Explainer: what’s the new coronavirus saliva test, and how does it work?

A cornerstone of containing the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread testing to identify cases and prevent new outbreaks emerging. This strategy is known as “test, trace and isolate”. The standard test so far has been the swab test, in which a swab goes up your nose and to the back of your throat. But an alternative method of specimen collection, using […]

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Previously claimed memory boosting font Sans Forgetica does not actually boost memory

It was previously claimed that the font Sans Forgetica could enhance people’s memory for information, however researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Waikato, New Zealand, have found after carrying out numerous experiments that the font does not enhance memory. The Sans Forgetica font has received much press coverage, after researchers in Australia claimed they had designed […]

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EULAR: Hydroxychloroquine use in lupus patients ‘does not seem to prevent COVID-19’

The current outbreak of COVID-19 represents a source of concern for the management of systemic lupus erythematous, SLE, patients. These patients have an increased risk of severe infections due to their underlying disease, the use of immunosuppressive drugs, as well as the potential presence of organ damage associated with their disease. Hydroxychloroquine, HCQ, a drug that is currently part of […]

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Blue Ivy Does an Adorable PSA About the Importance of Washing Your Hands

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s eldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, did an adorable PDA about the importance of washing your hands amid the coronavirus pandemic. Her doting maternal grandmother, Tina Lawson, shared the video on Instagram on Saturday, April 18, writing, “Blue’s PSA My brilliant granddaughter Blue did this experiment to show how washing your hands fights the virus.” In the one-minute […]

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COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to virus

Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses and bacteria. Q. Why is […]

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Hand sanitizer has an expiration date. Does it matter amid coronavirus outbreak?

The Food and Drug Administration just pointed out something about bottles of hand sanitizer people are hoarding during the coronavirus pandemic: They have an expiration date. It’s likely few notice the fine print while grabbing handfuls off shelves in recent weeks. It’s hard enough just to find a bottle lately. Should we worry, given 86,000 Americans have been infected with […]

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Coffee consumption does not affect insulin sensitivity

(HealthDay)—Consumption of four cups of coffee daily does not impact insulin sensitivity, according to a study published online Dec. 31 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Derrick Johnston Alperet, from the National University of Singapore, and colleagues conducted a 24-week trial involving 126 overweight, non-insulin-sensitive adults aged 35 to 69 years. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either four […]

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When does your child’s flu merit an ER visit?

(HealthDay)—It’s hard not to worry when your child suffers from the flu, but pediatricians say too many parents are taking their sick kids to the emergency room when a doctor’s visit would suffice. “We are seeing a jump in the number of patients coming to our emergency department for flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Michele Walsh, medical director of the Pediatric […]

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