Month: October 2020

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 The same biochemical triggers that spur a “fight or flight” response when we encounter threats may help tumor cells to thrive. A team of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking at ways to disrupt that dynamic so that cancer treatments can be more effective. Their
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 29 2020 Since 2017, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers Casey Morrow, Ph.D., and Hyunmin Koo, Ph.D., have used powerful genomic tools and supercomputers that analyze massive amounts of genetic data to identify individual strains within single species of the gut microbiome. This microbiome “fingerprint” method has helped show the
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced he’s giving the entire company off for the Thanksgiving Week, and former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos agrees, somewhat: after fighting the 2020 elections online misinformation threat, technology workers have earned a break. But a week might be too long, Stamos thinks, before they need to turn their attention
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 In 2007, UNC researchers published unexpected and surprising results from a study based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of newborn brains. Twenty-six percent of the newborns in the study were found to have asymptomatic subdural hemorrhages, or bleeding in and around the brain. It was an unexpected finding
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned that the United States is only “at the beginning of the steep part of the epidemic” as the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations across the country break grim records. In an interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Friday, the former FDA chief said, “You’ll see cases start
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 29 2020 University Hospitals (UH) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) announced today that UH Cleveland Medical Center has been selected as a clinical trial site for the Phase 3 global study of an investigational vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, sponsored by AstraZeneca. The trial is funded by the National Institute of
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) The U.S. is reporting an “extremely high and quite unacceptable” daily number of Covid-19 cases ahead of the winter season when people will be spending more time indoors and threatening to spread the virus even more, White
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Both cancer patients and their medical teams found it beneficial when patients shared their symptoms in real time using a web- or telephone-based reporting system, according to a national multi-institutional study. Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his colleagues
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Children with multiple islet autoantibodies – biological markers of autoimmunity — are more likely to progress to symptomatic type 1 diabetes (T1D) than those who remain positive for a single autoantibody. Now, new findings from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study in the U.S.
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Friday urged Americans to adhere to coronavirus safety precautions in the next few months, warning the nation’s current uptick in Covid-19 cases is likely to continue its upward trajectory in the near term. “People should not let their guard down now,” Gottlieb said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We should try to remain vigilant
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020 Five research projects with exceptional promise to deliver new life-changing and health-altering therapies have received the inaugural Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards (BTCA) at Harvard Medical School. The projects, which target a diverse range of conditions–type 1 diabetes, asthma, frontotemporal dementia, deadly cancer-associated blood clots, and a rare congenital
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Performer Marc Anthony wanted the Trump administration to agree — in writing — that it wouldn’t use his comments for a public service campaign on the coronavirus to be used for President Donald Trump’s reelection. Actor Dennis Quaid and singers CeCe Winans and Shulem Lemmer taped their PSAs before withdrawing their consent to participate. Rapper
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 29 2020 A viral Facebook post claims that former President Barack Obama’s health insurance law penalized a family a large amount of money for not buying health insurance and that President Donald Trump was responsible for stopping the practice. This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact.It can be republished
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 While an infant’s genes distinguish her from other newborns, a new peer-reviewed study reports that specific genes of a particular infant gut bacterium determine its symbiotic function in the infant’s gut. The study provides important guidance for clinicians when selecting a probiotic for use in infants to maximize
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Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said Thursday that drugs to treat or prevent Covid-19 aren’t a “silver bullet” solution to the pandemic, predicting people will need to wear masks and practice social distancing measures well into 2021. “I don’t see the therapeutics that we have — or the vaccines that are coming — as a silver bullet,” Frazier told
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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a correctional patient at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 14, 2020. Maria Alejandra Cardona | Reuters The United States is reporting another record-high average number of new cases of the coronavirus as a top health official warned
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 Women with epilepsy who take the antiseizure drug valproic acid while pregnant are at more than double the risk of having children with autism spectrum disorder and nearly double the risk of having children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study in the October 28,
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A lab technician inspects filled vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California. Gilead Sciences Inc | Reuters Gilead Sciences reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Wednesday with revenue rising 17% from a year earlier, driven by sales of coronavirus treatment remdesivir. Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir,
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 Teen-age boys exposed to pro-cannabis advertising and social media posts are more likely than female peers to associate marijuana use with improving sexual activity, new research from Washington State University suggests. Researchers found that the adolescent males expected cannabis users to be less inhibited and enjoy sex more,
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Wednesday that the United States’ latest surge in coronavirus cases has the country following the path of Europe, where intensifying outbreaks has nations such as Germany weighing partial lockdowns. “We’re about maybe three weeks behind Europe. Maybe a month at the most, so we’re on a trajectory to look a lot
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 28 2020 Genetic factors that reduce the placenta’s capacity to protect the fetus from the zika virus are described by Brazilian researchers in an article published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to the authors, the findings help explain why only some babies whose mothers are infected by zika virus
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 27 2020 Research from Saint Louis University finds that high fat or “ketogenic” diets could completely prevent, or even reverse heart failure caused by a metabolic process. The research team, led by Kyle S. McCommis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SLU, looked at a metabolic process
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 27 2020 The co-authors are employees of the Protein-Cell Interactions Lab of Kazan Federal University (Natalia G. Evtugina, Alina D. Peshkova, and Lab Head Rustem I. Litvinov) in cooperation with Interregional Clinical Diagnostic Center, Kazan, Russia (Arseniy A. Pichugin) and University of Pennsylvania (John W. Weisel and Rustem I. Litvinov
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