Noise disturbs the brain’s compass

Our sense of direction tends to decline with age. In the scientific journal «Nature Communications«, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and experts from the USA report on new insights into the causes of this phenomenon. According to their findings, the main source of errors in determining spatial position and apparently the…

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Fewer complications after organ transplantation

A large international study coordinated by University Hospital Regensburg and Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin has demonstrated the safety of new cell therapy approaches for use in kidney transplant recipients. Transplant recipients were shown to require lower levels of immunosuppression in order to prevent organ rejection. This reduces the risk of side effects such as viral…

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Potential high-risk clones identified among S. maltophilia strains in European hospitals

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia are increasingly recognized as significant opportunistic pathogens in healthcare settings worldwide, the global spread of multidrug-resistant strains of this species being the most serious concern. Epidemiological studies are important to identify particular lineages or strains exhibiting clinically relevant phenotypes and to make knowledge-driven healthcare decisions. In this context, researchers from the Bacterial Pathogenesis…

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Ebola transmission risks would be taken more seriously with ground-up interventions

A study led by the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has found significant differences in disease risk perception and channels of information about Ebola virus disease (EVD) in rural areas and urban centres of Guinea, West Africa. Findings were established after researchers investigated residents’ opinions of the wildlife potentially posing…

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Immunodominant epitopes identified for designing peptide-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2

There are currently no licensed vaccines available for COVID-19. While several antiviral drugs have been tested, none has proved to be completely effective against the disease. In a study just published in the journal MDPI Vaccines, researchers from Bar-Ilan University have identified a set of potential immunodominant epitopes from the SARS-CoV-2 proteome. These epitopes are…

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Levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in sewage rose with COVID-19 cases in Dutch cities

Scientists have detected RNA from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in the feces of people with COVID-19. So it stands to reason that the viral RNA could end up in city sewage, where it could be used to monitor prevalence of the disease. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters have detected rising…

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Many Have Antibodies After Coronavirus Outbreak on Carrier Roosevelt

The agonizing tale of the coronavirus outbreak on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt starting in March led to the infection of hundreds of crew members, an emergency stop in Guam, the removal of the ship’s captain and the resignation of the acting Navy secretary. But while the Navy and civic leaders in Guam struggled to quell…

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CrossFit Founder Steps Down Amid Black Lives Matter Furor

ImageGreg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, in 2015.Credit…Carlos Chavarría Greg Glassman, the founder and chief executive of CrossFit, announced on Tuesday evening he would step down from his role. The resignation comes after days of turmoil for the company. Last week, Mr. Glassman posted a tweet that made light of both the coronavirus pandemic and…

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In the W.H.O.’s Coronavirus Stumbles, Some Scientists See a Pattern

Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned on Tuesday. In a news briefing on Monday, a W.H.O. official asserted that transmission of the coronavirus by people without…

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Where Protesters Go, Street Medics Follow

When Safa Abdulkadir, a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota, attended a protest in Minneapolis in response to the killing of George Floyd, she had no intention of putting her medical knowledge to use. It was May 26, one day after Mr. Floyd was killed, and although Ms. Abdulkadir was attending the demonstration…

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