Coronavirus Updates: China Raises Wuhan Death Toll by 50 Percent

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMedical workers transported the body of a coronavirus victim at a hospital in Wuhan, China, in February.Credit…Chinatopix, via Associated Press China revises its figures in Wuhan, adding 50 percent more deaths. Faced with mounting skepticism over its official figures, China on Friday revised upward its death toll in the…

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A Food Snob’s Food Tour Conversion

When my wife, Ann, gave me a food tour for my birthday on my first day in Athens a few years ago, I groaned inwardly. “Oh, great, thank you!” I said. I didn’t have anything against food tours. I’d seen gaggles of food tourists in my Greenwich Village neighborhood, often clogging the sidewalk in front…

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Their Ring Bearer Was a Bear

Rita Janecek and Joseph Schaar had hoped to marry March 21 atop a glacier in Anchorage, but the coronavirus outbreak changed those plans. “It was certainly disappointing,” said Ms. Janecek, 56, who met Mr. Schaar, 52, on Match.com in May 2015. The pair had a 93 percent compatibility rating that included a shared love of…

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A Pulse of Joy Amid Tragedy

Just as we’re about to abandon our mountainside search in defeat, my 6-year-old son shouts, “I found one, guys!” His older brother, my husband and I step over brambles to join him where he’s crouched on the old logging trail we’ve followed through the forest. His small hand cups our family’s first-ever morel mushroom, the…

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Terpenoids and aromatic compounds from bryophytes and their central nervous system activity

Bryophytes, phylogenetically placed between algae and pteridophytes, are divided into three classes, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Bryophytes are a source of traditional medicines throughout the world. Bryophyte phytochemistry is a fascinating research niche as some compounds — such as secondary metabolites — from these sources have been found to have bioactive properties. Liverworts and other…

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The Lancet Public Health: Study examines how Hong Kong managed first wave of COVID-19 without resorting to complete lockdown

Study suggests testing and contact tracing and population behavioural changes—measures which have far less disruptive social and economic impact than total lockdown—can meaningfully control COVID-19 Hong Kong appears to have averted a major COVID-19 outbreak up to March 31, 2020, by adopting far less drastic control measures than most other countries, with a combination…

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McMaster researchers to identify who gets sick with COVID-19

Hamilton, ON (April 17, 2020) — Two McMaster University professors have received research funding to boost their work to identify COVID-19 infection rates and to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus. Dawn Bowdish, professor of pathology and molecular medicine and the Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity, and Michael Surette,…

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Stem cells in human embryos commit to specialization surprisingly early

The point when human embryonic stem cells irreversibly commit to becoming specialised has been identified by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute. Our biological history can be traced back to a small group of cells called embryonic stem cells, which through cell division, give rise to cells that specialise to perform a specific role in…

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Two novel viruses identified in Brazilian patients with suspected dengue

Two new species of viruses have been identified in blood samples taken from patients in Brazil’s northern region who had similar symptoms to those of dengue or Zika, such as high fever, severe headache, rash and red skin spots. One belongs to the genus Ambidensovirus and was found in a sample collected in the state…

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