In mouse study, black raspberries show promise for reducing skin inflammation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eating black raspberries might reduce inflammation associated with skin allergies, a new study indicates. In a study done with mice and published earlier this month in the journal Nutrients, researchers found that a diet high in black raspberries reduced inflammation from contact hypersensitivity — a condition that causes redness and inflammation in…

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Study supports link between COVID-19 and «COVID Toes»

There’s considerable controversy over whether «COVID toes»—red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults—are truly caused by COVID-19. A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology provides evidence in support of the link. In most cases, affected individuals test negative with traditional COVID-19 tests involving throat swabs…

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Blood tests can predict the risk of liver cirrhosis

Repeated measurements of the biomarker FIB-4 in the blood every few years can predict the risk of developing severe liver disease, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the Journal of Hepatology. The risk of liver cirrhosis increases if the levels of this biomarker rise between two testing occasions. Fat…

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New, more infectious strain of COVID-19 now dominates global cases of virus

Researchers have shown that a variation in the viral genome of Covid-19 improved its ability to infect human cells and helped it become the dominant strain circulating around the world today. The study, published today in the journal Cell, shows the variation is more infectious in cell cultures under laboratory conditions. The variant, named ‘D614G’,…

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Tiny mineral particles are better vehicles for promising gene therapy

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a safer and more efficient way to deliver a promising new method for treating cancer and liver disorders and for vaccination — including a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Therapeutics that has advanced to clinical trials with humans. The technology relies on inserting into cells pieces of…

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Study explains potential causes for ‘happy hypoxia’ condition in COVID-19 patients

MAYWOOD, IL—A new research study provides possible explanations for COVID-19 patients who present with extremely low, otherwise life-threatening levels of oxygen, but no signs of dyspnea (difficulty breathing). This new understanding of the condition, known as silent hypoxemia or «happy hypoxia,» could prevent unnecessary intubation and ventilation in patients during the current and expected second…

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It Paid Doctors Kickbacks. Now, Novartis Will Pay a $678 Million Settlement.

It picked up the tab at Daniel and Peter Luger, but the inducements for doctors didn’t end with those New York restaurants. There were fishing junkets, golf outings and round-table events at Hooters. And then there were the six-figure honorariums that the Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. paid to several doctors who wrote thousands of prescriptions for…

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Amid Virus Surge, Republicans Abruptly Urge Masks Despite Trump’s Resistance

CHICAGO — Protesters marched on the State Capitol in Texas, holding signs declaring that masks equal “medical tyranny.” Lawsuits filed in Florida courts argue that mask laws violate constitutional rights. President Trump mocked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for wearing a mask and has rarely worn one himself. But even as some conservatives…

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Peter Meehan Resigns as Los Angeles Times Food Editor

Peter Meehan, the editor of The Los Angeles Times food section, announced Wednesday afternoon that he was stepping down. His resignation comes after a series of tweets posted on Monday by Tammie Teclemariam, a freelance food-and-drinks writer, alleging a pattern of verbal abuse and workplace harassment by Mr. Meehan. In a statement on Twitter, Mr.…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Some States Pause Reopenings as U.S. Cases Surge

Here’s what you need to know: ImageClosed bars in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday.Credit…Eve Edelheit for The New York Times As the U.S. reports record numbers of new cases, states and localities halt reopenings. New York City reversed course Wednesday and decided not to let its restaurants resume indoor service next week as originally planned.…

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