OM85: How bacteria in a capsule could protect us from coronavirus and other respiratory infections

Scientists around the world are continuing to test countless vaccines and drugs in the hope of finding effective ways to prevent and treat COVID-19. Among the trials happening in Australia is one my team is about to begin, looking at something called OM85. OM85 is not a conventional drug, but a combination of molecules extracted from the walls of bacteria […]

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Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

As progress continues toward finding a vaccine that prevents COVID-19, millions of Americans are frightened at even the notion of getting a shot: Studies suggest 63% of young adults—those born in 2000 or later—fear needles. As a physician trained in pediatrics, I think we found the answer for the huge rise in needle phobia. Now—and even more critical: What might […]

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How the coronavirus could be prevented from invading a host cell

How might the novel coronavirus be prevented from entering a host cell in an effort to thwart infection? A team of biomedical scientists has made a discovery that points to a solution. The scientists, led by Maurizio Pellecchia in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, report in the journal Molecules that two proteases—enzymes that break down […]

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Lockdown ease could lead to tens of thousands of excess deaths unless vulnerable are protected

The risk of death among people with health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, is five times higher than in people without underlying conditions and easing the lockdown must take into account this clinical vulnerability, according to new UCL-led research. The study, published today in The Lancet, analyzed 3.8 million health records and found that between 37,000 and 73,000 […]

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Predictive models could provide more accurate detection of early-stage Parkinson’s disease

How is your sense of smell? Do you find yourself frequently dozing off during the day or thrashing about during dreams? Often, early stage Parkinson’s disease does not present with typical motor disturbance symptoms, making diagnosis problematic. Now, neuroscientists at York University have found five different models that use these types of non-motor clinical as well as biological variables to […]

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New antigen test for detecting COVID-19 could help triage patients during the pandemic

One of the most important tools in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is rapid, reliable and relatively cheap diagnostic testing at the point of care. Scientists in Europe recently evaluated the frontline capabilities of a commercially available, 15-minute disposable antigen test to detect COVID-19 infections. Their findings, reported in Frontiers in Medicine, suggest the test could be […]

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Asian Americans already face a mental health crisis—coronavirus racism could make it worse

In early March, Yuming Wang, a Philadelphia lawyer, watched with increasing concern reports of racist incidents against Asian Americans over coronavirus fears trickle in from other cities. A Chinese woman was attacked for wearing a mask in New York City. A 16-year-old Asian American student was physically assaulted in Los Angeles. Wang, who is the honorary chairman of the Pennsylvania […]

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Research into obsessive-compulsive disorder shows antibodies could provide new treatment

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Roehampton, London, have discovered that patients suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have increased levels of a protein called Immuno-moodulin (Imood) in their lymphocytes, a type of immune cell. Mice with high levels of this protein were also found to exhibit behaviours that are characteristic of anxiety and stress, […]

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How a virus like this one could harm health long after recovery

How a virus like this one could harm health long after you’ve recovered: Worrying evidence suggests Covid-19 may leave behind debilitating conditions ranging from sensory loss to heart and lung damage Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID Long after the lockdown is lifted and the pandemic has receded, the UK health service may still be treating […]

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