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Nanomedicine’s giant step into the fight against the COVID-19

By |2020-12-09T18:09:46+00:00December 9th, 2020|

A recent editorial in Nature Nanotechnology discusses the enormous feat of scientific innovation, with messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines developed to deliver the gene sequence of specific SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins into host cells using nanotechnology platforms. This new class of genetic-based vaccine is unlike traditional vaccine models, which typically administer entire viruses – either as attenuated live viruses, [...]

Use of electronic cigarettes and secondhand exposure to their aerosols are associated with asthma symptoms among adolescents: a cross-sectional study

By |2020-12-09T18:09:44+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Background Globally, a surge in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has been observed in recent years, with youth being the most susceptible group. Given their recent emergence, studies assessing the health consequences of using e-cigarettes and exposure to their secondhand aerosols (SHA) are limited. Hence, this study sought to assess associations between e-cigarette use and household exposure [...]

Pulmonary Endothelial Dysfunction and Thrombotic Complications in COVID-19 Patients

By |2020-12-09T18:09:43+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Abstract SARS-CoV-2, a new strain of a Coronaviridae virus which presents 79% genetic similarity to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) has been recently recognized as the cause of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) implying a major threat to the world public health. Read more… The post Pulmonary Endothelial Dysfunction [...]

Bedroom environment and sleep quality of apartment building residents in urban Bangkok

By |2020-12-09T18:09:42+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Abstract Sleep is essential because it promotes good health and increases productivity. People spend most of their time indoors, and much of that time is spent sleeping. Thus, indoor environments may affect sleep quality. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated the association between sleep quality and bedroom characteristics among residents living in apartment buildings in [...]

WHO trial finds no benefit of 4 drugs for hospital COVID patients

By |2020-12-09T18:09:41+00:00December 9th, 2020|

None of the four once-promising drugs evaluated for the treatment of COVID-19 in the ongoing World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trial—remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, or interferon-beta-1a—prevented in-hospital death, reduced the need for ventilation, or shortened the duration of hospitalization.  The interim results of the open-label study, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved randomly assigning hospitalized [...]

US COVID-19 hospital cases, deaths surge to new highs

By |2020-12-09T18:09:38+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Though the full impact of a predicted post-Thanksgiving surge hasn’t hit yet, the number of Americans currently hospitalized for COVID-19 rose past 100,000 yesterday for the first time, as the daily number of deaths topped 3,100, the most yet in the pandemic. Today, the nation’s overall COVID-19 total topped 14 million cases.   Morsa Images Read [...]

Coronavirus is revealing exactly what obesity does to the human body

By |2020-12-09T18:09:34+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the obesity epidemic once again into the spotlight, revealing that obesity is no longer a disease that harms just in the long run but one that can have acutely devastating effects. New studies and information confirm doctors’ suspicion that this virus takes advantage of a disease that our current U.S. [...]

How baby’s first breath triggers life-saving changes in the brain

By |2020-12-09T18:09:33+00:00December 9th, 2020|

There are few moments in life as precious, as critical and as celebrated as a baby’s first breath. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine sheds light on the lifelong changes in breathing systems that occur precisely with that first breath—and may offer important insights into sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. A [...]

A Short History of Yogurt

By |2020-12-09T18:09:32+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Rumor has it that the combination of yogurt and honey is the “food of the gods.” I can’t vouch for that since I have not had the chance to query the gods about their diets. Yet just the other day, while enjoying artisanal Greek-style yogurt topped with local raw honey, I closed my eyes and [...]

Seasonal Flu

By |2020-12-09T18:09:31+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Workplace Safety and the FluThis page includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions for all workplaces, including additional precautions for healthcare settings. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic to:     SDI Productions [...]