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Medical Xpress / A human protein found in non-immune cells defends against COVID-19

Earlier this month, health authorities confirmed that BA.2.86, a highly mutated variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, is at risk of spreading rapidly in countries around the world. With updated shots rolling out this ... / Peru's Operation Mercury stopped most illegal gold mining in one biodiversity hotspot—then the COVID-19 pandemic hit

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is a lifeline for many who live in Madre de Dios, a region in southeastern Peru, where poverty is high and jobs are scarce. But the economic development in this part of the Amazon basin ...

17 hours ago in Earth
Medical Xpress / New sensor technology measures THC levels in saliva

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a hand-held rapid saliva test that can measure the level of THC, the major active component in marijuana, with 94% accuracy.

17 hours ago in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Low-income country cardiac imaging procedures remain down post-COVID

Declines in cardiovascular procedure volumes observed early in the COVID-19 pandemic greatly recovered in 2021 in the U.S. and other high-income countries, but not in facilities in lower-income countries, according to a study ...

18 hours ago in Cardiology
Medical Xpress / Fluticasone furoate does not cut time to COVID-19 symptom resolution: Study

For outpatients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, inhaled fluticasone furoate does not shorten time to symptom resolution, according to a study published in the Sept. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

18 hours ago in Medications
Medical Xpress / Today's COVID is increasingly looking like a cold or flu, doctors say

Symptoms of mild COVID-19 infection have shifted this season, and now are more akin to those of allergies and the common cold, doctors say. / Nanoparticle vaccine candidate shows promise against emerging tick-borne virus in early studies

Cleveland Clinic researchers have used nanoparticles to develop a potential vaccine candidate against Dabie Bandavirus, formerly known as Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus (SFTSV), a tick-borne virus that ...

18 hours ago in Nanotechnology
Medical Xpress / Global policymakers call for effective infodemic management to be a substantive article in the Pandemic Accord

The United Nations General Assembly held a high-level meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response on September 20, 2023, to continue discussions on finalizing a globally enforceable Pandemic Accord or Treaty ...

Tech Xplore / Google extends lifespan of Chromebooks—a change that could save school districts millions

Google is finally extending the lifespan of older Chromebooks—the low-cost laptops used by school districts across the country—after years of limited software support sent thousands of those devices to the trash after ...

19 hours ago in Consumer & Gadgets
Medical Xpress / Researchers combat Zika-associated fetal abnormalities using microRNA

Before SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, there was the Zika virus epidemic, lasting from 2015 to 2016. The Zika virus can cause serious birth defects and abnormalities. During the epidemic, one of the most striking results of Zika ...

Medical Xpress / Study details immune cells vital to success of vaccines against coronavirus

A study has revealed new details about a key population of immune system cells critical to successful vaccination against the pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2.

20 hours ago in Immunology
Medical Xpress / Young people's mental health deteriorated at greater rate during the pandemic, finds study

Researchers led by Professor Willem Kuyken at Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry compared the mental health difficulties and well-being of thousands of UK secondary school pupils who experienced three lockdowns, ...

21 hours ago in Psychology & Psychiatry