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Advanced-stage kidney cancer more common in Hispanic and Native Americans in Arizona

Recently published research from the University of Arizona Health Sciences shows that advanced-stage kidney cancer is more common in Hispanic Americans and Native Americans than in non-Hispanic whites, and that both Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in Arizona have an increased risk of mortality from the disease.
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Study reports vitamin C inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus main protease

Based on structural analysis, researchers found that vitamin C binds to 3CLpro, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) main protease essential in viral replication. In vitro cell inhibition studies also showed vitamin C could inhibit 3CLpro, indicating a possible new antiviral treatment method.
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Cryptic pocket on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 may be a promising treatment target

In a new study currently available on the bioRxiv* preprint server, a multinational group of researchers modeled an entire membrane-embedded spike glycoprotein of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and highlighted the potential of a specific mapping approach for unveiling cryptic, potentially druggable pockets on the viral surface.
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Australians approved for international travel to jump vaccine rollout queue

Morrison government has also bowed to pressure from Mark McGowan to crack down on departure exemptions Australians who are approved to travel overseas will be granted priority access to Covid vaccinations under a plan agreed to by the prime minister with state and territory leaders.The proposal, which would reduce the vulnerability of Australians heading overseas during the pandemic, may prove controversial given the vaccine rollout is not yet completed even for the highest priority groups inclu...
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Study assesses the rate of rare blood clots in adults receiving Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

A large study from Denmark and Norway published by The BMJ today sheds more light on the risk of rare blood clots in adults receiving their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine.
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Scientists investigate signal necrotic cells that cue phagocytic cells to engulf the dying cell

Just as people keep their houses clean and clutter under control, a crew of cells in the body is in charge of clearing the waste the body generates, including dying cells. The housekeeping cells remove unwanted material by a process called phagocytosis, which literally means 'eating cells.' The housekeepers engulf and ingest the dying cells and break them down to effectively eliminate them.
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Covid: people under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab

Move towards greater precaution on Covid vaccines follows figures on rare blood clots and low infection rates Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople under 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where possible and while infection rates remain low, following a recommendation from government advisers.The move comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reviewed the speed and uptake of Covid vaccines in the UK and the lates...
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3D-printed fetus models allow surgeons to identify potential obstacles, reduce risks of surgery

A state-of-the-art in-utero procedure allows surgeons to correct a birth defect on developing babies inside the womb. But operating on a mother and her unborn child at the same time can be challenging and unpredictable.
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Immunosuppression in COVID-19 promotes emergence of multiple immune escape mutants

An interesting new study describes the emergence of several such variants from a chronically immunosuppressed COVID-19 patient, who remained infected for over 170 days before clearing the virus.
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UMass Amherst researchers achieve breakthrough in the fight against cancer

A team of researchers at the Center for Bioactive Delivery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Institute for Applied Life Sciences has engineered a nanoparticle that has the potential to revolutionize disease treatment, including for cancer.
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India records almost 4,200 Covid deaths in a day

County reports more than 400,000 new infections but experts suspect figures are gross underestimateCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks.India reported a national record of 4,187 new deaths on Saturday. Continue reading...
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Study may lead to personalized treatments for cystic fibrosis

Some 2,103 mutations have been identified in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common fatal genetic disease in Canada, and together they pose huge challenges for patients and researchers, including those affiliated with Université de Montreal and its teaching hospital, the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).
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New mathematical model predicts disease spread patterns

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials seized on contact tracing as the most effective way to anticipate the virus's migration from the initial, densely populated hot spots and try to curb its spread.
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Why Does My Golden Retriever Always Want To Be Petted?

If you’re with your golden retriever, you’re probably petting him right now. Generally, golden retrievers –and some other breeds–can’t get enough petting. They’re very tactile and love the attention. Some love petting even more than treats or verbal praise. Note from Colby: My Golden, Raven literally has her head on my lap trying to solicit […] The post Why Does My Golden Retriever Always Want To Be Petted? appeared first on Puppy In Training.
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New technique can print life-like organ models in minutes

NIBIB-funded engineers at the University of Buffalo have fine-tuned the use of stereolithography for 3D printing of organ models that contain live cells.
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New transport system delivers large protein-based drugs into cancer cells

The ability of antibodies to recognize specific cancer cells is used in oncology to specifically target those cells with small active agents.
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Increased symptomatic levels of COVID-19 may be associated with psychiatric symptoms

A significant level of symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress may follow COVID-19 independent of any previous psychiatric diagnoses, according to new research by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with colleagues at Universidade Municipal de São Caetano do Sul in Brazil.
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Study: Asthma attacks decreased among Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients during the pandemic

Asthma attacks account for almost 50 percent of the cost of asthma care which totals $80 billion each year in the United States. Asthma is more severe in Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients, with double the rates of attacks and hospitalizations as the general population.
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Study identifies discrepancies in WHO classifications of pesticide hazards

Scientists are calling for more stringent pesticide bans to lower deaths caused by deliberately ingesting toxic agricultural chemicals, which account for one fifth of global suicides.
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LA County inches toward 24,000 coronavirus deaths; 20 more reported Saturday

Los Angeles County reported 415 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths on Saturday, May 8, while the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals ticked up a bit. Saturday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,235,422 cases and 23,995 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to state figures, there were 400 people hospitalized with the virus as of Saturday in Los Angeles County, up from 379 on Friday. The numbe...
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Nursing mothers' tweets help understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors

Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood.
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COVID-19 may impact the heart health of young, healthy adults

New research published in Experimental Physiology highlight the possible long term health impacts of COVID-19 on young, relatively healthy adults who were not hospitalized and who only had minor symptoms due to the virus.
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How did SARS-CoV-2 first evolve in humans?

In a perspective article recently published in the journal Science, Hyeryun Choe and Michael Farzan from the Scripps Research Institute, USA, have described the early-stage evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in humans. They have provided a detailed overview of how early mutations in SARS-CoV-2 spike protein facilitate its adaptation in human systems.
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Damage to the white matter is more predictive of cognitive impairment after brain injury

A new University of Iowa study challenges the idea that gray matter (the neurons that form the cerebral cortex) is more important than white matter (the myelin covered axons that physically connect neuronal regions) when it comes to cognitive health and function.
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Researchers study the evolutionary origins of tooth and jaw development in living sharks

The origins of a pretty smile have long been sought in the fearsome jaws of living sharks which have been considered living fossils reflecting the ancestral condition for vertebrate tooth development and inference of its evolution.
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Global spread of COVID-19 has raised serious concern for patients with transthyretin amyloidosis

The global spread of COVID-19 has raised serious concern for patients with chronic disease. A correlation has been identified between the severity of COVID-19 and a patient's preexisting comorbidities.
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Molecular clues explain why some neurons are more susceptible than others in Alzheimer’s disease

In the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease, neurons degenerate and die, slowly eliminating memories and cognitive skills. However, not all neurons are impacted equally.
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Researchers reveal how to effectively achieve and maintain a healthy weight loss

Almost one in five Danes live with obesity, which may have serious health consequences. In the world's most recognized medical journal, Danish researchers now document how to effectively achieve and maintain a healthy weight loss.
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Israeli study shows real-world efficacy of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers have conducted an analysis of nationwide surveillance data from Israel demonstrating the real-world effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2 vaccine at protecting against infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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New strategy could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments

New research led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) points to a promising strategy to boost tumors' intake of cancer drugs, thereby increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments.
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