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Diets high in fiber may have an important impact on breast cancer risk

Diets high in fiber may have an important impact on breast cancer risk

A number of studies over the years have linked high fiber consumption with lowered risks of developing certain diseases and cancers, the reasons for which may include supporting a healthy microbiome. Whether eating higher amounts of fiber potentially has a beneficial impact on breast cancer risk has remained in contention, but a new analysis of existing research has found a positive link between the two.

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Tesla ventilators are made from Model 3 parts

Tesla ventilators are made from Model 3 parts

In addition to testing kits and protective equipment, one of the pieces of equipment that is suddenly in short supply around the world is ventilators. These machines are critical in helping those already severely infected by the COVID-19 virus breathe and fight for their lives but their shortage is costing lives daily. Companies are now scrambling to try to fill in the need and carmakers like Tesla are doing so using the materials that they already have at hand: lots and lots of car parts.

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Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

A newly published study has found that consuming cannabis ("marijuana") or an edible containing its psychoactive compound THC may have a major impact on female fertility. The findings will be presented at the ENDO 2020 event, according to the Endocrine Society, which reported on Thursday that women who consume THC products may struggle to experience a viable pregnancy.

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FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

The FDA announced expansions of clinical trials and potential for expanded access programs for two treatments for COVID-19. The FDA announced this latest national effort to bring blood-related therapies for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic this afternoon. The two potential treatment products are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin.

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Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

A middle-aged man under observation for COVID-19 proved active for 49 days in an early (preprint) report from China. The signs were not severe - his immune cell indicators remained stable. It was his COVID-19 viral load that remained high for a previously unseen amount of time. NOTE: At the point at which this article was published, the original data had not been peer-reviewed - we will be keeping an eye on the original report and will update as necessary.

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Coronavirus tests: Understanding PCR, antigen and antibody

Coronavirus tests: Understanding PCR, antigen and antibody

Countries around the world are struggling to test their populations for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the infectious disease called COVID-19. There are multiple testing options available, though the usefulness of each varies based on the time of testing and its accuracy level. Antibody tests have received ample attention in recent days, but what are they and how do they differ from antigen and PCR testing?

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That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

After claiming they'd received FDA authorization for a 2-minute coronavirus antibody test earlier this week, a company called Bodysphere just changed their tune. They made clear in their press release released at the tail end of March, 2020, that the Food and Drug Administration had approved their coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kit. It all seemed too good to be true. Turns out, it was.

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FDA reportedly approves two-minute coronavirus antibody testing kit [Update: Hoax?]

FDA reportedly approves two-minute coronavirus antibody testing kit [Update: Hoax?]

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a coronavirus testing kit from Bodysphere, one that can detect antibodies related to the virus in only two minutes, the company announced today. The test will be deployed in states around the country, enabling healthcare facilities to test for signs that the patient had contracted the virus at some point. The testing kit is only intended for use by medical professionals, however. [Update: This announcement could well be a hoax, it's been reported; see the update at the end of the article]

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D-Wave Systems offers free quantum cloud access to beat COVID-19

D-Wave Systems offers free quantum cloud access to beat COVID-19

In a recent press release, D-Wave Systems Inc. is now offering free access to its Leap quantum cloud service to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. D-Wave is considered a leader in quantum computing software, systems, and services.

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FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

An important type of face mask called an N95 respirator is in critically short supply at the moment, putting medical workers in many countries at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Unlike surgical masks and ordinary paper masks, an N95 respirator features a tight fit and can filter out the majority of particles in the air. In light of the shortage, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization to new technology that can decontaminate used N95 respirators.

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New COVID-19 vaccine heads to clinical trial: Here’s the release timeline

New COVID-19 vaccine heads to clinical trial: Here’s the release timeline

American corporation Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will send a COVID-19 vaccine candidate into human clinical trials by September 2020 at the latest, assuming nothing unexpected happens. If the vaccine proves successful, the company says that it may be able to get it on the market by as soon as early 2021. The company says it will make vaccines available globally.

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Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test can give results in five or 13 minutes

Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test can give results in five or 13 minutes

One of the biggest problems with the COVID-19 coronavirus is the lack and slowness of testing for cases. Overloaded healthcare facilities, faulty tets, and lack of equipment result in the inability to catch up with the true spread of the virus through states, let alone the entire country and the world. Private companies are now rushing to give a hand and Abbott has just announced what could be the smallest and fastest way to get a diagnosis.

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