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The 2nd wave is coming. Here's what public health experts say we should expect

1 week ago from CBC: Health

We asked dozens of physicians, epidemiologists and public health experts what to expect from a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Most said the severity of a second wave will depend...

Progress against cardiovascular death in U.S. slowing, study shows

1 week ago from UPI

From the 1960s to the 2010s, the United States experienced a major reduction in heart disease-related deaths among younger adults -- often called premature cardiac death.

Prostate cancer’s link to fetal development of the gland

1 week ago from Harvard Science

When prostate cancer progresses to a more-dangerous metastatic state, it does so by resurrecting dormant molecular mechanisms that had guided the fetal development of the prostate gland but had been subsequently switched off,...

Treatment significantly reduces symptoms of psoriasis in mice

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes itchy, red, scaly patches, afflicts more than 8 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide. Small molecule-based drugs like steroids can penetrate the skin to treat...

How to understand COVID-19-related loss of smell

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Temporary loss of smell, or anosmia, is the main neurological symptom and one of the earliest and most commonly reported indicators of COVID-19. Studies suggest it better predicts the disease than other well-known...

Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Scientists have created candidate vaccines, which eventually could protect billions of people from COVID-19, with astonishing speed, compressing scientific efforts that usually take years into months. But the leader of a key drug...

COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at San Diego gym operating illegally

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

San Diego County announces plans to step up compliance efforts after the outbreak at the Pacific Beach gym.

Potential preterm births in high risk women predicted to 73% accuracy, by new technique

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new technique that can spot a potential preterm birth in asymptomatic high-risk women, with up to 73% accuracy months before delivery, has been developed by scientists.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes non-surgical procedure to revise stent

1 week ago from UPI

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Wednesday as she underwent a non-surgical procedure to revise a bile duct stent.

San Francisco 49ers, GM John Lynch reach 5-year extension

1 week ago from UPI

The San Francisco 49ers are finalizing a multiyear contract extension with general manager John Lynch.

L.A. County reports 91 deaths from COVID-19, the most in a single day

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

The new numbers brought the county's total confirmed infections to more than 180,000 and death toll to more than 4,500.

Man shot dead during blasphemy trial in Pakistan

1 week ago from UPI

A man was shot dead Wednesday while standing trial in Pakistan on blasphemy charges for allegedly claiming to be a prophet.

Rapid antibody development yields possible treatment for yellow fever

1 week ago from MIT Research

Yellow fever, a hemorrhagic disease that is common in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, infects about 200,000 people per year and causes an estimated 30,000 deaths. While there is a vaccine for yellow...

HPV shots are safe and effective, but many parents still hesitate

1 week ago from UPI

More than a decade of research has shown that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects against a host of cancers, yet a new study finds that only half of American...

All California counties now have coronavirus cases as Modoc County confirms first 2

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

Modoc County reported its first two COVID-19 infections Tuesday, which means that all 58 counties in the state have now confirmed at least one case of coronavirus.

School closures reduced COVID-19 cases, deaths up to 60%, study finds

1 week ago from UPI

Closing schools across the United States in March reduced the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths by as much as 60% in some areas, a study published Wednesday by JAMA...

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine protects upper and lower airways in nonhuman primates

1 week ago from Science Daily

Two doses of an experimental vaccine to prevent COVID-19 induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the coronavirus in the upper and lower airways of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2,...

Science unclear on whether artificial sweeteners are healthful

1 week ago from UPI

Americans may be heeding expert advice to reduce sugar intake. Instead of giving up sweets, however, they're turning to certain sugar substitutes -- and science isn't clear on whether they...

U.S. Navy's Blue Angels get their first F/A-18E Super Hornet

1 week ago from UPI

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels demonstration team received an F/A-18E Super Hornet this week, its first of 18 to replace its aging fleet.

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.

More people calling mental health help line as pandemic drags on

1 week ago from CBC: Health

The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington says calls to the organization’s mental health helpline have increased about 20 per cent in the last four weeks above pre-pandemic levels.  

Medical experts led by SickKids release new back-to-school recommendations

1 week ago from CBC: Health

SickKids has released new proposed guidelines for reopening schools in Ontario come September, including recommendations like staggered lunch times, no large assemblies, and mandatory masks for older students.

Vaccines for flu and pneumonia could reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer’s

1 week ago from PopSci

Two teams of medical researchers found that people who got the seasonal flu or pneumonia vaccine were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared with those who didn’t get either of the two vaccines....

Study: Virus sparked worldwide mask-wearing, but not much in U.S.

1 week ago from UPI

The use of face-coverings increased as much as 100-fold worldwide in March in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic -- though far less in the United States -- a...

Instagram deletes Madonna's post that spread COVID-19 conspiracy theories

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

Instagram removed a post from Madonna that featured a video of discredited physician Stella Immanuel. The singer also claimed a COVID-19 vaccine is available.

How to cut California coronavirus spread in half? Wear your mask, health official says

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

Along with hand-washing and physical distancing, Dr. Mark Ghaly said wearing masks "is increasingly one of those powerful tools" to combat COVID-19.

Researchers find therapeutic targets to fight SARS-CoV-2

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers from HSE University have developed new approaches for regulating the expression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 enzymes, which play a crucial role in cell infection with SARS-CoV-2. The scholars discovered...

Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis

1 week ago from Physorg

The toxin can block the use of important amino acids required by the bacteria to produce essential proteins needed for survival.