LED lights found to kill coronavirus: Global first in fight against COVID-19

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) have proven that the coronavirus can be killed efficiently, quickly, and cheaply using ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs). They believe that the UV-LED technology will soon be available for private and commercial use. This is the first study conducted on the disinfection efficiency of UV-LED irradiation at different wavelengths…

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Behavioral strategies to promote a national COVID-19 vaccine program

PHILADELPHIA (December 14, 2020) — National efforts to develop a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine at «warp speed» will likely yield a safe and effective vaccine by early 2021. However, this important milestone is only the first step in an equally important challenge: getting a majority of the U.S. public vaccinated. Authors of a viewpoint…

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Shedding light on the dark side of biomass burning pollution

Oxidized organic aerosol is a major component of ambient particulate matter, substantially impacting climate, human health, and ecosystems. Oxidized aerosol from biomass burning is especially toxic, known to contain a large amount of species that are known carcinogens, mutagens. Inhaling biomass burning particles also cause oxidative stress and cause a wide range of diseases such…

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An unexpected role for the brain’s immune cells

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—December 14, 2020—An important part of the brain’s immune system, cells called microglia constantly extend and retract «branches» from their cell body to survey their environment. Think of an octopus, not moving its body, but reaching its tentacles in every direction. That’s how microglia operate. In the span of an hour, each cell…

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Covid Patient Study Shows Some Benefit From an Arthritis Drug

Adding an arthritis drug called baricitinib to Covid treatment regimens that include the antiviral drug remdesivir might shave a day or more off recovery times, especially for those who are seriously sick, according to a study published on Friday. The findings of a government-sponsored clinical trial were made public more than three weeks after the…

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Fears of a ‘Twindemic’ Recede as Flu Lies Low

Despite the horrifying surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States right now, one bit of good news is emerging this winter: It looks unlikely that the country will endure a “twindemic” of both flu and the coronavirus at the same time. That comes as a profound relief to public health officials who…

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