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Elderly people protected against respiratory infections by BCG vaccine

3 weeks ago from Science Daily

The BCG vaccine has a broad, stimulating effect on the immune system. BCG is frequently given to children, but a new study shows that elderly people also benefit from it.

Health Canada changes course on COVID-19 testing at home

3 weeks ago from CBC: Health

Health Canada is willing to consider approving home COVID-19 tests to screen for the novel coronavirus, a spokesperson for the minister of health told Reuters, in a win for public...

Face shields, masks with vents less effective at limiting COVID-19 spread, study finds

3 weeks ago from UPI

Cloth or surgical masks are more effective than clear plastic face shields or masks with exhalation valves in preventing COVID-19 spread, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the journal...

Detecting small amounts of virus in early infections

3 weeks ago from Physorg

Diagnostic devices that are used at home or in doctors' offices are often not sensitive enough to detect small amounts of a virus that might be present in samples from...

Face shields, masks with valves ineffective against COVID-19 spread: study

3 weeks ago from Physorg

If the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines aren't enough to convince you that face shields alone shouldn't be used to stop the spread of COVID-19,...

New feline vaccination guidelines

3 weeks ago from Physorg

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) convened a panel of experts to update the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. The...

Blazers' Damian Lillard, fiancee expecting twin boy, girl

3 weeks ago from UPI

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and his fiancee are expecting twins.

How regulations meant to increase poor, minority lending ultimately backfire

3 weeks ago from Physorg

Over the years, policymakers have enacted consumer protection laws and regulations to ensure better access to credit for low-income and minority consumers at fair lending rates. While these regulations make...

Study: Only the Most Aggressive COVID-19 Responses Reduced Cases, Deaths in the U.S.

3 weeks ago from Science Blog

In the United States, there has not been a COVID-19 response so much as a multitude of micro-responses. With no comprehensive national plan to unify them, local and state governments...

Stem Cell Trial Tests Treatment for Often-Fatal COVID-19 Lung Damage

3 weeks ago from Science Blog

Researchers are studying whether cells drawn from deep inside our bones may hold hope for the sickest of COVID-19 patients who have severe lung injury called acute respiratory distress syndrome,...

Chiefs extend contracts of coach Reid, GM Veach through 2025

3 weeks ago from UPI

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have made another move to keep their current structure in place with six-year contract extensions for coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett...

CDC's missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution

3 weeks ago from UPI

Recent actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have led many in public health to call into question the integrity of the CDC's leadership as they ignore...

Ed Sheeran announces birth of baby girl Lyra

3 weeks ago from UPI

Ed Sheeran announced on Instagram Tuesday that his wife, Cherry Seaborn, has given birth to their first child, a baby girl named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

Brainstem protein mediates exercise-based stress relief

3 weeks ago from Science Daily

Exercise fights off stress by increasing levels of the brain protein galanin.

Gallup/West Health poll: Half of Americans worried about medical bankruptcy

3 weeks ago from UPI

About half of Americans in the COVID-19 era fear a health-related incident could drive them into bankruptcy, according to a new survey Tuesday by Gallup and West Health.

NFL takes over Washington Football Team investigation

3 weeks ago from UPI

The NFL is now handling the investigation into claims of sexual harassment within the Washington Football Team workplace.

'Attack helicopters' an online subculture to watch out for

3 weeks ago from Physorg

While trolls have been around almost as long as the Internet, "incels" are a more recent and distinctly different cyber sub-culture which warrants more study says a QUT researcher.

Doctors Chase Treatment for Kids Threatened by Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome

3 weeks ago from Scientific American

Physicians are comparing ad hoc solutions for reducing massive inflammation that can cripple organs -- Read more on

Op-Ed: How politics and muddled CDC messaging helped doom U.S. efforts to fight coronavirus

3 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

Confused by the revised CDC guidelines on fighting the coronavirus? Me too, and I'm a doctor.

Letters to the Editor: Warp-speed vaccine manufacturing sickened 40,000 kids with polio in the 1950s

3 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

A reader who became sick with polio after being vaccinated in 1955 warns of the perils of rushing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Study: Gun licensing laws linked to reduced murders, suicides

3 weeks ago from UPI

Handgun licensing laws in U.S. states lead to fewer gun-related homicides and suicides, a new study finds.

Taste for sugar changes as children get older, study says

3 weeks ago from UPI

Young people seldom say a food or drink is "too sweet." A new study suggests that may be because they're less sensitive to sugar than adults and prefer more of...

AstraZeneca enters late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial

3 weeks ago from UPI

Multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced it has started Phase III clinical trials in the United States of its COVID-19 candidate vaccine.

Chargers Pro Bowl S Derwin James to miss season due to knee injury

3 weeks ago from UPI

Los Angeles Chargers Pro Bowl safety Derwin James will need to undergo surgery on his injured right knee and will miss the entire 2020 season.

California's deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic is August

3 weeks ago from LA Times - Health

California has so far reported 3,707 deaths in August, amid signs of steady progress in reducing infections, hospitalizations and deaths, data show.

Improving FDA's COVID-19 vaccine authorization and approval process: Lessons from hydroxychloroquine

3 weeks ago from Science Daily

In a new article, researchers propose reforms that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could implement to improve the emergency use authorization process and drug approvals during public health...

Colon cancer rates among young people are on the rise, and doctors don’t know why

3 weeks ago from PopSci

Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer recently, is part of a growing cohort of people in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s who are diagnosed with the disease. (Pexels/)Chadwick Boseman,...

Goodbye, nasal swabs? Saliva tests can detect coronavirus infection, studies show

3 weeks ago from LA Times - Science

Tests that look for the coronavirus in samples of saliva are about as reliable as tests that require a sample from the back of the nose, two new studies show.