Nature study identifies 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

A Nature study authored by a global team of scientists and led by Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The scientists analyzed one of the world’s largest collections of known drugs for their ability…

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Another mRNA-based vaccine candidate protects animals against SARS-CoV-2

An experimental messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) elicits protective immune responses in mice and non-human primates, researchers report on July 23rd in the journal Cell. Two injections of the vaccine were sufficient to induce robust immunity, completely preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice. «The robust protection observed in the…

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Researchers to examine relation of dysfunctional brain hubs to mental disorders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State researchers a $1.85 million grant to develop a new way to test if dysfunctions in certain areas of the brain lead to mental health complications and brain disorders. If proven, the research would lead to better mental health treatments. Like the internet, the…

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Proposed framework for integrating chatbots into health care

While the technology for developing artificial intelligence-powered chatbots has existed for some time, a new viewpoint piece in JAMA lays out the clinical, ethical, and legal aspects that must be considered before applying them in healthcare. And while the emergence of COVID-19 and the social distancing that accompanies it has prompted more health systems to…

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Heart transplants declined sharply during pandemic

NEW YORK, NY (July 24, 2020) — The number of heart transplants in the United States declined sharply during the beginning of the pandemic, even in areas of the country with few COVID-19 cases at the time, according to an analysis by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The study found that the number…

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American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2020 — Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. The meeting will be held online Aug. 17-20, 2020. Thousands of scientists and other attendees are expected to gather for more than…

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Sputum testing provides higher rate of COVID-19 detection

Boston, MA — Early and accurate detection is critical for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and providing appropriate care for patients. Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs, which require inserting a long shaft into the nasal cavity to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, are currently the gold standard for collecting a specimen…

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How COVID-19 causes smell loss

At a glance: Loss of smell is the main neurological symptom of COVID-19, but the underlying mechanism has been unclear New study shows infection of nonneuronal supporting cells in the nose and forebrain may be responsible for loss of smell in patients with COVID-19 Findings suggest olfactory sensory neurons are not vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2…

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