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The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein alters barrier function in 2D static and 3D microfluidic in-vitro models of the human blood–brain barrier

By |2020-11-21T15:05:50+00:00November 21st, 2020|

Abstract As researchers across the globe have focused their attention on understanding SARS-CoV-2, the picture that is emerging is that of a virus that has serious effects on the vasculature in multiple organ systems including the cerebral vasculature. Observed effects on the central nervous system include neurological symptoms (headache, nausea, dizziness), fatal microclot formation and [...]

Covid-19: Mexico acknowledges 50 000 more deaths than official figures show

By |2020-11-21T15:05:47+00:00November 21st, 2020|

Mexico has lost 50 000 more people to covid-19 than the 88 924 counted in official figures, the director of the National Centre for Preventive Programs and Disease Control, Ruy López Ridaura, told a press conference this week, relating the conclusion of a health ministry study into excess deaths. Behind him, a graph that plotted all-cause mortality in [...]

African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Kidney Disease at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization

By |2020-11-21T15:05:38+00:00November 21st, 2020|

Black patients are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than white patients with similar underlying health and socioeconomic conditions, according to a new Michigan Medicine study. The research also found that having type 2 diabetes or kidney disease and living in high-population density areas are also associated with higher risk for COVID-19 hospitalization.   Read [...]

Close to 17 percent of patients recovered from COVID-19 could still carry virus

By |2020-11-21T15:05:36+00:00November 21st, 2020|

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents new data that address important questions pertaining to the containment of the coronavirus pandemic: When should COVID-19 quarantine really end and which continuing symptoms may be more indicative of a positive test in recovered patients? The study was conducted by the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “Agostino Gemelli” [...]

Study finds more than 80% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had this in common

By |2020-11-21T15:05:34+00:00November 21st, 2020|

Slowly but surely, scientists and researchers are starting to understand at least some of the most mysterious aspects of the COVID-19 coronavirus — like why some people develop such a severe infection, while the virus seems to miss other people entirely. One of the newest coronavirus updates we have comes in the form of a new study [...]

Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

By |2020-11-20T14:55:15+00:00November 20th, 2020|

Gold nanotubes – tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair – could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, according to a team of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds. In a study published today in journal Small, the researchers demonstrate that once inside [...]

Convalescent plasma did not reduce Covid-19 deaths or keep patients from severe illness in new study

By |2020-11-20T14:55:14+00:00November 20th, 2020|

The study, conducted in India and published in the medical journal the BMJ on Thursday, suggests that “as a potential treatment for patients with moderate Covid-19, convalescent plasma showed limited effectiveness.” Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich serum taken from the blood of people who recovered from Covid-19. The idea is that the plasma can help the immune [...]

Plague cases in Ituri Province, DRC

By |2020-11-20T14:55:13+00:00November 20th, 2020|

Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has notified an upsurge of plague cases in the health zone of Rethy. From 11 June to 9 August 2020, a total of 73 cases with 10 deaths (CFR 13.6%) were notified in 5 out of 22 health areas of Rety health zone. Plague is endemic in [...]

Australia may have recorded first case of Covid-19 reinfection

By |2020-11-20T14:55:12+00:00November 20th, 2020|

A case of Covid-19 in Victoria is being treated as a rare case of reinfection, the first case classified as such in Australia. Reinfection with Covid-19 is rare, with only a six cases reported among the 40m cases worldwide to date, including in the US and Hong Kong. It seems that in most cases of Covid-19, people develop immunity [...]

Vicenza High School at Army’s Italy garrison closes after a positive coronavirus test

By |2020-11-20T14:55:11+00:00November 20th, 2020|

VICENZA, Italy — Vicenza High School was closed Monday after a student tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, DODEA officials said. The building was being cleaned and disinfected while public health officials conduct contact tracing to identify, quarantine and if necessary test close contacts of the student.     Image by elizabethaferry from Pixabay [...]