Lum and Koper studying impact of COVID-19 On Fairfax County Police Department

Cynthia Lum, Professor and Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, and Christopher Koper, Principal Fellow and Associate Professor, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, are conducting analyses to help the Fairfax County Police Department prepare, prevent, and respond to ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. As part of this…

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Long-acting, injectable drug could strengthen efforts to prevent, treat HIV

Scientists have developed an injectable drug that blocks HIV from entering cells. They say the new drug potentially offers long-lasting protection from the infection with fewer side effects. The drug, which was tested in non-human primates, could eventually replace or supplement components of combination drug «cocktail» therapies currently used to prevent or treat the virus.…

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Group of international scientists align on a definition for ‘synbiotic’

The word ‘synbiotic’ appears on a growing number of food and supplement products, with synbiotic ingredients showing promise for modulating the community of microbes living in the human gut, while providing a health benefit. Synbiotics are generally understood to be a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic—but experts have deemed this description too limiting…

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Mass General researchers create bioluminescent tag to detect DNA break repair

BOSTON — A new bioluminescent reporter that tracks DNA double stranded break (DSB) repair in cells has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. The international team’s novel bioluminescent repair reporter (BLRR)-based system can be used to monitor DNA repair pathways directly in animals as well as…

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DNA nanoswitches rapidly detect Sars-Cov-2 and other emerging viruses

Programmable DNA nanoswitches that bind to viral RNA in human body fluids may provide an inexpensive platform to rapidly detect a wide variety of emerging viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study. This approach may make testing more manageable in resource-limited areas, since it does not require enzymes or significant laboratory infrastructure, only costs…

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Urine sediment test results, diagnoses vary significantly across nephrologists

Boston — A new study shows that nephrologists do not always agree on their interpretation of images from urine sediment tests, which are frequently ordered to evaluate a variety of kidney diseases. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center and published in JAMA Network Open, the findings indicate the need to standardize education and training…

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COVID-19 pooling test method from Ben-Gurion U. IDs asymptomatic carriers

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, August 21, 2020 — A new peer-reviewed study published in Science Advances confirms the success of a new COVID-19 pooling test that identifies all positive subjects, including asymptomatic carriers, in a single round of testing. P-BEST, an algorithmic method for pooling-based efficient SARS-CoV-2 testing, was developed by a group of researchers from Ben-Gurion…

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No More Winners for the James Beard Awards, for Now

The James Beard Foundation, which honors outstanding American chefs, restaurants and bars each year in a gala ceremony, said Thursday that it would not announce any more winners for its awards in 2020 and 2021, citing the pandemic that has closed restaurants and continues to ravage the economy. The foundation had already released its list…

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