Month: October 2020

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 16 2020 E-cigarettes might not be a safer alternative to smoking during pregnancy, according to the first known study into the effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on babies. Psychologists at Durham University, UK, found that babies of mothers who smoked e-cigarettes during pregnancy displayed similar abnormal reflexes to infants whose
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World Health Organization (WHO) Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan on January 12, 2020 in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP via Getty Images Healthy young people might not get an the coronavirus vaccine until 2022 as public health officials focus on immunizing the elderly and other vulnerable groups first, top officials from the World Health Organization said
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Can preflight testing get people flying again? The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thinks so. Last month, the trade association, which represents some 290 airlines around the world, called for the “development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic” Covid-19 testing for all passengers as a way to restore passenger confidence, bypass
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 13 2020 American women living in states with less restrictive reproductive rights policies are less likely to give birth to low-birth weight babies, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier. The findings show that women, particularly US-born Black women, giving birth in
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Criticisms of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine are unhealthy, unethical and unproductive, according to Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF — which is backing the controversial vaccine named “Sputnik V.” “We’re completely transparent and open. There is very negative narrative in some of the Western nations, and frankly we feel it’s very sad
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 13 2020 The authors, two surgeon-researchers from Murayama Medical Center in Tokyo, tested a device that, when attached to everyday eyeglasses, can display fluoroscopic images used for surgical guidance directly to the surgeon. Without such a device, the surgeon must receive this guidance by repeatedly looking across the operating room
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 12 2020 Volume 11, Issue 26 of Oncotarget reported that in this study the authors studied the differences in mi RNA expression between sporadic and FAP-associated Desmoid tumors using microarray confirmed by quantitative PCR. Among them, mi R-133b levels were significantly lower in FAP-associated Desmoid tumors than in sporadic Desmoid
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases testifies at a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Force. Kevin Dietsch | Pool | Getty Images White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that a new Trump campaign
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 9 2020 Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is receiving new metric to help measure levels of COVID-19 in the community: wastewater. The National Capital Region is one of the first communities in Canada to conduct daily wastewater readings to help inform its community response in the fight against COVID-19, thanks to
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US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, leaves after her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2020. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday dismissed the Trump administration’s latest coronavirus stimulus offer, continuing complicated negotiations between Democrats and Republicans that have stretched out
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 9 2020 Researchers with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) have secured $4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) to establish an HIV-associated Malignancy Research Center (HAMRC) focused on lung cancer in East Africa.
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 9 2020 Rural emergency departments often lack the medical specialists who staff larger, urban hospitals. Yet rural patients have the same conditions–and need the same prompt care–that people in cities do. West Virginia University researcher Scott Findley has received a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration–a
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday that antibody drugs are likely to be important treatments for the coronavirus, but he cautioned against considering them a panacea for the nation’s Covid-19 outbreak. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner said the lack of supply means not every person who becomes diagnosed with the coronavirus
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SINGAPORE — China’s recovery isn’t as rosy as people think — even though the world’s second largest economy has bounced back after a coronavirus-induced slowdown, according to the CEO of research firm China Beige Book, Leland Miller. China has indeed seen recovery but there is no improvement on a year-on-year basis, Miller pointed out, adding that the recovery is
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 9 2020 People who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The study, published in Science Immunology, offers hope that people infected with the virus will develop lasting protection against reinfection. The study
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To assist in the search for potential drugs, an international team led by Harvard Medical School researchers has developed software capable of preparing and screening billions of chemical compounds. Such programs were previously limited to sifting through about 1 million to 10 million compounds each. Read more: https://hms.harvard.edu/news/galaxy-drug-candidates UPDATE, MARCH 18 Amid the COVID-19 global
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Oct 8 2020 insights from industryRebekah StibbsPrimeStore MTM Product ManagerEKF Diagnostics An interview with Rebekah Stibbs, PrimeStore MTM Product Manager, EKF Diagnostics. After collection from an individual, how are COVID-19 sample swabs transported to the laboratory? Once a sample swab has been collected from the individual, it is placed into a tube containing a form
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A fleet of Airbus SE A380 passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, sit parked near other grounded jets at Chateauroux airport in Chateauroux, France, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Nathan Laine | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Strong government support has stopped some airlines from going bankrupt — but more
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