Covid UK: Number of people hospitalised after first vaccine dose is ‘tiny’, says SAGE

[ad_1] Only tiny numbers of people are being hospitalised with coronavirus after their first vaccine dose has kicked in, NHS data has revealed. Numbers analysed by SAGE showed that around one per cent of people hospitalised with the virus in the second wave were three weeks post-vaccine, by which time they are expected to have […]

Stress slows the immune response in sick mice — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] The neurotransmitter noradrenaline, which plays a key role in the fight-or-flight stress response, impairs immune responses by inhibiting the movements of various white blood cells in different tissues, researchers report April 28th in the journal Immunity. The fast and transient effect occurred in mice with infections and cancer, but for now, it’s unclear whether […]

Artificial intelligence model predicts which key of the immune system opens the locks of coronavirus — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] With an artificial intelligence (AI) method developed by researchers at Aalto University and University of Helsinki, researchers can now link immune cells to their targets and, for example, uncouple which white blood cells recognize SARS-CoV-2. The developed tool has broad applications in understanding the function of the immune system in infections, autoimmune disorders, and […]

Why stores should be checking CO2 levels to keep us safe

[ad_1] John Lewis boss Pippa Wicks was on the radio last week, reassuring the public.  As non-essential retailers threw open their doors for the first time this year, the department store, she said, had started quarantining products customers had touched for ‘a couple of days’ to allow for ‘decontamination’. While others didn’t claim to be […]

New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease. Titled, “A Stromal Progenitor and ILC2 Niche Promotes Muscle Eosinophilia and Fibrosis-Associated Gene Expression,” the study […]

Nanomaterials strategically activate the immune system to fight inflammation as effectively as current standard therapeutics — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a self-assembling nanomaterial that can help limit damage caused by inflammatory diseases by activating key cells in the immune system. In mouse models of psoriasis, the nanofiber-based drug has been shown to mitigate damaging inflammation as effectively as a gold-standard therapy. One of the hallmarks of inflammatory […]

Covid UK: 90% over-80s still have antibodies six weeks after a single vaccine dose, study shows

[ad_1] Nine out of 10 people over 80 still had strong signs of coronavirus immunity six weeks after their first vaccine dose, a study has found. And both AstraZeneca and Pfizer‘s jabs work equally well at forcing the body to make antibodies that can fight off the disease. University of Birmingham research adds to evidence that […]

Covid Canada: Outbreak of Brazilian variant defies even strict quarantine hotels

[ad_1] An explosion of cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in Canada shows how even strict quarantine hotels cannot completely block troubling strains from crossing borders, experts warned today.  Scientists told MailOnline it was ‘inevitable’ when dealing with highly infectious new variants that they find a way to ‘leak’ out of the isolation scheme – which […]

Did catching Covid-19 help these patients fight cancer?

[ad_1] When doctors at a hospital in Cornwall carried out a follow-up check last summer on a 61-year-old man recently diagnosed with cancer, they found something extraordinary. The tumours, which scans just a few weeks earlier revealed were littering his torso, had almost gone. The patient, who was unnamed but was featured in a paper […]

New CAR T approach minimizes resistance, helps avoid relapse in non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Early results from a new, pioneering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy trial led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found using a bilateral attack instead of the conventional single-target approach helps minimizes treatment resistance, resulting in long-lasting remission for people with non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma that has come back or […]

Adults with gum disease are TWICE as likely to have high blood pressure, study warns

[ad_1] Adults who suffer from gum disease are TWICE as likely to have high blood pressure, study warns Researchers at UCL looked at the link between gum disease and blood pressure  Found people with periodontitis are 2.3 times more likely to have hypertension  In study, 14% of people with periodontitis had a medically high blood pressure […]

Some hand sanitizers made amid COVID pandemic have high levels of cancer-causing chemical benzene

[ad_1] Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the coronavirus pandemic to help meet the demand, contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds. Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer. The product is considered as […]

Coronavirus: Pfizer vaccine ‘WILL protect against the Brazilian and South African Covid variants’

[ad_1] Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine still works against the South African and Brazilian variants of the virus and protection lasts for at least six months, studies suggested today. The jab prevented 100 per cent of infections in a study run by Pfizer in South Africa and UK lab tests on the P1 Brazilian strain of the […]

Chris Whitty warns Britain will be vulnerable to Covid for another two years

[ad_1] Britain will be vulnerable to coronavirus for another two years but the illness should become as manageable as the flu in the future, Chris Whitty claimed today. England’s chief medical officer said vaccine manufacturers were still struggling to get basic supplies distributed around the world and were not yet fully equipped to deal with […]

Why 2020 was the year of marvellous medicine

[ad_1] A year ago, the world was in the grip of a deadly and, seemingly, unstoppable virus and the UK went into its first lockdown.  Since then, vaccines and life-saving drugs to counter Covid have been the focus of international attention.  But the past year has also seen major developments in treatments for cancer, diabetes, […]

First US case of more infectious ‘double mutant’ Indian covid variant is identified in California 

[ad_1] The first case in the U.S. of a coronavirus variant that emerged in India has been found in California. Researchers at Stanford University’s Clinical Virology Laboratory confirmed one case last week and have seven presumed cases that are being screened. The variant, which has been called a ‘double mutant’ by India’s Ministry of Health, […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Study is the first to link microbiota to dynamics of the human immune system

[ad_1] (From left) Researchers Emily Fontana, Luigi Amoretti, Joao Xavier, Roberta Wright, and Jonas Schluter in the lab. Credit: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researchers have uncovered an important finding about the relationship between the microbiota and the immune system, showing for the first time that the concentration of different […]

How Exercise Might Affect Immunity to Lower Cancer Risk

[ad_1] So, recently, a group of scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and other institutions began to wonder about white blood cells. Part of the immune system, white blood cells play a key role in our defense against cancer by noting, navigating to and often annihilating malignant cells. Researchers have known for some time […]

New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

[ad_1] A new type of test can detect a person’s immune response to the coronavirus better than a widely used antibody test, according to research released on Tuesday. The test, if authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, would be the first commercial product to detect the response of a T cell — a type […]

New cause of COVID-19 blood clots identified

[ad_1] A new study reveals that COVID-19 triggers production of antibodies circulating through the blood, causing clots in people hospitalized with the disease. Credit: Stephanie King/ Michigan Medicine Blood clots continue to wreak havoc for patients with severe COVID-19 infection, and a new study explains what may spark them in up to half of patients. […]

Flu and COVID-19 are bad enough, but they also can raise stroke risk

[ad_1] Adrienne Bresnahan/Moment, Getty Images It’s flu season. In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. Is this any time to be thinking about your risk of stroke? Yes, researchers say. Having either influenza or the coronavirus seems to increase the odds of having an ischemic stroke—the type where blood flow in the brain is blocked. […]

Trump’s Covid Treatments Suggest a Serious Condition

[ad_1] President Trump will stay at Walter Reed military hospital for an indefinite number of days, his doctor said on Saturday, undergoing a five-day antiviral drug regimen for Covid-19 that indicated his condition might be more serious than had been publicly disclosed. On Thursday, he received another therapy that is still in early phases of […]

Pandemic Is Far From Over, Experts Say, Despite Trump Allies’ Claims

[ad_1] Each model “has its warts” because they use slightly different assumptions about fatality rates and test accuracy, said Nicolas A. Menzies, a collaborator at the Harvard modeling lab. But all reach similar conclusions: Although some parts of the country were heavily infected in the spring — more than 20 percent of residents of the […]