Month: May 2020

As demonstrations erupted in major U.S. cities across the nation in response to the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, peaceful protests turned ugly as demonstrators set fires, looted stores and clashed with riot police. The destruction prompted Los Angeles to suspend coronavirus testing Saturday afternoon due to safety concerns. “We have been notified that
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Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumor that develops on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain. Branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear and unsteadiness.
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Cailin Healy, and an unidentified friend, both of Calabasas, take a selfie together as beach-goers enjoy warm summer-like weather amid state and city social distancing regulations mandated by Gov. Newsom in Huntinton Beach, CA, on April 22, 2020. Allen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times via Getty Images As the U.S. begins to reemerge from
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 30 2020 A combination of genetic shuffling and evolutionary selection of near-identical genetic sequences among specific bat and pangolin coronaviruses may have led to the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and its introduction into humans, a new study suggests. The results also showed that the virus’ entire receptor binding motif (RBM), a
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President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is “terminating” the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization after repeatedly criticizing the group for its response to the coronavirus crisis and accusing the agency of being “China-centric.” Trump’s strained relationship with the WHO could bring complications as scientists around the world race for a Covid-19 cure
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May 30 2020 Toshiba Corporation and a team led by Professor Yozo Nakazawa at the Department of Pediatrics, Shinshu University, (hereinafter “Shinshu University”), have together developed a “tumor-tropic liposome technology” for gene therapy. The technology uses unique, nano-sized biodegradable liposomes developed by Toshiba to accurately and efficiently deliver therapeutic genes to targeted cancer cells, and
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NASA’s VITAL machine is tailored for COVID-19 patients; it’s focused on providing air delicately to stiff lungs — a hallmark symptom of the virus. NASA scientists as well as other innovators are busy developing alternatives to the traditional ventilator being used worldwide to treat severe cases of Covid-19. The movement is in response to growing
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Joe Biden has seen a surge in support from health-care professionals as President Donald Trump struggles to bring in cash from those working in an industry under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.  The apparent Democratic nominee for president is ahead of Trump not just in many national polls but also in financial support from individuals
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 29 2020 Cameron Nowzari, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $150,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project in which he and his collaborators are developing numerical methods and mathematical models to provide complementary support to the epidemiologists worldwide who are working to understand how COVID-19 spreads. Some
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States across the U.S. continue to chart their own paths forward, trying to thread the needle between public health concerns and efforts to restart the economy amid mass unemployment. Another 2.1 million people filed jobless claims over the past week while continuing claims, or those who have been collecting for at least two weeks, reached 21.05 million,
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Hector Michelena, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and Rakesh Suri, Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeon, discuss differences in bioprosthetic and mechanical valves, and how to choose between the two valves when considering surgical valve repair. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/heart-valve-disease/?mc_id=youtube
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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) usually targets older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Past evidence has shown that the prevalence of infection among children and teens is low. Now, new evidence has shown that children with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) experience a Kawasaki-like illness, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 27 2020 Black non-Hispanic and Hispanic women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are significantly less likely to receive or to consistently use any medication to treat their opioid use disorder during pregnancy than their white non-Hispanic counterparts, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Based on a
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In this file photo, face masks are stacked before getting technical information printed on them at a new factory in Mexico City, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Fernando Llano | AP Federal authorities busted up a massive coronavirus scheme to sell a foreign government 50 million N95 face masks that didn’t actually exist, prosecutors revealed Thursday.
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A transgenic mouse developed at Cincinnati Children’s to model the deadly childhood immune disease HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis) may play a key role in saving lives during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. One of the genetically engineered mouse strain’s inventors–Cincinnati Children’s cancer pathologist Gang Huang, PhD– is co-investigator on a small clinical trial that successfully tested a
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The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus passed 100,000 late Wednesday, far exceeding reported deaths in every other country. Black Americans made up a disproportionately large share of the deaths, according to an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two new studies that looked at the share of total infections that are asymptomatic
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