Fox Chase and Ben-Gurion University receive cancer treatment study grant

PHILADELPHIA (July 17, 2020) — Scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have received a new grant from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) that will fund continuing research on an antibody developed as part of a longstanding collaboration between the two organizations. The research focus is to…

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Cannabis shows potential for mitigating sickle cell disease pain

Irvine, Calif. — Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open. «These…

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Coordinated exit strategies crucial to avoid virus second-wave in Europe

Research by the University of Southampton shows European countries need to work together when lifting lockdown measures, to prevent COVID-19 cases rising again on the continent. A study by WorldPop, experts in population mapping, has found any resurgence of the virus would be brought forward by up to five weeks if well-connected countries prematurely end…

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Perspective: T cell responses to COVID-19 are a crucial target for research

While early research on the adaptive immune response to COVID-19 primarily looked at antibodies, more information is now emerging on how T cells react to the SARS-CoV-2 virus — addressing a crucial knowledge gap, say Daniel Altmann and Rosemary Boyton in a new Perspective. While antibody responses are generally much easier to study, T cells…

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Close-up of SARS-CoV-2 protein shows how it interferes with host anti-viral immunity

A detailed study of a SARS-Cov-2 protein, Nsp1, with a central role in weakening the host anti-viral immune response shows that it effectively shuts down production ofproteins in the host. Although SARS-Cov-2 features additional inhibitors of host innate immune defenses, targeting the interaction of this protein, Nsp1, with the host may be an important therapeutic…

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Coordination helps avoid continental COVID-19 resurgence, European modeling study shows

Coordinated lockdown strategies among countries is key to preventing resurgent COVID-19 outbreaks in continental Europe, a new modeling study shows. A continental epidemic could occur as many as five weeks earlier when well-connected countries with stringent existing interventions end their interventions prematurely, the study’s authors say. As rates of new COVID-19 cases begin to decline…

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Extending Cruise Ban, C.D.C. Says Ships Helped Spread Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic raged around the world, cruise ship companies continued to allow their crews to attend social gatherings, work out at gyms and share buffet-style meals, violating basic protocols designed to stop the spread of the highly transmissible virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a scathing 20-page order, released…

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CVS Fined for Prescription Errors and Poor Staffing at Pharmacies

In a rare public rebuke of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, state regulators in Oklahoma cited and fined CVS for conditions found at four of its pharmacies, including inadequate staffing and errors made in filling prescriptions. While the fine of $125,000 on Wednesday was small for CVS Health — it paid its chief executive…

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What We Eat During a Plague

AT THE OUTSET of “The Decameron,” the 14th-century story collection by the Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio, a group of 10 young nobles — seven women and three men — flee “the death-dealing pestilence” sweeping through Florence and make their way to a country repast in the Tuscan hills. “Using very temperately of the most delicate viands…

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