Capri, Famous Vacation Spot, Touched by Coronavirus

CAPRI, Italy — On a sweltering Monday morning in August, half an hour before a ferry to Capri was scheduled to depart from a harbor in Naples, dozens of sweating people crowded on the dock, their face masks in various states of ineffectiveness. The ferry ride to Capri, an island off the coast of southern…

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Limited Testing for Children Creates a Covid ‘Blind Spot’

ImageMany coronavirus testing sites do not screen children. One that does, outside Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, swabbed 1-year-old Quentin Brown late last month. Credit…Elaine Thompson/Associated Press When Audrey Blute’s almost 2-year-old son, George, had a runny nose in July, she wanted to do what she felt was responsible: get him tested for coronavirus. It…

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The Two Men Buying Your Favorite Retailers

It has been a prolonged period of retail carnage: storied names declaring bankruptcy, mass market brands closing thousands of stores, tens of thousands of shop employees furloughed or laid off, garment workers in dire straits. More ominous still are the predictions that we will never shop the same way again. For Jamie Salter and David…

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How the Aging Immune System Makes Older People Vulnerable to Covid-19

Covid-19 patients who are 80 or older are hundreds of times more likely to die than those under 40. That’s partly because they are more likely to have underlying conditions — like diabetes and lung disease — that seem to make the body more vulnerable to Covid-19. But some scientists suggest another likely, if underappreciated,…

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Small study shows convalescent plasma is safe to use in pediatric patients with COVID-19

Philadelphia, September 8, 2020 — Early findings from researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) show that convalescent plasma appears to be a safe and possibly effective treatment for children with life-threatening cases of COVID-19. The results were published online Friday by the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer. To date, no therapies have been proven…

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Linking calorie restriction, body temperature and healthspan

LA JOLLA, CA—Cutting calories significantly may not be an easy task for most, but it’s tied to a host of health benefits ranging from longer lifespan to a much lower chance of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. A new study from teams led by Scripps Research Professors Bruno Conti,…

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How birth control, girls’ education can slow population growth

Widespread use of contraceptives and, to a lesser extent, girls’ education through at least age 14 have the greatest impact in bringing down a country’s fertility rate. Education and family planning have long been tied to lower fertility trends. But new research from the University of Washington analyzes those factors to determine, what accelerates a…

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OHSU discovers cell in zebrafish critical to brain assembly, function

New research from Oregon Health & Science University for the first time documents the presence of astrocytes in zebrafish, a milestone that will open new avenues of research into a star-shaped type of glial cell in the brain that is critical for nearly every aspect of brain assembly and function. The research was published this…

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The ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID)

The ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) will take place online from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 September 2020. This will be the first conference focussing exclusively on COVID-19 organised by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). It will cover all aspects of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease, featuring a comprehensive scientific…

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State laws key to HIV prevention efforts

PHILADELPHIA (September 8, 2020) — HIV prevention remains a public health priority in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a drug regimen recommended for individuals who have engaged in behaviors that place them at elevated risk for HIV. When used consistently, daily oral PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV transmission by 99 percent.…

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