Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic?

To date, a few verified repeat SARS-CoV-2 infections have been documented around the world. «Should reinfection [with SARS-CoV-2] prove commonplace, and barring a highly effective vaccine delivered to most of the world’s population, SARS-CoV-2 will likely become endemic,» write Jeffrey Shaman and Marta Galanti in this Perspective. For many viruses, a number of processes —…

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Novel software assesses phonologial awareness

Understanding sounds in language is a critical building block for child literacy, yet this skill is often overlooked. Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new software tool to assess children’s phonological awareness — or, how they process the sound structure of words. The ATLAS, or Access to Literacy Assessment System, program — the…

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Maltreatment tied to higher inflammation in girls

New research by a University of Georgia scientist reveals that girls who are maltreated show higher levels of inflammation at an early age than boys who are maltreated or children who have not experienced abuse. This finding may forecast chronic mental and physical health problems in midlife. Led by psychologist Katherine Ehrlich, the study is…

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Join GSA online for the nation’s premier aging conference

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) invites all journalists to attend its 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online — the country’s largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of aging — from November 4 to 7. Media representatives intending to cover the meeting may register free of charge. Several thousand professionals from around the world are expected…

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Eli Lilly’s Antibody Trial Is Paused Over Potential Safety Concern

A government-sponsored clinical trial that is testing an antibody treatment for Covid-19 developed by the drugmaker Eli Lilly has been paused because of a “potential safety concern,” according to emails that government officials sent on Tuesday to researchers at testing sites. The company confirmed the pause. The news comes just a day after Johnson &…

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Coronavirus Reinfections Are Real but Very, Very Rare

Reports of reinfection with the coronavirus evoke a nightmarish future: Repeat bouts of illness, impotent vaccines, unrelenting lockdowns — a pandemic without an end. A case study published on Monday, about a 25-year-old man in Nevada, has stoked those fears anew. The man, who was not named, became sicker the second time that he was…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Makers Are Not Mass-Slaughtering Sharks

Several companies in the race for a coronavirus vaccine have stumbled upon a new and unexpected hurdle: activists protesting the use of a substance that comes from sharks in their products. The oily compound, called squalene, is churned out by shark livers and has immunity-boosting powers, which has led several companies to use it as…

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Where’d I Stash That Chocolate? It’s Easy to Remember

It is easier to remember where the chocolate is than where the cucumbers are, new research suggests. Dutch scientists set up an experiment where people walked around a room, guided by arrows on the floor. They moved from table to table on which eight foods were placed: caramel cookies, apples, chocolate, tomatoes, melons, peanuts, potato…

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