Neuroscience 2020 cancelled

The Society for Neuroscience is announcing the cancellation of Neuroscience 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the Mayor of the District imposing continuing restrictions on large in-person events in the District of Columbia. The SfN annual meeting, scheduled for October 24-28, 2020 in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,…

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Influenza A virus directly modulates eosinophil responses

Eosinophils residing in the airways of mice respond to influenza A virus (IAV) infection through alterations in surface expression of various markers necessary for migration and cellular immunity responses, according to research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology by researchers from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Previous…

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Organoids help bridge gap between laboratory study and animal modeling of disease

WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Aug. 6, 2020 — Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have biofabricated human colorectal cancer miniature organs, called organoids, to better understand how a tumor grows in its natural microenvironment and its response to therapies. This new study is the first to replicate observations of native tumor tissue…

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Online ‘booster’ improves attitudes toward hearing health among farm youths

Researchers at the University of Michigan are interested in changing the behavior of some 2 million farm youths affected by hazardous noise exposure and hearing loss in the United States. A study by the U-M School of Nursing found that incorporating hearing health education into an existing safety program increased the knowledge and attitude of…

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As Trump Praises Plasma, Researchers Struggle to Finish Critical Studies

An American Airlines flight took off from La Guardia Airport in New York last Wednesday morning, carrying 100 pouches of blood plasma donated by Covid-19 survivors for delivery to Rio de Janeiro. American scientists are hoping Covid-19 patients in Brazil will help them answer a century-old question: Can this golden serum, loaded with antibodies against…

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Forget Spas and Bars. Hotels Tout Housekeeping to Lure Back Travelers.

When Beau Phillips checked into a hotel near Toledo recently, a table in front of the counter barricaded him from getting too close to the clerk, who wore a mask and stood behind a plastic window. “The key is gently tossed at you from three feet away,” said Mr. Phillips, a public affairs executive who…

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Novavax’s New Covid-19 Vaccine Studies Praised By Scientists

Novavax, the little-known Maryland company that received a $1.6 billion deal from the federal government for its experimental coronavirus vaccine, announced encouraging results in two preliminary studies on Tuesday. In one study, 56 volunteers produced a high level of antibodies against the virus without any dangerous side effects. In the other, researchers found that the…

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How Hot Is Too Hot?

“What is the hottest ‘room’ temperature at which a human body can, by sweating, keep itself cool enough to avoid health damage?” — Matt B., Etterzhausen, Germany It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Your body avoids overheating by taking advantage of a bit of physics: When water evaporates from a surface, it leaves the…

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F.D.A. Adds More Hand Sanitizers to List of Products to Avoid

ImageThe F.D.A.’s list of hand sanitizers to be avoided has grown to include over 100 products.Credit…Frederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of hand sanitizers that consumers should avoid to include products with inadequate levels of alcohol in addition to those containing methanol. The agency issued…

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