How meningitis-causing bacteria may sense fever to avoid immune killing — ScienceDaily


Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a mechanism through which meningitis-causing bacteria can evade our immune system. In laboratory tests, they found that Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae respond to increasing temperatures by producing safeguards that keep them from getting killed. This may prime their defenses against our immune system and increase their […]

Engineering T cells to attack cancer broadly — ScienceDaily


Through T cell engineering, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center show that it’s possible to arrest tumor growth for a variety of cancers and squash the spread of cancer to other tissues. This research will be published in tomorrow’s print edition of Cancer Research. The paper builds on decades of research by study […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Can ANYTHING cure my fear of needles? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions 


I am very scared of needles, is there anything I can do to prevent myself from fainting? Brian Lewis, Cardiff. Rest assured, you are not alone. Trypanophobia, to give a fear of needles its proper name, is very common and I have much experience in counselling patients who are affected by it. Up to ten […]

Bay area patient is first MAN to get blood clot after J&J vaccination


A Bay Area patient of unknown age is the first man to develop a rare, dangerous blood clot after getting the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine.  It comes just two days after U.S. regulators lifted an 11-day pause that was placed on the shot amid fears it might the potentially life-threatening blood clots coupled with […]

Study links hydraulic fracking with increased risk of heart attack hospitalization, death — ScienceDaily


The Marcellus Formation straddles the New York State and Pennsylvania border, a region that shares similar geography and population demographics. However, on one side of the state line unconventional natural gas development — or fracking — is banned, while on the other side it represents a multi-billion dollar industry. New research takes advantage of this […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

Health chiefs will decide TOMORROW whether under-40s will get alternative to AstraZeneca’s Covid jab


Professor Anthony Harnden said officials were discussing making the change Officials may decide whether under-40s should also be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine in a crunch meeting tomorrow. Professor Anthony Harnden, who sits on No10’s jab advisory panel, said dwindling Covid cases had left officials needing to review current recommendations. Britain’s medical chiefs […]

How safe is it to take Roaccutane?


In December 2003, 22-year-old Jon Medland, from Devon, grew irritated by a collection of angry, red pimples decorating his shoulder blades. Topical creams, prescribed by his dermatologist, added to the annoyance, staining his towels and bed sheets. Worse still, they didn’t work. Eventually, Jon decided to opt for a stronger treatment and asked for a prescription […]

DR MARTIN SCURR: Try physio to ease chronic coughing


My wife Patricia has many illnesses including asthma, bladder problems, Crohn’s disease, type 2 diabetes and bronchiectasis. The latter condition causes bouts of chesty coughing, but we have been told there is no cure. I would appreciate any advice. Brian Jones, Torquay, Devon. Bronchiectasis is a chronic, irreversible lung condition, and coping with it must […]

JOHN STAPLETON on the ‘cure’ that killed his wife Lynn Faulds Wood


This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood. Her passing prompted an amazing response — glowing obituaries, 70,000 tweets of condolence, and more than 400 letters and cards This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood.  Her passing prompted an […]

Are you suffering from pain-somnia and waking up in agony? Here’s how to beat it


Crying children, noisy neighbours, a weak bladder — the things that can wake us in the night are numerous. But for some, there is another troubling cause — pain. Painsomnia is a medical condition where people go to bed in relative comfort but as they sleep their pain builds and wakes them up. The number […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Why won’t anyone fix these upsetting marks on my face?


I have suffered from acne since the age of 12 – I am now 78. As I’ve got older, I’ve also developed skin tags on my eyelids, and brown marks.  My GP tried to refer me to a dermatologist, but they wouldn’t see me as my problems are cosmetic. I get really upset at the state […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium


Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling the […]

Research shows to disrupt online extremism freewill is key — ScienceDaily


Douglas Wilbur ’14, a visiting Ph.D. scholar in the Department of Communication at UTSA, has published a study that shows how researchers can craft message campaigns to protect individuals from adopting extremist views. According to his research, when people are explicitly told that they are free to accept or reject propagandistic claims, the likelihood of […]

Study strengthens links between red meat and heart disease — ScienceDaily


An observational study in nearly 20,000 individuals has found that greater intake of red and processed meat is associated with worse heart function. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Previous studies have shown links between greater red meat consumption and increased […]

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treat severe asthma — ScienceDaily


Wheezing, coughing that doesn’t stop, a pale and sweaty face: clinically, severe asthma attacks look very similar from patient to patient. But biologically, not all severe asthma is the same — and a team of scientists has, for the first time, identified the key difference in people, a finding that has important implications for treatment. […]

British doctor reveals how her gut instinct helped link AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine to blood clots


Professor Marie Scully, a haematologist at University College London, stumbled on the link when testing for unusual antibodies A British scientist has revealed how her instinct helped to uncover the link between AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine and a very rare blood clot. Haematologist Professor Marie Scully unknowingly stumbled upon the complication in early March, when a […]

New study links red meat consumption with heart disease


UK scientists have linked the consumption of any form of red meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – with a decline in heart function.  The researchers, who studied nearly 20,000 individuals, found that greater intake of red and processed meat was linked with a decline in three different measures of heart health.   Processed […]

Sunlight linked with lower COVID-19 deaths, study shows — ScienceDaily


Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from Covid-19, an observational study suggests. Increased exposure to the sun’s rays — specifically UVA — could act as a simple public health intervention if further research establishes it causes a reduction in mortality rates, experts say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh compared all recorded deaths from […]

Another way ‘good’ cholesterol is good: Combatting inflammation — ScienceDaily


Testing how well “good” cholesterol particles reduce inflammation may help predict who is at heightened risk to develop cardiovascular disease caused by narrowed arteries, according to research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Assessing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, known as “good cholesterol,” are already a standard part of formulas […]

Using genetics, researchers identify potential drugs for early treatment of COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


A new study using human genetics suggests researchers should prioritize clinical trials of drugs that target two proteins to manage COVID-19 in its early stages. The findings appeared online in the journal Nature Medicine in March 2021. Based on their analyses, the researchers are calling for prioritizing clinical trials of drugs targeting the proteins IFNAR2 […]

Volcanic pollution return linked to jump in respiratory disease cases — ScienceDaily


Respiratory disease increased markedly following one of Iceland’s largest volcanic eruptions, a new study has found. And the findings could have significant implications for actions taken to protect the health of the 800 million people globally living near active volcanoes. Indeed, only last month (March), lava burst through a crack in Iceland’s Mount Fagradalsfjall in […]

China admits its Covid jabs are not very effective in major blow to global health battle


China has admitted its Covid vaccines do not work well – which could explain why Chile is suffering a resurgence despite having one of the best rollouts in the world. In an extremely rare confession, the head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the jabs ‘don’t have very high […]

Covid US: Doctor warns seriously ill patients avoid going to the hospital due to infection fear


Dr Joseph Alpert (pictured), a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, wrote that, last year, one-third of non-COVID patients were being consulted about hospice care compared to the usual one patient A doctor is warning that Americans with serious illnesses are dying due to fear of contracting COVID-19. Dr Joseph […]

Covid: Experimental drug cuts risk of hospitalized patients needing a ventilator by 54%


Experimental drug cuts the risk of hospitalized COVID-19 patients needing a ventilator by 54%, trial data show Lenzilumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets a protein known as granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) GM-CSF is believed to be responsible for cytokine storms occur, which when the body doesn’t just fight off the virus but also attacks […]

New tablet promises to prevent AND treat crippling migraines


One of those involved in the rimegepant trials, Darlene LeBlanc, 63, describes how the drug was the first treatment she’d tried in over 40 years that worked well for her debilitating symptoms For almost three decades, Jennifer Farrington’s life had been dominated by migraines so bad that the GP had to go on sick leave […]

Boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting agency admits UK has ‘an awful lot to learn’ from Covid


Britain was too slow to ramp up its Covid testing capacity and introduce masks, the boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting body has admitted. Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency — which begins work today, conceded that officials have ‘an awful lot to learn’ after a catalogue of failures early on […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce


What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone in […]

Lactation and visceral, pericardial fat — ScienceDaily


As demonstrated by multiple studies over the years, women who breastfeed have a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes when compared to those who don’t or can’t. However, the mechanisms by which these risks are reduced for lactating women are still not fully understood. Duke Appiah, Ph.D., an assistant professor of public health […]

Moderna boss says his firm is on track to make sure Britain gets all 17million doses


Moderna boss says his firm is on track to make sure Britain gets all 17million doses of its Covid vaccine by the end of the year Dan Staner said the company was on track to deliver all doses by the end of 2021 UK has ordered 17million from the company – enough to inoculate 8.5million […]

Will the Covid vaccine protect people who had to shield?


Actress Sheila Hancock, 88, recently revealed that she has been warned that the treatment she receives for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may affect the efficacy of her Covid-19 vaccine More than half of the UK adult population has received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and, for the vast majority, that spells a passport to freedom […]

Are my blocked gut and hair loss linked? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions


My hair has been falling out for well over a year, even though I’ve spoken to a trichologist. Two years ago I became constipated and, after trying various medications, my consultant says there is nothing more he can do. Is my hair loss caused by my poor bowel health? Pauline Tuckley, via email. The two […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Moderna jab to be deployed in a fortnight, minister reveals as experts behind Valneva’s vaccine


The long-awaited Moderna coronavirus vaccine will be dished out in Britain within the next two weeks, No10’s vaccine minister revealed today.  Nadhim Zahawi said the first batch of the jab — approved by regulators in January — is set to arrive in the third week of this month, with ‘more volume’ expected in May.  Ministers […]

Former FDA chief warns of a ‘coming tsunami of death’ from chronic diseases


A ‘tsunami of deaths’ is about to crash over the U.S. in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and already-rising rates of chronic disease among Americans, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official is warning.  Dr Robert Califf, a former FDA commissioner, predicted that the U.S. will see a surge in chronic illnesses like […]

An oral vaccine against coronavirus is being developed an owner of the LA Lakers 


One of the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers is developing an oral coronavirus vaccine that would ease the process of giving shots by ditching the injections.  Lakers co-owner and drug inventor Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong and his team of researchers are testing whether oral pills could work in conjunction with – or even better than […]

Moderna’s Covid vaccine ‘is effective against Kent AND California variants and triggers antibodies’


Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine is effective against the Californian variant spreading in the US, scientists say. And researchers also found the jab sparks Covid-fighting antibodies that stay in the blood for at least six months following a second dose. Evidence already shows the vaccine — deployed in Britain for the first time yesterday — works against the Kent […]

Connecticut man accused of starting Molotov cocktail fires targeting ambulances


The Torrington, Connecticut, man fled the state and was taken into custody Saturday night in Pennsylvania, according to the Facebook post. He is being charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary, authorities said. Roxbury Fire Chief Todd Wheeler told CNN affiliate WFSB they got a call about an automatic alarm at the firehouse around 5:45 […]

Satellite images reveal extent of damage caused by Biden administration’s first military action


What he likely heard was the sound of seven 500-pound bombs slamming into a compound near the border. The compound, according to the Pentagon, was used by two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada. Before-and-after satellite images released by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, show vividly just how much destruction those […]

For Black runners, every stride comes with a fear they can’t outrun


He wears a brightly colored wool hat in the winter, fearing a dark one could get him mistaken for a ski mask-donning attacker. He throws on a reflective vest to make it clear he’s a runner and not a loiterer. When he sees police officers, he waves emphatically so they can remember him as a […]

The tough message Biden just sent Iran (Opinion)


Pentagon officials said two F15s dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (precision weapons with GPS navigation capabilities) on buildings at an unofficial border crossing believed to be used by militias to transfer munitions into Syria from Iraq. The strike sought to cripple the ability of these groups, particularly Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, to […]

Anti-Asian attacks are on the rise in NYC. The city is pushing to combat it.


Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city’s Office for Preventing Hate Crimes and other agencies are meeting with Asian community leaders to discuss the recent incidents. The city has also launched a new webpage — “NYC.Gov/StopAsianHate” — through which people may report bias incidents or hate crimes. The new webpage has fostered a […]

Opinion: Trump has CPAC, but Biden has kryptonite


What should President Biden do? Trump will inevitably launch a few rhetorical grenades at the new administration, so does Biden need to respond? Will saying nothing simply give his defeated predecessor a platform to disseminate falsehoods, disinformation and smears without any sort of retribution? Will this be the beginning of another birther-style campaign, where Trump […]

Jeremy Lin, former NBA star, says he’s been called ‘coronavirus’ on the court


“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” the former New York Knicks star wrote on Facebook. Lin, who currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors, which is the G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, expressed his anguish for the racism and violence targeting Asian […]

Suspect charged with hate crime in stabbing attack against Asian man in New York City


Police say the Asian man was walking on the sidewalk at around 6:20 p.m. when he was approached from behind by an attacker who stabbed him in the torso “with an unknown sharp object” before fleeing. The victim was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition, the NYPD said. The suspect, 23-year-old […]

Massacre in the mountains: How an Ethiopian festival turned into a killing spree


The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps with their hands bound with belts. Among the dead were priests, old men, women, entire families and a group of more than 20 Sunday school children, […]

Syria air strikes: US carries out strikes in targeting Iranian backed militia structures


The strikes mark the military’s first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)


According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. So, […]

Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links


He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course, making and taking calls from a golf cart that doubles as his mobile, and self-driven, office. The multiple trips to the links in the last few weeks have served to accomplish a long-promised goal, says someone who spent time with him recently: Donald Trump claims he […]

Pentagon report reveals details about White supremacists in the ranks


It details an instance of a former National Guardsman who is a member of a dangerous neo-Nazi group bragging about openly discussing extremist views while serving and separately describes service members describing how they recognize fellow White supremacists by their fascist tattoos and T-shirt logos. While the report, commissioned by Congress and dated October 2020, […]

Democrats and GOP at odds over scope of commission to investigate Capitol riots


Republicans are balking at a plan put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to create an outside commission with more Democrats than Republicans, and one whose mandate they say would go beyond just the security failures of the January 6 insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Pelosi’s plan […]

Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob


In fact, Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist and associate of Greene, said on video following the January 6 assault on the Capitol that he had been among those who entered and attacked those who falsely claimed it was done by “Antifa.” “We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. […]

Neera Tanden: Key committee votes postponed in troubling sign for Tanden nomination


Senators want more time to consider the nomination, an official on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who is familiar with the matter tells CNN. A senior aide on the other panel, the Senate Budget Committee, told CNN its hearing also was postponed and that Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

Japan increases protection for US military amid ‘severe security environment’


The number of what Japan calls “asset protection” missions was up from 14 in 2019 amid a “severe security environment,” according to an announcement from Japan’s Ministry of Defense. The Japanese military said the 25 missions involved Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) protecting US Navy ships on four occasions while those ships were gathering information on […]

Opinion: The truly shocking failures on the day rioters stormed the Capitol


There was no shortage of finger-pointing and blame-passing, but one big takeaway was clear: We’ve barely scratched the surface of what happened on one of the most ignominious days in American history. Republicans have tried to cast the January 6 attacks as an unfortunate incident, a moment when emotions ran high, many otherwise decent people […]

Opinion: What Biden and Pelosi can learn from a 1941-1942 presidential commission


In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the attack on the Capitol. Subsequently, congressional Democrats have drafted an initial plan to create a bipartisan commission that would examine the security failures at the Capitol to ensure that something similar never happens again. Under this plan, the commission’s report […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden


Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of state […]

In one morning, the Supreme Court looked to rid itself of the Trump era


It’s as if the justices, in one day, sought to wipe their hands of lingering issues that had been heralded by the former President in a cascade of tweets, legal filings and statements during the last months of his administration. The focus on Monday was not Trump administration policies, but instead disputes deeply personal to […]

Protests in Haiti as political standoff continues


“Those of us fighting, who want another Haiti, a Haiti pearl of the Antilles, say no to the dictatorship,” one protester told Reuters in capital city Port-au-Prince, where Haitian opposition and civil society groups had called the demonstration. Another criticized the United States and international organizations for supporting the President. At the heart of protests […]

Nearly 30,000 Macs reportedly infected with mysterious malware


The malware, which the company calls Silver Sparrow, does not “exhibit the behaviors that we’ve come to expect from the usual adware that so often targets macOS systems,” Tony Lambert, an intelligence analyst at Red Canary wrote. It’s not clear what the malware’s goal is. Silver Sparrow includes a self-destruct mechanism that appears to have […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Popular literature and films about Mars that capture our imagination


The odds against your being you are massive, while the odds for your being you are infinitesimal. It is one of the great wonders of the universe that here you are, alive on Earth, breathing the air. So it is with the stars, the planets — with everything in the universe: The odds are always […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers


Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels he […]

An Asian-American man suffers a severed finger after an unprovoked attack


A man on a bicycle approached Matthew Leung, who is Asian-American, at a bus stop in Rosemead, a suburb of Los Angeles, just after 1 p.m. They exchanged hellos, but about 10 minutes later, the man, unprovoked, attacked Leung, said May Cun, Leung’s colleague at Gates Street Elementary School. Leung shielded his face with his […]

Lawmakers call Biden’s Yemen policy ‘historic shift’ in US foreign relations


In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol […]

US signals it is open to sending more troops to support NATO’s mission in Iraq


“The US is participating in the force generation process for NATO Mission Iraq and will contribute its fair share to this important expanded mission,” Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Jessica L. McNulty told CNN. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke about the mission with his NATO counterparts during a meeting with defense ministers on Thursday. Late Thursday […]

Opinion: Rush Limbaugh was the architect of Donald Trump’s presidency


Limbaugh, who announced last February that he was battling advanced cancer, died Wednesday at age 70. At the center of most discussions of right-wing media’s role in propping up the Trump presidency, Fox News looms largest. But talk radio played just as big a role. And Limbaugh’s show was the most important of all, not […]

Fight over Rush Limbaugh’s true legacy began immediately after his death


Right-wing media outlets and personalities extolled Limbaugh as a trailblazer — but the trail he blazed was exactly why critics derided him. The New York Times podcast host Jane Coaston summed it up this way: “Rush Limbaugh was the first person I ever recognized existed largely as a Rorschach test,” she said on Twitter Wednesday […]

Coping with chronic disease: Q&A with Tessa Miller


Over the next several years, Miller tried dozens of medications, was hospitalized more times than she can remember and required three fecal transplants. She visited gastroenterologists, allergists, oncologists, pain medicine specialists, endocrinologists, gynecologists and neurologists. Her ultimate diagnosis of Crohn’s disease finally explained the “inflammation, ulceration, bleeding, fissures, abscesses, intestinal narrowing and all kinds of […]

North Korea Pfizer hack allegations: South Korean lawmaker and spy agency dispute Covid-19 claims


South Korean lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the National Assembly Intelligence committee were briefed by the country’s spy agency about the alleged attack. Ha’s office confirmed the remarks to CNN on Wednesday. Later that morning, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) put out a statement rebutting Ha’s claims. The […]

Joe Biden brings compassion, centrism and a big-time vaccine promise at CNN town hall


His reassuring words to second grader Layla Salas came during a CNN town hall in Wisconsin on Tuesday night when he also tried to move the nation on from the divisive aftermath of the impeachment trial of the predecessor he referred to as “the former guy.” “For four years, all that’s been in the news […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Italy, US mark grim records as global Covid-19 deaths surpass 1.5 million


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 05:13 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 that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to […]

California announces regional lockdown plan as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals


Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 23:57 The number of U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 100,000 for the first time, as California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he was likely to impose stay-at-home orders on every region of the state except the San Francisco Bay Area later this week. California’s new policy will take effect in any […]

France to investigate dozens of mosques suspected of radicalisation


Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 12:56 French authorities will swoop down Thursday on dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said. Darmanin told RTL radio that if any prayer hall was found to promote extremism it […]

Afghan government, Taliban reach deal to conduct peace talks


Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 18:33 Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence. The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a […]

Ethiopia grants UN access to deliver humanitarian aid to Tigray region


Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 14:15 Ethiopia has granted the United Nations full access to deliver aid to the northern region of Tigray, following weeks of lobbying amid military operations there, according to an agreement seen Wednesday by AFP. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s peace minister, allows for “unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel […]

New immunotherapeutic approach takes aim at cancer’s enzyme shield


Credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Immunotherapies have transformed the landscape of cancer treatment by allowing physicians to alter or augment patients’ immune response to better attack malignant tumors. But some tumors—known as “cold tumors”—fly under the immune system’s radar. Checkpoint inhibitors, which are the basis of many immunotherapies, don’t work well against them. A team […]

Afghan army kills mastermind of Taliban car bomb attack on military base


Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:31 Afghan forces have killed the Taliban mastermind of a suicide car bomb attack that left at least 30 security personnel dead, officials said Monday. Hamza Waziristani was killed in an air strike overnight in the eastern province of Ghazni where the bomber struck an Afghan military base on Sunday. “The […]

UN warns food supply exhausted for nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray


Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 17:23 The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the hour,” U.N. refugee spokesman […]

French interior minister outlines proposals for police reform amid outcry


Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 12:03 Amid a wave of anger and street protests in France over police violence, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin outlined proposals for police reform before a National Assembly committee on Monday evening. President Emmanuel Macron‘s ruling party earlier agreed to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the right to […]

Eating foods that promote inflammation may worsen heart failure


People with heart failure who eat a diet high in foods that cause inflammation are twice as likely to end up in the hospital or die as those who eat foods known to reduce inflammation, new research shows. “If people with heart failure can reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory foods that they eat, it might […]

At least 110 farmers dead in Nigeria after suspected jihadist attack


Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 18:28 At least 110 people were killed in a weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on jihadists, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said on Sunday, making it the deadliest raid on civilians this year. The attack, in a state gripped by a jihadist insurgency for more than […]

Women found to be at higher risk for heart failure and heart attack death than men


Myocardial Infarction or Heart Attack. Credit: Blausen Medical Communications/Wikipedia/CC-A 3.0 Women face a 20% increased risk of developing heart failure or dying within five years after their first severe heart attack compared with men, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Previous research looking at sex differences in […]

Covid-19 puts dampener on Christmas reopening of iconic Paris stores


Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 16:05 After another month of lockdown, the doors are finally open again at Paris’s flagship department stores. The Christmas lights are on and the festive window displays are in place, but, with tourists noticeably absent, there might not be much for the stores to celebrate this Christmas. Non-essential shops were finally allowed […]

Rockets target Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory in Tigray


Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 15:10 Rockets launched from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region targeted the capital of Eritrea several hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared military operations in the region were over, diplomats told AFP on Sunday. It remained impossible to independently verify whether the regional capital Mekele was completely under federal government control, […]

Dozens of Afghan security personnel killed in suicide attack


Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 08:19 A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 26 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks targeting Afghan forces in recent months. The attack occurred on the outskirts of Ghazni, capital of the eastern province of Ghazni, which has seen […]

Ethiopian military has taken ‘full control’ of Tigray capital, chief of staff says


Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 18:01Modified: 28/11/2020 – 18:15 Ethiopian federal forces have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula said in a statement posted on the military’s official Facebook page on Saturday evening. Authorities had said earlier that government forces were in the final stages of an offensive in the region […]

Burkina Faso’s Kaboré wins re-election, according to full preliminary results


Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 14:48Modified: 26/11/2020 – 14:50 Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won re-election in the November 22 poll with 57.87% of the vote, according to full preliminary results announced by the election commission on Thursday. Having won more than 50% of the total ballots cast, Kaboré has secured enough votes to avoid […]

French authorities charge four more students over beheading of Samuel Paty


Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 10:58 Four teenage students have been charged in France over the killing of Samuel Paty, a judicial source said Thursday, including three for allegedly pointing out the teacher to his murderer.  Three other pupils were charged with complicity earlier this month over the beheading last month of Paty, who had shown […]