Obesity and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for severe influenza, COVID-19

Washington, DC — July 15, 2020 — Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from viral infection, according to a review of the literature performed by a team of researchers from St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, both in Memphis. The research appears this week…

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Detailed study of immune responses in COVID-19 patients reveals distinct ‘immunotypes’

Expanding on observations made in smaller patient cohorts, researchers studying immune responses of 125 hospitalized COVID-19 patients identified distinct immune profiles — «Immunotypes» — and showed how these signatures correlated with disease severity. «By localizing patients on an immune topology map,» Divij Mathew and colleagues say, «we can begin to infer which types of therapeutic…

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Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on Wednesday. The move has alarmed health experts who fear the data will be politicized or withheld from the public. The new instructions were posted…

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The First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Shows Early Promise

An experimental coronavirus vaccine made by the biotech company Moderna provoked a promising immune response against the virus and appeared safe in the first 45 people who received it, researchers reported on Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Moderna’s vaccine, developed by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was…

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Abraham Vega, 48, ‘Peacemaking’ Texas Sheriff, Dies

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Abraham Vega and Rachel Curry had first met at high school football games in Tahoka, Texas, when she was covering them as a photographer for the school newspaper and he was doing the same for…

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2 Stylists Had Coronavirus, but Wore Masks. 139 Clients Didn’t Fall Sick.

Vigilant mask wearing might have spared nearly 140 people from catching the coronavirus at a hair salon in Missouri, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In May, the people interacted with two hair stylists with confirmed coronavirus infections, but none ended up showing symptoms of Covid-19.…

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Karla Welch Gets Personal For Second Collaboration With Dockers

Karla Welch is a force to be reckoned with. The veteran stylist is the mastermind behind looks for Tracee Ellis Ross, Megan Rapinoe, Anita Hill, and Justin Bieber and responsible for both outstanding red carpet moments as well as elevating the scumbro aesthetic. Her latest collaboration with Dockers, her second outing with the label, is…

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C.D.C. Employees Accuse Agency of ‘Toxic Culture of Racial Aggressions’

More than 1,000 employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed a letter calling for the agency to address “a pervasive and toxic culture of racial aggressions, bullying and marginalization” against Black employees. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, was first reported by National Public…

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The Flu May Linger in the Air, Just Like the Coronavirus

The coronavirus is not the flu. But the two viruses have something crucial in common: Both have been described as spreading primarily through close contact with symptomatic people or the surfaces they’ve touched. Mounting evidence may be starting to turn the tide on that message. Last week, the World Health Organization modified its stance on…

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