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Coronavirus unlikely to be spread by children, research suggests

As schools contemplate reopening amid rising COVID-19 cases, an awkward truth is emerging: We’re the problem, not our kids. For months, we’ve kept children carefully isolated, pleading with them to behave, wear masks, wipe their boogers and not hug Gram and Grandpa. We’ve assumed this new virus acts just like the flu and common cold — so classrooms full of kids would create one giant cootie colony. But a growing body of research suggests young children aren’t responsible for most viral transmiss...
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Coronacoinages III

It’s been almost four months—four months—since I first wrote about the new words emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through surges and spikes and reopenings and retreats, the indomitable spirit of wordy invention soldiers on. Here are some coronacoinages I’ve noticed recently. Let me know if I’ve overlooked any of your favorites. * Blursday. Monday, Saturday, who knows? I first heard Blursday on the July 6 episode of the excellent Because Language podcast, but it’s considerably older tha...
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Any COVID-19 'Cure' Is a Scam

This is your periodic reminder that there is still no known cure, nor specific pharmaceutical preventative or treatment, for COVID-19. So if anybody is selling one, it’s a scam. Read more...
Tags: Medicine, Drugs, Supplements, Fda, Lifehacks, Coronavirus


Trump's Plague Rally 'More Than Likely' Boosted Coronavirus Surge, Top Tulsa Health Official Says

That Donald Trump rally inside Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 20 has now resulted in precisely what the president and his re-election campaign were repeatedly warned about, according to Tulsa County’s top health official: a coronavirus spike in the city.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Medicine, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Tulsa, BOK Center, Tulsa County, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Plague Rallies


Century-old vaccine may lower coronavirus deaths, finds new study

A new study finds a country's tuberculosis BCG vaccination is linked to its COVID-19 mortality rate.More BCG vaccinations is connected to fewer severe coronavirus cases in a country.The study is preliminary and more research is needed to support the findings. Preliminary findings from a new study show that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a vaccine given to kids in countries where tuberculosis is prevalent, might be able to reduce COVID-19 mortality rates.Analyzing globally-collected coronavi...
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Eric Lefkofsky: Updating Solutions In Healthcare

Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus in 2015. This technology company is based in Chicago, Illinois. Tempus has been created to store data. They are building a molecular and clinical database of information for doctors caring for cancer patients. Through artificial intelligence, doctors are able to access resources as it relates to cancer allowing them to provide a quick, real-time diagnosis with personal patient care as their focus. Tempus hopes to use its technology as an updated library of all infor...
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Word of the week: Long-hauler

“Survival is not recovery”—a phrase with roots in the language of sexual-abuse counseling—is turning out to have grim relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the World Health Organization reports that 80 percent of COVID infections are “mild or asymptomatic,” and most patients recover after one or two weeks, thousands of people now say they’ve been coping with serious symptoms for a month or longer. In online support groups, these people call themselves “long-haulers.” Ed Yong, who ...
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LaLiga pays tribute to Hong Kong health personnel

LaLiga, together with The Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong (LMCHK), has held an event in Causeway Bay together with 50 members of the island’s health staff to thank them for their work in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  During the meeting, which was held at LaLiga’s representative office in Hong Kong and attended by the maximum number of attendees permitted by current [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
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Americans officially banned from entering EU, at least for now

The European Union made an agreement on a list of 15 countries that could travel in its bloc from July 1st.Citizens of the United States, as well as Russia, Brazil and India, are not on it.The exclusion of the U.S. reflects concerns over its coronavirus surge. From July 1st, when its external borders will re-open, American tourists won't be welcome in Europe, decrees a new agreement from the European Union. The bloc decided on a list of 15 safe countries whose residents would be allowed to trav...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Medicine, Congress, Cdc, China, Russia, India, Eu, European Union, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Epidemics


The Best Remedies for Common Headaches

Whether it’s the pulsating pain of a migraine or the behind-the-eyes pressure of sinus congestion, nobody likes a headache. And if you suffer from them, you may need to cycle through a dozen different treatments to find one that works. The thing is, headaches—and their causes—are all different. With that in mind,…Read more...
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Scientists create robot skin that stores liquids

Scientists have recently created a robotic skin that can be made to release stored liquid on demand. The skin could one day be used to apply medicine as needed to wounds or to keep surfaces at a precise level of dryness. More work is needed before it comes to a bandage near you. When you think about it, our skin is kind of weird. It not only protects what lies underneath it, but emits secretions to cool, strengthen, and odorize itself. Other creatures have skin that can change color or secrete m...
Tags: Medicine, Medical Research, Robots, Innovation, Eindhoven University Of Technology, Skin, Don, Liu, Danqing Liu


Check If Your Children's Cough Medicine Has Been Recalled

Two children’s over-the-counter cough and cold medications have been recalled due to incorrect dosing cups that could pose a risk for accidental overdosing. GSK Consumer Healthcare has voluntarily recalled two medications: Children’s Robitussin Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and Children’s Dimetapp Cold and Cough.Read more...
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On the Visual Thesaurus: Public-health slogans

My new column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at slogans for public-health campaigns. Their use (or misuse) has played an important in role during the COVID-19 pandemic (“Stay Home/Save Lives,” “We’re All in This Together,” “Six Feet Apart or Six Feet Under”), and, arguably, an event larger role in past public-health crises such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Full access to the column is restricted to subscribers. Here’s an excerpt:   Rhyme is a proven mnemonic device — for examples, — ...
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A Switch in How Hospitals Use Anesthesia Could Have Huge Climate Benefits

Right before surgery, the climate crisis is probably the last thing on your mind. If you’re under general anesthesia, you actually might not be thinking about much of anything at all. But anesthetics—especially the generalized kind—can have a pretty big impact on the climate. A new study in the journal Regional…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Healthcare, Greenhouse Gases, Nitrous Oxide, Anaesthesia, Desflurane


New bandages turn color to identify an infected wound

Judicious use of drugs for resistant bacteria requires time- and money-consuming tests until now.New smart bandages turn red for resistant bacteria and yellow for antibiotic-sensitive bacteria.The bandages also promote healing with the application of UV light. The growing incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria was already a worrying problem before we all started washing our hands with anti-bacterial soaps in response to SARS-CoV-2. While necessary, we may also have provided even more bacter...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Bacteria, Medical Research, Innovation, Invention, Health Care, Microbes, Coli, Smart bandaid, Chinese Academy of Sciences Changchun Jilin


Age of coronavirus cases dropping in California

As California’s economy opens up, coronavirus cases are getting younger and younger. A new analysis reveals that more than 44% of new diagnoses are in people age 34 or younger, up from 29% a month ago. There’s a corresponding drop in cases among older people. The proportion of COVID-19 cases among Californians older than 50 has plummeted from 46% to 30.5% in the past month. Cases among middle-aged Californians – ages 35 to 49 – have plateaued, neither rising nor falling. “It is striking that the...
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Age of COVID-19 cases dropping in California

As California’s economy opens up, coronavirus cases are getting younger and younger. A new analysis reveals that more than 44% of new diagnoses are in people age 34 or younger, up from 29% a month ago. There’s a corresponding drop in cases among older people. The proportion of COVID-19 cases among Californians older than 50 has plummeted from 46% to 30.5% in the past month. Cases among middle-aged Californians – ages 35 to 49 – have plateaued, neither rising nor falling. “It is striking that the...
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First drug proves ability to improve survival from COVID-19

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. Results were announced Tuesday and researchers said they would publish them soon. The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care. The drug was given...
Tags: Health, England, Science, London, News, Medicine, California, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Soccer, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, World Health Organization, University of Oxford, Bill


Color’s COVID-19 testing shows most who test positive had either mild or no symptoms

Echoing much of the existing data and research on the subject, SF-based Color released data today showing that based on its own testing program, most individuals who test positive for COVID-19 display either mild or no symptoms, including even running a fever. The results, taken from Color’s own testing of over 30,000 people to date across its California testing stations, shows that despite continuing efforts underway across the U.S. to reopen local and state economies, widespread testing is ...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, California, Color, San Francisco, Tech, Fever, United States, World Health Organization, Cough, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


FDA revokes emergency authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked an emergency use authorization (EUA) that it previously issued for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two anti-malarial drugs also used in the treatment of chronic rheumatoid arthritis (via Washington Post). These are the drugs that Trump famously touted as effective in COVID-19 treatment, despite major concerns raised with the scientific validity of early medical investigations that showed they were potentially effective agains the inf...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Washington-post, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Infection, Trump, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, EUA, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Chloroquine


The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK's response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

Richard Horton does not hold back in his criticism of the UK’s response to the pandemic and the medical establishment’s part in backing fatal government decisionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is a school of thought that says now is not the time to criticise the government and its scientific advisers about the way they have handled the Covid-19 pandemic. Wait until all the facts are known and the crisis has subsided, goes this thinking, and then we can analyse ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Medicine, Economics, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Lancet


Cue Health’s portable, fast COVID-19 test gains FDA emergency approval

Fresh off a $100 million Series C funding round, molecular diagnostics startup Cue Health has more good news – it has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 test. The company got a $13 million grant from BARDA in March to help it scale its development and deployment of rapid diagnostics, and its COVID-19 test is obviously a key focus of that effort given the current global pandemic. Cue’s test is portable, and uses an RNA detection method to confirm t...
Tags: Health, TC, Biology, Medicine, Tech, Smartphone, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Influenza, BARDA, EUA, COVID, Cue Health


When a vaccine comes along for coronavirus, how many will say ‘no thanks’?

No vaccine exists yet for COVID-19, but the war against it already is raging. Bill Gates is funding vaccine research to implant microchips in billions of people, said one assertion that went viral. Dr. Anthony Fauci owns patents on a coronavirus protein, and deliberately orchestrated COVID-19 to profit from an eventual vaccine, claimed another. “I do not consent to mandatory vaccination!!!” proclaimed protest signs at recent rallies. “COVID-19 is a false flag operation to usher in the New World ...
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CDC Document Shows Just How Badly the U.S. Is Handling Coronavirus Compared to Other Countries

The U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be faltering, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more...
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Moderna set to start final-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine by July

Pharmaceutical company Moderna told Bloomberg on Thursday that it’s on pace to begin the final-stage clinical trial of its vaccine for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 by July. Moderna was the first company to begin human clinical trials of its vaccine candidate in the U.S., and the last stage of its study will include 30,000 people and be conducted in partnership with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The aim of the study will be to show definitiv...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Drugs, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Astrazeneca, University of Oxford, Vaccines, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, July Moderna


Agenda 21, a wild conspiracy theory, reignited by coronavirus

The Agenda 21 conspiracy theory is spreading widely thanks to pandemic fears.The theory falsely claims the United Nations and governments are colluding to wipe out 90% of the global population.Agenda 21 is based on an actual UN resolution from 1992 and is aimed at the sustainability movement. In an age drowning in conspiracy theories, many of them promoted by the U.S. President himself, Agenda 21, a tinfoil favorite that goes back to the 90s has been reignited by the coronavirus. The gist – a ...
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Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered a rare bone, called the os cordis, in chimpanzees with a common heart condition. The implications of this finding could extend to humans, who share a close genetic relationship to chimps.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Heart Disease, United Kingdom, Chimpanzees


Fauci: US government announced funding of three vaccine trials, on track for scale by end of the year/early 2021

The US government announced funding clinical trials on three COVID-19 vaccine candidates. According to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, we're still on track for a vaccine at scale by the end of this year or early 2021. From CNN: Phase 3 trials, which typically involve tens of thousands of people and measure whether a vaccine is safe and effective, will begin with one by Moderna in July, then an Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in August and...
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Coronavirus: 8 things we got wrong — at first — about the deadly pandemic

A lot of our early assumptions about the new coronavirus have flip-flopped. This is normal. That’s how science works — it’s a process of being less and less wrong over time. COVID-19 is new, so there’s lots of uncertainty. And the pandemic’s size and scale caught us by surprise. As we learn more, our understanding of the virus continues to change. Here’s what we now know: Masks are useful after all. TOKYO, JAPAN – APRIL 08: A statue of a small boy is pictured with a face mask on April 8, 2020 ...
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Adar Poonawalla on producing a Covid-19 vaccine, handling the pressure and preparing for the future

Any other summer, Adar Poonawalla would’ve been aboard a yacht on the French Riviera. But Covid-19 upended all plans, and the CEO of the world’s largest vaccine company finds himself in the thick of the action Article by Che Kurrien | GQ India Few news stories today are being tracked with greater fervour across the globe than the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. And the privately held Serum Institute of India, the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world by volume, is central to many of these...
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