Traffic officer protein governs speed of sugar/fat conversion pathway

Scientists in Texas and Pennsylvania have identified a protein sensor that restricts how much sugar and fat our cells convert into energy during periods of starvation. It is possible, the scientists say, that the sensor could be fine-tuned to prompt more sugar and fat conversion in people with metabolic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and…

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Researchers develop breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19 virus

Several tests have been developed for detecting the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but these generally only allow detection of the virus during acute infection. Antibody, or serological, tests are urgently needed to determine the real rate of infection, to understand individuals’ antibody responses to the virus, and to identify people…

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Ventilators available with the flip of a switch

Responding to a looming global shortage of ventilators, a team from Oregon Health & Science University has come up a low-cost version that can be widely produced with 3D printing technology. Albert Chi, M.D., M.S.E., an OHSU trauma surgeon who previously pioneered 3D-printed prosthetics for children, is leading the effort. As COVID-19 spread inexorably across…

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Higher levels of NETs in blood associated with more severe COVID-19

New research finds a connection between destructive white blood cells and a more severe disease course in patients with COVID-19. «We found that patients with COVID-19 infection have higher blood levels of neutrophil extracellular traps, also called NETs, which are a product of an inflammatory type of neutrophil cell death called NETosis,» says first author…

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Groundbreaking development in rapid large-scale testing of COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY — OU Medicine, the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation collaborated to create a new test for COVID-19 using technology and reagents from Fluidigm Corporation, an innovative biotechnology tools provider. The test is intended for large-scale testing of patients across the OU Medicine healthcare system, with the capacity to…

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Artificial intelligence can categorize cancer risk of lung nodules

Computed tomography scans for people at risk for lung cancer lead to earlier diagnoses and improve survival rates, but they can also lead to overtreatment when suspicious nodules turn out to be benign. A study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that an artificial intelligence strategy can correctly assess and…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: House Passes $484 Billion Aid Package

Here’s what you need to know: ImageClosed businesses along Hillside Avenue in Queens, New York.Credit…Desiree Rios for The New York Times A $484 billion coronavirus aid package is headed to President Trump’s desk after the House cleared it, 388-5, on a bipartisan vote. The House on Thursday gave resounding approval to a $484 billion coronavirus…

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Iris Love, Stylish Archaeologist and Dog Breeder, Dies at 86

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. She was Indiana Jones in a miniskirt, a celebrity archaeologist hatched out of old New York aristocracy. Iris Love, art historian, champion dog breeder and the longtime romantic partner of the gossip columnist Liz Smith,…

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1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had Covid-19, Antibody Tests Suggest

One of every five New York City residents tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus, according to preliminary results described by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday that suggested that the virus had spread far more widely than known. If the pattern holds, the results from random testing of 3,000 people raised the tantalizing prospect…

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