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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Using technology during mealtimes may decrease food intake, study finds

Being distracted by technology during mealtimes may decrease the amount of food a person eats, nutrition scientists suggest in a new study. When 119 young adults consumed a meal while playing a simple computer game for 15 minutes, they ate significantly less than when they ate the same meal without distractions, said lead author Carli A. Liguori. Liguori conducted the […]

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Study confirms drinking during pregnancy can harm unborn babies

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy really DOES lead to poor brain function in babies, study confirms UK health officials advise pregnant women not to drink throughout pregnancy Study reinforces accepted view it leads to poor cognitive function in children  Bristol University research shows it can also lead to a lower birth weight   Drinking alcohol at any point in pregnancy leads to […]

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How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need During the Winter Months?

The last couple of winters, I noticed that I was feeling more lethargic compared to previous years. Sure, I was getting older and all, but I wondered if this was directly related to my Vitamin D (nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin”) levels, since I live in Michigan — a state which goes very gray and cold from November through the early […]

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New discovery on the activity and function of MAIT cells during acute HIV infection

In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers at Karolinska Institutet show that mucosa-associated invariant T cells (MAIT cells) of the human immune system respond with dynamic activity and reprogramming of gene expression during the initial phase of HIV infection. The study fills a knowledge gap, as previously, the function of MAIT cells during this particular phase was not […]

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