Month: August 2020

A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey. Chris Helgren | Reuters It’s time to say goodbye to the $200 ticket-change fee. United Airlines on Sunday said that it will permanently scrap fees to change domestic flights, a big bet that more flexible
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Aug 30 2020Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc. Seven in 10 Aussies say strong community bonds sustain them through COVID19, but more action needed to prepare for future lockdowns and looming disasters. That’s one of the key findings of the latest annual nationwide survey by Red Cross on the state of Australia’s readiness for emergencies, as
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Researchers from Sechenov University together with Russian and Iranian colleagues described currently known approaches to the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection. In the paper published in Journal of Molecular Medicine, they wrote about how different groups of drugs worked and how promising each approach was. SARS-CoV-2 – a coronavirus that caused the pandemic in early 2020
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A Detroit resident is tested for free for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and antibodies at the Sheffield Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2020. Rebecca Cook | Reuters Coronavirus cases in the Midwest are beginning to increase following warnings from top U.S. health officials that the country’s heartland could be vulnerable to new outbreaks.  Coronavirus
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that a public meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will be held on CutOct. 22, 2020, to discuss the general matter of the development, authorization, and/or licensure of vaccines indicated to prevent COVID-19. The FDA has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related
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A pig with a Neuralink implant. Screengrab of live demo Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, conducted a live demo of its technology on Friday, showing a coin-sized device without wires. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO brought along three pigs, who had varying levels of interest in cooperating. Eventually, the audience was shown real-time neural
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New research could improve the odds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will receive a therapy that really works for them – something that eludes more than a third of those who currently get OCD treatment. The study, performed at the University of Michigan, suggests the possibility of predicting which of two types of therapy will
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Aug 27 2020 Australian Museum (AM) citizen science projects FrogID and DigiVol’s Wildlife Spotter have broken new records during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people become involved from their homes and backyards. FrogID’s 200,000 validated frog record, the threatened Red-crowned Toadlet (Pseudophryne australis) Image Credit: Jodi Rowley This month, the Australian Museum’s FrogID program surpassed 200,000
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New cases of the coronavirus continue to fall in the U.S., as does testing across the country, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project, a volunteer project founded by journalists at The Atlantic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly revised its testing guidance earlier this week to say that most people without
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Aug 26 2020 In one out of 100,000 infants, a mutation in the GALC gene causes an incurable, always fatal disorder known as infantile Krabbe disease, or globoid cell leukodystrophy. Most children with the condition die before they turn 2. A parallel condition also naturally affects dogs, who typically show symptoms
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Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that women have a survival advantage over men concerning the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The question as to whether this could help develop better therapies requires that the physiological basis of this difference be unveiled. A new study published on the preprint server medRxiv*
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Vitamin D3 supplementation added to low-dose inhaled corticosteroids was not associated with longer time to asthma exacerbations among high-risk children with low baseline 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels, researchers reported. The mean time to exacerbation was 240 days in children randomized to the vitamin D3 supplementation group and 253 days in the placebo group (mean group difference
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The discussion around U.S. use of convalescent plasma as a Covid-19 treatment continued on Tuesday. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn acknowledged late Monday that criticism of his comments about the benefits of the treatment are “entirely justified.” Hahn, at a press conference with President Donald Trump, said that of 100 Covid-19 patients, “35
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Scientists are expressing some doubts about the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma as a treatment for Covid-19 patients. In a Sunday news briefing, President Donald Trump touted the treatment as a “breakthrough.” Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that while there was enough data to justify the authorization, the
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Aug 24 2020 Residing at higher altitude is associated with greater rates of stunting, even for children living in “ideal-home environments” according to a new study from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Addis Ababa University. The study provides new insight in the relationship between altitude and
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Researchers reveal a potential method for treating multiple sclerosis/Theophylline activates histone deacetylase, enabling the reconstruction of myelin sheaths A research team led by neurobiologist Professor Claire Jacob has identified an important mechanism that can be used to control the restoration of myelin sheaths following traumatic injury and in degenerative diseases. With the insights gained, the
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Tasos Katopodis | UPI | Bloomberg | Getty Images President Donald Trump on Sunday will announce the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma for Covid-19, according to the Washington Post and other reports.  The president
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Aug 20 2020 Air pollution is the world’s leading environmental risk factor, and causes more than nine million deaths per year. New research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows air pollution may play a role in the development of cardiometabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Importantly, the effects were reversible
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