Germany hits 2 million infections as WHO tackles new strains

Germany on Friday passed two million coronavirus cases as a World Health Organization emergency committee readied to issue advice on stemming the spread of new, more contagious strains of the disease. The surge in Europe’s biggest economy came as countries on the continent again tightened restrictions, with Portugal entering a fresh lockdown and Britain requiring negative tests for entry. Despite […]

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A new way to help the immune system fight back against cancer

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are breaking new ground to make cancer cells more susceptible to attack by the body’s own immune system. Working in mice, a team led by Jamey Weichert, professor of radiology, and Zachary Morris, professor of human oncology, is combining two different techniques in its approach, using targeted radionuclide […]

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Population health startup Color reaches unicorn status with new $167M raise

This week population health and genomics company Color became digital health’s latest unicorn after scoring $167 million in Series D funding. General Catalyst led the round with participation from funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates and Viking Global Investors. The company now boasts of $278 million in financing with a valuation of $1.5 million. WHAT IT DOES Color […]

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Experts agree on new global definition of ‘fermented foods’

Humans have consumed different types of fermented foods—from kimchi to yogurt—for thousands of years. Yet only recently, with the availability of new scientific techniques for analyzing their nutritional properties and microbiological composition, have scientists begun to understand exactly how the unique flavors and textures are created and how these foods benefit human health. Now, 13 interdisciplinary scientists from the fields […]

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Thousands at risk of blindness set to benefit from a new eye drug

Thousands at risk of blindness set to benefit from a new drug that slows vision loss and can even improve sight Brolucizumab approved for patients with wet age-related macular deterioration The painless yet incurable eye disease is leading cause of blindness in over-55s New jab needs to be given only every 12 weeks rather than every single month Thousands of Britons […]

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Woman finally receives two new organs after first seven attempts went wrong

Since she was three years old, Karen Denton has lived with type 1 diabetes. For most of her life, it was well managed and although she needed daily insulin injections, it didn’t have a huge impact. But a few years ago, she picked up a bad virus and it caused problems for her kidneys. 18 months ago, she was told […]

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With COVID-19 exacerbating superbug threat, researchers ID new weapon

As scientists around the globe wage war against a novel, deadly virus, one University of Colorado Boulder lab is working on new weapons to battle a different microbial threat: a rising tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which, if left unchecked, could kill an estimated 10 million people annually by 2050. “The COVID-19 situation is definitely putting us at risk for increasing […]

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New strain of COVID-19 is driving South Africa’s resurgence

South Africa has announced that a new variant of the COVID-19 virus is driving the current resurgence of the disease, with higher numbers of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The new variant, known as 501.V2, is dominant among new confirmed infections in South Africa, according to health officials and scientists leading the country’s virus strategy. “It is still very early […]

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Blood pressure drug may be key to increasing lifespan, new study shows

Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated by ways to stop aging. Nearly every culture has stories to tell about people who lived for thousands of years, showing that extending lifespan has always been a deep desire across humanity. While modern medicine does not strive to find the fountain of youth, keen interest in promoting longevity has prompted research into […]

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Hinder handing the message: Stopping tumors from creating new blood vessels

Cancer often becomes more difficult to treat and has a poorer prognosis when it spreads throughout the body. This process, called metastasis, is promoted by various cellular events not only become uncontrolled via mutations in cancerous cells, but also by the effects from many types of cells surrounding cancer. One such event is tumor angiogenesis—the abnormal development of new blood […]

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