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Prolonged microgravity exposure doesn't cause loss of brain tissue, study says

2 weeks ago from UPI

New research suggests prolonged exposure to microgravity does cause parts of the brain to reorganize itself, but does not trigger neurodegeneration, the loss of brain tissue.

Blood breakdown product commandeers important enzyme

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

The hemoglobin in the red blood cells ensures that our body cells receive sufficient oxygen. When the blood pigment is broken down, 'heme' is produced, which in turn can influence...

COVID-19 may cause long-term heart problems in children, researchers say

2 weeks ago from UPI

Children who suffer heart damage caused by COVID-19 may need lifelong care and treatment, according to a review of existing research published Friday by EClinicalMedicine.

Meatpacking was already a dangerous job for California workers. The pandemic made it worse

2 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

The shutdown of the Foster Farms plant this week due to coronavirus deaths exposes lapses in one of the most dangerous workplace sectors.

Keel laid for future replenishment ship USNS Harvey Milk

2 weeks ago from UPI

The keel for the future USNS Harvey Milk, a fleet replenishment oiler ship, was laid at General Dynamics' NASSCO facility in San Diego.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg: Proof shows there's no doubt Russia poisoned Alexei Navalny

2 weeks ago from UPI

The head of NATO said Friday the poison attack that sickened prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is a "serious breach" of international law that demands a firm response.

Blood breakdown product commandeers important enzyme

2 weeks ago from Physorg

The hemoglobin in the red blood cells ensures that our body cells receive sufficient oxygen. When the blood pigment is broken down, heme is produced, which in turn can influence...

Number of COVID-19 cases linked to Gatineau restaurant swells

2 weeks ago from CBC: Health

About 15 staff and customers of Shaker Cuisine & Mixologie in Gatineau, Que., have now tested positive for COVID-19, according to health officials.

Asthma may not boost risk for severe COVID-19, study says

2 weeks ago from UPI

New research may have people with asthma breathing a little easier: Doctors found the airway disease doesn't raise the risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19.

A new way to make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

Researchers from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, have discovered a new way to reverse antibiotic resistance in some bacteria using hydrogen sulfide...

Plexiglass Alone Can’t Protect Against Aerosolized Virus

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

In settings where personal protective equipment (PPE) is in short supply, inserting a breathing tube down a patient’s throat poses a major risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure for doctors and nurses...

Common class of drugs linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

A team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, report that a class of drugs used for a broad array of conditions, from...

Scalp scrubs that banish scaly patches and build-up

2 weeks ago from PopSci

Keep it clean. (Element5 Digital via Unsplash/)If you’ve treated yourself to a scalp scrub lately, then you know how thoroughly rejuvenating the small luxury can be; and if you haven’t, welcome. Scalp scrubs...

The best first aid kits for staying safe and prepared

2 weeks ago from PopSci

Always be prepared. (Payam Tahery via Unsplash/)Whether you’re on an adventurous hiking trip or enjoying a low-key hang with the family, first aid kits are a key accessory for taking care of unexpected...

Even 'social smokers' up their odds of death from lung disease

2 weeks ago from UPI

Even light smokers are much more likely to die of lung disease or lung cancer than nonsmokers, a new study warns.

Early data on Russian COVID-19 vaccine published in The Lancet for peer review

2 weeks ago from UPI

Critical data for the COVID-19 vaccine announced by Russia last month were published Friday in a major medical journal for scientific review, a key step in the approval process.

Antidepressant use rising in U.S., mostly in women, CDC says

2 weeks ago from UPI

Nearly 18% of all adult women in the United States used antidepressants between 2015 and 2018, compared to just over 8% of men, according to data released by the Centers...

Children can have COVID-19 antibodies and virus in their system simultaneously

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

With many questions remaining around how children spread COVID-19, researchers set out to improve the understanding of how long it takes pediatric patients with the virus to clear it from...

Innovative biocontainment unit shows promise to protect healthcare workers

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

The U.S. Army partnered with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center to create a biocontainment unit that could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Vitamin D deficiency may raise risk of getting COVID-19, study finds

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

In a retrospective study of patients tested for COVID-19, researchers found an association between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of becoming infected with the coronavirus.

Cell division: Cleaning the nucleus without detergents

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Researchers have uncovered how cells remove unwanted components from the nucleus following mitosis.

Uncovering the genetics behind heart attacks that surprise young, healthy women

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

New genetic research finds spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, heart attacks may be more similar to different diseases than to other heart attacks.

Researchers identify nanobody that may prevent COVID-19 infection

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified a small neutralizing antibody, a so-called nanobody, that has the capacity to block SARS-CoV-2 from entering human cells. The researchers believe this...

Scientists develop new compound which kills both types of antibiotic resistant superbugs

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a new compound that is able to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Researchers identify nanobody that may prevent COVID-19 infection

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Researchers have identified a small neutralizing antibody, a so-called nanobody, that has the capacity to block SARS-CoV-2 from entering human cells. The researchers believe this nanobody has the potential to...

Red hot meat: The wrong recipe for heart disease

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

From MasterChef to MKR, the world's best chefs have taught us how to barbeque, grill and panfry a steak to perfection. But while the experts may be seeking that extra...

Widespread COVID-19 vaccinations not expected until mid-2021, WHO says

2 weeks ago from CBC: Health

The World Health Organization does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokesperson said on Friday, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness...

U.S. adds 44K COVID-19 cases; study projects 400K deaths by January

2 weeks ago from UPI

Given current trends in new cases, scientists project that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States will be close to a half-million by the start of 2021.