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Scientists create first atlas of human heart cells

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:47
Ka-thump. Ka-thump. Ka-thump. Though we barely notice it most of the time, the steady beating of a human heart is an amazingly complex performance. Like an orchestra, thousands of cells have to master their individual performances as well as work together.

Berlin researchers are pursuing the development of passive vaccination

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:45
Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have identified highly effective antibodies against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and are now pursuing the development of a passive vaccination.

New material identifies cancer cells and mounts a surprising attack

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:40
Many people across the globe are working hard to get the better of cancer; however cancer is always working too. Cancer cells can become resistant to the methods that have been adopted to kill them, so identifying drugs that act in different ways is part of the push to outsmart this ubiquitous disease

Talc and non-absorptive creams provide long-lasting skin protection for PPE wearers

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:34
For frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) like face visors, googles, and respiratory protective equipment is an essential part of working life.

Human-to-cat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 confirmed

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:10
Cat-to-cat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been experimentally proven, but little is known about the significance of this novel virus as a feline pathogen or its reverse zoonotic potential. The establishment of new animal reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 could pose serious problems for human health in the future.

New antibodies protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:01
Researchers have identified two antibodies that protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Biomarker candidates could aid in earlier diagnosis of mesothelioma

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:58
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer mainly caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is generally diagnosed at an already advanced stage and none of the therapeutic strategies tried so far is able to eradicate the disease.

Eight UCD projects receive €1.5 million to help respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:46
Eight (8) University College Dublin research projects been awarded just under €1.5 million in funding by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the COVID-19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation Programme.

UNH awarded $1.8 million NIH grant to advance molecular research in diabetes and cancer

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:33
The University of New Hampshire will receive $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health that will further molecular research to better understand drug interactions at the cellular level and help lead to the development of new targeted drugs to treat wide-spread metabolic, growth, neurological and visual disorders including diabetes and cancer.

Climate anomaly exacerbated WWI mortality and the Spanish flu pandemic

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:29
Scientists have spotted a once-in-a-century climate anomaly during World War I that likely increased mortality during the war and the influenza pandemic in the years that followed.

Researchers demonstrate the utility of AI in identifying neural degeneration

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:22
Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated the utility of artificial intelligence (AI) in identifying and categorizing neural degeneration in the model organism C. elegans. The tool uses deep learning, a form of AI, and should facilitate and expedite research into neural degeneration.

A possible inverse relationship between Dengue and COVID-19 in Brazil

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:11
Their study titled, “How super-spreader cities, highways, hospital bed availability, and dengue fever influenced the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil,” was released pre-peer review on the preprint medRxiv* early this week.

NIA grant supports research on lifespan behavioral development and cognitive aging

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:02
The National Institute on Aging, or NIA, has awarded psychologists Chandra A. Reynolds of the University of California, Riverside, and Sally J. Wadsworth of the University of Colorado-Boulder a grant of more than $11 million to continue studying lifespan behavioral development and cognitive aging as individuals transition to mid-adulthood.

Researchers team up to study the complexities of human brain

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 06:58
Future technology may be able to monitor and modify the brain to produce enhanced team performance, while increasing the efficiency and accuracy of decisions.

Surgical treatment of breast asymmetry in young women provides psychosocial benefits

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 06:46
Nearly all women have breasts that are slightly different from each other. However, some women have more marked differences in the size, shape, or position of the breasts even after development is complete - leading to negative effects on emotional well-being and self-image.

Experimental cancer drug AR-12 inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 06:33
Nine months into the global pandemic, which has infected more than 32 million people, there is still no approved effective and safe drug or vaccine against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Linoleic acid binds SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 06:10
Now, a team of researchers at the Max Planck-Bristol Center for Minimal Biology and Bristol's School of Biochemistry has identified a druggable pocket in the virus's spike protein that can be used to prevent the infection of cells. The study findings, published in the journal Science, are a groundbreaking discovery that will help develop new therapies and drugs to stem the growing pandemic.

School re-openings in US may increase COVID-19 spread unless targeted interventions are in place

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 05:54
In a new study published on the preprint server medRxiv, a team of researchers on behalf of the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team used longitudinal and age-specific population mobility and COVID-19 mortality data to model and predict SARS-CoV-2 spread in the US.

Carers of adults with intellectual disability report higher rates of lockdown mental health problems

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 05:43
Family carers for children and adults with intellectual disabilities have reported rates of mental health problems under lockdown that are up to 10 times higher than parents without those responsibilities, a new study has found.

Cold plasma inactivates SARS-CoV-2

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 05:28
In one such effort, Zhitong Chen et al., in a recent medRxiv* preprint paper find that by employing an efficient cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) with argon feed gas on different surfaces inactivates the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus.