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'Any breed could do it': dogs might be a Covid tester's best friend

Researchers around the world are training canines to sniff out the virus – could they be deployed for mass testing?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is simple and pain-free, could be used to test for coronavirus in care homes, airports and schools, and might just be more realistic than the UK government’s £100bn “Operation Moonshoot” mass screening plan. Its name? Fido.Around the world – from the UK to Finland, Spain, Brazil, Lebanon and Australia – teams of research...
Tags: UK, Dogs, Australia, Animals, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus outbreak, Finland Spain Brazil Lebanon


MS treatment a step closer after drug shown to repair nerve coating

Side-effects of bexarotene rule out use, but trial suggests other drugs may halt multiple sclerosisDoctors believe they are closer to a treatment for multiple sclerosis after discovering a drug that repairs the coatings around nerves that are damaged by the disease.A clinical trial of the cancer drug bexarotene showed that it repaired the protective myelin sheaths that MS destroys. The loss of myelin causes a range of neurological problems including balance, vision and muscle disorders, and ulti...
Tags: Health, Science, Multiple Sclerosis, Medical Research


Global Covid report: Rio cancels Carnival for first time in a century as global deaths near 1m

Landmark event scrapped as Brazil suffers; EU warns pandemic worse now than in March peak for some; Israel further toughens restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide looked set to pass a million within days, Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade for the first time in a century because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability in the pandemic.The global death toll passed 980,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hop...
Tags: Europe, Israel, Americas, Eu, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus outbreak


Study reveals alarming link between binge-drinking and anxiety

The study was conducted on mice, who were given the equivalent of five drinks daily for 10 days.Images of the alcoholic mice brains showed synaptic dysfunctions related to microglia (immune cells in the brain).The results suggest that regulating TNF, a signaling protein related to systemic inflammation, may someday play a part in treating alcohol addiction. Having a few drinks may help you feel less anxious in the moment. But drinking heavily over a longer period of time seems to produce the op...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Brain, Anxiety, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Alcoholism, University of Porto, Wernicke, João Relvas, Relvas


Study calls out the genes that make cancer cells so hard to kill

Developing immunotherapies for cancers is made more difficult by how different tumors are from each other.Some cancers are actually made worse by immunotherapy.A piece falls into place on the complicated puzzle of genetic interactions of cancer cells. There's a great diversity among cancer cells, though many of them share one unfortunate trait: They're often quite adept at resisting the body's immune system. The immune system's T killer cells can theoretically take out cancer cells, and immunot...
Tags: Health, Cancer, Genetics, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Illness, University of Toronto, Crispr, Lawson, Cambridge Massachusetts, Moffat, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Donnelly Centre for Cellular, Biomolecular Research, U of T News


A key COVID-19 immune response in children has been identified

The reason children suffer less from the novel coronavirus has remained mysterious. Researchers identified a cytokine, IL-17A, which appears to protect children from the ravages of COVID-19.This cytokine response could change how researchers approach vaccine development. The report was eye-opening, to say the least: over 500,000 children have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in America. More than 70,000 of these cases occurred during the last two weeks of August as schools reopened. W...
Tags: Children, America, Medical Research, Innovation, Vaccines, Derek, Twitter Facebook, Vanderbilt, Montefiore, Moderna, Herold, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, Buddy Creech, Covid-19 risk, Betsy Herold


We won't beat Covid by channelling Churchill | Letters

Boris Johnson’s Churchillian language does not impress Richard Teverson, while Katherine Arnott dismisses the prime minister’s appeal to people’s common sense. Plus letters from Patrick Cosgrove and David Boyd HaycockI, like so many others, am slack-jawed at the incompetence of this government’s response to Covid. Our death rate is terrible and the continued mixed messages from “go to work as you are less likely to be sacked if you are in the office/don’t go to work” and “eat out to help out/don...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Science, Biology, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Microbiology, Winston Churchill, Michael Gove, New Zealand


Coronavirus continuing to mutate, study finds, as US cases rise

Experts believe virus is probably becoming more contagious but US study did not find mutations made it more lethal The Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate throughout the course of the pandemic, with experts believing it is probably becoming more contagious , as coronavirus cases in the US have started to rise once again, according to a new research.The new US study analyzed 5,000 genetic sequences of the virus, which has continued to mutate as it has spread through the population. The study ...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


UK Covid-19 vaccine trial set to infect healthy volunteers with virus

Researchers hope to begin world’s first human challenge trials at east London quarantine facility in JanuaryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealthy volunteers in the UK could soon be deliberately infected with coronavirus in the world’s first human challenge trial to find out which Covid vaccines work.Government-funded studies, which it is believed will be announced next week, could begin in January in London, the Financial Times has reported. Volunteers exposed to Co...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Financial Times, Coronavirus outbreak


Shortages threaten Johnson's pledge of 500,000 UK Covid tests a day

Exclusive: chemicals and machines needed to hit target by end of October are ‘a few weeks behind’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA pledge to hit 500,000 coronavirus tests a day in the UK by the end of next month could be missed as vital chemicals and analysing machines needed to hit the target are “a few weeks” behind schedule, the body representing their manufacturers has said.Boris Johnson has insisted the UK will hit the target by the end of October, up from about ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak


Face shields ineffective at trapping aerosols, says Japanese supercomputer

Simulation using world’s fastest supercomputer casts doubt on effectiveness in preventing spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePlastic face shields are almost totally ineffective at trapping respiratory aerosols, according to modelling in Japan, casting doubt on their effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus.A simulation using Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, found that almost 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres ...
Tags: Japan, Science, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Ever wonder how LSD works? An answer has been discovered.

Researchers at UNC's School of Medicine have discovered the protein responsible for LSD's psychedelic effects. A single amino acid—part of the protein, Gαq—activates the mind-bending experience. The researchers hope this identification helps shape depression treatment. Shortly after Albert Hofmann's famous bicycle trip—the Swiss chemist's harrowing ride home after accidentally dosing himself with the then-unknown LSD-25—his laboratory, Sandoz, shipped this peculiar substance to any researcher ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Drugs, Ipo, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Research, Innovation, Consciousness, Derek, Twitter Facebook, Hoffman, Roth, Timothy Leary, Sandoz, Albert Hofmann


Covering the race for a Covid vaccine: 'The speed of progress is astonishing'

The Guardian’s health editor surveys the remarkable global efforts to develop effective protection against coronavirusIncredibly fast. Faster than any vaccine has ever been developed before, but we will have to wait a while longer yet. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Membership, Coronavirus outbreak


Matt Hancock’s Covid cavalry is not yet on the horizon. We need a global approach now

The UK has done well on building capacity. But only wide access to simple, effective tests will allow us to manage life under coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the UK battles with the overwhelming demand for Covid-19 tests, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Friday that the country needs to come together to keep the infection levels down while we await the cavalry on the horizon.The cavalry, he said, would come in the shape of the science that wil...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK entering second wave of coronavirus, Boris Johnson warns

PM set to impose measures across country as experts say death toll could be as high as in first spike unless behaviour changesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain is entering a second wave of coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said as scientists expressed fears the death toll could be as high as in the first spike without a rapid change in public behaviour. Related: The Guardian view on a second wave: Boris Johnson should be worried | Editorial Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says 'second wave coming in' and warns measures may be intensified

PM warns it is ‘inevitable’ coronavirus will hit UK again; R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; 4,322 new cases recordedStricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 6.27pm BST On whether ministers were considering a short “firebreak” lockdown, the prime minis...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside, Warrington ` Circuit, Sadiq KhanGlobal


UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4 as 4,322 new cases recorded

New infections grow by up to 7% daily; UK cases surge; Welsh leader slams ‘vacancy at heart of UK’; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.18pm BST Coronavirus cases in England almost doubled in the space of ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Ons, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside, Warrington ` Circuit, Sadiq KhanGlobal


UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; Welsh leader slams 'vacancy at heart of UK'

New infections growing by 2% to 7% daily; Mark Drakeford has had one talk with PM since May; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 2.36pm BST A headteacher in Lancashire has blamed an outbreak of Covid-19 at a...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Lancashire, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock, Bacup, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside


Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing ?

Scientists tracking the virus have uncovered a major mutation, but it may not be as scary as it sounds Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have had eyes on Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, since the beginning of this pandemic.They can see it is evolving, but it is happening at a glacial pace compared with two other viruses with pandemic potential: those that cause flu and Aids. That is good news for efforts to develop vaccines and treatments, but sci...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Welsh leader slams 'vacancy at heart of UK', as Sturgeon calls for Cobra meeting

Mark Drakeford says he has had only one brief conversation with Boris Johnson since May; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.33pm BST “There is a vacancy at the heart of the United Kingdom and it needs urg...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Leicestershire, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock, Drakeford, Oadby


UK coronavirus live: new restrictions in Warrington, Halton, Merseyside and Lancashire

The government has announced new regional restrictions Warrington, Halton, Merseyside and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester); Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdownStricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?UK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownDon’t stop your grousing … and other rule-of-si...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Greater Manchester, Blackpool, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Lancashire, Wolverhampton, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: England considers ‘circuit break’ plans; London New Year's Eve fireworks cancelled

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’ ‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownUK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownNHS worker attacked on London bus in Covid mask row, say policeGlobal coronavirus updates – live 11.20am BST Ryanair will cut a further one in five of its flights scheduled in October, blaming Irish and EU governments for what it called “excessive and defective” travel res...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, London, Eu, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ryanair, Boris Johnson, LBC, Khan, Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: two-week 'circuit break' considered to halt Covid surge in England

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’ ‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownUK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownNHS worker attacked on London bus in Covid mask row, say policeGlobal coronavirus updates – live 10.34am BST The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told LBC that Cobra hasn’t met since 10th May and that he hasn’t had contact with the prime minister since then.Sadiq Khan tells @L...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, London, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ryanair, Boris Johnson, LBC, Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Jon Stewart: Congress is abandoning veterans exposed to toxic 'burn pits'

Thousands of American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to burn pits, which may have caused diseases like asthma and cancer.Burn pits were used as a crude way to dispose of waste, including plastics, body parts, dead animals, and hazardous chemicals.Despite gaps in the research linking exposure to medical conditions, advocates say the benefit of the doubt should go to veterans. Plastics, medical waste, rubber, hazardous chemicals, human feces, batteries, dead animals, and...
Tags: Health, Law, Congress, Iraq, America, War, Afghanistan, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Disease, Jon Stewart, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Vietnam, Stewart


'Confounding': Covid may have already peaked in many African countries

One explanation for virus not behaving as expected could be previous exposure to other infections, experts tell MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has peaked earlier than expected in many African countries, confounding early predictions, experts have told MPs.Scientists do not yet know why, but one hypothesis is the possibility of people having pre-existing immunity to Covid-19, caused by exposure to other infections. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Yemen, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


'Why wait for it?' How to predict a pandemic

Strides are being made towards an open access atlas that could predict where dangerous animal-borne viruses will next appearHow do you predict where a deadly tropical disease such as Ebola, possibly the most virulent in the world, will appear next? Since it first emerged in a small town on the edge of a Congolese forest, it has broken out in seven other African countries, often thousands of miles apart.Sometimes it has spilled out of remote rainforest and then disappeared for years. Other times ...
Tags: Ebola, Science, London, Biology, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Microbiology, Zika Virus, David Redding, Coronavirus outbreak, ZSL Institute of Zoology


8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into psychedelics companies right now. With loosening restrictions on clinical research, new therapeutic modalities are being investigated for anxiety, depression, and more. The psychedelic literature is rich with anecdotal accounts and clinical studies. UC Berkeley recently announced the launch of its center for psychedelic research and education, thanks to an anonymous $1.25 million donation. This follows Imperial College London's 2019 founding of ...
Tags: Books, Religion, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Research, Innovation, Silicon Valley, South America, Jesus, Kerouac, UC Berkeley, Imperial College London, Miller, Ayahuasca, Derek, Mdma


Farm animals and pandemics: nine diseases that changed the world

Covid has got experts thinking urgently about the risk of diseases passing from farmed animals to humans. We examine the major outbreaks of the past two centuries Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Food, Environment, Cattle, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Rural affairs, Bird Flu, Meat Industry, Sars, Swine Flu, BSE, Farm Animals


Taking pain relievers makes you more likely to take risks

Previous research has shown that acetaminophen dulls both our positive and negative feelings.The new study finds that those taking the drug consider risks they've been presented as less scary.Acetaminophen is an important everyday painkiller, so it's a good idea to factor in what it may be doing to our judgement. Acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol and about 600 other medicines — is a pretty remarkable pain remedy for all sorts of things, including headaches. A new study finds that...
Tags: Psychology, Decision Making, Cdc, Drugs, Medical Research, Innovation, Extreme Sports, Pain, Ohio State University, Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Baldwin Way, Social Cognitive


New antibody drug added to Oxford University trial of Covid-19 treatments

Regeneron’s experimental drug REGN-COV2 to be added to UK’s Recovery trial Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford-based Recovery trial which proved that steroids saved the lives of some Covid patients will now take on a promising but far more expensive new antibody combination treatment, it has been announced.A cohort of patients joining the trial in most NHS acute hospitals will be randomly allocated to Regeneron’s experimental drug, called REGN-COV2. The drug is...
Tags: Health, UK, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Recovery, Oxford University, Regeneron, Coronavirus outbreak