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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is constantly mutating. As of now, several different distinct SARS-CoV-2 lineages have arisen in multiple geographic areas around the world. In a recently published Nature Communications study, the authors describe the B.1.620 lineage discovered in Lithuania. According to this study, the lineage is inferred to have originated
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Few hallmarks of the 1960s counterculture stand out like sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll-;elements of a “lifestyle” that Life magazine once branded as “antithetical in almost every respect to that of conventional America.” Over the decades, as rock music became more mainstream, public condemnation of casual sex and illicit drugs endured. Why was that? Part of
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Researchers from The University of Texas at San Antonio College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) have conducted a study that could be key to decreasing maternal mortality rates in the U.S. UTSA Associate Professor of Public Health Jeffrey Howard, Associate Professor of Demography Corey Sparks and doctoral candidate in demography Samson Olowolaju, in collaboration
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first arose in Wuhan, China. With few treatments, a rapid transmission rate, and high mortality among at-risk groups, it spread across the globe rapidly and has caused over 4.9 million deaths. In many countries, governments were forced to enact costly restrictions, including social distancing measures, mandatory face masks in public, and
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The latest round of the REal-time Assessment of Community Transmission-1 (REACT-1) study indicates that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread among children. Study: REACT-1 study round 14: High and increasing prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among school-aged children during September 2021 and vaccine effectiveness against infection in England. Image Credit: Yau
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Keeping blood insulin levels within strict, healthy parameters is a daily goal for people with diabetes. But now, researchers from Japan have found that regulating blood insulin levels may even help lower the risk of getting COVID-19. In a study published this month in Diabetes, researchers from Osaka University have revealed that a protein called
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In this interview, News-Medical speaks to Professor Tomohiro Kurosaki about his research into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how he has developed a new vaccine approach that could prevent future pandemics.Thought LeadersProfessor Tomohiro KurosakiCenter for Infectious Diseases Education and ResearchOsaka University Please could you introduce yourself, tell us about your background in immunology, and what
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Men with Stage IV breast cancer and known estrogen (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) status benefit from surgical intervention and from trimodal therapy (systemic therapy, surgery, and radiation), according to a study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines to treat men with Stage
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The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). SARS-CoV-2 initially emerged from Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, and has since caused large-scale global outbreaks and over 4.9 million fatalities worldwide. Study: Targeting SARS‐CoV‐2 with Chaga mushroom: An in silico study toward developing a natural antiviral
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A University of California, Irvine-led study suggests that the glucosyltransferase domain (GTD) is an ideal molecular target for therapeutic interventions for Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). These findings may lead to new treatments to fight this deadly disease. Based on their findings that established the structural basis for Toxin B recognition of the small GTPases Rho
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A new, retrospective study of medical and insurance records indicates health care costs for people with a rare disease have been underestimated and are three to five times greater than the costs for people without a rare disease. The study, led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), provides
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The World Health Organization and partners have issued an urgent call for concrete action to better protect health and care workers worldwide from COVID-19 and other health issues. The organizations are concerned that large numbers of health and care workers have died from COVID-19, but also that an increasing proportion of the workforce are suffering
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Mutations within severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have resulted in different strains. Some have been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as variants of concern. These include Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, and variants of interest that include Lambda and newly classified Mu. There are also two unclassified variants, the C.1.2 variant,
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Meaningful social interactions are critical to an individual’s well-being, and such interactions rely on people’s behaviors towards one another. In research published in Science, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have mapped the neurons in the brain that allow a monkey to process and remember the interactions and behaviors of another monkey to influence the
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Thought LeadersProfessor Yong Sik OkDirector of APRU Sustainable Waste Management ProgramKorea University In this interview, News-Medical speaks to Professor Yong Sik Ok about his latest research into COVID-19 and its impact on plastic pollution due to the increased use of PPE. Please can you introduce yourself, tell us about your background within environmental science, and
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