Macron urged to press Egypt’s Sisi on human rights during Paris visit


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under the […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus protests against Lukashenko


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 18:45 More than 300 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. Thousands of people […]

UK gears up for huge vaccination plan watched by the world


Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, in London, Friday Dec. 4, 2020. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP) The coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech was being sent to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers […]

Forschungsgruppe entdeckt für Biodiversität verantwortliches Gen


Die Arbeitsgruppe von Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard am Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie in Tübingen hat ein Gen identifiziert, das für die unterschiedlichen Muster von nahverwandten Arten des Zebrabärblings Danio rerio mitverantwortlich ist. Das Gen, Obelix, codiert für einen Kaliumkanal; diese Klasse von Proteinen steuert zahlreiche zelluläre Prozesse, die in einigen menschlichen Krankheiten gestört sind. Ihre Ergebnisse haben sie […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats with […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams to […]

CAR T-cell therapy found highly effective in patients with high-risk non-Hodgkin lymphoma


Credit: Min Yu (Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC),USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center A CAR T-cell therapy known as axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel) drove cancer cells to undetectable levels in nearly 80% of patients with advanced non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in a phase 2 clinical trial, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute […]

Wie Schweinezellen Diabetiker und Herzpatienten retten können


Der Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) / Transregio 127 wird von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft für weitere vier Jahre mit mehr als 15 Millionen Euro gefördert. Schwerpunkt des Forschungsprogramms ist die Xenotransplantation, also die Übertragung von lebens- und funktionstüchtigen Zellen oder Zellverbänden einschließlich ganzer Organe oder Körperteile zwischen verschiedenen Spezies. Die beteiligten Wissenschaftler arbeiten an der Technischen Universität Dresden, […]

Easy DIY Home Repairs – The New York Times


Some newer toilets use a canister with a thin rubber washer instead of a traditional flapper, Ms. Sebestyen said. In those toilets, replacement washers aren’t universal, so it’s important to buy a part designed specifically for your brand of toilet. Tools and supplies: replacement toilet flapper or washer. Patch a Hole in Drywall When a […]

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused of passing classified information


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:27 Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul is accused of contacting “unfriendly” states and providing classified information, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told AFP Saturday, after the campaigner’s trial was transferred to a terrorism court. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with around a dozen other women activists just weeks before the […]

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease


This July 2019 image provided by the Sarah Cannon Research Institute shows Victoria Gray on her infusion day during a gene editing trial for sickle cell disease at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute and The Children’s Hospital At TriStar Centennial in Nashville. Since her treatment, Gray has weaned herself from pain medications she depended on […]

Mit neuem Biomarker zur zielgerichteten Nieren-Therapie


Der mit 4.000 Euro dotierte 1. Platz beim Forschungspreis „Experimentelle Forschung“ der DIVI-Stiftung geht im Jahr 2020 an ein internationales und interdisziplinäres Forschungsteam um Dr. med. Christian Nußhag, Nierenzentrum Heidelberg des Universitätsklinikums Heidelberg. Mit Unterstützung unter anderem von Prof. Dr. med. Martin Zeier sowie Prof. Dr. med. Christian Morath (Nierenzentrum Heidelberg am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg), Prof. […]

Sudden-death penalty hands England Nations Cup victory over France


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 17:27Modified: 06/12/2020 – 17:28 England won the Autumn Nations Cup final in the most dramatic circumstances on Sunday, as Owen Farrell landed a “golden point” penalty in sudden-death extra time to secure a 22-19 victory over a young French team who had been seconds away from a famous victory. Farrell converted […]

What to Consider Before You Travel


According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employer may ask its employees to stay home until it’s clear they don’t have the coronavirus if they have traveled to certain locations flagged by the C.D.C. or local health officials. New Hampshire, for instance, encourages employers to ask employees if they have made any nonessential trips […]

Campaigning in Ghana winds up ahead of presidential, parliamentary polls


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:47Modified: 06/12/2020 – 15:01 Defeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation‘s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana […]

ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental health crisis


When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds. The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic, reports from parents and professionals suggest. With schools closed, routines disrupted and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, […]

Secukinumab bei Kindern mit Plaque-Psoriasis: Studie für Nutzenbewertung ungeeignet


Die Vergleichsgruppe wurde nicht angemessen behandelt. Zum einen blieb die Therapie dort trotz Nichtansprechen unverändert, zum anderen wurde sie länger fortgesetzt als zugelassen. Unangemessene Behandlung im Kontrollarm macht fairen Vergleich unmöglich. Der monoklonale Antikörper Secukinumab ist zur Behandlung von Kindern und Jugendlichen ab sechs Jahren mit mittelschwerer bis schwerer Plaque-Psoriasis zugelassen, für die eine systemische […]

Amnesty, rights groups urge Macron to press Egypt’s Sisi during Paris visit


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under the […]

Spice Up Your Holiday Cookie Decorations


It’s time to break out the cookie cutters. Despite a forecast of canceled parties and virtual family gatherings, baking traditions go on. In fact, a scaled-down holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to try your hand at new decorating techniques. Sweet, surprising and modern: these cookies were designed by three baking experts to impart cookie-decorating […]

Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers


A Russian medical worker, right, administers a shot of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Thousands of doctors, teachers […]

San Francisco Bay Area issues new stay-at-home order


by Olga R. Rodriguez and Juliet Williams Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The health officers in five San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a new stay-at-home order Friday requiring some businesses to close and banning all gatherings, as the number of virus cases surge and hospitals fill. The changes take effect for most of the area […]

US sets new record of 225,000 COVID cases in one day: tracker


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain For the second day in a row, the United States on Friday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching 225,201 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. In that same period, the country recorded 2,506 COVID-related deaths, according to real-time data provided by the […]

French govt vows ‘transparency’ amid widespread vaccine scepticism


The French government on Thursday unveiled its Covid-19 vaccination strategy, vowing transparency as it sought to placate fears and growing levels of scepticism in France over the safety and efficacy of the new vaccines. The French government will begin its vaccine rollout in January, with nursing homes first in line before the programme is extended in February to the vulnerable elderly and […]

The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?


In September, academic researchers analyzed the Department of Homeland Security’s list of essential workers and found that it broadly mirrored the demographics of the American labor force. The researchers proposed a narrower, more vulnerable category — “frontline workers,” such as food deliverers, cashiers and emergency medical technicians, who must work face to face with others […]

Tear gas fired as thousands protest in Paris against security bill


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 16:24 Thousands protested in Paris on Saturday to denounce police violence and President Emmanuel Macron’s security policy plans which the demonstrators say would crimp civil liberties. In one incident, police fired tear gas and charged after fireworks were launched at their lines. Hooded youths smashed one store window. There were violent clashes between protesters and police in […]

US firms gear up for distribution of COVID vaccines


US firms are gearing up for the massive logistical challenge of distributing Covid vaccines when they become available With the imminent arrival of coronavirus vaccines that will need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, US companies are gearing up for a massive logistical effort to aid their distribution. Automaker Ford has ordered its own freezers […]

‘Vaccines do not equal zero Covid,’ warns WHO as jab rollouts start


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:55 The World Health Organization warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes. The WHO warned about what it said was an erroneous belief that the Covid-19 crisis is over with jabs […]

Moscow starts inoculating vulnerable workers against coronavirus


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Moscow on Saturday began vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city. Health officials said they had opened 70 coronavirus vaccine centres in the Russian capital that would initially offer jabs for health, education and social workers. “Citizens from the main […]

Military officer elected head of Mali’s interim legislature


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:31 Mali’s interim legislature on Saturday elected Colonel Malick Diaw, a member of the military junta that toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, as its president.  The 121-seat body known as the National Transition Council was meeting for its inaugural session in the capital Bamako, and is a key part […]

Is ‘Natural Immunity’ From Covid Better Than a Vaccine?


On the heels of last month’s news of stunning results from Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental Covid-19 vaccines, Senator Rand Paul tweeted a provocative comparison. The new vaccines were 90 percent and 94.5 percent effective, Mr. Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said. But “naturally acquired” Covid-19 was even better, at 99.9982 percent effective, he claimed. Mr. Paul […]

UK medical chiefs eye major fall in COVID deaths by early 2021


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The arrival of a vaccine should see coronavirus deaths in Britain reduce “significantly” by early next year but social mixing over Christmas could cause another spike before that, UK medical chiefs said Friday. Britain on Wednesday gave emergency approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and will begin the world’s first roll-out […]

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million


Britain is training healtcare workers to administer the Covid-19 vaccine after it become the first country to approve one for public use Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what […]

Argentina introduces ‘millionaire’s tax’ to help pay for coronavirus


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:10 Argentina’s Senate passed a tax on about 12,000 of the country’s richest people on Friday, to pay for coronavirus measures including medical supplies and relief for the poor and small businesses. In a session streamed live on YouTube, and after a long and polarizing debate, the so-called solidarity contribution was […]

Iran’s Supreme Court to retry three on death row over anti-govt protests


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:50 Iran’s supreme court said Saturday it will review the cases of three young men sentenced to death over links to deadly November 2019 protests after a request from their lawyers. Numerous calls had spread online after the verdict was announced, calling for a halt for executions in Iran, with the […]

Canada COVID surge sees 100,000 new cases in two weeks


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Canada’s second wave of COVID-19 infections has led to 100,000 new cases reported in just the last two weeks, data compiled by public broadcaster CBC showed Friday. There has now been a total of 400,031 cases in the country of 38 million people. The illness has been blamed for 12,470 deaths. […]

Moscow starts vaccinating high-risk workers against Covid-19


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:25 Moscow on Saturday began vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city. Health officials said they had opened 70 coronavirus vaccine centres in the Russian capital that would initially offer jabs for health, education and social workers. “Citizens from the […]

The Swiss Cheese Model of Pandemic Defense


Q. What have we learned since March? A. Distance is the most effective intervention; the virus doesn’t have legs, so if you are physically distant from people, you avoid direct contact and droplets. Then you have to consider inside spaces, which are especially in play during winter or in hotter countries during summer: the bus, […]

‘We are in our homeland, the invaders are attacking us,’ says Tigray’s Gebremichael


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:03 As fighting continues “in many parts” of Ethiopia’s Tigra, according to the United Nations, Tigray’s regional president Debretsion Gebremichael told FRANCE 24 that the northern region would continue fighting as long as federal “invaders” are on Tigrayan soil. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations in the northern region of […]

Sudden death more common than thought in very young with epilepsy


(HealthDay)—Sudden, epilepsy-related death is more common than thought in infants and children, a new study suggests. It also found that Black and multiracial youngsters are at higher risk for what’s known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). It occurs in otherwise healthy people with epilepsy, most often when they’re asleep or resting. Researchers analyzed […]

Spain to vaccinate third of population by June: PM


SARS-CoV-2 (shown here in an electron microscopy image). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH Spain plans to vaccinate at least a third of its 47 million residents by June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday, with the COVID-19 immunisation campaign to start in January. Some 2.5 million people will be vaccinated […]

How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy


Temperature requirements for the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. Credit: The Conversation US, CC BY-ND Bahar Aliakbarian is an expert in supply chain management in pharmaceuticals and a professor at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Below, she describes the vaccine supply chains of Pfizer and Moderna, which are expected to be […]

Saudi Arabia says end to diplomatic rift with Qatar is ‘within reach’


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 08:10 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi […]

At least 18 Chinese miners killed in underground gas leak


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 07:13 Eighteen people have died after being trapped in a mine in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, the region’s second such accident in just over two months. The dead were among 24 people trapped underground by excessive levels of carbon monoxide gas at […]

Here’s an idea to float—a space-ready sleeping bag to keep blood moving


A sleeping bag attached to a vacuum cleaner might not sound like the stuff giant leaps are made of. But researchers using just that have taken at least a small step toward solving a serious problem for space travelers. The problem is the way blood behaves in the absence of gravity. When you’re standing up […]

Teens still able to access e-cigarettes during COVID-19 pandemic


(HealthDay)—Underage youth report being able to access electronic cigarettes from online and retail stores during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Network Open. Shivani Mathur Gaiha, Ph.D., from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues conducted an online survey to assess change in e-cigarette use (increase, decrease, […]

Trump orders a near total withdrawal of American troops from Somalia


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 06:24 President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has about 700 […]

Researchers discover new particle in the blood of septic patients


This timelapse image shows the appearanc of an ENDS and how it curls over time. Credit: Alex Marki, Ph.D., Ley Laboratory, La Jolla Institute for Immunology Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have found that people with sepsis have never-before-seen particles in their blood. The scientists are the first to show that these […]

Humans have used drugs with sex for millennia—the reasons are much broader than you think


Despite its long history, our understanding of the relationship between sex and drugs remains limited. Credit: Shutterstock/Panu Kosonen On their own, sex and drugs are cultural taboos. Combining them only adds to our reluctance to talk about them. But understanding how sex and drugs are connected isn’t something we should shy away from or perceive […]

Researchers define immune system’s requirements for protection against COVID-19


Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID Since the novel coronavirus emerged at the end of last year, scientists around the world—including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center […]

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets


Recovering COVID-19 patient Marisol Ortiz Bernal waves goodbye to the health workers that cared for her at the Mexico City Ajusco Medio General Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 2. 2020. Mexico continues to report an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with Mexico City continuing to report the biggest portion of the surge in cases. (AP […]

Cliff Joseph, Artist, Activist and Therapist, Dies at 98


Cliff Joseph, an artist raised in Harlem who in the 1960s and ’70s led protests against major New York museums to advocate for the inclusion of Black artists, and who later pioneered the practice of multiculturalism in the field of art therapy, died on Nov. 8 in a hospital in Chicago. He was 98. His […]

Iron deficiency can be managed better


Iron deficiency is a major cause of anaemia, a deficiency in oxygen-carrying red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. New guidance published by Australian and European researchers outlines the best practice for managing iron deficiency. Credit: WEHI, Australia Australian and European researchers have released updated, evidence-based guidance for managing iron deficiency, a serious worldwide […]

As Virus Spreads, C.D.C. Draws Up an Urgent Battle Plan


With coronavirus infections soaring across the nation, federal health officials on Friday urged Americans in the most forceful language yet to take steps to protect themselves — starting with consistent, proper use of masks — and pressed local governments to adopt 10 public health measures deemed necessary to contain the pandemic. The guidance reflected deep […]

Study unsuitable for benefit assessment


The monoclonal antibody secukinumab is approved for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in children and adolescents from the age of six years who are candidates for systemic therapy. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) now examined in an early benefit assessment whether the drug offers an added […]

Could we use statins to treat COVID-19?


Statins lower cholesterol if taken daily – but may also have other effects on the body. Credit: StockLite/Shutterstock Nothing in medicine is as exciting as discovering new drugs. However, this process is time consuming, expensive and not always necessary. Sometimes, existing drugs can be used to manage illnesses that are different to those they were […]

‘We’re not Hungary, Turkey or somesuch’: Macron rejects ‘illiberal’ accusations


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 22:39 French President Emmanuel Macron, in a more than two-hour-long, wide-ranging interview on Friday with the online media outlet Brut, rejected accusations his government had taken an illiberal turn with a contested bill to protect police officers and a crackdown on Islamist groups. The interview, broadcast live by the video-based news […]

Many of us are stress eating because of the pandemic.


The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyday life, isolated people from friends and family, and spawned an economic crisis. On top of all that, it has also affected people’s mental and physical health. A global survey conducted earlier this year confirms what many have already experienced firsthand: The virus and resulting lockdowns led to dramatic changes […]

Intimate partner violence has increased during pandemic, emerging evidence suggests


Credit: CC0 Public Domain As we face rising COVID infection rates, the possibility of additional quarantines rises. Although stay-at-home orders might protect individuals from the virus, home isn’t safe for everyone. Studies show that domestic violence calls to police and shelters in the U.S. have risen between 6% and 21% (variation depending on data source) […]

Napoli stadium renamed after Maradona in honour of their footballing legend


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 21:38 Italian side Napoli’s San Paolo stadium has been officially renamed the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after the late Argentina striker who led them to their only two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, the city’s council said on Friday. Maradona died last week after suffering a heart attack at […]

Overlooked No More: Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Reproductive Rights Advocate


Fiduccia pushed for increased access to reproductive services, including mammograms and pelvic exams. She and others successfully lobbied to expand the national Hate Crime Statistics Act to include violence against people with disabilities. She also served on the California attorney general’s Civil Rights Commission on Hate Crimes. With her future husband, Daniel Fiduccia, a legal […]

Gasdermin offers insight into coral necrotic death


Cleavage of GSDME by caspase 3. Credit: IOCAS Pyroptosis is a highly inflammatory form of programmed necrotic cell death that acts as a defense mechanism against the infection of bacterial and viral pathogens. Pyroptosis is executed by gasdermin, a family of pore-forming proteins. Gasdermin-mediated pyroptosis is characterized by rapid cell swelling, membrane disruption, and massive […]

Iraqi activists go underground after wave of attacks by pro-Iran militias


There has been a wave of kidnappings, torture and killings of high-profile anti-government activists in Iraq in recent months. Protesters and experts blame pro-Iran militias within the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a paramilitary organisation created in 2014 to combat the Islamic State group. The Popular Mobilisation Forces have been accused of numerous instances of violence against civilians. […]

Baricitinib, a Covid-19 Drug from Eli Lilly, Is Expensive And Doesn’t Do Much


In mid-November, an arthritis drug with a tricky name hit a pandemic milestone — then slipped back into relative obscurity. The drug, baricitinib, was granted an emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a subset of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in combination with another medication, the antiviral remdesivir. It is one of only […]

Erdogan expresses hope that France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 20:00 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders. Turkey is embroiled in a series of disputes with France and its EU partners, from tensions […]

New pathway in Alzheimer’s disease provides earlier target for potential therapies


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have identified a new target in development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that could lead to therapies focused on treating the neurodegenerative condition early in its progression. The discovery helps bolster a promising approach to AD research: finding and manipulating processes earlier […]

Neue Erkenntnisse zur Regulation der Leberfibrose und Leberregeneration


Was genau sind die Prozesse, die aus einer gesunden Leber eine fibrotische Leber machen? Finden sich dort gegebenenfalls Ansatzpunkte für die Therapie von Lebererkrankungen? Um diese Fragen beantworten zu können, haben Wissenschaftler der Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie der Universitätsmedizin Mannheim (UMM) die Rolle der Blutgefäße bei der Entstehung der Leberfibrose untersucht. Dabei gewannen […]

What Hearing Loss Feels Like in ‘Sound of Metal’


Creating an audioscape for a movie about a musician losing his hearing is more complicated than it may seem. The filmmakers behind the new drama “Sound of Metal” wanted to take audiences into the experience of its lead character, Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer who is forced to look at his life differently as […]

Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The island kingdom of Bahrain said Friday it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The state-run Bahrain News Agency made the announcement on Friday night, following an earlier announcement by the United […]

Major Depression kann durch ein spezifisches Darmmikrobiom definiert werden


In einer Studie mit 311 Teilnehmern haben Wissenschaftler drei Bakteriophagen, 47 Bakterienarten und 50 Metaboliten im Stuhl identifiziert, die bei Menschen mit Major Depression (MDD) im Vergleich zu gesunden Kontrollen signifikant mehr oder weniger häufig vorkommen. Die Ergebnisse der Untersuchung liefern laut den Forschern Hinweise darauf, dass eine MDD durch Störungen des Darmmikrobioms gekennzeichnet sein […]

Venezuela’s Guaido risks political irrelevance as Maduro eyes poll victory


Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, has called for a boycott of legislative elections on Sunday, a move critics say will consolidate President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and leave Guaido out in the political cold. Eights years into a crippling economic crisis, Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday in parliamentary […]

Covid ‘Long-Haulers’ Need Medical Attention, Experts Urge


Dr. John Brooks, the chief medical officer of the C.D.C.’s Covid response, the co-chairman with Dr. Haag of one session, said he expected long-term post-Covid symptoms would affect “on the order of tens of thousands in the United States and possibly hundreds of thousands.” He added, “If you were to ask me what do we […]

Reusing face masks: Are microwaves the answer?


Credit: Cardiff University Researchers from Cardiff University have been testing the feasibility of using microwave ovens and dry heat to decontaminate crucial PPE being used to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Reporting their findings in the Journal of Hospital Infection, the team have shown that certain types of respirators can be effectively decontaminated in just 90 […]

500. urologischer Eingriff per Da-Vinci-Operationssystem am Freiburger Uniklinikum


Christian Gratzke steuert das DaVinci-System von der Konsole im Hintergrund aus. Foto: Universitätsklinikum Freiburg / Britt Schilling An der Klinik für Urologie des Universitätsklinikums Freiburg wurde akoma November der 500. Patient erfolgreich mit Hilfe eines Computer-assistierten Robotersystems operiert. Diese Technik wurde von der Klinik für Urologie vor weniger als zwei Jahren am Universitätsklinikum Freiburg etabliert. […]

Beirut detains Lebanese-French businessman close to Sarkozy after Interpol request


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 17:19 Lebanon has detained a Lebanese-French businessman who was close to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after receiving a request for his arrest from Interpol, a judicial source told AFP Friday. “Internal security forces have detained (Ziad) Takieddine, based on an arrest warrant Interpol sent the public prosecution, over him being […]

Gen Z teens dieting and worrying about weight more than previous generations


Teenagers who dieted and thought they were overweight had greater symptoms of depression than those in previous generations. Credit: dotshock/ Shutterstock The proportion of teenagers who are overweight or obese has risen over the past 30 years. In parallel, there has been an increase in societal focus on weight loss and dieting—namely in the form […]

US-Studie: Rückgang asthmabedingter Fälle in der Notaufnahme während des COVID-19-Lockdowns im Frühjahr


In einer neuen Studie beschreiben US-amerikanische Wissenschaftler einen starken Rückgang der Patientenzahlen in der Asthma-Notaufnahme des Boston Children’s Hospital im Frühjahr 2020 – während des COVID-19-bedingten Lockdowns – im Vergleich zu den Vorjahren. Dr. Tregony Simoneau, Assistenzprofessorin für Pädiatrie am Boston Children’s Hospital analysierte gemeinsam mit seinen Koautoren die Krankenakten von Kindern, Jugendlichen und jungen […]

Exiled in Sudan, Tigray refugees face new struggle for survival


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 15:38 Since fighting erupted between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) earlier this autumn, tens of thousands of civilians have fled across the border into neighbouring Sudan. But once safe from the violence in their homeland, they have to survive their new lives in exile.   By December […]

Sports, Covid and Kids: New Pediatric Guidelines


Even those who were completely asymptomatic should increase activity gradually, and only after being screened, Dr. Briskin said, suggesting five stages of incremental progress toward full activity; the A.A.P. recommends a schedule for graduated return to play that was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine earlier this year. Dr. Aaron Baggish, the director […]

Ivory Coast issues passport to exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 16:06 Ivory Coast has issued passports to former president Laurent Gbagbo, allowing him to return from exile in Belgium before the end of the year following his acquittal on war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Friday. Gbagbo welcomed the move as a conciliatory gesture from […]

A vaccine will be a game-changer for international travel. But it’s not everything


Credit: Shutterstock The United Kingdom yesterday became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use. Following a review by the country’s drug regulator, the UK government announced it will begin rolling out the vaccine next week. Other countries are likely to follow soon, authorizing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and possibly other leading […]

Kleeblatt-Strategie für die strategische Verlegung von Intensivpatienten in der COVID-19-Pandemie


Die Zahlen von COVID-19-Patienten auf deutschen Intensivstationen steigen. Sollte es in ganzen Regionen zu Kapazitätsengpässen kommen und Intensivpatienten umverteilt werden müssen, soll eine für Deutschland erarbeitete „Kleeblatt-Strategie“ helfen. Wichtig für deren Steuerung sind auch die jeweils aktuellen Daten aus dem DIVI-Intensivregister. Prof. Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, Direktor Institut für Rettungs- & Notfallmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, skizzierte die „Kleeblatt“-Strategie […]

Indonesia’s poor COVID-19 responses take a toll on its global image


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Indonesia’s failure to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases nine months after declaring its first cases in March reflects its slow and poor responses to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Its handling of the virus has taken a toll on the country’s global reputation. As of December 1, Indonesia had recorded […]

TU Graz entwickelt Screeningsystem für Lungengeräuschanalyse


Ein an der TU Graz entwickeltes Mehrkanal-Aufnahmegerät für krankhafte Lungengeräusche und die dazugehörige automatische Analyse der Geräusche könnten bestehende Screening-Methoden zur Früherkennung zum Beispiel von COVID-19-Infektionen unterstützen. Hierfür benötigt es nun klinische Daten und eine interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit. Es pfeift, es zischt, es rasselt: Unser Körper gibt laufend Geräusche von sich, die (zum Glück) nicht immer […]

A decade on, Strauss-Kahn to give his version of New York sex-assault case


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 14:25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and presidential hopeful whose career was derailed in 2011 by a sensational New York sex-assault case, has said he will give his version of events “for the first time” in a documentary due to be released a decade after the events. “For the first […]

Yes, Many of Us Are Stress-Eating and Gaining Weight in the Pandemic


“This was such a drastic and abrupt change to everyone’s daily life that we needed to see what was going on,” said Dr. Flanagan. “We wanted to put some data to the anecdotal behaviors we were seeing.” From April through early May, about 7,750 people, most of them from the United States but also from […]

What it takes to create a safe, effective COVID shot


Credit: Art by Levi Brown Shawn stepped into the UCLA Vine Street Clinic in Hollywood with confidence. He offered up his arm. The UCLA doctor injected him. It took seconds; there was barely a sting. Twenty-four hours after the first of two shots, given 28 days apart, he suffered the headaches and fatigue associated with […]

Medizin-Produkte-Verordnung: BVMed fordert bessere Unterstützung für KMUs


Marc Michel, stellvertretender BVMed-Vorstandsvorsitzender. Foto: © BVMed Vor dem Geltungsbeginn der EU-Medizinprodukte-Verordnung (MDR) am 26. Mai 2021 hat der Bundesverband Medizintechnologie, BVMed, eine bessere Unterstützung der kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen der MedTech-Branche angemahnt. Die weitaus meisten – 93 Prozent – der MedTech-Unternehmen sind nach Angaben des BVMed-Geschäftsführers Dr. Marc-Pierre Möll kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMUs). […]

Could a Blood Test Show if a Covid-19 Vaccine Works?


A new study in monkeys suggests that a blood test could predict the effectiveness of a Covid-19 vaccine — and perhaps speed up the clinical trials needed to get a working vaccine to billions of people around the world. The study, published on Friday in Nature, reveals telltale blood markers that predict whether a monkey’s immune […]

Remembering Giscard d’Estaing, fighting to ski despite Covid-19 & decoding ‘The Crown’


After France lost former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to Covid-19 at 94 on Wed., FRANCE 24 took a look back at the “modernist” ex-leader’s life and times. This week, France dropped a controversial measure to curb the filming of police on duty, outlined its vaccine plan and weathered skiers’ dismay at slopes shuttered during the pandemic. […]

German firm’s super-coolers to send vaccines around the world


Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine must be stored at a frigid minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit).   At first sight, they look like regular containers. But the rectangular boxes made by German company Va-Q-Tec will in fact play a key role in keeping life-saving COVID-19 vaccines ultra cool as they are shipped across the world. After […]

Kleine Kopfbewegungen mit großer Wirkung


Medizintechnik-Forscher der Hochschule Offenburg haben ein neues Verfahren zur Aktivierung künstlicher Hände entwickelt. Dabei werden diese durch Tracking mit einer Augmented-Reality-Brille gesteuert. Bislang werden motorisierte Orthesen oder Prothesen der Hand durch elektrodenbasierte Systeme gelenkt, die Signale vom Gehirn oder den Muskeln verwenden. Diese Systeme haben ihre Funktionsfähigkeit zwar erfolgreich unter Beweis gestellt, sind aber sehr […]

How 700 Epidemiologists Are Living Now, and What They Think Is Next


How and when will life go back to normal? “For some, it has gone back to normal, and because of this, it will be two to three years before things are back to normal for the cautious, at least in the U.S.” Cathryn Bock, associate professor, Wayne State University “The new normal will be continued […]

Global virus toll passes 1.5 million as nations plan for vaccine


As the world tires of economically crippling restrictions, attention has turned to the race for a vaccine The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. US President-elect Joe Biden said […]

Prednison lindert Cluster-Kopfschmerz – Biermann Medizin


Die Therapie mit Prednison kann die Zahl der Kopfschmerzattacken bei PatientInnen mit episodischem Clusterkopfschmerz signifikant reduzieren. Das berichtet die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie und verweist auf eine aktuelle Studie in „Lancet Neurology“. Durch die hohe Intensität der Schmerzen können Clusterkopfschmerzen die Lebensqualität der Betroffenen massiv beeinträchtigen. Als Akutmedikamente zur Attackenkupierung haben sich die Inhalation von […]

Warner Bros says its 2021 films will stream while simultaneously playing in theatres


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 11:03 In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new “Matrix” movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation “In the Heights” — will stream on HBO Max at […]

All Santa Wants for Christmas Is to Stay Out of Politics


Ric Erwin is one of thousands of men for whom Santa Claus is both a sacred idea and a seasonal occupation. Earlier this year, he was looking forward to donning his red velvet suit and hat this December, just as he has each winter for the last decade. But the pandemic has thrown a wrench […]

Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel


In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, air travelers line up to go through a a security checkpoint at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Data from roadways and airports shows millions could not resist the urge to gather on Thanksgiving, even during a pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Americans couldn’t resist […]

Corona-Selbsttests von Lehrern und Erziehern – HNO-Verbände warnen


Im Hinblick auf die Möglichkeit von Corona-Selbsttests von Lehrern und Erziehern, warnen der Deutsche Berufsverband der Hals-Nasen-Ohrenärzte e.V. und die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e.V., vor falsch durchgeführten Abstrichen. „Die Sensitivität sämtlicher Corona-Tests hängt ganz entscheidend von der Qualität der Abstrichentnahme ab“, erklären die Präsidenten der Verbände. Unsachgemäß durchgeführte Testungen durch Laienhände […]

New report details links between widespread ocean pollution and human health risks


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ocean pollution is widespread and getting worse, and when toxins in the oceans make landfall they imperil the health and well-being of more than 3 billion people, according to a new report by an international coalition of scientists led by Boston College’s Global Observatory on Pollution on Health and the Centre […]

Corona-Schnelltests an Schulen und Kitas


Um Corona-Infektionen an Schulen und Kitas schneller zu erkennen, sind ab jetzt auch direkt in den Einrichtungen in Eigenregie Schnelltests möglich, ohne Gesundheitspersonal oder Arzt. Doch das klingt einfacher als es ist, und viele Fragen sind noch offen. Lehrer und Erzieher sollen sich nach einer entsprechenden Schulung jetzt auch selbst auf das Coronavirus testen dürfen. […]