Study reveals mechanisms of increased infectivity and antibody resistance of SARS-CoV-2 variants

Combining structural biology and computation, a Duke-led team of researchers has identified how multiple mutations on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein independently create variants that are more transmissible and potentially resistant to antibodies. By acquiring mutations on the spike protein, one such variant gained the ability to leap from humans to minks and back to humans. Other variants—including Alpha, which first […]

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Screening reveals coeliac disease cases in children have doubled in 25 years

Mass screening of school age children has led to significantly higher numbers of coeliac disease cases being diagnosed, according to a new study presented today at the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Researchers in Italy found double the number of cases of the autoimmune disease—where the body produces antibodies to gluten, a protein found in wheat, […]

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Study reveals inequities in breast cancer screening during COVID-19 pandemic

Breast cancer screening took a sizeable hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests new research that showed that the number of screening mammograms completed in a large group of women living in Washington State plummeted by nearly half. Published today in JAMA Network Open, the study found the steepest drop-offs among women of color and those living in rural communities. “Detecting […]

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Call for urgent action on energy drinks as new UK research reveals daily use among young people

A consistent number of young people are having energy drinks daily, despite an overall drop in the consumption of sugary beverages over time, new research has found. Academics at Cardiff University analyzed the responses of more than 176,000 secondary school children aged 11 to 16. They found between 2013 to 2017, when their use began to be recorded, the proportion […]

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Study reveals cancer immunotherapy patients at most risk of life-threatening side effects

Many patients with cancer receive immune checkpoint inhibitors that strengthen their immune response against tumor cells. While the medications can be life-saving, they can also cause potentially life-threatening side effects in internal organs. This double-edged sword makes it challenging for clinicians to decide who should be considered candidates for treatment. A new analysis led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]

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Fitness Journalist Reveals The Health Benefits of Giving Up Sugary Drinks

Most health experts recommend limiting your sugar intake by giving up on sugary beverages. However, most people have difficulty in giving up their beloved soda drinks due to its delicious, addicting taste. If you’re one of these challenged people, this fitness journalist revealed how giving up soda had changed his life for the better – and why you should do […]

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