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  • Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings
    on July 11, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    South Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment during the pandemic, as the wealthy hoard medical equipment and use private hospitals and the poor crowd into overwhelmed public facilities.

  • Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse
    on July 11, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.

  • Brazil surpasses 70,000 coronavirus deaths
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing.

  • US records 63,643 new virus cases in 24 hours
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:45 am

    The United States recorded 63,643 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

  • WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:44 am

    The World Health Organization has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens.

  • Abnormally high blood sugar linked with higher risk of death in COVID-19 patients not previously...
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:39 am

    New research from Wuhan, China shows that, in patients with COVID-19 but without a previous diagnosis of diabetes, abnormally high blood sugar is associated with more than double the risk of death and also an increased risk of severe complications. The study is by Dr. Yang Jin, Union Hospital and Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China, and colleagues. The study is published in Diabetologia.

  • Nano-radiomics unveils treatment effect on tumor microenvironment
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Research has shown that the tumor microenvironment (TME) can help cancers grow and evade the immune response. The TME has even been shown to inhibit cellular immunotherapy, a novel form of treatment in which the cells of a patient's immune system are re-engineered in the lab to attack cancer cells. Therefore, scientists are now developing cellular immunotherapies that attempt not only to promote the anti-cancer activity of the immune system, but also combat the inhibitory effect of the tumor microenvironment. While it is straightforward to assess the effect of new therapies on the cancer […]

  • Is what I see, what I imagine? Study finds neural overlap between vision and imagination
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Medical University of South Carolina researchers report in Current Biology that the brain uses similar visual areas for mental imagery and vision, but it uses low-level visual areas less precisely with mental imagery than with vision.

  • Couldn't socially distance? Blame your working memory
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Whether you decided to engage in social distancing in the early stages of COVID-19 depended on how much information your working memory could hold.

  • Study highlights multiple health risks among a people living longer with HIV
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:31 am

    The impact and prevalence of heart disease and other critical comorbidities on an aging global population with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have emerged from a suite of articles in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that contains the first swath of important data from the world's largest study of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in people with HIV. This information from the ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study known as REPRIEVE (Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV), in which Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is playing a key coordinating […]

  • Physicians give first comprehensive review of COVID-19's effects outside the lung
    on July 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    After only a few days caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients at the start of the outbreak in New York City, Aakriti Gupta, MD, realized that this was much more than a respiratory disease.

  • Uzbekistan reimposes virus lockdown after new cases
    on July 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Uzbekistan on Friday imposed a second lockdown, as officials warned that rising coronavirus cases could overwhelm the Central Asian country's health system if left unchecked.

  • France virus death toll exceeds 30,000
    on July 10, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    France's coronavirus death toll has exceeded 30,000 after the country logged 25 fatalities since Thursday, health authorities said Friday.

  • Cancer health disparities published in new volume
    on July 10, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Leading health disparities experts hope health institutions will take advantage of a new cancer health equity research volume recently released that curates the latest developments in how researchers can best address health disparities so all patients receive good quality care.

  • Study pinpoints brain cells that trigger sugar cravings and consumption
    on July 10, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    New research has identified the specific brain cells that control how much sugar you eat and how much you crave sweet tasting food.

  • New research suggests failure to retrieve relevant details from memory may underlie face blindness
    on July 10, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    The ability to recognize faces is a complex neurocognitive skill with important social implications. The disorder, which, according to some estimates, affects more than 2 percent of the population, can lead to isolation and anxiety and impair personal and work relationships.

  • Coronavirus can still be brought under control: WHO
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    The World Health Organization said Friday that it is still possible to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, even though case numbers have more than doubled in the past six weeks.

  • COVID Catch-22: They got a big ER bill because hospitals couldn't test for virus
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Fresh off a Caribbean cruise in early March, John Campbell developed a cough and fever of 104 degrees. He went to his primary care physician and got a flu test, which came up negative.

  • Pandemic inspires framework for enhanced care in nursing homes
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

  • Building surge ICU capacity during COVID-19
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    To prepare for current and future waves of COVID-19, the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center asked teams from across the country to compete to build a telehealth prototype that would provide adequate ICU capacity when cases surge. Of the 78 teams that competed, only nine were invited to complete a series of tasks designed to establish the feasibility of their prototypes. A Medical University of South Carolina team of bioinformatics, telehealth and critical care experts was one of those nine.

  • Nearly half of US adults projected to be obese by 2030
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    For decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have been increasing. Now researchers predict that by 2030, nearly half of adults will be obese if the current trend continues.

  • Serbia reports record daily virus death toll
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Serbia announced a record coronavirus death toll for a single day on Friday, as the government hit back at protests over its handling of the pandemic.

  • US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections.

  • U.S. sees another record-breaking day of new coronavirus cases
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    (HealthDay)—States across America reported nearly 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting yet another daily record as the pandemic tightens its grip on a country struggling to reopen.

  • With social distancing, schools should be safe to reopen this fall, experts say
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    (HealthDay)—Kids should be able to safely return to reopened schools this fall, resuming their studies with little risk that they will contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic, some infectious disease experts argue.

  • Mom and baby share 'good bacteria' through breast milk
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Manitoba has found that bacteria are shared and possibly transferred from a mother's milk to her infant's gut, and that breastfeeding directly at the breast best supports this process.

  • Age-related features of facial anatomy for increase safety during plastic surgery
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Researchers from the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine together with colleagues from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, University of Munich and Sechenov University used computed tomography to analyze the individual anatomy of the nasolabial triangle. They identified possible options for the distribution of blood vessels on three-dimensional course. It will help in safety planning of plastic and reconstructive surgeries and procedures. Study results published recently in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, added to the series of publications about the aesthetic medicine project, […]

  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in the womb, study reports
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    A baby girl in Texas—born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19—is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.

  • Gender bias in evaluating surgical residency faculty members may be decreasing
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    In the male-dominated field of surgery, female faculty of training programs tend to receive lower scores than male faculty on their teaching evaluations, which are important for career advancement, past research has found. Now a new study suggests progress in this apparent gender bias: Among 21 U.S. general surgery residency programs, female faculty scored slightly better overall than male faculty did on teaching evaluations performed by surgeons-in-training, even in programs with the fewest women, the authors report. The study is published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the […]

  • Experts, advocates publish guidance for research on HIV, co-infections in pregnancy
    on July 10, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Pregnant women are among those most in need of safe and effective preventives and treatments for HIV and co-infections. Yet because they are commonly excluded from research, they are among the least likely to have robust, timely evidence to inform decisions around the use of medications.