- Japan to extend virus state of emergency in Tokyo areaon March 5, 2021 at 9:16 am
Japan will extend a coronavirus state of emergency in the Tokyo area by a fortnight, officials said Friday, less than five months ahead of the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics.
- WHO scraps plan for interim report on Wuhan virus mission: WSJon March 5, 2021 at 9:14 am
The World Health Organization has scrapped plans for a team that visited Wuhan, China to probe the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to issue an interim report, The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.
- Australian court upholds landmark suit against Johnson & Johnsonon March 5, 2021 at 9:10 am
An Australian court upheld a landmark class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for "negligent" marketing of pelvic mesh implants on Friday, paving the way for thousands of women to receive compensation in a costly setback for the US pharma giant.
- US new daily COVID cases at five-month low as nations try to hold off surgeon March 5, 2021 at 9:06 am
The United States recorded fewer than 40,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time in five months on Thursday, a piece of promising news as countries across the globe struggle to hold off another infection surge before inoculations become widespread.
- New Zealand to end COVID-19 lockdown on largest cityon March 5, 2021 at 9:04 am
New Zealand will lift a COVID-19 lockdown on nearly two million people on Sunday, as authorities say they are confident that a virus cluster in the country's largest city has been contained.
- Overweight children exposed to lead in utero may have poor future kidney functionon March 5, 2021 at 8:48 am
Overweight children who were exposed to lead in utero and during their first weeks of life have the potential for poorer kidney function in adulthood, according to an Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai study published in Environment International in March.
- Study shows that regular physical activity is an effective strategy to prevent type 2 diabeteson March 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that regular physical activity is a safe diabetes prevention strategy for people residing in relatively polluted regions.
- Why we're so bad at daydreaming, and how to fix iton March 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm
Did you daydream as a kid, maybe even get in trouble for it? If you find it harder to be pleasantly lost in your thoughts these days, you're not alone.
- Team of bioethicists and scientists suggests revisiting 14-day limit on human embryoon March 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm
An international team of bioethicists and scientists, led by a researcher at Case Western Reserve University, contends it may be justified to go beyond the standing 14-day limit that restricts how long researchers can study human embryos in a dish. Going beyond this policy limit could lead to potential health and fertility benefits, and the authors provide a process for doing so.
- COVID-19 lockdown linked to uptick in tobacco useon March 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm
Pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial COVID-19 "lockdown," according to research just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study highlights ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The findings are published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
- Culturally tailored intervention boosts safe sex, reduces drinking among young Black womenon March 4, 2021 at 10:06 pm
A series of weekend workshops that integrate strategies for both reducing risky alcohol use and preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) led to an increase in safe sex and decrease in drinking among young Black women, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
- Assessing patients' kidney health may help predict their risk of cardiovascular diseaseon March 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm
New research indicates that tests of patients' kidney health may provide insights on their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The findings are published in an upcoming issue of JASN.
- Ireland investigates stillbirths linked to COVID-19on March 4, 2021 at 9:20 pm
Irish health officials are investigating four stillbirths potentially linked to COVID-19, the Republic's deputy chief medical officer said Thursday.
- Cuban-developed vaccine enters Phase III trialon March 4, 2021 at 9:13 pm
A Cuban-developed coronavirus candidate vaccine entered into Phase III trials Thursday, the first shot developed by a Latin American country to get this far, the government said.
- Virus kills fewer African women than men: WHO studyon March 4, 2021 at 9:12 pm
Women in Africa are less likely to die from COVID-19 than men, but more likely to succumb to maternal complications due to limited access to reproductive services since the pandemic started, the UN said Thursday citing reports.
- Can't solve a riddle? The answer might lie in knowing what doesn't workon March 4, 2021 at 9:10 pm
Ever get stuck trying to solve a puzzle?
- Do epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy affect a child's development?on March 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Children born to women taking certain medications for epilepsy during pregnancy have no developmental delays at age three when compared to children of healthy women without epilepsy, according to a preliminary study released today, March 4, 2021, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 73rd Annual Meeting being held virtually April 17 to 22, 2021. Most of the women with epilepsy in the study took either lamotrigine or levetiracetam during their pregnancy, or a combination of the two.
- Moms need guidance on what to eat when their breastfeeding infant has a food allergyon March 4, 2021 at 8:55 pm
Many new mothers with infants want very much to breastfeed as it is the gold standard for early nutrition. What to do when you find out your young child has a food allergy, and you are breastfeeding? A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found that more than 28% of the women were given no guidance on whether they could eat the same food their breastfeeding child was allergic to.
- Rio tightens restrictions as COVID surges in Brazilon March 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Rio de Janeiro announced new restrictions Thursday on bars, restaurants and beaches, seeking to contain a surge of COVID-19 that is pushing Brazil's hospitals to the breaking point.
- Paris spared as France expands local lockdownson March 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm
France placed the northern Pas-de-Calais region under weekend lockdown over the spread of COVID-19, the third area to be singled out for tighter restrictions as the government battles to avoid a third national lockdown.
- Proteomics analysis identifies potential drug targets for aggressive human cancerson March 4, 2021 at 7:47 pm
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine show that analysis of the proteomics, or all the protein data, from aggressive human cancers is a useful approach to identify potential novel therapeutic targets. They report in the journal Oncogene, the identification of "proteomic signatures" that are associated with clinical measures of aggressive disease for each of the seven cancer types studied. Some signatures were shared between different types of cancer and included cellular pathways of altered metabolism. Importantly, experimental results provided proof-of-concept that their proteomics […]
- EU, Italy stop AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australiaon March 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm
A shipment of more than a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union, in the first use of an export control system instituted by the bloc to make sure big pharma companies would respect their contracts.
- Equitably allocating COVID-19 vaccineon March 4, 2021 at 7:33 pm
Equitable implementation of COVID-19 vaccine delivery is a national and global priority, with a strong focus on reducing existing disparities and not creating new disparities. But while a framework has been recognized for equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine that acknowledges the rights and interests of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), it fails to identify strategies or data to achieve that goal.
- Artificial intelligence reveals current drugs that may help combat Alzheimer's diseaseon March 4, 2021 at 7:31 pm
New treatments for Alzheimer's disease are desperately needed, but numerous clinical trials of investigational drugs have failed to generate promising options. Now a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has developed an artificial intelligence-based method to screen currently available medications as possible treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The method could represent a rapid and inexpensive way to repurpose existing therapies into new treatments for this progressive, debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Importantly, it could also help reveal […]
- COVID-19 nasal swab test may not be best for those who've had sinus surgeryon March 4, 2021 at 7:24 pm
People who have had major sinus surgery should consult their ENT doctor before undergoing COVID-19 swab testing, new research indicates.
- Cancer 'guardian' breaks bad with one switchon March 4, 2021 at 7:23 pm
A mutation that replaces a single amino acid in a potent tumor-suppressing protein turns it from saint to sinister. A new study by a coalition of Texas institutions shows why that is more damaging than previously known.
- New evidence COVID-19 antibodies, vaccines less effective against variantson March 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm
New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that three new, fast-spreading variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 can evade antibodies that work against the original form of the virus that sparked the pandemic. With few exceptions, whether such antibodies were produced in response to vaccination or natural infection, or were purified antibodies intended for use as drugs, the researchers found more antibody is needed to neutralize the new variants.
- When does a cancer first arise?on March 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm
There is no stronger risk factor for cancer than age. At the time of diagnosis, the median age of patients across all cancers is 66. That moment, however, is the culmination of years of clandestine tumor growth, and the answer to an important question has thus far remained elusive: When does a cancer first arise?
- Demand for public health graduates remains high through the COVID-19 pandemicon March 4, 2021 at 7:02 pm
COVID-19 has altered the labor market for millions of people, including public health graduates, yet an analysis of job postings for Master's level public health graduates showed that job postings remained at the same levels as before the pandemic, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published in the International Journal of Health Planning and Management.
- Smoking cessation drug may treat Parkinson's in womenon March 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Texas A&M University College of Medicine ressearchers have recently discovered that cytisine—a smoking cessation drug commonly used in Europe—reduces the loss of dopamine neurons in females. These findings provide potential evidence for the use of the drug to treat Parkinson's disease or stop its progression in women.