New vaccine blocks COVID-19 and variants, plus other coronaviruses

A potential new vaccine developed by members of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute has proven effective in protecting monkeys and mice from a variety of coronavirus infections—including SARS-CoV-2 as well as the original SARS-CoV-1 and related bat coronaviruses that could potentially cause the next pandemic. The new vaccine, called a pan-coronavirus vaccine, triggers neutralizing antibodies via a nanoparticle. The nanoparticle […]

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White House blocks FDA’s power to regulate lab tests

(HealthDay)—The Trump administration has blocked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from regulating a wide swath of laboratory tests, including ones for the coronavirus. The new policy, which was posted Wednesday and is strongly opposed by the FDA itself, stunned health experts and laboratories because of its timing, the Washington Post reported. The change could result in unreliable coronavirus tests […]

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Injection of virus-delivered gene silencer blocks ALS degeneration, saves motor function

Writing in Nature Medicine, an international team headed by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe a new way to effectively deliver a gene-silencing vector to adult amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mice, resulting in long-term suppression of the degenerative motor neuron disorder if treatment vector is delivered prior to disease onset, and blockage of disease progression […]

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Christina Anstead: What It's Like Living Two Blocks From Ex-Husband Tarek

Better together! Christina Anstead shares two children with her ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, and opened up about what makes coparenting easier. “Tarek and I only live two blocks for each other, so it actually works out really well,” the Christina on the Coast star, 35, told Us Weekly exclusively in this week’s issue. “As you can imagine, you’ve got school […]

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