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Covid-19 at Kankan University: “this is an executive who suffered from malaria” (vice-rector)

By |2021-03-24T14:00:14+00:00March 24th, 2021|

The coronavirus continues to be rife in schools. After the capital Conakry, Labé and Kouroussa, it is the prefecture of Kankan, capital of Upper Guinea and the second city of the country that is affected by the pandemic. In total, these are four confirmed cases registered within the rectorate of Julius Nyerere University in Kankan. Something which creates [...]

Maternal vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of obesity in male offspring mice by affecting the immune response

By |2021-03-24T14:00:08+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Objectives:Recently, many epidemiologic and animal studies have indicated that obesity has its origin in early stages of life, including the inappropriate balance of some nutrients. So the objectives of this study were to determine the risk of obesity in male offspring mice as a consequence of maternal vitamin D (VD) deficiency mediating the disordered immune [...]

Study on NICU Acoustics Comes Through Loud and Clear

By |2021-03-24T14:00:01+00:00March 24th, 2021|

It’s well known that day-to-day life in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) can be stressful and draining for families. Premature babies and infants with other serious health issues after birth may spend days, weeks, or even months in a NICU. Amidst all the machines and activity necessary to care for the new arrivals, hospitals [...]

Vaccinated pregnant women pass antibodies on to their babies, early research shows

By |2021-03-24T13:59:56+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Pregnant women who receive a coronavirus vaccine not only acquire protective antibodies against the virus for themselves but also may pass along immunity to their babies, emerging research shows. Several preliminary studies suggest that women who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) during pregnancy had COVID-19 antibodies in their umbilical cord blood. Another study also [...]

BACK TO THE NEXT PANDEMIC The next pandemic: Ebola?

By |2021-03-24T13:59:53+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Ebola has so far only affected African countries and occasional cases outside of the continent have been rapidly contained. But the virus could mutate to spread more easily between people, making it more of a pandemic threat. A town square dedicated to Isaac Newton in Reston, Virginia seems like an unlikely place for an Ebola [...]

RETURN TO ISSUEPREVREVIEWNEXT Increased Use of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic and Beyond: Consideration of Environmental Implications

By |2021-03-24T13:59:49+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Abstract Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are active ingredients in over 200 disinfectants currently recommended by the U.S. EPA for use to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus. The amounts of these compounds used in household, workplace, and industry settings has very likely increased, and usage will continue to be elevated given the scope of the pandemic. [...]

Transmissibility and transmission of respiratory viruses

By |2021-03-24T13:59:37+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Abstract Human respiratory virus infections lead to a spectrum of respiratory symptoms and disease severity, contributing to substantial morbidity, mortality and economic losses worldwide, as seen in the COVID-19 pandemic. Belonging to diverse families, respiratory viruses differ in how easy they spread (transmissibility) and the mechanism (modes) of transmission. Transmissibility as estimated by the basic [...]

Using Building Energy and Smart Thermostat Data to Evaluate Indoor Ultrafine Particle Source and Loss Processes in a Net-Zero Energy House

By |2021-03-24T13:59:30+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Abstract The integration of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensors and building energy management systems (BEMS) into smart buildings offers a platform for real-time monitoring of myriad factors that shape indoor air quality. This study explores the application of building energy and smart thermostat data to evaluate indoor ultrafine particle dynamics (UFP, diameter ≤ 100 nm). [...]

Bird flu outbreak prompts warning about future pandemics

By |2021-03-24T13:59:27+00:00March 24th, 2021|

There have been outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of avian flu in Russia and India recently and a Canadian scientist says that highlights the urgent need to develop a universal influenza vaccine. Bird flu is prevalent among fowl and may jump to humans, but it is not transmitted from human to human, at least not [...]