A protein that helps trap bacteria may contribute to metastasis in breast cancer

PHILADELPHIA — The protein peptidyl arginine deiminase 4 (PAD4), which enables some immune cells to trap bacteria, promoted breast cancer metastasis in mice when expressed in cancer cells, according to data published in Molecular Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. «Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among…

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Don’t Trust Memes That Promise Coronavirus Cures

ImageThere is little evidence that vitamins and other dietary supplements can protect you from the coronavirus in any consistent or significant way.Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times There is no known cure for the new coronavirus. Scientists are scrambling to find treatments and vaccines for the virus, which causes the illness Covid-19, and health care professionals…

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A Promising Treatment for Coronavirus Fails

Antiviral drugs that had held promise as a potential treatment for the coronavirus did not work in one of the first major studies in seriously ill patients, researchers from China reported on Wednesday. “No benefit was observed,” the researchers wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study tested Kaletra, a combination of two…

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Love Is Blind in Quarantine

For singles practicing social distancing in their houses and apartments, dating presents some obvious challenges. But also: opportunities. “If you really think about it, being in your apartment during self-isolation is like being in a pod,” said Thi Q. Lam, 27. He was referring to the Netflix reality-dating show “Love Is Blind,” in which contestants…

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Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus?

A company that uses internet-connected thermometers to predict the spread of the flu says it is tracking the coronavirus in real time — something that had been impossible, given the lack of testing for the disease. Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million…

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Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled

As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we’re working to answer the questions on many parents’ minds. This is a fast-moving situation, so some information may be outdated. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s live coronavirus coverage here. When I told my 10-year-old daughter that her elementary school would be shutting…

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Coronavirus Test Obstacles: A Shortage of Face Masks and Swabs

Just as the nation’s ability to test for coronavirus is expanding, hospitals and clinics say another obstacle is looming: shortages of testing swabs and protective gear for health care workers. At the UCSF Health — a San Francisco hospital system at the heart of one of the nation’s coronavirus outbreaks — officials said they would…

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Easy Recipes to Cook During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

There’s no doubt about it: It’s an uncertain and scary time, but you and your loved ones still need to eat, and the act of preparing and serving a meal — even a simple one — can bring great comfort to the cook as well as to the diner. If you have a decently stocked pantry,…

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