Snorkeling gear, animal noses inspire better personal protective equipment

VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — In March, Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash flew from France to his home in California and spent two weeks in personal quarantine. After being holed up in the room where he stores his snorkeling and scuba equipment, Prakash emerged with an idea for addressing two of the pandemic’s…

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Home health care improves COVID-19 outcomes

PHILADELPHIA (November 23 2020) — Survivors of COVID-19 are a vulnerable population who often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay. Upon returning home from acute care, large proportions of survivors experience functional dependencies, pain, dyspnea, and exhaustion. Until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home…

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Tracing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid

VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Swelling is one of the most dangerous and immediate consequences of a brain injury or stroke. Doctors have long known about the dangers of swelling, which has traditionally been blamed on ruptured blood vessels. New research suggests the brain’s other plumbing system, the one that circulates cerebrospinal fluid…

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Antimicrobial soap additive worsens fatty liver disease in mice

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found evidence that triclosan — an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items — worsens fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat diet. The study, published November 23, 2020 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also details the molecular mechanisms by…

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Understanding dangerous droplet dynamics

VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Researchers who study the physics of fluids are learning why certain situations increase the risk that droplets will transmit diseases like COVID-19. At the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics, the scientists offered new evidence showing why it’s dangerous to meet indoors—especially…

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Pat Quinn, Who Promoted A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 37

Pat Quinn, who helped raise $220 million to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., by promoting the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, died on Sunday, seven years after he learned he had the disease. He was 37. His death, at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., was confirmed by the A.L.S. Association and in…

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The U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Mind Them

As record numbers of coronavirus cases overwhelm hospitals across the United States, there is something strikingly different from the surge that inundated cities in the spring: No one is clamoring for ventilators. The sophisticated breathing machines, used to sustain the most critically ill patients, are far more plentiful than they were eight months ago, when…

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Drag Proms and Comfort Food With Truffles

With the New York charity circuit on hiatus, here is how some philanthropists and society figures are spending their time and resources during the pandemic. Georgina Bloomberg Age: 37 Occupation: equestrian show jumper, young adult novelist, philanthropist Favorite Charities: the Humane Society of the United States, the Rider’s Closet Where have you been sheltering? We…

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Politics, Science and the Remarkable Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON — The call was tense, the message discouraging. Moncef Slaoui, the head of the Trump administration’s effort to quickly produce a vaccine for the coronavirus, was on the phone at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 to tell the upstart biotech firm Moderna that it had to slow the final stage of testing its vaccine…

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