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Monkeypox deaths top 200 in DR Congo

By |2020-12-13T18:54:36+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Through the first nearly 10 months of 2020, health officials have reported 6,231 suspected and confirmed monkeypox cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Cases have been reported in 127 health zones from 17 out of 26 provinces in the country. This is a large increase in cases compared to the same period in [...]

Bayer solution combats resistant mosquitoes, vector-borne diseases

By |2020-12-13T18:54:35+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Bayer officials said a newly introduced spray solution combats resistant mosquitoes and controls worldwide vector-borne diseases. Fludora Co-Max addresses Aedes mosquito-borne arboviruses such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya by combining two active ingredients with unrelated modes of action – adding the launch marks a major milestone in industry efforts to actively and sustainably tackle the problem [...]

Spike protein of the new corona virus is more flexible than expected

By |2020-12-13T18:54:34+00:00December 13th, 2020|

In order to infect cells, the virus needs the spike protein on its viral surface. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the Goethe University Frankfurt, have analysed the spike protein in its natural environment using high-resolution imaging and computer-based methods. In the [...]

SARS-CoV-2 and Health Care Worker Protection in Low-Risk Settings: a Review of Modes of Transmission and a Novel Airborne Model Involving Inhalable Particles

By |2020-12-13T18:54:34+00:00December 13th, 2020|

SUMMARY Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been intense debate over SARS-CoV-2’s mode of transmission and appropriate personal protective equipment for health care workers in low-risk settings. The objective of this review is to identify and appraise the available evidence (clinical trials and laboratory studies on masks and respirators, epidemiological studies, and air [...]

What kind of filter should I use in my home HVAC system to help protect my family from COVID-19?

By |2020-12-13T18:51:56+00:00December 13th, 2020|

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, or MERV, reports a filter’s ability to capture particles. Filters with MERV-13 or higher ratings can trap smaller particles, including viruses. Many home HVAC systems will have a MERV-8 filter installed as the default. Upgrading to a MERV-13 rated filter, or the highest-rated filter that your HVAC system fan and filter [...]

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

By |2020-12-13T18:51:54+00:00December 13th, 2020|

When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often-overlooked strategy is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on-edge, try these seven ways to reduce stress. Get enough sleep. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.     Credit: iStock, adamkaz Read [...]

A new view of how the brain decides to make an effort

By |2020-12-12T18:44:07+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Neuroscientists have provided clear visual evidence that a region of the human brain known as the ventral striatum kicks in during decision-making to weigh the costs versus the benefits of making a physical effort. Nature Human Behavior published the research by scientists at Emory University. It gives the first detailed view of ventral striatum activity during three phases of [...]

Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the United States Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries

By |2020-12-12T18:44:06+00:00December 12th, 2020|

ABSTRACT Issue: Most maternal deaths are preventable, but they have been increasing in the United States. Other high-income countries with success in preventing maternal deaths offer potential lessons for the U.S. Goals: To compare maternal mortality rates in the U.S. with 10 other high-income countries and identify differences in maternal care workforces, postpartum care access, and paid [...]

Mycobacterium tuberculosis MmsA (Rv0753c) Interacts with STING and Blunts the Type I Interferon Response

By |2020-12-12T18:44:05+00:00December 12th, 2020|

ABSTRACT Type I interferon (IFN) plays an important role in Mycobacterium tuberculosis persistence and disease pathogenesis. M. tuberculosis has evolved a number of mechanisms to evade host immune surveillance. However, it is unclear how the type I IFN response is tightly regulated by the M. tuberculosis determinants.     Credit: iStock, Dr_Microbe Read more… Download Citation: Yifan Sun, Wei Zhang, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong mBio Dec 2020, 11 (6) e03254-19; DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03254-19 The post Mycobacterium tuberculosis MmsA [...]

Simplified estimation of the risk of infection by aerosol-bound viruses in ventilated rooms

By |2020-12-12T18:44:05+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Introduction The continuing risk of infection with COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) has led to intensive discussions in many countries about how different rooms can be used in the future. It should be noted that there will always be a risk of infection in rooms with several people, as transmission of the virus cannot be ruled out without [...]