Study suggests elderly care home outbreaks in England were caused by multiple indepedent infections and also within-home spread

New research presented at this week’s ESCMID Congress on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online 23-25 September) shows that outbreaks of COVID-19 in elderly care homes were caused by multiple independent infections from outside, plus within care home spread. There is also evidence of transmission between residents and healthcare workers, including paramedics, possibily linking care home…

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Large study confirms men have 62% increased risk of COVID-19 associated death, possibly related to higher degree of inflammation

New research presented at this week’s ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, online 23-25 September) confirms that men with COVID-19 have worse outcomes than women, possibly related to them experiencing higher levels of inflammation. The study is by Dr Frank Hanses, University Hospital Regensburg, Germany, and colleagues, and shows that men have a 62% increased…

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Your neighborhood may raise your risk of chronic kidney disease

A neighborhood’s overall socioeconomic status, including income and education level, may influence its residents’ risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a study recently published in SSM Population Health by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Although previous studies have shown an association between individual socioeconomic status and chronic kidney disease, less…

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UofA lab uncovers new mechanism of action against SARS-CoV-2 by antiviral drug remdesivir

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a novel, second mechanism of action by the antiviral drug remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2, according to findings published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The research team previously demonstrated how remdesivir inhibits the COVID-19 virus’s polymerase or replication machinery in a test tube.  Matthias Götte, chair of…

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Over 200,000 People Have Died in the US: Live Covid-19 Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageVanessa Acosta gives a lecture using an online platform from her empty classroom in Miami Lakes, Fla., on Aug. 31.Credit…Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA, via Shutterstock Miami-Dade County, Fla., one of the largest school districts in the U.S., will reopen classrooms to students next month. Students in Miami-Dade County, the fourth-largest district…

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F.D.A. to Release Stricter Guidelines for Emergency Vaccine Authorization

The Food and Drug Administration plans to soon issue stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of any new coronavirus vaccine, adding a new layer of caution to the vetting process even as President Trump continues to contradict his own scientific experts and promise that a vaccine will be available as early as next month. The…

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A Dish That Reflects Our Nation: Okra Soup

A lovely effect of the serious, much-needed changes happening in food media is that they have brought many new voices to the surface. After reading a powerful essay in Food & Wine by Amethyst Ganaway about the ongoing role of food as a tool of resistance in the Black community — whether through smuggling seeds,…

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