Coronavirus antibodies last four months, largest study to-date finds

Hope for coronavirus immunity and vaccines: Largest antibody study to-date finds they last at least FOUR months and a ‘second wave’ of the infection-fighting cells may offer lasting protection Scientists tested blood samples from 15% of Iceland’s population – more than 30,000 people – for antibodies to COVID-19 About one percent of the population was infected in the pandemic’s first […]

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Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases. California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had […]

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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: The largest meta-analysis of the sequenced genomes of the virus

The largest analysis of coronavirus 2019-nCoV genomes that have been sequenced so far confirms that the virus originates in bats and shows a low virus heterogeneity. At the same time, researchers identified a hyper-variable genomic hotspot in the proteins of the virus responsible for the existence of two virus subtypes. The leading author of this study, published in the Journal […]

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Depression is the single largest predictor of substance use during pregnancy

It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy. Researchers at Western University and its affiliate Brescia University College have now shown that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy, highlighting the need for greater supports for […]

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Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Researchers in Uganda are launching the largest-ever trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people and is supported by Doctors without Borders and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Pontiano […]

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