In a recent cutting-edge study, US researchers unveiled an anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin B monoclonal antibody that can be repurposed to target the cleavage site of the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein and, in turn, inhibit viral infection. Their findings are currently available on bioRxiv* preprint server. SARS-CoV-2, a causative agent of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), can give rise to
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 24 2020 A new paper from the Department of Psychiatry and the Population Health program at University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center, proposes a framework for eliminating defects in behavioral health treatment. Entitled “Eliminating Defects in Behavioral Health Treatment,” the paper was published online on Nov. 19 in the journal
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Travelers wearing protective masks wait in line to go through security at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2020. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images With Covid-19 deaths rising rapidly and daily new cases and hospitalizations both reaching all-time highs, epidemiologists and public health officials are
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 25 2020 expectancyA team that includes UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers has found American children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic, even as little as 2-4 months, may face shortened life spans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has extracted an enormous sacrifice from its
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People wait in line to get a 15-minute rapid Covid-19 test on November 24, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. Andy Manis | Getty Images News | Getty Images The use of technology is going to make health care “almost free around the world,” according to venture capitalist Tim Draper. “Health care is completely going digital,” he
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 24 2020 A team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has demonstrated the effectiveness of an inexpensive molecule to fight antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea and meningococcal meningitis. These two infections affect millions of people worldwide. The results of this research, led by Professor
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 24 2020 A recent study evaluating the use of force by police against children found that Black and Hispanic adolescents are significantly more likely to die from shootings related to police intervention compared to non-Hispanic white adolescents. The findings, led by Children’s National Hospital researchers and reported online Nov. 24
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A worker passes a line of freezers holding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate BNT162b2 at a Pfizer facility in Puurs, Belgium in an undated photograph. Pfizer | via Reuters Texas is preparing to start administering the first Covid-19 immunization shots in less than three weeks — as soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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A worker wearing personal protective equipment holds a tray containing unlabeled ampoules of the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’ COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Hot on the heels of positive coronavirus vaccine news from the U.K. and U.S.,
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 24 2020 In the most comprehensive analysis to date of U.S. children tested and treated for COVID-19, an organization representing seven of the nation’s largest pediatric medical centers reports that some groups of children are faring significantly worse than children in general during the pandemic. Findings from the PEDSnet organization–which
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A volunteer is injected with a vaccine as he participates in a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination study at the Research Centers of America, in Hollywood, Florida, September 24, 2020. Marco Bello | Reuters Public health officials and drugmakers must be transparent about the side effects people may experience after getting their first shot of a
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A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020. Brendan McDermid | Reuters The United States reported more than 195,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, a record-high spike less than a week before Thanksgiving, which public health officials
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 20 2020 Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, have been awarded a five-year, $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to further illuminate the
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Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are currently holding the fort against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),  the causative agent for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A few NPIs that have been adopted globally are travel restrictions, social distancing, and personal protective measures. Currently, successful treatments for COVID-19 disease, or effective vaccines against SARS-CoV-2,
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Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration is announcing plans for an all-out effort to produce and distribute a
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 20 2020 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zokinvy (lonafarnib) capsules to reduce the risk of death due to Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and for the treatment of certain processing-deficient progeroid laminopathies in patients one year of age and older. Zokinvy is not approved for use in patients with
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Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, arrives for motion hearing on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the U.S. District Court House inside Robert F. Peckham Federal Building in San Jose, California. Yichuan Cao | NurPhoto | Getty Images She was a billionaire CEO whose luxurious lifestyle rivaled that of any movie star. Elizabeth
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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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View of Corporate and Research and Development Headquarters of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Old Saw Mill River Road in Tarrytown, New York. Lev Radin | LightRocket | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted an emergency use authorization for Regeneron‘s Covid-19 antibody treatment, the experimental therapy given to President Donald Trump when he
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