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Scientists jump-start two people’s brains after coma

By |2021-02-09T05:11:59+00:00February 9th, 2021|

In 2016, a team led by UCLA’s Martin Monti reported that a 25-year-old man recovering from a coma had made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. Wired U.K. called the news one of the best things that happened in 2016. At the time, Monti acknowledged that although he was encouraged by [...]

White House eyes 200 million more vaccine doses, summer goal

By |2021-02-09T05:11:58+00:00February 9th, 2021|

Yesterday and today President Joe Biden and his team of COVID-19 advisors updated their plans to vaccinate all Americans aged 16 and older by the end of summer against COVID-19, an ambitious goal that will require support from Congress, the full power of the Defense Production Act, and the confidence of the American people. “In order [...]

Study links antibiotic use in newborns with reduced growth in boys

By |2021-02-09T05:11:57+00:00February 9th, 2021|

A new study by an international team of scientists has found an association between antibiotic use in the first few days of life and reduced height and weight in boys in early childhood. In the study, published yesterday in Nature Communications, a team led by scientists from Finland and Israel looked at the impacts of neonatal antibiotic use [...]

Scientists highlight low risk of COVID-19 spread in schools

By |2021-02-09T05:11:56+00:00February 9th, 2021|

Only 3.7% of COVID-19 cases at 17 in-person K-12 schools in Wood County, Wisconsin, were tied to in-school transmission, and incidence was 37% lower than that in the surround community, according to a study published yesterday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In a commentary in JAMA on the topic, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [...]

Cases drop in main global pandemic hot spots but surge elsewhere

By |2021-02-09T05:11:55+00:00February 9th, 2021|

In its weekly snapshot of COVID-19 activity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cases fell for the second week in a row, mainly in the highest-burden countries, but it warned that the pattern masks sharp rises in other countries in some regions. Meanwhile, the world’s level of deaths, often a lagging indicator, stayed about the same [...]

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Associated with High School Wrestling Tournaments — Florida, December 2020–January 2021

By |2021-02-09T05:11:54+00:00February 9th, 2021|

On December 7, 2020, local public health officials in Florida county A were notified of a person with an antigen-positive SARS-CoV-2 test* result who had attended two high school wrestling tournaments held in the county on December 4 and 5. The tournaments included 10 participating high schools from three counties. The host school (school A [...]


By |2021-02-09T05:11:53+00:00February 9th, 2021|

(BOSTON) – CARB-X is awarding up to US$5.35 million to Lumen Bioscience, in Seattle, WA, USA, to develop a new immunotherapy to prevent diarrheal diseases caused by two deadly pathogens, Campylobacter jejuni and enterotoxigenic E. coli. The project could be eligible for up to $8.26 million more in non-dilutive funding from CARB-X if project milestones are met, subject [...]

Ross River virus cases have Murrumbidgee health officials on alert

By |2021-02-09T05:11:52+00:00February 9th, 2021|

Ross River fever cases have increased by 260 per cent in the southern Riverina in New South Wales, prompting the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) to issue a health alert. From January 1 to 22, 18 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease had been identified across the district — a significant increase from the fewer than [...]

Portugal’s COVID surge: Record cases, deaths raise alarm

By |2021-02-09T05:11:52+00:00February 9th, 2021|

As little as nine months ago, Portugal was considered a model of success in the battle against COVID-19, particularly in comparison to neighbouring Spain. But in early 2021, with the country’s rate of new cases reaching the highest in the world in proportion to its population last week, and ambulances queueing outside Lisbon hospitals as its [...]

Germany warns of salmon linked to Listeria infections

By |2021-02-09T05:11:50+00:00February 9th, 2021|

A significant proportion of listeriosis cases in Germany are caused by eating smoked or cured salmon products, according to the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI). A total of 22 cross-federal state outbreaks of listeriosis have evidence pointing to smoked or cured salmon products as the cause of infections. This includes 15 illnesses from 2010 to 2015 and 41 [...]