...
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Children develop strong, long-lasting immunity following SARS-CoV-2 infection

Researchers in the UK have conducted a study that may explain why children who become infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) do not generally develop severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Organ tissues become increasingly immune throughout life, new study suggests

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have offered new ways to think about the immune system thanks to a recent study published in Nature.
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NIH funds large Phase 3 clinical trial to test repurposed drugs for treating COVID-19 symptoms

Using an ACTIV master protocol, the trial will focus on potential interventions for mild-to-moderate illness.
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Asymmetric technique to synthesize aziridines in the presence of newly developed catalysts

Unless you've studied chemistry in college, it's unlikely you've come across the name aziridine. An organic compound with the molecular formula, C2H4NH, aziridines are well-known among medicinal chemists, who make use of the compound to prepare pharmaceutical drugs such as Mitomycin C, a chemotherapeutic agent known for its anti-tumor activity.
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Chaperone protein imbalance can play key role in initiating toxic tau buildup in the aging brain

Chaperone protein imbalance can play a significant role in initiating toxic accumulation of tau in the aging brain - an early step in the development of Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies, a new preclinical study by University of South Florida Health (USF Health) neuroscientists suggests.
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Study challenges the assumption that all South African Bantu speakers are a single genetic entity

Almost 80% of South Africans speak one of the SEB family languages as their first language. Their origins can be traced to farmers of West-Central Africa whose descendants over the past two millennia spread south of the equator and finally into Southern Africa.
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Study explores how lessons from past crises could improve the pandemic response

The lack of accountability, poor communication and insufficient planning plaguing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic -- especially in its early months -- have roots in how the nation responded to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 swine flu, a new study involving the University of Washington found.
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Two extremes of female sexual behavior may be controlled by the same brain region

In many species, including humans and mice, the fluctuating levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen determine whether the female is fertile or not. And in the case of mice, whether she's sexually receptive or not.
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Rare compound found in a shrub could help fight previously 'undruggable' cancer protein

A chemist from Purdue University has found a way to synthesize a compound to fight a previously "undruggable" cancer protein with benefits across a myriad of cancer types.
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FDA takes steps to add molecular tests using pooled nasal specimens in serial testing program

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps to further facilitate the authorization of molecular tests for screening asymptomatic individuals using pooled anterior nasal respiratory specimens in serial testing programs.
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New type of placental structure discovered in animals

The Cyclostomata is an ancient group of aquatic colonial suspension-feeders from the phylum Bryozoa. The fact that they have unique placentae has been discovered by researchers at St Petersburg University and the University of Vienna.
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Study investigates severe lung injuries among e-cigarette users in rural Appalachia

Just as e-cigarette ingredients can vary from one region to another, the health effects of vaping can have regional characteristics as well. A new study out of West Virginia University suggests that rural e-cigarette users are older--and often get sicker--than their urban counterparts.
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Researchers reveal a potential therapeutic strategy against T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive type of leukemia in which too many T-cell lymphoblasts, or immature white blood cells, are found in the bone marrow and blood.
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Racial and ethnic diversity in schools influence student mental health, study finds

A Texas A&M researcher is discovering the demographic characteristics that can produce or lessen stress for racial and ethnic minority students in school settings.
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Study finds British variant of Covid-19 to be 45% more contagious than the original virus

A new study at Tel Aviv University found that the British variant (termed: B.1.1.7) of Covid-19 is 45% more contagious than the original virus.
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Genethon announces dosing of first patient at pediatric clinical trial platform for neuromuscular diseases

A first participant was dosed at I-Motion, the pediatric clinical trial platform for neuromuscular diseases located at Trousseau hospital in Paris, as part of the gene therapy trial in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) conducted by Genethon.
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Australia news live: Victoria to make mRNA Covid vaccines; Brittany Higgins outlines plan for meeting with PM

State commits $50m to domestic manufacturing of cutting-edge vaccines; former Liberal staffer to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. Follow liveAustralian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey findsAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid adviser says Delayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseasFewer than 7% of disability care residents in Australia hav...
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Study evaluates stem cells' ability to prevent major cause of death in preterm infants

A phase 2 clinical trial whose results were released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine might point to a way to overcome bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a major cause of death in preterm infants.
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All-in-one test provides a promising solution for COVID-19 detection and mutational surveillance

A new type of COVID-19 testing strategy could help streamline the process of identifying cases, tracking variants and detecting co-infecting viruses.
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Study identifies higher mortality risk for women with back pain

New research from Boston Medical Center identifies elevated mortality risk for women with back pain when compared to women without back pain. Back pain was not associated with mortality among men indicating long-term consequences of back pain may differ by sex.
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Comparing AstraZeneca vaccine blood-clot risk to odds of dying in a car crash unhelpful, experts say

Downplaying the risk with inappropriate comparisons will not build coronavirus vaccine confidence, Australian medical panel saysFollow our live blogAustralian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey findsTrying to downplay the risk of severe but rare clotting that appears to be associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine by comparing it with the clotting risk from taking the contraceptive pill, or to the chances of dying in a car crash, is unhelpful and likely ...
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Physical and mental health decline associated with more pronounced cognitive disengagement

A recent study suggests that preserving physical and mental health helps older adults experiencing cognitive impairment stave off declines in cognitive engagement.
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Mental health services to greet LA County students returning to campuses

As students come back to school campuses throughout Los Angeles County, they will be greeted by an assortment of mental health services and other new resources following a taxing year for everyone, based on a motion unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 20. The motion instructs the county’s director of mental health, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools and the L.A. County Office of Education, to address the mental health needs of students as they transi...
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Probiotic L. acidophilus can effectively treat intestinal inflammation, research shows

Intestinal epithelial tight junctions (TJs) act as a functional and structural barrier against harmful antigens that promote intestinal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other inflammatory conditions of the gut.
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Personal and work-related factors can increase risk for neck pain

With roughly 80% of jobs being sedentary, often requiring several hours of sitting stooped in front of a computer screen, neck pain is a growing occupational hazard. Smartphones and other devices have also caused people to bend their necks for prolonged periods. But is bad posture solely to blame?
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Comprehensive roadmap of muscle aging reveals potential targets for treatments

Scientists have produced a comprehensive roadmap of muscle aging in mice that could be used to find treatments that prevent decline in muscle mobility and function, according to a report published today in eLife.
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Coronavirus: Infection-control measures are continuing to pay off in LA County

Los Angeles County’s average daily rate of new COVID-19 cases fell again on Tuesday, April 20, but still remained too high to allow a move to the least-restrictive yellow tier of the state’s economic reopening blueprint. To advance to the yellow tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the county would need a seven-day average new case rate of less than 2 per 100,000 residents. The weekly update released by the state Tuesday showed the county with a rate of 2.7 per 100,000 residents. That was ...
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Targeted therapy may be of great benefit in early stage breast cancer

Targeted therapy in early stages of breast cancer can pave the way for a notable higher success rate, shows a study from the University of Bergen, Norway.
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MIND Institute study of anxiety in children with ASD has now expanded to offer online treatment

It's now easier than ever to take part in a study that includes treatment for anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute's Autism Center of Excellence.
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