Modeling social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a major unanswered question is how SARS-CoV-2 will persist in the human population after its initial pandemic stage. A new modeling study suggests that the total incidence of the virus through 2025 will depend crucially on the duration of human immunity — of which scientists know little now. Longitudinal serological…

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Novel technology aims to improve treatment of neurological diseases

A recently developed system for switching on the activity of genes could improve treatments for a broad range of neurological diseases. Esteban Engel, a researcher in viral neuroengineering in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and his team have developed new gene promoters — which act like switches to turn on gene expression — that promise to…

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Africa in the path of COVID-19

In a New England Journal of Medicine «Perspective» published today, Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, global director of ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Jessica Justman, MD, ICAP’s senior technical director, and associate professor of epidemiology, urge a coordinated global effort in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with «countries around the…

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Increased rate of infections may indicate a future cancer diagnosis

Bottom Line: Patients experienced a greater occurrence of infections in the years preceding a cancer diagnosis. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Immunology Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Author: Shinako Inaida, PhD, a visiting researcher at the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University in Japan Background: «Cancer…

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Lighting the way to safer heart procedures

In the first study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers provide evidence that an alternative imaging technique could someday replace current methods that require potentially harmful radiation. The findings, published in the April issue of IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging, detail success in a heart procedure but can potentially be applied to any procedure that…

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Jimmy Webb, Purveyor of Punk Fashion, Is Dead at 62

Jimmy Webb, the kindly, spindly-legged, leather-vested East Village fixture who was the longtime manager of Trash and Vaudeville, the rock ’n’ roll clothiers that once ruled St. Marks Place, died on Tuesday at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 62. The cause was cancer, said Heart Montalbano, a friend. With a rocker’s bleached-out shag, ropy…

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How to Handwash Your Clothes

Laundromats have been deemed essential businesses in cities and states that have issued stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But many laundry business owners have chosen to close for the safety of their employees, leaving those who rely on laundromats without access to washing machines and dryers. Even if your local…

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Global Coronavirus Tracker: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePaternoster Square in London on Thursday.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times Britain extends its lockdown by three weeks. The British government announced on Thursday that it would prolong its lockdown by three weeks, amid signs that the country is nearing the peak of its coronavirus outbreak. “The government…

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