COVID-19- to COVID-20

From Covid-19- to COVID-20 — the evolution of COVID-19 in terms of its overall medical and socio-economic impacts is examine through a comparison of cases and deaths in the two successive waves we have experienced. Peak comparisons show that although the number of cases has doubled the number of deaths has decreased by 50 percent…

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Study to explore if impaired metabolic pathways lead to MS progression

BUFFALO, N.Y. — University at Buffalo researchers have received a $957,000 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to explore the progression of neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS). The study will investigate whether changes in metabolic pathways (a series of chemical reactions that supply energy and provide structural building blocks for the…

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GSA publishes three research articles on COVID-19 and aging

The Gerontological Society of America’s highly cited, peer-reviewed journals are continuing to publish scientific articles on COVID-19. The following were published between September 24 and October 7; all are free to access: Intersectionality and inequalities in medical risk for severe COVID-19 in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: Research article in The Gerontologist by Shen…

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Tracking the trackers: uOttawa researchers launch COVID-19 Global Pandemic App Watch

Contact-tracing and exposure-notification apps are a new technology rapidly developed and launched to respond to the COVID-19?global health crisis. The development of such applications is placing governments, corporations, and citizens around the world into an ongoing ethical design experiment resulting in potentially life-saving outcomes but also potential risks. During the summer of 2020, design teams…

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Boosting chickens’ own immune response could curb disease

URBANA, Ill. — Broiler chicken producers the world over are all too familiar with coccidiosis, a parasite-borne intestinal disease that stalls growth and winnows flocks. Various approaches, developed over decades, have been used to control coccidiosis, but the disease remains widespread. Recent research from the University of Illinois supports the use of immunomodulatory and antioxidant…

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Researchers awarded $2.7M to study loneliness and Alzheimer’s

Two researchers from The Neuro, with collaborators from the StoP-AD Centre at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, will lead a research program centered on an emerging field of neuroscience thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/NIA) in the USA. The grant,…

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Same-gender couples interact better than heterosexual couples

Same-gender couples have higher-quality interactions with one another than heterosexual couples in Southern California, a new UC Riverside study finds. The study also holds that couples with two men have the smallest social networks. Researcher Megan Robbins says the recently published study is the first to compare same- and different-sex couples’ social networks and daily…

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Enhanced reimbursement to oncology clinics increases prescriptions of evidence-based drugs

PHILADELPHIA—A pay-for performance program that offers enhanced reimbursement to oncology practices for prescribing high-quality, evidence-based cancer drugs increased use of these drugs without significantly changing total spending on care, Penn Medicine researchers report in a new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is the first study to demonstrate how a national…

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In Reversal, White House Approves Stricter Guidelines for Vaccine Makers

The Food and Drug Administration released new guidelines on Tuesday for coronavirus vaccine developers — a step that had been held up for two weeks by top White House officials. The guidelines make it highly unlikely that a vaccine could be authorized by Election Day. The move, which was cleared by the White House’s Office…

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