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Testing tool can quickly distinguish between viral and bacterial infections

Credit: CC0 Public Domain When patients complain of coughing, runny nose, sneezing and fever, doctors are often stumped because they have no fundamental tool to identify the source of the respiratory symptoms and guide appropriate treatments. That tool might finally be on its way. In a study proving feasibility, researchers at Duke Health showed that …

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Malaria cases surge in Zimbabwe during coronavirus fight

New malaria vaccine proves highly effective – and COVID shows how quickly it could be deployed

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in low-income countries. It’s a stark reminder that when it comes to infectious diseases, the world’s poorest often get left behind. This is a problem that extends far …

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Non-surgical treatment quickly reduces arthritis knee pain and improves function

Non-surgical treatment quickly reduces arthritis knee pain and improves function

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A non-surgical treatment for arthritis in the knee is safe and effective in providing immediate and long-term pain relief, according to a new study to be presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting. Genicular artery embolization (GAE) reduces inflammation in the knee to improve function and quality of …

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Non-invasive skin swab samples are enough to quickly detect COVID-19, a new study finds

Non-invasive skin swab samples are enough to quickly detect COVID-19, a new study finds

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that non-invasive skin swab samples may be enough to detect COVID-19. The most widely used approach to testing for COVID-19 requires a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which involves taking a swab of the back of the throat and far inside the nose. …

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Was it T-cells or prayer? 116-year-old nun survives COVID-19

Why we’ll get COVID booster vaccines quickly and how we know they’re safe

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The United States’ drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said last week COVID vaccines updated for variants won’t need to go through full randomized controlled clinical trials. The booster shots will only be required to undergo initial testing to check they are safe and produce an immune response. They …

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Transmission risk of COVID-19 from sewage spills into rivers can now be quickly quantified

Transmission risk of COVID-19 from sewage spills into rivers can now be quickly quantified

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists have identified that the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted through fecal-contaminated river water. A team of researchers, including water quality, epidemiology, remote sensing and modeling experts, led by Dr. Jamie Shutler at the University of Exeter, have developed a fast and simple way to assess the potential risk of water-borne …

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Belgian projections warn not to relax measures too quickly

Belgian projections warn not to relax measures too quickly

In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, tables and chairs are stacked inside of a bistro during a lockdown due to the coronavirus in the historic city center of Antwerp, Belgium. The government on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 presented scientific projections of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium, indicating it would be …

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In Texas, COVID vaccines on the go

Study predicts UK COVID-19 vaccination program will very quickly reduce deaths but more slowly bring down ICU admissions

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new modelling study published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) shows that the UK’s coronavirus vaccination program is already reducing daily deaths. However, reductions of hospital and intensive care (ICU) admissions will likely take several weeks longer, with large reductions seen by the end of March and …

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In recovering COVID-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly

In recovering COVID-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly In recovering COVID-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly Credit: CC0 Public Domain In the absence of approved, effective treatments for COVID-19, some hospitals have been treating patients with severe COVID symptoms with blood plasma from recovering patients. The blood of recovered patients contains antibodies that act against the coronavirus. …

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Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings

Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings: study

Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings: study Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings: study To study the flow of exhaled material, researchers filmed the movement of a mist of tiny droplets illuminated by a laser sheet in front of a person speaking several different phrases adjacent to the sheet. Credit: Princeton University With implications for …

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