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Mutation in highly infectious Alpha variant may help coronavirus evade immune system

The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant—also known as Alpha—may be more infectious because it contains mutations that make it better adapted to foil the innate immune system, at least for long enough to allow the virus to replicate and potentially find new hosts, according to a new study on BioRxiv. In the study, which has not been peer-reviewed, researchers at UCSF, in […]

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New study finds SARS-CoV-2 can infect testes

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have observed that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can infect the testes of infected hamsters. The findings, published in the journal Microorganisms, could help explain symptoms some men with COVID-19 have reported and have important implications for men’s health. As the pandemic goes on, clinicians continue to report their findings that […]

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Depression, tau deposits seen in subset of middle-aged persons

Middle-aged people with depressive symptoms who carry a genetic variation called apolipoprotein (APOE) ε4 may be more at risk to develop tau protein accumulations in the brain’s emotion- and memory-controlling regions, a new study by researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and collaborating institutions suggests. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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Vanessa Hudgens Corrects a Caption About Kendall Jenner’s 'Summer Bod'

You go, baby V! Vanessa Hudgens is taking it upon herself to make sure women of any and every size feel comfortable at the beach this summer. Demi Lovato, Lili Reinhart, More Stars Clap Back at Body-Shamers After the High School Musical star, 32, noticed an Instagram post featuring Kendall Jenner in a swimsuit that was captioned “summer bod,” she […]

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Parents and caregivers reported mental health issues more often than others during the pandemic, a C.D.C. study says.

Parents and unpaid caregivers of adults in the United States reported far higher rates of mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic than people who held neither of those roles, federal researchers reported on Thursday. About 70 percent of parents and adult caregivers — such as those tending to older people, for example — and about 85 percent of people […]

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First months decisive for immune system development

Many diseases caused by a dysregulated immune system, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmunity, can be traced back to events in the first few months after birth. To date, the mechanisms behind the development of the immune system have not been fully understood. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet show a connection between breast milk, beneficial gut bacteria and the development […]

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Moscow Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Compulsory for Public-Facing Workers

MOSCOW (Reuters) – City authorities in Moscow announced on Wednesday that all workers with public facing roles will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the most forceful steps taken anywhere in the world to compel employees to get shots. A decree listed a range of jobs – from hairdressers, retailers and taxi drivers to bank tellers, teachers […]

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A Lung Doctor Explained the Science of the Covid \u2018Lab Leak\u2019 Theory

Mike Hansen, MD, a certified specialist in pulmonary disease, internal medicine and critical care, has been making YouTube videos throughout Covid to dispel medical misinformation and clarify the facts surrounding coronavirus. In his most recent post, he addresses a somewhat controversial belief—that the original breakout was the result of the virus escaping a laboratory in China—which was recently supported by […]

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A 'key clinical role' for community pharmacies in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

Community pharmacies represent credible and trustworthy services across the UK, which could be key to COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, especially when addressing vaccine hesitancy. Pharmacy. Image Credit: Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock.com One of the four pillars of the UK primary care system New research led by Aston University in Birmingham, UK, in collaboration with UK and international researchers, shows how community pharmacies play […]

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