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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows promise - virus neutralizing antibodies achieved

In a recent medRxiv* paper, a research group from the U.S. and Germany showed a robust immunogenic response and a promising safety profile of the novel BNT162b1 RNA-based vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – actively encouraging its accelerated clinical development and potential rapid production.
Tags: Health, Germany, Pfizer

Striking CryoEM image of SARS-CoV-2

A new study by researchers from the UK and Germany and published on the preprint server bioRxiv in June 2020 reports the results of a detailed study of the S protein on the intact virus, using cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) and tomography. This could help understand the conformation of the S protein on the virion and how it interacts with neutralizing antibodies.
Tags: Health, UK, Germany

EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to U.S. tourists

By LORNE COOK BRUSSELS — The European Union announced Tuesday that it will reopen its borders to travelers f rom 14 countries, and possibly China soon, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S. Travelers from other big countries like Russia, Brazil and India will also miss out. As Europe’s economies reel from the impact of the coronavirus, southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are desperate to entice b...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, News, La, China, Germany, Russia, India, Uncategorized, Eu, Spain, Sport, European Union, World news, Atlantic

GHGA to address need for access to genomic and phenomic data

In Germany, there is currently a lack of infrastructure to deal with high-volume biological and biomedical data, such as data found in medical records.
Tags: Health, Germany

New Covid-19 clusters across world spark fear of second wave

Germany, South Korea, Italy and China had stamped out the disease but localised infections now reportedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA meat-processing plant in Germany. A church in Seoul. A squat and a hospital in Italy. A wholesale market in Beijing. All of them have experienced clusters of infections after national authorities declared the disease suppressed in their country and launched a slow return towards normal life.Months into the pandemic, fear of a second ...
Tags: Health, South Korea, China, Germany, Beijing, Infectious Diseases, Italy, World Health Organization, Seoul, Coronavirus outbreak, Germany South Korea Italy

Massive proteomics investigation of COVID-19 infection

Researchers from Germany and Switzerland revealed functional effects of individual severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) proteins on cellular level after infection. They placed the findings into the context of host signaling pathways in order to identify vulnerable parts of the virus amenable to treatment. The study is currently available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
Tags: Health, Germany, Switzerland

SARS-CoV-2 in breast milk can be inactivated using Holder pasteurization

Researchers in Germany have shown that human milk infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be pasteurized using a standard method to ensure it is safe for breastfeeding.
Tags: Health, Germany

UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will “likely” switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This suggests its any future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contr...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones

UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This means its future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contract to an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones

EU states agree a tech spec for national coronavirus apps to work across borders

European Union countries and the Commission have agreed on a technical framework to enable regional coronavirus contacts tracing apps to work across national borders. A number of European countries have launched contacts tracing apps at this point, with the aim of leveraging smartphone technologies in the fight against COVID-19, but none of these apps can yet work across national borders. Last month, EU Member States agreed to a set of interoperability guidelines for tracing apps. Now they’ve...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Apps, Europe, UK, Privacy, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, Public Health, United Kingdom, Italy

Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

One of the first national coronavirus contacts tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called ‘Smittestopp’, poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location. Following a warning from the watchdog Friday, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said today it will stop uploading data from tomorrow — ahead of a June 23 deadline wh...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Apps, Europe, Bluetooth, Privacy, Law, Germany, Tech, Eu, Italy, Gps, Norway, Api, Google Translate

Deployment of health care professionals can improve inflammatory-rheumatic disorders

Inflammatory-rheumatic disorders are a widespread ailment, affecting at least 1.5 million people in Germany alone.
Tags: Health, Germany

New strategy may facilitate development of multi-epitope peptide vaccine against SARS-CoV-2

By combining T and B lymphocyte analysis with manufacturability heuristic, researchers from the US and Germany proposed a set of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine peptides to use in subsequent animal studies and clinical trials. Their paper is currently available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
Tags: Health, Germany, US

Zinc-finger antiviral protein makes SARS-CoV-2 highly susceptible to interferons

By looking into zinc-finger antiviral proteins (ZAP), a new study from Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) and available on the preprint server bioRxiv suggests that zoonotic transmission of a coronavirus with a specific genetic make-up facilitated the pandemic spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), but also its sensitivity to interferons.
Tags: Health, Germany, United Kingdom UK

Kidney impairment significantly higher among hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Germany was not hit as hard by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as many other European countries. The reason for this is that the wave of infection reached Germany later, that the authorities were warned by the situation in Italy and Spain and at an early stage ordered a lockdown and conducted extensive testing.
Tags: Health, Germany, Spain, Italy

Showers, toilets and washbasins may act as SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs despite low environmental transmission

In their new research paper currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server, scientists from the University of Bonn in Germany demonstrated that indirect environmental transmission most likely plays only a minor role in the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). However, certain potentially neglected viral reservoirs have to be taken into account when introducing epidemiological measures.
Tags: Health, Germany, University of Bonn

SARS-CoV-2 can adversely affect cardiac cells and heart function

A research group from Germany demonstrated a direct toxic effect of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on cardiac cells in their paper published on the bioRxiv* preprint server. The finding warrants an in-depth analysis of cardiac tissue in certain coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, as well as close monitoring for any direct cardiomyocyte injury.
Tags: Health, Germany

Study highlights the importance of research-based healthcare in Germany

The authors recommend a needs-based system focusing on patient well-being and quality assurance, rather than a primarily profit-oriented approach. It should appreciate all employees and integrate innovations as well as digital solutions.
Tags: Health, Germany

Norway and Denmark drop mutual border controls - but exclude Sweden

Scandinavian neighbour barred for now because of higher coronavirus death tollNorway and Denmark are to drop border controls between the two countries but have excluded their Scandinavian neighbour Sweden, which has taken a lighter-touch approach to the Covid-19 pandemic and suffered a far higher death toll.The Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, told a news conference in Copenhagen on Friday that restrictions on Norwegian nationals entering the country, as well as on citizens of Iceland a...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Sweden, Germany, World news, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Copenhagen, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus outbreak

Global report: Covid-19 clusters emerge as lockdowns ease across Europe

Governments warn of threat of second wave of cases amid local spikes in infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeveral European countries a few weeks ahead of the UK on the road out of lockdown have experienced local spikes in coronavirus infections, but all have maintained an overall downward trend in new daily cases of the virus.Most governments, though, continue to warn of the real threat of a second wave of Covid-19 cases and to insist on the importance of phys...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, Germany, Spain, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Denmark, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

What does the red pill really show you?

The "red pill" came into prominence as a way to break free of mental slavery in the 1999 movie, "The Matrix." In a new essay, Julian Walker points out Neo's powers only worked inside of the simulation—reality is a different story. The red vs blue pill question is a pop culture phenomenon, often used in questionable circumstances. Pop culture always translates strangely, though it appears we've hit peak Idiocracy. Earlier this month, Brad Parscale, Donald Trump's campaign manager, compared the ...
Tags: Psychology, Science Fiction, Elon Musk, California, Germany, Trust, Social Media, Tesla, Innovation, Philosophy, William Gibson, Thanos, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Neo, Musk

Cathay Innovation’s first investment in Germany is healthcare startup Medwing

Medwing, a German startup with an ambition to tackle Europe’s shortage of healthcare workers, said on Tuesday that it has secured €28 million ($30 million) in a Series B financing round. Global venture capital firm Cathay Innovation led the round, marking its first investment in a German company. Other participating investors include Northzone, Cherry Ventures and Atlantic Labs. The World Bank forecasted a worldwide shortage of 15 million health professionals by 2030, with demand being highest i...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Tech, Workforce, Recruitment, Rocket Internet, Northzone, Bain Company, Cherry Ventures, Cathay Innovation, Jacky Abitbol, Medwing, Northzone Cherry Ventures, Atlantic Labs The World Bank

Europe's Covid predicament – how do you solve a problem like the anti-vaxxers?

Compulsory vaccination risks boosting a protest movement gaining ground in Europe’s citiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate a politically incongruous crowd of protesters gathered yesterday. They wore flowers in their hair, hazmat suits emblazoned with the letter Q, badges displaying the old German imperial flag or T-shirts reading “Gates, My Ass” – a reference to the US software billionaire Bill Gates.Around the globe, millions are ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Berlin, US, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak

DZD researchers discover additional genetic cause for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

In Germany about 18 million people suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver. The causes of this disease are manifold and include environmental as well as genetic factors.
Tags: Health, Germany

Berlin’s IFA tech conference will go ahead in-person this September — with caveats

After months of news about large-scale event cancelations, Berlin-based mega-conference IFA announced today that it will go ahead with a planned in-person event, from September 3 to 5. With the future of the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain around the world, the show will come with some major caveats. For starters, the show, which traditionally takes over Berlin’s Messe conference center, will be broken up into four distinct events. Those include: IFA NEXT meets IFA SHIFT Mobility, IFA Glob...
Tags: Health, Startups, Europe, Hardware, Microsoft, Germany, Berlin, The New York Times, Ifa, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The Great Reset

Ann Miura-Ko Contributor Share on Twitter Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage VC firm. A repeat member of the Forbes Midas List and the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists Worldwide, she earned a PhD in math modeling of cybersecurity at Stanford University. More posts by this contributor True product-market fit is a minimum viable company You need a minimum viable company, ...
Tags: Health, Social, Food, Startups, Transportation, Gaming, Column, Science, Media, Entertainment, Germany, Tech, Spain, Venture Capital, Mike Maples, Charles River Ventures

I flew to Greece and began solo IVF. Then the world shut down

Undergoing fertility treatment at any time is a peculiar experience. In the midst of a pandemic, it becomes surrealIt is 7.53am, the last Wednesday in March, and at a courier depot in Athens, the sperm of a Bermudian mechanical engineering student arrives, carried in a nitrogen tank. For the last three days, I have followed the tank’s journey across Europe, loading and reloading the courier website as it made its way from a cryobank in Denmark through Germany to mainland Greece.The continent has...
Tags: Health, Europe, Greece, Germany, Society, Athens, Denmark, Ivf, Fertility problems, Coronavirus outbreak

How will Europe’s coronavirus contact-tracing apps work across borders?

A major question mark attached to national coronavirus contact-tracing apps is whether they will function when citizens of one country travel to another. Or will people be asked to download and use multiple apps if they’re traveling across borders? Having to use multiple apps when travelling would further complicate an unproven technology which seeks to repurpose standard smartphone components for estimating viral exposure — a task for which our mobile devices were never intended. In Europe, whe...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Apps, Europe, Bluetooth, Privacy, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Ireland, NHS, United Kingdom

Deaths and hunger strikes point to mental health crisis on stranded cruise ships

As tensions rise over failure to repatriate workers, plight of crews highlighted by the apparent suicide of a Ukrainian woman in RotterdamCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeveral deaths, a hunger strike and disturbances on board cruise ships have raised fresh concern about what crew members say is the deteriorating mental health of staff stranded aboard cruise ships still floating at sea.A worldwide standoff between cruise companies and health authorities has left appr...
Tags: Cruises, Europe, Germany, Environment, World news, US news, Ukraine, Mental Health, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Coronavirus outbreak

COVID-19: What is the R number?

In just a few short weeks, we've all made the collective journey from pandemic ignoramuses to budding armchair virologists with a decent grasp of once-arcane terms like personal protective equipment, social distancing and "flatten the curve".But there's one phrase that might still leave a few justifiably scratching their heads: the R number. The coronavirus has one, and governments around the world are keen to see it shrink as much as possible. But what is it?R refers to the "effective reproduct...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, London, China, Germany, Berlin, Singapore, Bbc, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Imperial College London, Epidemiology, Matt Reynolds

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