Why the US might ask people to wear face masks to fight coronavirus

After months of telling the public not to use face masks, the United States is looking into revising its recommendations, following the example set by some Asian countries that have been more successful in fighting the coronavirus. The reason? Many people without symptoms are contagious without knowing it—and the thin barrier provided by a simple surgical mask, or even a […]

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‘In a crisis like this, an antiviral drug could buy us some time’

Francesco Stellacci, a professor in EPFL’s School of Engineering, discusses his research in the field of nanomedicine and how it could help us get past the coronavirus crisis. As the COVID-19 outbreak rages on, researchers are in a race against the clock to find some way to combat the coronavirus. Francesco Stellacci, the professor who heads the Supramolecular Nano-Materials and […]

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US orders first shutdown of website over coronavirus fraud

The US Department of Justice announced Sunday it had shut down a website claiming to sell a coronavirus vaccine, in its first act of federal enforcement against fraud in connection with the pandemic. Lawsuits had been filed against the site coronavirusmedicalkit.com, which claimed to sell vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, when in fact there is […]

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China virus death toll nears 1,400, US bemoans ‘lack of transparency’

The death toll from China’s virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday, as the United States complained of a “lack of transparency” from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having been made ill by the virus in China, with the last two days showing a steep rise after […]

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4 more planes filled with US citizens fly back from Wuhan

Four more planes carrying American passengers from Wuhan, China, will arrive in the U.S. this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today (Feb. 5) during a press conference.  The planes will land today and tomorrow at Travis Air Force Base in Sacramento, California; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego; Lackland Air Force Base in […]

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Coronavirus cases in Arizona, California push US tally to 5

3rd case of coronavirus confirmed in US, 15 more deaths in China Infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja on the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday. Two new cases were reported Sunday — one […]

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Coronavirus symptoms: Where does coronavirus come from? Is it deadly?

Coronavirus may now have spread into the US, as the CDC is allegedly expected to announce a newly identified case on American shores. The virus has infected more than 300 people since it began circulating last year, but this would be the first time it has spread beyond Asia.  Where does Coronavirus come from? Coronaviruses are a species of disease […]

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Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction

A team of addiction researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) report in Psychopharmacology that oxytocin, a hormone produced naturally in the hypothalamus, has significant gender differences when used as a treatment for cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. The MUSC team was led by Jane E. Joseph, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, […]

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Medicaid expansion associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths across the US

The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a six percent reduction in total opioid overdose deaths nationally, according to new research from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and University of California, Davis. Published online January 10 in JAMA Network Open, the study is the first to look at whether […]

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