A new study exposes how SARS-CoV-2 tampers with the cell’s hardware to outsmart the immune system — ScienceDaily

Severe symptoms of COVID-19, leading often to death, are thought to result from the patient’s own acute immune response rather than from damage inflicted directly by the virus. Immense research efforts are therefore invested in figuring out how the virus manages to mount an effective invasion while throwing the immune system off course. A new […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scientists working on anti-Covid nasal spray

It’s an attractive prospect: a single pill, popped immediately after you test positive for Covid, to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent serious disease. The idea was floated by the Prime Minister recently at a Downing Street press conference, generating much excitement. There’s just one problem: no such pill exists. Prime Minister Boris […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing

Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Almost 60% of Britain would now be on the original ‘green list’

Almost 60 per cent of Britain would now be on the original ‘green list’ permitting travellers to return from abroad without facing burdensome self-isolation requirements, official Covid figures revealed today. Department of Health statistics showed 218 of 380 councils had a coronavirus infection rate below 20 cases per 100,000 in the week to April 27, […]

Seychelles reintroduced Covid-19 measures despite being the most vaccinated nation in the world

Seychelles, the world’s most Covid-vaccinated nation with more than 60 per cent of its adult population having received two jabs, has reintroduced restrictions because of a spike in cases. All schools have been closed and sporting activities cancelled for two weeks in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago, as infections continue to surge. Measures also include a […]

Many people with high blood pressure are taking another medication that could raise it — ScienceDaily

Nearly 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, also take a medicine that could be elevating their blood pressure, according to new research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th Annual Scientific Session. The results underscore the need for patients to routinely review all […]

Coronavirus: More real-world data proves Pfizer Covid jab is 77-98% effective

Vaccinations rather than lockdowns are the ‘key driver’ for reducing Covid infections, a major study has found. Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were shown to give people more than 95 per cent protection against infection, severe illness, and death. The first assessment of a national vaccination programme found cases fell most drastically when people […]

Fully vaccinated healthcare workers were up to 18 TIMES less likely to be infected, two studies find

Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus reduces the risk of getting sick from COVID-19 by five- to 18-fold for fully immunized people, two new studies show.  In one report, just 0.4 percent of healthcare workers in Israel who received both shots of the COVID-19 immunization later tested positive compared to 7.2 percent of unvaccinated employees. This means healthcare workers who […]

Prices to would-be Green List destinations soar

Airlines gave their biggest hint yet that Portugal and Malta could be among the countries where British tourists can visit in less than a fortnight’s time without quarantining as they began adding flights to both destinations. British Airways today added another departure to Faro for holidaymakers hoping to visit the Algarve on May 17 with […]

Finally, the proof Covid vaccines ARE safe when you’re pregnant

The message from health chiefs is clear: Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women. While a question mark hung over this vital detail earlier on in jab trials, today there is clear data to show there is no risk to mothers-to-be or their unborn children. It is a major step forwards in the battle against […]

A deeper understanding of how cells move and stick together — ScienceDaily

Observing how cells stick to surfaces and their motility is vitally important in the study of tissue maintenance, wound healing and even understanding how cancers progress. A new paper published in EPJ Plus, by Raj Kumar Sadhu, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, takes a step towards a deeper understanding of these processes. “Cell adhesion […]

100 MILLION Americans are fully vaccinated

At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing fight to end the pandemic, White House officials announced Friday.  Daily average COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to a low of 628 for this year on Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are going […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article

Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took a […]

Understanding molecular interactions might be a target of precision medicine — ScienceDaily

Scientific studies rarely focus on long non-coding RNA molecules (lncRNAs), even though they potentially regulate several diseases. The role of several lncRNAs in anti-viral inflammatory response regulation has recently been reported. Considering their significant regulatory function in immune response, researchers from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University sought to identify lncRNAs co-expressed with […]

Israel investigates Pfizer vaccine recipients who reported inflammation of the heart after 62 cases

Israel is investigating a small number of cases of heart inflammation among people who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer coronavirus jab.  Health officials said 62 out of 5million people given the American-made vaccine developed myocarditis, the medical name for swelling in the heart.  Pfizer said it has not seen a higher rate of the condition […]

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 […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?

India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

Fully vaccinated seniors are 94% less at-risk of being hospitalized for Covid

COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are 94 percent effective at preventing people 65 and older from winding up hospitalized for the infection, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DC) report finds.  That puts the the efficacy rate about as high as what was found in clinical trials, and helps to assuage […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine

Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for tourists […]

Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18

Coronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner.  Public Health England’s weekly Covid surveillance report found rates of the virus were down in all age groups for the third week in […]

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time since October and the number of people falling ill with the virus is at its lowest level on record, according to statistics which strengthen the argument for a quicker easing of lockdown. Office for National Statistics figures published […]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated

Just 32 people in the UK were hospitalised with Covid after receiving a vaccination for the virus, according to ‘extraordinary’ real-world data.  Figures due to be handed to Government advisers today show inoculated people made up a tiny fraction of the thousands of people admitted with the virus in recent months. The research by the UK […]

Six people with autoimmune conditions developed shingles after getting their Pfizer shots

Is shingles a new Covid vaccine side effect? Six people with autoimmune conditions in Israel developed the painful red rash after getting their Pfizer shots A new study looked at patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases, which cause the immune system to attack parts of a person’s body About 1.2% of this group developed shingles, a skin […]

Study based on data from 300,000 tests for COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

A new study at Tel Aviv University found that the British variant (termed: B.1.1.7) of Covid-19 is 45% more contagious than the original virus. The researchers relied on data from about 300,000 PCR tests for Covid-19 obtained from the COVID-19 testing lab, which was established in collaboration with the Electra Group. The new study was […]

Covid PILLS could be available in UK ‘by autumn’ says Boris Johnson

People in the UK could be offered pills to treat Covid at home from autumn this year thanks to a new antivirals taskforce being set up by No10. Boris Johnson today said he will assemble a team of scientists to find ways for people to recover from the virus without going into hospital because the […]

Gender-affirming hormone therapy may increase risk of high blood pressure — ScienceDaily

Gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) was associated with blood pressure changes in both transgender men and women, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. Given the higher burden of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions among transgender men and women, blood pressure screening and monitoring are important, especially after […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7

England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was likely […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34

Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients needing […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Should doctors now prescribe dummy pills to ease pain?

How would you feel if you went to see your GP with severe pain caused by a bad back or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you were told they had just the thing to help — a placebo; a pill containing nothing but rice flour or sugar. That possibility has come closer, thanks to a […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England

More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least one […]

England’s Covid outbreak is STILL shrinking, official statistics reveal

Britain today recorded 12 per cent fewer coronavirus cases than last week and 43 per cent less deaths, as one of the country’s top scientists said the UK was on the cusp of achieving herd immunity.  The Department of Health’s usual daily count showed there were 2,672 Covid diagnoses in the past 24 hours and […]

Vaccines not lockdown to blame for rapid drop in cases, top scientist says

Vaccines are behind Britain’s sharp drop in coronavirus cases since January, top experts claimed today — despite Boris Johnson insisting lockdown was the reason for the fall.   Professor Tim Spector, a King’s College London epidemiologist who runs the UK’s largest Covid symptom tracking study, said the epidemic had ‘mainly’ been squashed by the ‘exemplar vaccine programme’. […]

Australia won’t open its borders even AFTER everyone is vaccinated against Covid

Australia’s pursuit of a ‘Zero Covid’ strategy could see its borders remain shut even after the entire population is vaccinated, the country’s health minister has revealed. Greg Hunt said he was not confident the jabs alone were good enough to keep the virus out, which meant there could be ‘no guarantees’ that Australia will reopen […]

Covid US: At least three fully-vaccinated Hawaiians caught infection

At least three Hawaii residents have been infected with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.  Vaccine trials showed that the three vaccines approved in the US prevent between 66 and 95 percent of symptomatic infections, but we still do not know how well the vaccines prevent people from catching or spreading coronavirus.  So it’s little […]

How Chile’s new Covid spike proves England’s cautious roadmap is the right route out of this crisis

Things are going according to plan. Despite a few wobbles about vanishingly small blood-clot risks, our vaccine rollout charges forward. And tomorrow we will enter the next phase of our roadmap to freedom. But at the Downing Street press conference last Monday, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was circumspect. Moving ‘steadily’ was key, he […]

Covid UK: Children may only be vaccinated if schools under threat of closure again, says adviser

Professor Adam Finn, from Bristol University, said the decision hinged on whether children would be benefitted by the vaccine British children may only be asked to get Covid vaccines if the spread of the virus threatens to shut schools once again, a Government vaccine adviser said today.  Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the advisory […]

Covid US: 15m doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine ruined by ingredient mix-up by its contractor

The Biden administration knew more than a week ago that 15million doses of Johnson & Johnson had been ruined by its contractor – potentially causing significant delays in the vaccine rollout, senior administration officials said.   Two senior officials on the government’s Covid-19 response team told Politico that it was clear there were serious problems at the […]

More than 100 MILLION Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. has now vaccinated more than 100 million people with at least one dose of COVID-19 shots, a historic milestone in effort to end the pandemic.  Almost a third of American adults now have or will soon have some degree of protection against COVID-19.  About 17.5 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated against […]

US is seeing 4% more Covid cases a day compared to last week

After weeks of encouraging declines, coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the rise again, with the average number of daily infections rising to nearly 57,000 on Wednesday – four percent higher than they were a week earlier, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Help! Sex is painful at 72 but I can’t take HRT pills to cure it

I am 72, very fit and active, and recently met someone I’d like to have a relationship with – but I’m finding sex painful. My GP says HRT is the only thing that will help, but I can’t take it as I have a family history of breast cancer. What can I do? Pain during […]

Should toddlers be vaccinated against Covid-19?

In just over a week, millions of Britons will be dining at restaurants, returning to exercise classes and, at long last, getting a haircut. This easing of lockdown rules is a remarkable feat, given that just eight weeks ago Covid deaths stood at 1,500 a day and the population was stuck inside with no hope of […]

Brazil coronavirus variant is now second most common in the US

PFIZER WHEN WAS IT APPROVED? December 11, 2020  WHO CAN GET IT? Anyone 16 or older DOSAGE: 2 doses, given 21 days apart  HOW DOES IT WORK? Uses messenger RNA to deliver a tiny bit of genetic code from the virus to ‘teach’ the body to make a protein that provoke antibody production   HOW EFFECTIVE […]

Social isolation results in changes of behavior and activity of immune and stress genes — ScienceDaily

Ants react to social isolation in a similar way as do humans and other social mammals. A study by an Israeli-German research team has revealed alterations to the social and hygienic behavior of ants that had been isolated from their group. The research team was particularly surprised by the fact that immune and stress genes […]

Lockdown easing could be SPED UP because vaccines ARE working, says SAGE scientist

Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick team that correctly predicted the UK’s second wave, said he was ‘really pleasantly surprised’ that reopening schools did not cause a spike in infections Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown could be sped up because the coronavirus vaccines are working so well, according to one of the Government […]

Tre fëmijëve nga Kosova, ju mundësohet shërimi në Izrael

Ambasadorja e Kosovës në Izrael Ines Demiri, ka bërë të ditur se pas një takimi të rëndësishëm me Simon Fisher, Drejtor Ekzekutiv i organizatës humanitare “Save a Child’s Heart” me seli në Holon të Izraelit dhe me Ambasadorin Dan Oryan ju kanë mundësuar tre fëmijëve nga Kosova, të shoqëruara nga nënat e tyre gjatë ditëve […]

Izraeli s’ mjaftohet me vaksinat, po prodhon sprajin për hundët që vret COVID-in

Sipas mediave të huaja, në një fabrikë izraelite ka filluar të prodhohet një spraj për hundët, i cili ka aftësinë të “vrasë” 99.9% të grimcave të koronavirusit. Krijuesi, Dr. Gilly Regev tha në “Times of Israel” se spraji mund të kishte parandaluar Covid-19 të përhapet në këtë nivel në botë. Ndër të tjera, Regev tha […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne

Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë më […]

Coronavirus vaccines: How J&J’s is different from the others

Two vaccines are already being distributed in the US — one made by Moderna and another made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The new vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine division, is a little different. Here’s how. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose. That […]

Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Israel and the UK has been strong. Here’s what it’s like to live there

“A strong scent of marijuana drifts down the tight alleys of Jaffa’s flea market,” writes Kiley from Jaffa. “Drinking or dining in is out under Covid regulations. But ‘deliveries’ to clients in plastic chairs, using beer crates for tables on the uneven streets, mean beer and laughter flow with the easy joy of a summer […]

The week in 43 photos

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

For the traditional Israeli supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the electoral meal he now offers includes medieval aspak — dishes bitter with racism and homophobia. But for the Likud, under Netanyahu, this seems to be a meal its members are prepared to consume out of political desperation. In the past the party, and its […]

Oil spill leads Israel to close beaches as it faces one of its ‘most severe ecological disasters’

Blobs of sticky tar started washing up on the country’s Mediterranean shores last week. Images posted on official government accounts showed sea birds and turtles covered in tar and sticky oil. “The enormous amounts of tar emitted in recent days to the shores of Israel from south to north caused one of the most severe […]

A drop in Covid-19 cases can be deceptive, official warns. Here’s how the US can stay ahead of a variant-driven surge

“We are used to mutations with the flu. This is a much higher percentage of success than the flu,” Slavitt, who is responsible for the Covid response, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday. The US has witnessed a 26% decline in new cases from this time last week, continuing the trend of the steepest decline […]

Confused by guidelines on quarantine after vaccination? You’re not alone

The new guidance only applies if it has been at least two weeks since your final dose, no more than three months since that dose, and provided you don’t develop symptoms. “It’s important to note that CDC is not suggesting someone who is vaccinated cannot spread COVID-19 within the first 90 days of being fully […]

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 […]

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 […]

Izraeli paralajmëron për kërcënim ndaj qytetarëve jashtë vendit pasi Irani zotohet për ‘hakmarrje’

  Izraeli paralajmëroi të enjten për një kërcënim në rritje ndaj shtetasve të tij jashtë vendit, pas thirrjes së Iranit për hakmarrje ndaj vrasjes së shkencëtarit të lartë bërthamor iranian, javën e kaluar në Teheran. Për vrasjen e shkencëtarit, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Irani ka fajësuar pjesërisht Izraelin. “Në vazhdën e kërcënimeve të fundit nga elementët iranianë, […]

Israel’s Gantz says will back initial vote to disband parliament

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 05:28 Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday his party will vote for an opposition bill to dissolve parliament, a move that could force a fourth election in under two years. Gantz‘s centrist Blue and White party is currently the key partner in a precarious coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s […]

Iranian official blames Paris-based opposition, Israel for death of nuclear scientist

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 21:12 As a top nuclear scientist was laid to rest in Tehran on Monday, a senior Iranian official said a Paris-based opposition group was suspected of involvement in his assassination alongside Israel and the United States. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died when his […]

Moderna Applies for Emergency F.D.A. Approval for Its Coronavirus Vaccine

The drugmaker Moderna said it would apply on Monday to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The first injections may be given as early as Dec. 21 if the process goes smoothly and approval is granted, Stéphane Bancel, the company’s chief executive, said in an interview. Moderna’s application […]

Crisaborol bei Atopischer Dermatitis: Kortisonfreie Behandlungsoption

©Zerbor – stock.adobe.com Daten einer Phase-IV-Studie bestätigen das günstige Sicherheitsprofil von Crisaborol-Salbe 2 % bei Kindern mit Atopischer Dermatitis (AD) im Alter von 3–24 Monaten. Crisaborol-Salbe 2% ist eine kortisonfreie Behandlungsoption, welche aktuell in mehreren Ländern (USA, Kanada, Israel und Australien) bereits für die Altersgruppe ab 2 Jahren zugelassen ist. Die Effekte beruhen auf der Hemmung des […]

Jörg Vogel wird Akademie-Präsident – Biermann Medizin

Professor Jörg Vogel wird zum 1. Januar 2021 neuer Präsident der Europäischen Akademie für Mikrobiologie. Er tritt die Nachfolge von Professor Philippe Sansonetti an, der die Geschicke der Akademie seit 2012 geleitet hat. In einer ersten Reaktion dankte Vogel seinem Vorgänger herzlich und erklärte seine Absicht, „die Mikrobiologie als Studiengebiet deutlich zu fördern und die […]

Body of slain Iranian nuclear scientist taken to Muslim shrine

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 11:42 The body of Iran’s assassinated top nuclear scientist has been taken to the first of several revered Shiite Muslim shrines ahead of his burial set for Monday, state media reported.  Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a US “mercenary” and killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh when assailants […]

Iran vows to avenge killing of nuclear scientist, points finger at Israel

Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 08:13 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the US, blaming it for the assassination of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have threatened revenge for Friday’s killing of Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after assassins gunned him […]

Iran’s top nuclear scientist ‘assassinated’, says state media

Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 16:54 An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear programme until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.  Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died of injuries in hospital after armed assassins fired on his car, Iranian media reported. Fakhrizadeh has long been described by Western, […]

Blondie on her life in rock ‘n’ roll, a former CIA director on Trump and the question of French hygiene

FRANCE 24 spoke to former CIA director Leon Panetta, who says Trump is risking US national security; anger erupts in France over new allegations of police brutality; Blondie’s Debbie Harry on a life of rock ‘n’ roll madness; the question of French hygiene; and fans the world over mourn football great Maradona, who died of a heart […]

Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., […]

EU-Projekt “I See”: Brain-Computer-Interfaces für Erkrankungen des zentralen Sehsystems

Eine Miniaturkamera, die visuelle Informationen sammelt, die dann – in geeignete Signalmuster übersetzt – an Implantate im Gehirn übertragen werden, sodass Blinde wieder Seheindrücke haben: Das ist die Vision, die Forscher aus Deutschland, der Schweiz und Kanada antreibt. Die Europäische Kommission fördert das Projekt “I see” mit rund 900.000 Euro.Die geplanten Implantate sollen spezifisch im […]

Researchers reveal how genetic variations are linked to COVID-19 disease severity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Even as tens of thousands of Americans test positive for COVID-19 each day, physicians still aren’t sure why some people experience mild to no symptoms while others become critically ill. New research led by Robert E. Gerszten, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center […]

Netanyahu made secret trip to Saudi Arabia, met MBS, says Israeli media

Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 10:41 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo there, Israel’s Kan public radio and ArmyRadio said on Monday.  The broadcaster cited unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Netanyahu and the head of […]

Does the end of the Trump administration signal a revival of its war games with Iran?

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 14:25Modified: 20/11/2020 – 14:26 With two months to go before the handover of power to Joe Biden, will lame-duck US President Donald Trump go back to playing war games with Iran? According to the New York Times, the lame duck president asked his advisers, who dissuaded him, about options for a […]

T-Wolves pick Edwards first in NBA draft, France’s Hayes seventh overall

Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 17:26 The Minnesota Timberwolves made University of Georgia standout Anthony Edwards the first overall selection in the pandemic-delayed 2020 NBA draft on Wednesday.  The Timberwolves, who finished 19-45 in the coronavirus-disrupted 2020 season, opted for Edwards, who averaged 19 points per game as a freshman, to bolster a roster that includes […]

Top US diplomat Pompeo’s planned visit to occupied Golan Heights angers Palestinians

Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 10:59 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was Thursday set to make the first visit by an American top diplomat to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights after an expected stop in a West Bank Jewish settlement, infuriating Palestinians. The envoy of US President Donald Trump, who has made a staunchly pro-Israel stance […]

Revolutionary CRISPR-based genome editing system treatment destroys cancer cells

Cancer cell during cell division. Credit: National Institutes of Health Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have demonstrated that the CRISPR/Cas9 system is very effective in treating metastatic cancers, a significant step on the way to finding a cure for cancer. The researchers developed a novel lipid nanoparticle-based delivery system that specifically targets cancer cells […]

Bahrain’s FM makes first official visit to Israel

Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 11:20Modified: 18/11/2020 – 11:52 Bahrain’s foreign minister arrived in Israel Wednesday on the first official visit from the Gulf kingdom, which normalised relations with the Jewish state in September. The minister, Abdellatif al-Zayani, was welcomed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, a live Israeli television […]

Worse outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in early weeks of pandemic

The rate of resuscitation for cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting decreased during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows. The study, which was presented Saturday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Resuscitation Science Symposium, set out to explore the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes in […]

Syria’s veteran foreign minister Walid Muallem dies at 79

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 17:17 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad’s regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died Monday at the age of 79.  The veteran diplomat was hit with US and European sanctions early on in the conflict that has torn Syria apart […]

France’s Macron to walk diplomatic tightrope while hosting Trump ally Pompeo

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 11:47 France’s Emmanuel Macron will be forced to walk a diplomatic tightrope on Monday when he hosts US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, while the French president simultaneously seeks to build relations with President-elect Joe Biden. Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday at the start of a […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential race […]

Al Qaeda’s second-in-command killed in Iran, New York Times reports

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 10:23 Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the United States, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing intelligence officials. Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by […]

Pompeo’s meetings in France to be held in ‘complete transparency’ with Biden team, says Macron

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 16:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Friday for a seven-nation trip that includes France, where his meetings will be held in “complete transparency towards the team of president-elect Joe Biden”, according to a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron’s office. The visit comes days after the top US diplomat […]

American, French and Czech peacekeepers killed in Sinai helicopter crash

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 04:02 A helicopter with the U.S.-led Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Egyptian Sinai crashed on Thursday near the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing seven members of the peacekeeper force, the MFO said. Those killed were five Americans, a French national and a Czech national, all of them military […]

Ravaged by civil war, Syria marks half a century of Assad rule

On Nov. 13, 1970, a young air force officer from the coastal hills of Syria launched a bloodless coup. It was the latest in a succession of military takeovers since independence from France in 1946, and there was no reason to think it would be the last. Yet 50 years later, Hafez al-Assad’s family still […]

Israeli archaeologists uncover fortress from time of King David

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 08:49 Archaeologists on Wednesday unveiled a fortified structure from the time of King David on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that sheds light on the borders of a Biblical Israeli ally. The 3,000-year-old fort, found near the Jewish settlement of Hispin ahead of works to build a new neighbourhood, is believed to […]

Biden’s election stirs apprehension and hope in the Middle East

Of all US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy moves, it may be those in the Middle East that prove the most lasting. Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; angered the Palestinians by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, cutting off US aid and closing their diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.; and later […]

Iran’s explanations on uranium stockpile ‘not credible’, UN nuclear watchdog says

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 20:25Modified: 11/11/2020 – 20:27 The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that Iran’s explanations over the presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in the country were “not credible.”  The news comes as observers watch to see whether Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election will lead to detente between […]

Foreign affairs veteran Biden is ‘Kennedy-era internationalist’ – and ‘an adult’

US foreign policy is poised for a stark change in January, when Donald Trump – who took office in 2017 as an undiplomatic dilettante on world affairs – finally passes the torch to Joe Biden, the former vice president and longtime Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair. Biden brings experience and a steadier pair of hands, […]

Saeb Erekat, spokesman and negotiator for the Palestinians, dies at 65

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 10:41 Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. The American-educated Erekat was involved in nearly every round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians going back […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

Teufelskreis bei Arbeitsstress wird von Burn-out weiter angetrieben

Arbeitsstress und Burn-out schaukeln sich gegenseitig auf. Allerdings ist der Effekt von Arbeitsstress auf Burn-out viel kleiner als der umgekehrte Effekt von Burn-out auf den Arbeitsstress, wie eine Studie der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz zeigt. Stress und Überlastung am Arbeitsplatz nehmen weltweit zu und werden häufig als Ursache von Burn-out betrachtet. Tatsächlich zeigt eine neue Studie, […]

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for election victory

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, Western and Asian allies expressed hope for a fresh start […]

Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Researchers used machine learning to analyze the text of hundreds of thousands of Reddit posts, revealing several key impacts on mental health, including an overall increase in anxiety and in thoughts about suicide. Credit: Christine Daniloff, MIT Dealing with a global pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of people. A […]

New review offers evidence-based advice for addressing cannabis use and cannabis use disorder

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new review provides practical advice for physicians on how to care for patients using cannabis and those with cannabis use disorder. The review offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about cannabis use, including the health consequences, medical benefits, legal issues, and available treatments. In the Clinic: Care of the […]

Israel begins coronavirus vaccine trials

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Israel began clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, authorities said, as the government loosens a second lockdown imposed to stem soaring infections. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv. Early in […]

American voters in Paris get ready for US presidential election

Politically active Americans who live in France have been registering voters, making media appearances, donating to candidates and venting to their friends in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election.  In the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, votes from Americans abroad could make a difference, especially in swing […]

Ultrasounds show impact of COVID-19 on the heart

Kaplan-Meier curves for all-cause mortality in patients with versus without myocardial injury (Panel A) and in patients with versus without myocardial injury according to the presence or absence of major echocardiographic abnormalities (Panel B). *Includes wall motion abnormalities, global left ventricular dysfunction, diastolic dysfunction, right ventricular dysfunction and presence of pericardial effusion. Event rates are […]