COVID-19: Hospital response risks worsening health inequalities

Disadvantaged and marginalised people face worsening health inequalities as a result of the difficult choices made by NHS hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Public health doctors, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, say that the restriction of non-urgent clinical services, such as gynaecology, sexual health and paediatrics, and the…

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New evidence suggests malaria cycles are innate to the organism

Scientists from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research joined partners at Duke University, Florida Atlantic University and Montana State University to publish a study providing clear evidence that malaria’s characteristic cycle of fever and chills is a result of the parasite’s own influence—not factors from the host. What regulated that cycle, the result of…

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Surplus antioxidants are pathogenic for hearts and skeletal muscle

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Many heart diseases are linked to oxidative stress, an overabundance of reactive oxygen species. The body reacts to reduce oxidative stress — where the redox teeter-totter has gone too far up — through production of endogenous antioxidants that reduce the reactive oxygen species. This balancing act is called redox homeostasis. But what…

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NIH begins clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat COVID-19

A clinical trial has begun to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the trial, which is being conducted by the NIAID-funded…

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ACTG launches clinical trial testing treatment for COVID-19

Los Angeles, Calif. — The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the world’s largest and longest established HIV research network, today announced the initiation of ACTG 5395, a clinical trial to evaluate whether the drug combination hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19 (which is caused by infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2). There…

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Online exercise advice rarely aligns with national physical activity guidelines

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Whether for convenience, cost or comfort, many people look to online resources for fitness and exercise information — especially when faced with fitness center and gym closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, most internet-based recommendations for physical activity don’t match up with the guidelines supported by national health organizations, a recent study…

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Tracking an organism’s development, cell by cell

Scientists at the Stem Cell Research program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School have devised a mouse model that lets researchers track every cell in the body, from the embryonic stage until adulthood. Using a «barcoding» technique and CRISPR gene editing technology, the model can identify different cell types as they…

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BioCompute Object Specification Project receives IEEE Standardization Acceptance

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2020) — The BioCompute Object Specification Project led by a team at the George Washington University has been officially approved for publication as an internationally recognized standard by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association. Standardization will open the door to government agencies and large institutions formalizing the process…

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Scientists discover why some birds live fast and die young

Research from the University of Sheffield has revealed why some bird species take longer to develop than others Findings could help scientists predict how animals will adapt to climate breakdown and habitat destruction The study is the first to consider the importance of lifestyle, environment, evolutionary history and body size when explaining variation Size,…

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