Colorado moving Denver, other counties to Level Red in latest bid to avoid COVID-19 lockdown – The Denver Post

Denver and a number of other Colorado counties will be moved to Level Red on a newly revamped version of the state’s color-coded COVID-19 dial, officials announced Tuesday, ushering in tougher new restrictions to curb widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus without going into a full lockdown. Without identifying them, Gov. Jared Polis estimated 10 to 15 counties will be […]

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Targeted inhibitor of mutated KRAS gene shows promise in lung, bowel, other solid tumors

A novel agent that targets a mutated form of the KRAS gene—the most commonly altered oncogene in human cancers and one long considered “undruggable”—shrank tumors in most patients in a clinical trial with manageable side effects, researchers reported today at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Therapeutic, which is taking place online. The KRYSTAL-1 (NCT03785249) phase I/II trial […]

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COVID-19 more common in pregnant Hispanics than other moms-to-be: study

(HealthDay)—Hispanic mothers-to-be in the southern United States are almost twice as likely to have COVID-19 as non-Hispanic women, a new study finds. The researchers also found that those with government health insurance were more likely to test positive for the coronavirus than women with private insurance. For the study, pregnant women were routinely tested for COVID-19 as they went to […]

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People use, trust different COVID-19 information sources depending on gender, age, and other factors

Gender, age, education level, and political affiliation predict where people turn for information about COVID-19—and what sources they use and trust is linked to differing beliefs about the pandemic, according to a new study by NYU School of Global Public Health researchers. The findings—drawn from surveys of more than 11,000 U.S. adults during the first few months of the pandemic—are […]

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Wildfire smoke more dangerous than other air pollutants for asthma patients

For people who suffer from asthma, wildfire smoke is more hazardous than other types of air pollution, according to a new study from the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the Renown Institute for Health Innovation (Renown IHI) and the Washoe County Health District (WCHD). The study, which published last month in the journal Environmental Health, examined associations between airborne particulate matter […]

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Another day, another hotel quarantine fail. So what can Australia learn from other countries?

This week, we heard how conditions at a Sydney quarantine hotel were so bad almost 400 returned travelers had to be moved to another one. Before that, we heard from Victoria’s inquiry into hotel quarantine. We learned the bulk of cases during the state’s second wave could be tracked down to a family of four returned travelers staying at a […]

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OM85: How bacteria in a capsule could protect us from coronavirus and other respiratory infections

Scientists around the world are continuing to test countless vaccines and drugs in the hope of finding effective ways to prevent and treat COVID-19. Among the trials happening in Australia is one my team is about to begin, looking at something called OM85. OM85 is not a conventional drug, but a combination of molecules extracted from the walls of bacteria […]

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Sharing towels with your significant other could be making you ill

Living with someone you love is all fun and good times until you’ve got their faecal bacteria on your face. That’s not an assumption about your sexual preferences, to be clear. If you’re casually swapping and sharing towels with your significant other – or anyone else – it’s pretty likely your body and face are coming into contact with some […]

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