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The function of the thymus and its impact on modern medicine

1 week ago from Science NOW

The lymphoid system is intimately involved in immunological processes. The small lymphocyte that circulates through blood into lymphoid tissues, then through the lymph and back to the blood through the thoracic duct, is...

Human fetal microglia acquire homeostatic immune-sensing properties early in development

1 week ago from Science NOW

Microglia, immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS), are important for tissue development and maintenance and are implicated in CNS disease, but we lack understanding of human fetal microglia...

Many U.S. neighborhoods with the worst air 40 years ago remain the most polluted

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

Not all air is created equal.  While air quality has improved across the United States in recent decades, significant disparities persist in terms of who breathes the worst air. Communities exposed to the most...

Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

1 week ago from UPI

Ninety percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for an opioid pain reliever within 60 days of their surgery, up from...

Sask. vaccine developer locks in Canadian manufacturers for human clinical trials

The University of Saskatchewan has contracted two Canadian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture ingredients for its COVID-19 vaccine for the first stages of human clinical trials. 

More countries around the world are seeing a resurgence in coronavirus infections

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Spikes in coronavirus infections in the Asia-Pacific region have dispelled any notion the worst may be over, with Australia, India and Hong Kong reporting record daily cases, Vietnam testing thousands and North...

Novartis and Sangamo partner on zinc finger therapies for autism and intellectual disability

1 week ago from C&EN

The firms are developing a modified version of the gene-editing technology to boost the expression of genes

Hearing: Pompeo defends inspector general ouster, approach to Russia

1 week ago from UPI

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended his inspector general ouster and the Trump administration's approach to Russia during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday.

American Conservatory Theater says no in-person shows for 10 more months

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

The San Francisco theater led by Pam MacKinnon schedules a slate of digital offerings until "The Headlands" can come to the stage in late May.

Plastics, pathogens and baby formula: What's in your shellfish?

1 week ago from Physorg

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens and human-derived microdebris materials, including...

Fibroid treatments can provide relief without hysterectomy

1 week ago from UPI

Two "uterine-sparing" treatments for fibroids can improve women's quality of life -- though one might be more effective than the other, a new clinical trial suggests.

Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine protects non-human primates

1 week ago from Science Daily

A leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate raised neutralizing antibodies and robustly protected non-human primates (NHPs) against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Nick Markakis becomes first MLB player to return from COVID-19 opt-out

1 week ago from UPI

Nick Markakis said he will return to the Atlanta Braves this season after his initial decision to not play in 2020 because of coronavirus pandemic safety concerns.

11 states may face ICU doctor shortages as COVID-19 cases climb

1 week ago from UPI

As COVID-19 infections surge across the United States, 11 states could find themselves with too few doctors to treat non-COVID patients in intensive care units, a new report finds.

Mayo Clinic to advise McDonald's on COVID-19 precautions

1 week ago from UPI

Fast-food giant McDonald's said it has entered into a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, which will advise it on cleanliness and safety best practices during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

'Good' virus for common infection

1 week ago from Physorg

Australian researchers have shown how viruses can be used to save lives, developing the potential use of bacteriophages in bandages to treat life-threatening golden staph infections which may not respond...

Young kids, adults may have same amount of coronavirus in upper airways, study finds

1 week ago from UPI

Young children with mild or moderate COVID-19 might have the same or higher amounts of virus in their upper respiratory tracts as older children and adults, a study published Thursday...

Getting a COVID-19 test to see family or friends? Good intentions come with risks, experts warn

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Many Canadians are now able to get tested even without symptoms,even if it's just to see friends and loved ones. Ontario's health minister says it's a "responsible" approach, but public...

Growing toll from monsoon floods hampers South Asia virus efforts

1 week ago from Physorg

The death toll from monsoon floods across South Asia has increased to more than 340 people over recent weeks, with villages still submerged and tens of thousands displaced as authorities...

Another 1.4 million U.S. workers file for unemployment

1 week ago from UPI

Another 1.4 million workers in the United States have filed for new unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday in its weekly report.

Those coronavirus vaccines leading the race? Don't ditch the masks quite yet

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

The first wave of coronavirus vaccines might be like a flu shot, experts say, curbing symptoms in some patients but not protecting them from COVID-19.

Matthew McConaughey to publish memoir 'Greenlights'

1 week ago from UPI

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has announced his book, "Greenlights," is to be published on Oct. 20.

Those coronavirus vaccines leading the race? Don't ditch the masks quite yet

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

The first wave of coronavirus vaccines might be like a flu shot, experts say, curbing symptoms in some patients but not protecting them from COVID-19.

California breaks coronavirus death record for fourth time this month

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

California has seen fewer COVID-19 deaths than New York -- but many times more than other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia

California breaks coronavirus death record for fourth time this month

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

California has seen fewer COVID-19 deaths than New York -- but many times more than other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia

COVID-19 cases surpass 17M; Japan, Australia, Africa see surges

1 week ago from UPI

On the six-month anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global health emergency, the pandemic continued to surge with several countries reporting new daily infection records.

The safest way to eat at your favorite restaurant during the pandemic

1 week ago from PopSci

Think twice before sitting down, especially without a mask. (Pexels/)Follow all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage here, including tips on cleaning groceries, ways to tell if your symptoms are just allergies, and a tutorial...

COVID-19 cases surpass 17M; Japan, Australia, Africa see surges

1 week ago from UPI

On the six-month anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global health emergency, the pandemic continued to surge with several countries reporting new daily infection records.