Genetic risk of heart disease may be due to low Omega 3-linked biomarker — ScienceDaily


People who are genetically more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases may benefit from boosting a biomarker found in fish oils, a new study suggests. In a genetic study in 1,886 Asian Indians published in PLOS ONE today (Wednesday 12 May), scientists have identified the first evidence for the role of adiponectin, an obesity-related biomarker, […]

And are more likely to consider leaving law due to burnout, study finds — ScienceDaily


Work-related factors impact the high rates of stress, risky drinking, and attrition in lawyers differently depending on gender, according to a study published May 12, 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Justin Anker from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Patrick Krill from Krill Strategies LLC, USA. Recent national reports indicate lawyers […]

The absence of a 2020-21 flu season shows how effective simple public health measures are at limiting virus transmission — ScienceDaily


If you did not catch the flu this year — and there is an overwhelming chance that you did not — you have COVID-19 to thank. It’s a small consolation, given the enormously disruptive scope of the pandemic. But it’s the focus of a new paper published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health by […]

Coronavirus: Mixing and matching Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs ‘could worsen side effects’


Mixing and matching Covid vaccines could lead to more side effects, scientists say. British guidance says people should be given two doses of the same jab because of a lack of data on alternating doses. But there are ongoing trials of giving one type for the first dose and a different type for the second, […]

Delaying second Covid vaccine cuts death toll by up to a FIFTH, study finds


The decision to delay second Covid vaccine doses in the UK saved thousands of lives, more research has found. A study published in the British Medical Journal modelled how fatality rates are impacted when second jab appointments are pushed beyond the recommended regimen.  Scientists estimated deaths would be slashed by up to a fifth if […]

Research shows SARS-CoV-2 infection risk at the dentist’s office is low — ScienceDaily


A new study’s findings dispel the misconception that patients and providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office. SARS-CoV-2 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets, and dental procedures are known to produce an abundance of aerosols — leading to fears that flying saliva during a cleaning or a restorative procedure could make […]

Coronavirus: Nine out of 10 over-65s in England now have immune antibodies against Covid


More than nine out of 10 over-65s in England now have signs of Covid immunity for the first time, an official survey has revealed. Random antibody testing shows protection against coronavirus is now more widespread than ever, thanks to the UK’s mammoth vaccination rollout which today extended to people in their late 30s. An Office […]

Coronavirus England: Death rates ‘twice as high in Muslims as in Christians,’ ONS data shows


Muslims died of Covid at more than twice the rate of Christians in England, official data shows.  Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 4,191 Muslims died with the virus up to February 28. The religious group was by far the worst affected in the country, with Muslim men having a death rate […]

CDC set to say vaccinated people can take off masks inside


BREAKING NEWS: CDC expected to say fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks INDOORS – except in crowded places like buses and planes   CDC is expected to update its guidance on mask-wearing on Thursday  The new guidance is expected to allow fully vaccinated people to go maskless indoors in almost all settings  Crowded settings like […]

Fatigue, mood disorders associated with post-COVID-19 syndrome — ScienceDaily


Patients diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as “PCS,” “COVID-19 long-haul syndrome” and “Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS COV-2,” experience symptoms such as mood disorders, fatigue and perceived cognitive impairment that can negatively affect returning to work and resuming normal activities, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study reports on […]

Coronavirus: Scientist claims preservative in AstraZeneca vaccine could explain blood clot link


A preservative in AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may trigger a rare overreaction from the immune system that causes blood clots, a scientist has claimed. Tiny numbers of people given the jab or the one made by Johnson & Johnson have developed a clotting condition that spooked some countries into turning their backs on it. The reasons for this […]

Low-cost biosensor test could extend reliable COVID-19 testing to remote and disadvantaged areas — ScienceDaily


A low-cost, rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by Penn Medicine provides COVID-19 results within four minutes with 90 percent accuracy. A paper published this week in Matter details the fast and inexpensive diagnostic test, called RAPID 1.0 (Real-time Accurate Portable Impedimetric Detection prototype 1.0). Compared to existing methods for COVID-19 detection, RAPID is inexpensive […]

Covid England: Infections DOUBLE in a week in four Indian variant hotspots


Coronavirus infections have doubled in a week in four Indian variant hotspots, official figures show, amid fears lockdown easing measures could be delayed because of the mutant strain. But Public Health England cautioned there was no need to panic yet because infections nationwide were ‘stable’ and hospitalisations have continued to drop. Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE’s […]

Researchers studied park use in Philadelphia and New York during the pandemic — ScienceDaily


Parks played an important role for people seeking respite from the toll of social isolation during the pandemic, and according to new research from Drexel University, they did so without increasing the spread of COVID-19. The study looked at how people used 22 parks in Philadelphia and New York during the height of the pandemic […]

Dr Fauci says he’s ‘not so sure’ US schools should require children to get COVID-19 vaccine


Dr Anthony Fauci say he is not sure if US schools should require children to get the COVID=19 vaccine before they return for in-person learning. The nation’s top infectious disease expert said parents should be encouraged to get their children immunized, especially on the heels of news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

Coronavirus: UK records 2,657 cases and 11 deaths


Britain today announced 2,657 more coronavirus cases and 11 deaths as the country’s outbreak remains flat but creeping upwards.  The case count was on par with last Thursday’s – a 1.7 per cent rise from 2,613 — but the number of positive test results have been rising for over a week, with fears growing about […]

Number of Brits getting ill with Covid has risen by 65% in a week amid spread of Indian variant


Britain’s coronavirus cases have risen by 65 per cent in a week amid the rapid spread of the Indian variant, a symptom-tracking app warned today. The ZOE and King’s College London study estimated 2,800 Britons were being infected with the virus every day last week, up from 1,686 in the previous seven-day spell. But one […]

Nearly three quarters of U.S. children infected with Covid NEVER develop worrisome symptoms


The majority of children infected with COVID-19 do not show typical symptoms of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found nearly 75 percent of children who test positive don’t experience fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Although, only about five percent of kids ended up hospitalized, they were up to five times likely to […]

Fauci FINALLY says fully vaccinated people can ditch masks outside 


Dr Anthony Fauci has finally said that fully vaccinated Americans can ditch their masks outdoors – more than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was safe. ‘If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,’ the top U.S. infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning […]

NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high with 4.95MILLION patients in England needing treatment


Nearly 5million people in England are waiting for hospital treatment — the highest number ever recorded.   Despite the second Covid wave having been almost entirely squashed, the NHS is still struggling to recover from the impact of the virus on normal care. Some 4.95million people were waiting to start routine treatment in March, the most […]

Higher education staff and students value the ideal university student as a hard-working and punctual person, but not necessarily a genius — ScienceDaily


The ‘ideal student’ — valued by both learners and university staff — is a punctual, organized, hard worker and enthusiastic learner — rather than someone with excellent academic results, high intelligence and good employability. That’s the results of a new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Educational Review, which involved a survey of over 1,000 […]

Coronavirus UK: Boris Johnson admits he is ‘anxious’ about Indian variant


Boris Johnson today admitted he was ‘anxious’ about the Indian variant spreading rapidly in the UK and warned the Government would ‘rule nothing out’ in its effort to contain it. The Prime Minister claimed England’s lockdown-easing plans on Monday and June 21 were still on track — despite cases of the B.1.617.2 strain tripling nationally in […]

Study finds 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have neurological issues — ScienceDaily


Patients with clinically diagnosed neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19 are six times more likely to die in the hospital than those without the neurological complications, according to an interim analysis from the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19 (GCS-NeuroCOVID). A paper published today in JAMA Network Open presents early results of the global […]

New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown, study finds — ScienceDaily


Almost half (47.5%) of women with babies aged six months or younger met the threshold for postnatal depression during the first COVID-19 lockdown, more than double average rates for Europe before the pandemic (23%), finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Women described feelings of isolation, exhaustion, worry, inadequacy, guilt, and increased stress. Many […]

New research outlines a critical driver in an immune cell’s defense against melanoma — ScienceDaily


Today in Nature Communications, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah report critical new insights into how cells mount an attack against melanoma tumors. Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer that can arise from excess exposure to sun, frequent sunburns, genetics, and other environmental factors. Melanoma, like all cancers, begins […]

‘Safe System’ approach could dramatically reduce road deaths while improving equity — ScienceDaily


A new approach to road safety that relies on design and engineering principles — the “Safe System” approach — could lead to dramatic reductions in vehicle-related deaths and injuries if implemented in the U.S., according to a report from a consortium of experts convened by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and […]

Meditative practice and spiritual wellbeing may preserve cognitive function in aging — ScienceDaily


It is projected that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050. To date there are no drugs that have a substantial positive impact on either the prevention or reversal of cognitive decline. A growing body of evidence finds that targeting lifestyle and vascular risk factors have a […]

Gene therapy restores immune function in children with rare immunodeficiency — ScienceDaily


An investigational gene therapy can safely restore the immune systems of infants and children who have a rare, life-threatening inherited immunodeficiency disorder, according to research supported in part by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found that 48 of 50 children who received the gene therapy retained their replenished immune system function two to […]

Research offers much-needed guidance for early detection in nursing homes, dorms, barracks — ScienceDaily


Wastewater testing is an effective way to identify new cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes and other congregate living settings, and it may be particularly useful for preventing outbreaks in college dormitories, a new University of Virginia study finds. The research, a collaboration of UVA’s School of Medicine and School of Engineering, was led by […]

Online therapy effective against OCD symptoms in the young — ScienceDaily


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents is associated with impaired education and worse general health later in life. Access to specialist treatment is often limited. According to a study from Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Region Stockholm, internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be as effective as conventional CBT. […]

AI analytics predict COVID-19 patients’ daily trajectory in UK intensive care units — ScienceDaily


Researchers used AI to identify which daily changing clinical parameters best predict intervention responses in critically ill COVID-19 patients. The investigators used machine learning to predict which patients might get worse and not respond positively to being turned onto their front in intensive care units (ICUs) — a technique known as proning that is commonly […]

Which antibodies best neutralize the coronavirus in COVID-19 patients? Scientists perform the first detailed analysis of different antibodies produced by COVID patients to various parts of SARS-CoV-2 — ScienceDaily


The COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed over 2 million deaths worldwide, and this number is only increasing. In response, health agencies have rolled out tests to diagnose and understand the disease. Besides the now widely known PCR test, there is interest in serological (blood) tests that detect “antibodies” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. […]

New study explores children’s perception of their own wellbeing using art — ScienceDaily


Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with “happy places,” according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research. Researchers Dr Nicola Walshe and Dr Zoe Moula from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) asked 91 children aged seven and eight from two primary schools in areas of […]

Many people could reduce their ‘feeding window’ by three hours — ScienceDaily


A new study from the University of Surrey has revealed ‘real world’ factors that influence people’s interest in adopting a dietary pattern called time-restricted feeding. According to NHS England, 67 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women in the UK are overweight or obese — with more than 11,000 yearly hospital admissions […]

Using contrast MRI after a heart attack could increase survival — ScienceDaily


According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all deaths in the UK, which equates to more than 160,000 deaths each year — or one death every three minutes. The research, published in the top science journal Advanced Science, found that injection of the […]

Low levels of a simple sugar — A new biomarker for severe MS? — ScienceDaily


Multiple sclerosis, or MS for short, manifests itself slightly differently in each person — which is why some call it “the disease of a thousand faces.” Arguably the worst manifestation of MS is its chronic progressive form. Unlike the more common relapsing-remitting variant (RRMS), in which sufferers are often symptom-free for months or even years, […]

Certain gut microbiota profile can predict mortality — ScienceDaily


The study conducted by the University of Turku and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare together with an international research team is so far the largest population-level study in the world examining the connection between human gut microbiota and health and mortality in the following decades. The composition of the research subjects’ gut microbiota […]

new research offers hope for Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily


Since the discovery of Alzheimer’s disease over a century ago, two hallmarks of the devastating illness have taken center stage. The first, known as amyloid plaques, are dense accumulations of misfolded amyloid protein, occurring in the spaces between nerve cells. Most efforts to halt the advance of Alzheimer’s disease have targeted amyloid protein plaques. To […]

People living with HIV more likely to get sick with, die from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


Over the past year, studies have revealed that certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19. New research shows that individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) — an estimated 38 million worldwide, according to the World […]

Organic meat less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria — ScienceDaily


Meat that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is less likely to be contaminated with bacteria that can sicken people, including dangerous, multidrug-resistant organisms, compared to conventionally produced meat, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings highlight the risk for consumers to […]

How good is your sense of smell? For older adults, having a poor sense of smell may indicate a higher risk of pneumonia — ScienceDaily


An acute loss of smell is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, but for two decades it has been linked to other maladies among them Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Now, a poor sense of smell may signify a higher risk of pneumonia in older adults, says a team of Michigan State University researchers. […]

Covid shots prevent more than 99% of hospitalizations, study suggests


Covid vaccines are virtually 100 percent effective at protecting people from getting sick enough from the virus to need to be hospitalized, new, real-world data reveal.   A medical research center in Cleveland, Ohio studied coronavirus vaccine effectiveness among its staff and found resounding success. Of about 2,000 caregivers in the study who tested positive for […]

New findings linking brain immune system to psychosis — ScienceDaily


New research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests a link between psychosis and a genetic change that affects the brain’s immune system. The study published in Molecular Psychiatry may impact the development of modern medicines for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Psychosis affects approximately 2-3 per cent of the population and is characterized by a change […]

New ‘hypersensitive’ rapid test can tell whether patients have Covid or flu


A new test developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz looks for both the coronavirus and the flu, with an accuracy level comparable to gold-standard COVID tests. The test uses a fluorescent probe to search for antigens – proteins on the surface of a virus molecule – which may belong to either disease. Since COVID […]

No difference between those who did and didn’t take these drugs for 1-2 years — ScienceDaily


Long term use of prescription meds for insomnia doesn’t seem to improve disturbed sleep in middle-aged women, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. There was no difference in sleep quality or duration between those who did and didn’t take these meds for 1 to 2 years, the findings show. Disturbed sleep — […]

Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows 


Dieters’ weight-loss wonder-drug: Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows Experts say semaglutide could play major role in combating the obesity crisis Patients given the weekly jab lost a tenth of their body weight in just 20 weeks  Participants also ate 35% fewer calories when offered an unlimited […]

Gold leaf could help diagnose viral infections in low-resource settings — ScienceDaily


Gold leaf — gold metal hammered into thin sheets — is used by artists and crafters to gild picture frames, artwork and clothing. Despite its luxurious appearance, the material is affordable and available at most craft stores. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have developed gold leaf electrodes that, in combination with a CRISPR-based […]

Residential coal use in China results in many premature deaths, models indicate — ScienceDaily


Coal combustion by power plants and industry pollutes the air, causing many governments to implement mitigation actions and encourage cleaner forms of energy. Now, a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology indicates that in China, indoor air pollution from residential coal burning causes a disproportionate number of premature deaths from exposure to tiny, […]

US could see lowest Covid death rate since pandemic’s early days by JUNE


The U.S. is on track to hit the lowest Covid death rate since the pandemic took hold in America in March 2020.  New COVID-19 deaths may fall as low as 1,500 in a week by early June, according to new predictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That would be the fewest […]

White House adviser says any American undecided about getting vaccinated should ‘look at India’ 


Any American who is undecided about receiving the coronavirus vaccine should ‘look at India,’ a Biden administration official said on Wednesday. Andy Slavitt, the White House senior advisor for COVID-19 response, said the general public should compare the downward trends in the U.S. to the spikes seen in the Asian country. While India recorded its highest […]

CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer’s Covid vaccine be used in teens ages 12 to 15


BREAKING NEWS: CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds CDC’s advisory committee recommended on Wednesday that Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to children ages 12 to 15 With the recommendation, most states will likely begin giving out the shot to younger teenagers on Thursday It comes two days after the FDA […]

Study reveals structure of key receptors involved in memory and learning — ScienceDaily


Scientists have for the first time revealed the structure surrounding important receptors in the brain’s hippocampus, the seat of memory and learning. The study, carried out at Oregon Health & Science University, published today in the journal Nature. The new study focuses on the organization and function of glutamate receptors, a type of neurotransmitter receptor […]

Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills of stressed college students — ScienceDaily


For college students under pressure, a dog may be the best stress fighter around. Programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students’ thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management information, according to new Washington State University research. The study was published today in the journal AERA Open, a […]

Researchers find reassuring evidence that pregnancy does not increase patient’s risk of dying when hospitalized with pneumonia — ScienceDaily


Pregnant women who develop severe COVID-19 infections that require hospitalization for pneumonia and other complications may not be more likely to die from these infections than non-pregnant women. In fact, they may have significantly lower death rates than their non-pregnant counterparts. That is the finding of a new study published today in the Annals of […]

Study adds to growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy — ScienceDaily


A new Northwestern Medicine study of placentas from patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy found no evidence of injury, adding to the growing literature that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy. “The placenta is like the black box in an airplane. If something goes wrong with a pregnancy, we usually see changes in […]

Covid Sweden: Entering lockdown earlier would have curbed first wave deaths by 40%, study says


Sweden could have saved thousands of lives if it imposed a lockdown last spring instead of opting against restrictions, researchers say. The Scandinavian nation defied calls to take the draconian action in the first wave, prompting fierce criticism of its ‘herd immunity’ approach.  Around 6,000 Swedes died during the first six months of the pandemic, […]

Coronavirus UK: Britain may pull out of deal for a million doses of AstraZeneca’s antibody drug


The UK may pull out of plans to buy a million doses of AstraZeneca‘s experimental Covid antibody drug, it was claimed today. Ministers announced an order for the doses from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant in November and said the final deal would depend on clinical trial results. But Britain is now considering a U-turn, two sources […]

Nearly 70% of US adults now say they will get Covid shots


US may reach herd immunity after all, survey suggests: Nearly 70% of adults say they WILL get vaccinated against Covid or already have as the share who will refuse the shot falls to 17% Among American adults, 69% have either had at least one dose or plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the latest Economist/YouGov […]

West Virginia man who died at 95 becomes oldest organ donor ever in the US


Cecil Lockhart of Welch, West Virginia, 95 (pictured), became the oldest organ donor ever in the U.S. after he passed away on May 4 and his liver was transplanted into a woman in her 60s A 95-year-old man has made history as the oldest organ donor ever in the U.S. Cecil Lockhart of Welch, West […]

Coronavirus: Covid can cause erectile dysfunction months later, study claims


Coronavirus can cause erectile dysfunction months after a man has recovered from the illness, according to a study.   Miami University scientists scanned the penis tissue of two recovered Covid patients aged 65 and 71 who were struggling to get erections. And, in what they claimed was a world-first, they found the virus was still lingering […]

Covid England: Vaccine drive will open up to under-40s TOMORROW


The coronavirus vaccine programme in England will open up to people under the age of 40 for the first time tomorrow. NHS England said around a million adults aged 38 and 39 will be invited to come forward for their jab from Thursday morning. They will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on […]

Coronavirus UK: Could spread of Indian variant jeapordise plans to ease lockdown?


India‘s Covid variant is now dominant in four local authorities in England and its rapid spread could jeopardise plans to ease lockdown, experts fear. Analysis by one of the UK’s biggest variant trackers warns the strain is focused in hotspots Bolton and neighbour Blackburn with Darwen, where outbreaks have grown by 93 and 86 per […]

Coronavirus UK: SAGE advisers downgrade warnings on third wave Covid death toll


The UK today confirmed another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 infections, as SAGE advisers U-turned on their grisly third wave estimates and slashed predictions for next year’s death toll by a factor of 10. Positive tests were up a quarter on last Tuesday (27 per cent) and the daily average has now been rising for […]

Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children after US allows Pfizer’s jab for youngsters


Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children within weeks following US health chiefs’ decision to green light the move, UK scientists said today. America’s regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), last night approved plans for the Pfizer jab to be given to children aged 12 and above.   No10 has reportedly already drawn up plans […]

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson could lay out terms of UK’s public Covid inquiry today


Boris Johnson could lay out plans for a judge-led public inquiry into the UK’s coronavirus response in a speech today. The Government’s handling of the pandemic will be scrutinised in a ‘full, proper public inquiry’ that will drill into what was done and when, and what went wrong. The PM reportedly had a meeting of […]

UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries


UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries and still hit its target of offering a jab to every adult AHEAD of schedule, UNICEF claims The UK has already ordered 517million doses of different coronavirus vaccines But it only needs 160million to vaccinate all adults and give them booster jabs Analysis […]

Minister hints tiered lockdowns are still on the cards amid rise of Covid hotspots in the North


A Government minister today refused to rule out tiered lockdowns returning when England’s national measures are planned to end next month.  Environment Secretary George Eustice revealed No10 was ‘closely monitoring’ several localised coronavirus outbreaks that have cropped up in recent weeks. Analysis shows that while national infections have continued to plunge, there are 12 boroughs where […]

It happens during and after birth — ScienceDaily


It is well known that each person’s gut bacteria is vital for digestion and overall health, but when does that gut microbiome start? New research led by scientists from McMaster University and Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany has found it happens during and after birth, and not before. McMaster researchers Deborah Sloboda and Katherine […]

In ‘minibrains,’ hindering key enzyme by different amounts has opposite growth effects — ScienceDaily


Like many around the world, the lab of Professor Mriganka Sur in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT has embraced the young technology of cerebral organoids, or “minibrains,” for studying human brain development in health and disease. By making a surprising finding about a common practice in the process of growing the […]

Patients may not take advice from AI doctors who know their names — ScienceDaily


As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health applications grows, health providers are looking for ways to improve patients’ experience with their machine doctors. Researchers from Penn State and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) found that people may be less likely to take health advice from an AI doctor when the robot knows […]

Lighting up biology from within — ScienceDaily


A biochemical reaction between an enzyme called luciferase and oxygen causes fireflies to glow and is considered one of the most well-known examples of bioluminescence in nature. Now, an international team of researchers led by Elena Goun at the University of Missouri is working to harness the power of bioluminescence in a low-cost, noninvasive portable […]

How to predict severe influenza in hospitalized patients — ScienceDaily


Published today in Nature Communications, the team from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), Alfred Health and Monash University sought to understand which patients would recover quickly from influenza and which would become severely ill. The four-year project took samples from patients hospitalised with influenza at up to five time points […]

Team ‘reads minds’ to understand human tool use — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an astonishing discovery about how our brains control our hands. They used MRI data to study which parts of the brain are used when we handle tools, such as a knives. They read out the signal from certain brain regions and tried to distinguish when participants […]

How fasting diets could harm future generations — ScienceDaily


Fasting diets could impact the health of future generations according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Fasting diets have risen in popularity in recent years, however little is known about the long-term impact of these diets, particularly for future generations. New research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal […]

Sleeping pills DON’T work as a long-term cure for insomnia, study reveals


Sleeping pills fail to work as a long-term cure for insomnia, a study reveals. Clinical trials have previously indicated the drugs may aid sleep difficulties for up to six months. But researchers say doctors and patients should reconsider their extended use after finding they make no difference after one or two years. They assessed data […]

Proof-of-principle research shows that genes can be accurately edited in cells throughout the body — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of California San Diego have laid the groundwork for a potential new type of gene therapy using novel CRISPR-based techniques. Working in fruit flies and human cells, research led by UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholar Zhiqian Li in Division of Biological Sciences Professor Ethan Bier’s laboratory demonstrates that new DNA repair […]

A new approach for treating obesity — ScienceDaily


A receptor that helps conserve energy when food is scarce may be the key to a safer approach to treating diet-induced obesity, research led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has revealed. In a study using experimental models and fat tissue biopsies from obese individuals, the team revealed that blocking a specific receptor of […]

How one of the oldest natural insecticides keeps mosquitoes away — ScienceDaily


With mosquito season upon us, people are stocking up on repellents to prevent itchy bites. Bug repellents are important because they don’t just protect against the buzzing, blood-sucking little pests — they also safeguard against the diseases they carry, which kill some 700,000 people worldwide each year. Surprisingly, despite widespread use, no one understood exactly […]

CDC chief is worried four variants of global concern could set the US back on road to recovery 


The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that coronavirus variants could set the U.S. back on the road to recovery. Testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on national efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Rochelle Walensky said she was happy to see case […]

Average daily US Covid cases fall to fewer than 40,000 for the first time since September 15


Average daily US Covid cases fall to fewer than 40,000 for the first time since September 15 as average daily deaths fall to a low since July 6 Average new daily Covid cases fell to 38,826 on Monday, the lowest the figure has been since September  Deaths have fallen to an historic low average of […]

Experts warn CDC estimate that less than 10%’ of COVID-19 cases occur outdoors is exaggeration


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) estimate of the risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors is misleading, public health experts warn. When the federal health agency released new guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people last month, director Dr Rochelle Walensky stated that ‘less than 10 percent’ of coronavirus spread was occurring outside.    Epidemiologists […]

One THIRD of children who suffer a concussion go on to develop anxiety, depression or other issues


As athletes of all sports speak out about their brain injury fears, we run through the need-to-know facts about risks, symptoms, tests and research. 1. Concussion is a red herring: Big hits are not the problem, ALL head hits cause damage All sports insist they are doing more to prevent concussions in athletes to protect […]

CIA plan to flush out Bin Laden through fake vaccine drive has driven jab hesitancy in Pakistan


An ambitious CIA plot to snare Osama Bin Laden by harvesting his children’s DNA through a fake inoculation drive has fuelled vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan, experts have claimed.     A Warwick University study has claimed the 2011 operation led to a decline in overall vaccine rates by up to 40 per cent the following year.  The ruse […]

CDC has stopped counting every ‘breakthrough’ Covid infection in fully vaccinated people


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stopped counting every infection among people fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine who later tested positive for the virus.  So-called ‘breakthrough cases’ occur when people contract coronavirus at least 14 days after receiving their final dose of the vaccine. As of April 26, 9,245 Americans out of more than […]

Every region of England saw ZERO Covid deaths at least once during the final week of April


Every region in England saw zero Covid deaths at least once in the final week of April, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed virus fatalities have halved in a month. Covid was mentioned on 205 death certificates across England and Wales over the seven-day spell ending April 30. For comparison, the […]

Covid: UK could be ‘back to normal by the end of the year’ if vaccines continue to work, says SAGE


Britain could be back to normal by the end of the year if vaccines continue to work and no variants emerge that can bypass immunity, one of the Government’s top scientific advisers said today. Professor Graham Medley, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and chairman of the SAGE subgroup SPI-M, said the country […]

Ban on online junk food ads WILL go ahead


What might be covered by online ad ban?  The proposed ban on junk food adverts online will target food and drink products are high in fat, sugar and salt. How a product is classified as HFSS has not been finalised yet. Experts suggest the ‘traffic light’ system on food packaging could be used. The Government […]

Research could open the doors for a Trojan horse in cancer therapy — ScienceDaily


New research led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) points to a promising strategy to boost tumors’ intake of cancer drugs, thereby increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments. The group’s findings are published in Nature Nanotechnology. Getting enough anticancer drugs into a tumor is often difficult, and a potential strategy to overcome this […]

Researchers have determined the virus’ protein-coding gene set and analyzed new mutations’ likelihood of helping the virus adapt — ScienceDaily


In early 2020, a few months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, scientists were able to sequence the full genome of the virus that causes the infection, SARS-CoV-2. While many of its genes were already known at that point, the full complement of protein-coding genes was unresolved. Now, after performing an extensive comparative genomics study, MIT […]

Controlling cholesterol in microglia alleviates chronic pain, opioid-free — ScienceDaily


Chemotherapy can induce a painful peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a chronic condition and common adverse effect for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues elsewhere, have used a mouse model to demonstrate the pivotal role of cholesterol in CIPN, and proposed a novel therapeutic approach to reverse […]

First successful implementation of new antibacterial technology — ScienceDaily


Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds — a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new material offers great hope for combating a growing global problem. The World Health Organization describes antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the […]

Could ECSTASY cure PTSD? Patients given party drug before counselling respond better to treatment


Giving ecstasy to people with post-traumatic stress disorder before counselling can relieve them of their symptoms within weeks, a study has suggested. Two-thirds of patients prescribed the illegal party drug alongside therapy no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis two months after treatment finished.  For comparison, 32 per cent who were given a placebo and […]

Postnatal depression was TWICE as common among mothers caring for new babies during lockdown


Mothers who were caring for a new baby during lockdown were twice as likely to be struck by post-natal depression, according to a study.  University College London experts surveyed 162 London-based women with infants younger than six months old between May and June last year. Almost half (47 per cent) said they were suffering from […]

Shenjat që COVID-19 lë në lëkurë


Studimet e fundit lidhur me atë se si ndikon koronavirusi në lëkurë kanë dalë me disa përfundime jo të pritshme. Përvec në sistemin e organeve të frymëmarrjes dhe ndonjë pjese tjetër të organizmit, koronavirusi po mendohet se ndikon edhe në ndryshimet e lëkurës te disa persona. Shenjat që vërehen në trup janë kosheret (shenja në […]

UK is in a ‘very good position’ against Covid variants


Britain is in a ‘very good position’ against coronavirus variants, researchers insisted today as Pfizer claimed there is no proof its current jab needs to be updated to fight mutant strains. Public Health England data shows variant cases have remained low in recent weeks, despite a spike in infections triggered by the Indian B.1.617.2 strain.  But […]

Data from UK’s roll-out shows first dose of AstraZeneca’s jab cuts risk of dying from virus by 80%


Britain’s vaccination drive was given another boost today as yet more real-world data revealed the jabs are saving thousands of lives. Public Health England analysis suggested one dose of AstraZeneca‘s vaccine cuts the risk of death by around 80 per cent. Two doses of Pfizer‘s jab slashes the odds by around 97 per cent, academics […]

Intoxication brings strangers physically closer, study finds


Social distancing would be almost impossible when pubs fully reopen, a new study suggests. According to researchers in the US, strangers who consume alcohol together may keep their distance initially, but draw physically closer as they become intoxicated. The experts, at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, compared the effects of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on distancing […]

The Harley Street doctors charging for cannabis treatments 


The smart entrance to the Sapphire Medical Clinic looks much like any other private practice on Harley Street in London. But there is something very different about this one. It’s not the staff — the doctors here are all leading experts with roles as NHS consultants. It’s what they are prescribing that marks them apart. […]

Diabetes cases DOUBLE in 15 years as five million Britons have condition, figures reveal


The number of diabetics has doubled to five million in just 15 years, shock figures revealed yesterday. Almost 4.1million Britons have been diagnosed with the condition, compared with just over two million back in 2004/05. A further 850,000 are thought to have the Type 2 form of the illness without knowing, according to Diabetes UK. […]

Asthma attacks plummeted among Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily


Asthma attacks account for almost 50 percent of the cost of asthma care which totals $80 billion each year in the United States. Asthma is more severe in Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients, with double the rates of attacks and hospitalizations as the general population. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the United States, a series […]