Student-built dashboard gives insight into global COVID-19 picture

Three graduate students at the University of Alberta developed a new, interactive tool to help provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. “The goal is to transform the dynamic big data to charts and graphs for ordinary people to easily understand the spread and identify trend patterns across countries,” explained Frincy Clement, who developed the new COVID-19 dashboard along with fellow […]

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More than 3 weeks into safer-at-home, Colorado leaders see promising signs — but are girding for the long fight

So far, so good. That’s the restrained refrain espoused by Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado’s public health officials more than three weeks after the statewide stay-at-home mandate ended and the new, longer-term safer-at-home phase of the state’s coronavirus response began. Coloradans have done their part in flattening the curve and preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, the governor and health officials […]

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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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N.Y. hospital converts sleep apnea machines into ventilators

(HealthDay)—As COVID-19 pushes American hospitals to the breaking point, intensive care units are finding creative ways to deal with a looming shortage of lifesaving mechanical ventilators. The New York-based hospital system Northwell Health has found a jury-rigged remedy: using three-dimensional (3-D) printing and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter add-ons to turn unused bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines into much-needed […]

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New insight into immune cell behavior offers opportunities for cancer treatment

An international group of scientists has discovered that certain cells of our immune system—the so-called T cells—communicate with each other and work together as a team. To fight an infection they stimulate each other’s growth, but at the same time, they inhibit each other when there is a surplus of T cells. That insight offers new opportunities for the treatment […]

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Betrayed by bile: bile acids help norovirus sneak into cells

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of foodborne illness and acute diarrhea around the world, infect cells of the small intestine by piggybacking on a normal cellular process called endocytosis that cells use to acquire materials […]

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Exclusive: Tiffani Thiessen's Kid Knows Santa Isn't Real & She's Into It

As the oldest of four siblings, I was the first to find out that the supplier of Christmas presents isn’t the holly-jolly man in red that I thought it was. While of course that revelation was a little disappointing, learning the truth brought with it a sense of pride: I was a big kid, I was on my parents’ team […]

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Researchers report new insights into Parkinson’s disease-related mortality

By following a group of newly diagnosed patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for a decade or more, researchers have been able to identify several factors never before reported that appear to be associated with higher mortality rates in PD patients compared to the general population. As reported in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, these factors are early onset of PD, […]

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Heart attack registry: Unprecedented insight into STEMI occurrence, treatment in North India

A new study published in Clinical Cardiology introduces the North Indian (NORIN) ST‐Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Registry and provides preliminary data collected since its start in January of this year. The prospective cohort study’s first author, Sameer Arora, MD, UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow and preventive medicine resident, says researchers will follow approximately 3,500 patients admitted for STEMI […]

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