Roadmap offers solutions for future of food, global ag innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. — To deflect future world food crises created by climate change and growing consumer demand, a Cornell University-led international team of economists, scientists and business experts has created a road map for global agricultural and food systems innovation, reform and sustainability. The group’s report — «Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems,» funded by…

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Antiepileptic drug reduces motor neuron excitability in ALS

BOSTON — The antiepileptic drug ezogabine reduced pathologic excitability of cortical and spinal motor neuron cells that are early signs of clinical dysfunction in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a study conducted by the Neurological Clinical Research Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In addition to providing a clearer understanding of motor…

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COVID-19 may also invade the central nervous system, cause neurological illnesses

CLEVELAND — COVID-19 is known primarily as a respiratory disease, with symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. Now, researchers from Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Biomedical Engineering note in a recent review that infection with the coronavirus may also affect the central nervous system and…

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Study details first artificial intelligence tool to help labs rule-out COVID-19

Hospital-based laboratories and doctors at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic might soon add artificial intelligence to their testing toolkit. A recent study conducted with collaborators from the University of Vermont and Cedars-Sinai describes the performance of Biocogniv’s new AI-COVID™ software. The team found high accuracy in predicting the probability of COVID-19 infection using…

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Insufficient screening for heart damage after noncardiac surgery puts patients at risk

Philadelphia, December 10, 2020 — About five percent of patients experience heart muscle injury around the time of their surgery for a noncardiac condition, yet guideline recommendations to identify patients at risk using biomarkers are not being followed. A five-year study in Alberta, Canada appearing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, published by Elsevier, determined…

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Studies reveal potential weaknesses in SARS-CoV-2 infection

A single protein that appears necessary for the COVID-19 virus to reproduce and spread to other cells is a potential weakness that could be targeted by future therapies. The molecule, known as transmembrane protein 41 B (TMEM41B), is believed to help shape the fatty outer membrane that protects the virus’ genetic material while it replicates…

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Covid Testing: What You Need to Know

What type of test should I get? Virus tests are categorized based on what they look for: molecular tests, which look for the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that look for viral proteins. The various tests all use a sample collected from the nose, throat or mouth that may be sent away to a…

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DoorDash Stock Soars After Initial Public Offering

SAN FRANCISCO — Wall Street loves a pandemic winner. Shares of DoorDash soared in their first day of trading on Wednesday, capping a year of outsize growth for the country’s largest food delivery company. DoorDash stock rose 86 percent above its initial public offering price of $102 to close the day at $189.51. That valued…

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‘Small Town, No Hospital’: Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Rural West Texas

ALPINE, Texas — It is one of the fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots in the nation, but there are no long lines of cars piled up for drive-through testing and no rush of appointments to get swabbed at CVS. That’s because in the rugged, rural expanse of far West Texas, there is no county health department…

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The Loneliest Childhood: Toddlers Have No Covid Playmates

That’s the case of Erinn and Craig Sheppard, parents of a 15-month-old, Rhys, who live in Santa Monica, Calif. They are particularly careful because they live near the little boy’s grandmother, who is in her 80s. Ms. Sheppard said Rhys has played with “zero” children since the pandemic started. “We get to the park, we…

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