Immunocompromised pediatric patients showed T-cell activity and humoral immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Immunocompromised pediatric patients showed T-cell activity and humoral immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID According to data from a cohort of adult and pediatric patients with antibody deficiencies, patients that often fail to make protective immune responses to infections and vaccinations …

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Novel nanotechnology could change the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis

Novel nanotechnology could change the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis

World-first nanotechnology developed by the University of South Australia could change the lives of thousands of people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) as groundbreaking research shows it can improve the effectiveness of the CF antibiotic Tobramycin, increasing its efficacy by up to 100,000-fold. The new technology uses a biomimetic nanostructured material to augment Tobramycin – …

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US lifts indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people: health official

US lifts indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people: health official

The United States has now eased its indoor mask mandates for vaccinated people The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday announced it was lifting mask-wearing requirements for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or …

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Researchers evaluate diagnostic criteria for anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in Japanese children

Researchers evaluate diagnostic criteria for anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in Japanese children

Anti-NMDA receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis was first reported to develop in female young adults with ovarian teratoma. However, another study with a larger cohort reported that more than one-third of all patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis were aged under 18 years, suggesting that this encephalitis might be more common in children than originally expected. A clinical diagnostic …

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Why they are good for society

Why they are good for society

by Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Christelle Langley and Julian Savulescu, The Conversation Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock As more and more people get vaccinated, some governments are relying on “vaccine passports” as a way of reopening society. These passports are essentially certificates that show the holder has been immunized against COVID-19, which restaurants, pubs, bars, sports venues and others …

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What is mucormycosis, the fungal infection affecting COVID patients in India?

What is mucormycosis, the fungal infection affecting COVID patients in India?

Credit: Shutterstock This week we’ve seen reports of an infection called mucormycosis, often termed “black fungus“, in patients with COVID, or who are recovering from COVID, in India. Fungal infections can be devastating. And in this case mucormycosis is adding to the burden of suffering in a country already in a deep COVID crisis. As …

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Study reveals three brain regions that link the brain's perception and memory systems

Study reveals three brain regions that link the brain’s perception and memory systems

As we move through the world, what we see is seamlessly integrated with our memory of the broader spatial environment. How does the brain accomplish this feat? A new study from Dartmouth College reveals that three regions of the brain in the posterior cerebral cortex, which the researchers call “place-memory areas,” form a link between …

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